It is the final week of the January transfer window – and Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard is hoping to welcome some new arrivals at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have only signed 16-year-old striker Bryan Fiabema so far this month, with Lampard delivering an honest assessment of what he feels Chelsea need on and off the field to achieve their aims this season. Speaking in an interview with BT Sport after Chelsea’s win at Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, Lampard voiced his frustration at the Blues’ continued profligacy in front of goal, and mistakes that have allowed opponents to score against them in recent weeks. He stressed the need to add to his squad, and it was a message that has attracted plenty of responses from fans.
But will Chelsea strengthen in the final few days of the window? Below, we look at the latest Chelsea news.
Edinson Cavani decision The future of Edinson Cavani continues to be the subject of much speculation going into the final few days of the January transfer window. The Uruguayan is currently being chased by Chelsea, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, with the trio all keen to secure the 32-year-old�s services this month. Recent reports suggested that Cavani could join the Blues as Atletico are struggling to comply with La Liga’s salary cap.
He was left out of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad for the 2-0 win against Lille last night, and PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has explained why. “It’s a little bit the same thing with Edi, Tuchel said, speaking amid the speculation surrounding the forward’s future. He has been training with us for the past few days, but the situation is not clear for him either. And for that, he will not be available.
Fikayo Tomori’s message for Frank Lampard He was on the scoresheet on Saturday – and Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is hoping he has given Frank Lampard some food for thought ahead of a crucial run of games for the Blues. Chelsea have big tests ahead in the Premier League against Leicester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. And Tomori is hoping that after scoring his second goal of the season, he has sent a message to the boss.
“I think at a club like Chelsea, there�s competition for places everywhere,” Tomori said. “You have to be on top of your game and then the manager has to make decisions. “He chose to leave me out for some games. I have to respect his decision and try and work hard on the training pitch so when my chance comes, I can hopefully take it. “Hopefully I’ve given him something to think about and next week I can be in the team.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek return date Frank Lampard has said that he will not be rushing Ruben Loftus-Cheek back as the midfielder nears a return from a long-term injury. The England international has been out since he sustained an Achilles injury prior to the Europa League final last season, with Loftus-Cheek yet to feature since Lampard took charge in the summer. He has, however, recently returned to training with the first team, raising hopes of an imminent return.
But Lampard has urged caution over when he can be expected to return to action, ahead of an U23 fixture with Leicester City on Friday.
“It [U23s game] might be too early,” Lampard said. “The week�s training is the important thing because he hasn’t had that at first team level. Then we will consider the games after that. “It was the first day with us fully on Friday and it was a light session, so that suited him. He has a fair way to go still, and I’m not being pessimistic there. “He just needs a full week training with us first, a tough week. Then he will need some U23 games, and again I think the break comes at a nice time for him to work and we’ll gauge it the other side of that break and see where he is.”