Frank Lampard cut a frustrated figure after his sides narrow 2-1 win against Hull City in the FA Cup yesterday, despite winning the match and progressing into the next round.
The Chelsea boss has been voicing his concerns over the quality of attackers he currently has at his disposal, and has all but publicly asked for signings this window.
"We allow teams to stay in the game until the 94th minute."
"I feel like a broken record. It's frustrating."
"We lost ground in the summer and we need to improve personnel wise."
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 25, 2020
There is no excuse if the board do not back Lampard and give him the tools he needs to succeed, especially after going to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and having the transfer ban overturned.
However, there is a general consensus that Lampard’s first choice targets are not available until the summer, so it does make sense to wait for them if they are who he really wants.
But Lampard has spoken about bringing signings in now, and he needs it. He has picked up on short term options being the goal for this month, so they must back him with what he needs, with only 5 days remaining in the window.
So with that in mind, who are these big targets that Lampard is looking to bring in this summer?
We have looked at five possibilities…
The Borussia Dortmund winger must surely be Lampard’s number one summer target. This deal looks like it could become reality, despite other clubs also being interested. He will cost over £100 million, but he would be worth the investment and be the closest that Chelsea have got to replacing Eden Hazard.
Sancho has good friends at Chelsea already, and it’s certainly not a million miles away from happening.
It’s become public knowledge that there are concerns with the performances of Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. In fact, you’d imagine that he probably has the rest of this season to convince Lampard that he is good enough. Otherwise, we could see a Chelsea move for Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
He is currently on loan at Sheffield United and gaining massive plaudits. There is no way he will want to compete with David de Gea for United’s number one next season, so if Chelsea had a number one spot to offer him, it could happen.
The Brighton centre back could finally leave the club he has been absolutely dedicated to in the summer, with a reported interest from Chelsea. Dunk is a Chelsea fan and would fit the bill of the type of centre back they currently lack, in the shape of an experienced and dominant leader-type.
The Lille midfielder has already been mentioned by Lampard this month, so this is a pursuit that may occur this summer. Soumare is a more robust defensive minded midfielder who can come in and challenge for a couple of spots in midfield, and bolster that area with some more strength and quality.
Probably the most difficult of the lot to get done, and Chelsea may have to be resigned to look at other targets if he chooses to go to Liverpool, one of the best teams in world football right now instead.
But he is touted as one of Chelsea’s main summer targets so there is a chance it could happen.