Chelsea are currently enjoying what seems to be the best transfer window that they, and perhaps most other top flight clubs have ever enjoyed. They appear to be evolving as a collective. A once deteriorating side received an injection of talented youth but still struggled to be consistent performance wise, yet now with the current evolution they’re beginning to look like serious title challengers.
It’s always risky to appoint a club legend as manager. They seem to get far more leeway if results don’t go their way, the same applies to Ole at United as it does with Lampard. Naturally it’s more difficult to turn against your manager if one has previous love for them through their playing days.
Now the transfer ban cannot be used as an excuse at Stamford Bridge, how much expectation rests on Super Frank’s shoulders?
For me, a hell of a lot. Abramovich has once again pumped incredulous amounts of money into his West London club. Surely the Russian billionaire will be demanding no less than 1st. The glaringly obvious issue there is how good Liverpool were last season, alongside how good Manchester City still are.
Both North West based clubs have been country miles ahead of their other PL competitors. Two clubs that have achieved astounding points tallies recently, Liverpool reaching a points total higher than every top flight champion since the Premier League’s inception, except the City team who trumped them that year – as well as City’s centurion season the year before.
So can Chelsea break this unconventional duo dominance at the top of the table? Simply put, yes. It’s stupidly hard to retain a Premier League title anyway, but as the reigning champions will likely compete seriously in the domestic cups this year too, it’ll be a further struggle for the Kopites to come out on top in the league. City are currently caught up in the Messi drama, which seems to be hampering their transfers intended to strengthen their lacklustre defence. Yet if City solidify their defence properly, they suddenly become far more formidable – if they get Messi, ignore this article because they’ll walk the league. Who knows right now though how City or Liverpool will perform? Frank must fancy his chances as things stand.
Upon the mention of City’s defence, it’d be unfair not to mention Chelsea’s. Albeit; Werner, Ziyech and Havertz if we include his imminent signing are all astutely staggering purchases – offensively anyway. Undeniably a force to be reckoned with. However will their back line still be their undoing? Chilwell has split opinions generally but for me it seems a clever purchase despite the price tag. Getting a player for a position they were weak in, an experienced Premier League player in that who should settle in quickly and do the business – seems a master stroke.
It would be a crime not to mention the keeper. With the money Kepa went for and the hype surrounding him, is he the biggest disappointment of all time upon considering major goalkeeping purchases? Maybe. Replace him and they probably concede 10 less goals a season purely from him not making mistakes.
The main factor you cannot predict is how the team will gel when the new signings are assimilated. They might look great on paper but they need team chemistry. As well as that, the manager must keep developing young talent. Players like Pulisic, Mount and Hudson-Odoi require those nurturing qualities Lampard has already displayed, alongside a general vote of confidence from him and his staff.
Whilst several factors discussed above may differ opinion in where one may predict Chelsea finishing in the table. It will surely be seen as a failure by the owner if they don’t win the league. The amount of money already spent paralleled with the faith in Lampard, cries for success.
We’ve already witnessed Frank Lampard recognising young talent and then incorporating them into his side. Can he now integrate big money signings into that same side? Can he implement an element of consistency? Can he rub shoulders with Klopp and Pep? Can he actually win the league? Only time will tell, but I think next season Frank will lead his side close to the top of the table, perhaps even finishing on top.