Chelsea set to sign three players before the end of January Transfer Window.
Chelsea has been struggling with inconsistency in the Premier League. Frank Lampard’s young side have shown glimpses of brilliance and confidence, but a shaky defense and an inexperienced squad mean that they currently sit 27 points behind the league leaders, Liverpool.
Chelsea Transfer Ban Reduced
Chelsea are free to sign players in January as their transfer ban has been reduced. Earlier Chelsea had a two-window transfer ban by Fifa for violating laws on signing young players. The ban was reduced following an appeal to the sports arbitration council. Lampard had started his first season as a manager without any new signings.
ESPN FC pundit Shaka Hislop earlier shortlisted three players from a set of eight who Chelsea should try to sign in January.
1. Krzysztof Piatek
No. 3 on the list is Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek.
“I like Tammy Abraham a lot and I think he is an incredible talent. A part of the drop off that you’re seeing from Tammy is that there is not enough competition for places for him, as an out and out striker. “
Hislop mentioned that Chelsea should not sign players who might relegate Tammy Abraham to the bench. The new player should be somebody who can push Tammy Abraham to be better.
The Belgian frontman has also been linked with a move to Chelsea. Hislop mentioned that even though the Napoli man might not want to leave. But if he were to sign for Chelsea, he would bring more from the flanks and from set-pieces.
“But Just and out and out talent, I’d have Dries Mertens in my team every single day of the week.”
Hislop also pointed out that he might struggle with the physicality of the Premier League.
Probably the most valuable and most popular on the list would be the Morrocan gem, Hakim Ziyech. Hislop said that the Ajax midfielder will bring something to Chelsea that they currently do not have. The Moroccan has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea from Ajax.
“[Ziyech] will run at you ad he will engage defenders and he will make space open up and then a gem of a left foot, as good a passer of the ball in and around the box that you can see.”
Chelsea will be definitely looking for a quality player in the winter transfer window. The team has to create a better squad if they are to stay in the race for champions league qualifications.