Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has said getting the club’s recruitment right will be key if the club wishes to close the gap with Liverpool in the nearest future.
Chelsea is planning to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, RB Leipzig’s Timo Wener, and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha after FIFA lifted their ban weeks back.
According to Lampard, he wants to catch the league leaders, Liverpool who are presently 20 points ahead of Chelsea with one game in hand and he feels wise transfer businesses can make it happen.
His words, “That has to be the aim,”
“The transfer ban was one thing. It gave the staff a chance to look at the players, see what we have got and look at the youth.
“That has been good and the more and more I see us play and the good and the bad, you change your feelings about how you want to go forward but the endgame will always be the same.
“Once we can start bringing players in and the young players start to hopefully mature and get better we want to bridge that gap to go up there. Whether we can do that next year, I don’t know.
“That will depend on the work we do and whether it hits home but I will certainly not leave any stone unturned in how I try to work to get us there. But there are too many variables. We have to get recruitment right, that will be a huge deal.
“Not just who the individuals are that come in, but can they help influence the way we play and the way we want to play? I have got a clear idea of what that is, it didn’t look like the first 30 minutes against Arsenal, but we’ve shown at times this year that we’ve got a chance.”
“We are joined up in terms that I have very close conversations with [Chelsea director] Marina [Granovskaia], very close conversations with Petr Cech and Scott [McLachlan] who is the head of our recruitment department,
“They know what I want and I will be fundamentally in the middle of who and what we bring into the club. As it stands, we are very open about that. If it feels right from my side on the footballing point in January, from the club side on the club point in January, then we will make the moves we make. It is a joint-up effort.”