Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has not hidden his frustration about the club’s lack of transfer activity in the January transfer window. The Blues boss freely admits that rival clubs now have an advantage over his team after strengthening their squads last month.
Lampard singled out Manchester United, Tottenham and Sheffield United, in particular, who made crucial additions in the winter market:
“Every time I look at the TV, a player has signed for another club. Manchester United have signed a world-class player and Sheffield United are making fantastic signings.”
“Tottenham have signed a few – and they’re not far behind us. We have now missed two windows – and the fact we missed the last one made this a bit more crucial.”
The failure to sign a striker has not gone down well with Chelsea fans, and it must be said that Lampard’s job has been made harder in trying to secure a top-four finish.
United signed Bruno Fernandes and Odio Ighalo, Spurs shelled out on Steven Bergwijn and Gedson Fernandes, while Sheffield United even spent big to bring in Sander Berge from Genk for £22m.
With Chelsea’s transfer ban having been lifted, there was an expectation that the squad would be reinforced but Lampard has been left frustrated as he is forced to continue with the same squad he started the season with.