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Premier League should fear Chelsea | Chelsea transfer news

With Chelsea conducting their business earlier than their nearest rivals, it is fair to say that the Chelsea transfer news to emerge from Stamford Bridge has led to a genuine sense of optimism brewing around the club. With the arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, secured months ago, a fearsome attack line has been formed.

Considering the options that Frank Lampard could already call upon, these two further additions will not only offer a fresh perspective in the final third of the pitch but also lessen the attacking burden that is currently carried by the likes of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Christian Pulisic.

Although the attacking reinforcements have been welcomed by all connected to Chelsea, their recent FA Cup Final defeat highlighted that the Blues are still a work in progress. On the evidence of their reverse to Arsenal, the biggest work that needed to be carried out was in defence.

Looking at the West London outfit’s dealing and the names that could still call Stamford Bridge home by the end of the transfer window, there is a suspicion that Frank Lampard’s Chelsea look rather top heavy.

With the litany of names that the former Derby County manager now has at his disposal, even after the departures of both Willian and Pedro, the 42-year-old will be spoilt for choice up front.

Of course, according to the latest Chelsea transfer news, there could yet be a further name added to the mix with Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz reportedly completing a medical at the club. His signing, which now looks inevitable, is an absolutely huge statement of intent from Chelsea.

Although undeniably impressive, these glamorous new arrivals leave you scratching your head as to how Chelsea will function next season. Unless Lampard and his coaching staff decided to go gung-ho, further defensive reinforcements will surely also be required.

The club have seemingly seen the light in this regard and Chelsea’s latest two signings should fire a warning shot to the rest of the Premier League.

The acquisition of Ben Chilwell was one that was often regurgitated in the gossip columns as Chelsea transfer news and, with Leicester fluffing their Champions League lines on the final day of last season, his potential exit from the King Power was always going to be accelerated.

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At £45m the services of the England international do not come cheap but, with current left-back Marcos Alonso becoming a fading force, this sizeable outlay should prove to be rather shrewd.

While if Chilwell’s arrival can be considered shrewd, adding Thiago Silva to the ranks might just be the smartest piece of business done in the Premier League so far this summer. Even at the age of 35, what Silva can offer his new employers could be invaluable.

Critics will say that the Brazilian is crossing the English Channel for one last payday and, although there might be a modicum of truth in a statement of this kind, the former PSG star will not be looking for an easy ride.

Admittedly, Thiago Silva may not play every minute of the season with the Brazilian far closer to the end of his career than the beginning. With that in mind he will surely be used sparingly.

However, his influence within the camp and especially on the training ground will be of a huge benefit to the young starlets at Chelsea. Although he will command a rather hefty salary, his experience and leadership qualities will prove priceless in a rearguard that lacked authority last season.

With their backline also strengthened, the final task for Frank Lampard is whether to stick or twist regarding the much maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga. Considering the goalkeeper is the world’s most expensive player in his position, you would have to say he has been more bust than boom.

The new season is just a handful of days away now and, as each day ticks on, the likelihood is that the Spaniard will start between the sticks. However, Chelsea have proved they can act decisively and there is still plenty of time to source an alternative option.

If the scouting department are also tasked with recruiting a shot stopper, that could be the final piece in a very exciting looking jigsaw. Although the mantle of champions may elude them this season, new keeper or not, expect Chelsea to be in the hunt for this season’s Premier League crown after a summer of positive Chelsea transfer news.

 


 

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