Chelsea’s Summer Renaissance
Written by: Massimo Cipriano
Chelsea’s first season under former club legend Frank Lampard has gone well, even with a transfer ban holding them from their true potential. The Blues currently sit in fourth, hoping to hold their Champions League position after taking a 3-0 thrashing from Bayern Munich in the first leg of the round of sixteen.
South Londoners may be disappointed to see their club deviate from their typical standard of title runs, but the future is definitely bright for the young and promising Chelsea squad. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Reece James could be the young foundation that Lampard could build around. However, for more immediate success, Chelsea lack the established top tier talent, aside from the world-class presence of N’golo Kantè, to return to legitimacy.
There have been several intimations to a bright, star-powered future at Stamford Bridge. The first of these came when Ajax catalyst Hakim Ziyech announced his move to Chelsea earlier this year. The 27 year old Moroccan has assisted in 13 goals this Eredivisie season, and will join Kantè to form an elite midfield.
After spending most of his career in the Netherlands, Ziyech is ready for a move to the EPL (Photo: Getty Images)
Chelsea did not end with Ziyech, as they closed on a huge summer deal with RB Leipzig tallysman Timo Werner. Werner seemed bound for a Liverpool move, but as their negotiations weakened, Chelsea swooped in and made an agreement with the future of Germany’s strike force. Werner has netted 25 goals with 5 games remaining this Bundesliga campaign, and will be expected to execute similarly for Chelsea next season.
After an impressive season in Germany, Timo Werner will encounter a bigger challenge in the EPL (Photo: Getty Images)
Even with two major signings coming under Lampard’s wing, it seems that Chelsea’s transfer window may get more active. Leicester left back Ben Chillwell seems to be the next target after sealing the deal with Werner. Signing Chillwell would add another 80 million (dollars) to Chelsea’s summer expenditures, as their ambitions to return to the top of the English Premier League seem stronger than ever. If Chillwell’s desire to move to Chelsea is fulfilled, he will solidify a back line that has been shaky this season.
Chillwell’s move from Leicester to London would be an enormous upgrade to the Chelsea defense (Photo: Getty Images)
The Lampard Era may have silverware to its name sooner than expected, with a phenomenal slate of transfers giving fans a reason to get excited. This sudden wave of transfers could be largely due to the respect that the soccer world has for Frank Lampard, as players are eager to play for the man that once ruled the field for Chelsea.
Lampard has proved that he has the pulling power to attract the top stars to Stamford Bridge (Photo: PA)