Chelsea has made some impressive signings in this summer transfer window. The Blues has defied the COVID 19 imposed financial constraints to flex financial muscle. Correspondingly, The London club has spent about 200 million pounds in the current window.
They have brought in Timo Werner from RP Leipzig, Kai Havertz formerly with Leverkusen, and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax Amsterdam. At the same time, Thiago Silva and Melanga Sarr join from PSG and OGC Nice respectively.
On the strength of these signings, Chelsea is expected to strengthen and challenge for silverware. Coach Lampard tutored side may likely not endure another trophy-less season. Who among his signings immediately addresses a shortcoming in the squad?
Let us look at the three areas Chelsea faltered and the new players that can address them effectively.
Lack of speed in the attack:
Chelsea paraded a lethargic attack last season. Tammy Abraham burst unto the scene early on in the campaign but was quickly found out. Opposition teams understood his lack of speed and made provisions for that. No wonder his goals dried up in the course of the season. Giroud and Batshuayi are very good players in their way, but never as fast attackers.
Solution – The signing of Timo Werner will instantly solve that. The German striker is a speedster. Recording an eye-watering speed of 21.92mph, he was officially the quickest player in the German Bundesliga in 2016/17.
Lack of Creativity in Midfield:
With the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Chelsea has failed to replace the Belgium international’s creativity. Christian Pulisic arrived with so much aplomb and the USA international did not fail. Unfortunately, Injury and loss of form have hindered his integration in the team. Consequently, Chelsea suffered as they lacked creativity in the final third.
Solution – Chelsea has signed two important players to fill up the creativity gap; Hakim Ziyech and Kai Haverts. Kai haverts fits the bill here. It does not in any way undermine the importance and creativity of Ziyech. The former Ajax wonder boy operates from the right flank as a left-footed player. Haverts is our man to fill this void.
Lack of coordination in defence:
When Lampard sold David Luis to Arsenal, he was sure he has let go of a liability. To be fair to him Luis falters sometimes. Nevertheless, there is something experience gives which you can not buy in the market. Chelsea has a lot of strong dependable defenders but no coordination. Rudiger, Christensen, and Zouma are all very good defenders but lack the desired coordination that comes with experience.
Solution – Lampard has gone to PSG to attract that experience he so much lacked in his defence. A leader and a composed tackler in the person of the Brazilian Thiago Silva. Lampard has also brought in Melanga Sarr. Sarr will bring competition and possibly force out one of the defenders already in the team. Thiago ticks the dot in this case.