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Pundit tells Lampard three signings Chelsea need to become champions
Frank Lampard needs just three signings to turn Chelsea into firm challengers for the Premier League title, according to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
The Blues have already brought in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner this summer to strengthen Frank Lampard’s squad.
Deals for a new goalkeeper and potentially Kai Havertz are thought to be next on the agenda for Chelsea.
They had been linked with Jan Oblak, though Atletico boss Diego Simeone has been quick to react to those rumours.
Hasselbaink, however, reckons neither are priorities for Chelsea. He has instead urged Lampard to sign a new centre-half, a left-back and a defensive midfielder.
Chelsea have conceded 49 times this season – more than any other side in the top half. As such, Hasselbaink thinks it’s obvious where they need to strengthen.
“I think he [Lampard] will address the back four,” Hasselbaink told Premier League Productions.
“I think if youre going to play Jorginho you need to do something about your defence. He cant defend like NGolo Kante can but hes very good on the ball.
“You need players who can defend one against one. In a central area they need to improve. I definitely think when Kante doesnt play they lose those legs in the middle of the park. He might look at something there.
“I know people will talk about the left-back and that he wants to improve there. I think its a just matter of time that a centre half and a left-back. Theyve been talking about Ben Chilwell is going to get into the building.”
Chelsea’s win over Norwich gives them a four-point cushion over Man Utd and Leicester in the race for the top four. But Lampard’s side travel to champions Liverpool next. Their season then ends with a potentially decisive clash with Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard, meanwhile, hopes an injury-free Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be like a new signing for Chelsea next season.
Asked if a fully-fit Loftus-Cheek will be akin to a new recruit next season, Lampard replied: I hope so. Its difficult for Ruben right now, because of how long hes had out, because of the stop-start of lockdown and the restart.
But hes worked really hard to get where he is right now. In terms of his body and his fitness, we have to give him a little bit of credit and time.
These games now, he started against Norwich, hes made little impacts along the way. It may look like that for him in these next few games.
But what I want is a Ruben firing straight out the blocks for pre-season and next season.
Read more from the Chelsea boss here.
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