Frank Lampard has hinted that Chelsea are still in pursuit of a replacement for Eden Hazard and would love to have a new attacking midfielder in the ranks during the January transfer window.
Since Chelsea were not able to buy any players during the summers because of the transfer ban in place by FIFA, it was expected of Super Frank to make a lot of new signings to strengthen the squad in January. There were also reports in the media which suggested that Roman Abramovich has approved of an unlimited war chest for new players, however, with only a week remaining, we are yet to see any movements.
Lampard watched his side book their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-1 win at Hull City on Saturday night, and then seemed to hint that his team needs attacking reinforcements.
Speaking in an interview with BT Sport (via Daily Mail) after the game, Lampard said when asked to provide a transfer update:
There is no movement to speak of now.
“We got a punishment in the summer and it is meant to hurt you. We lost one of the biggest players in our history in Eden Hazard. That is the situation.
“My job is to work every day on the training ground to make the players better. The other part is looking at how we can move forward by bringing in players.
“We lost ground last summer and we need to make moves now to take us forward. I have a strong feeling of where we can improve personnel-wise to take us forward.
“So for me it’s clear. The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short-term recruitment is something we have to get right.”
Fair enough. Just don’t go and get another “Falcao” or “Djilobodji” in desperation on the last day though.