Frank Lampard has indicated that in the next transfer window, Chelsea will look to make “a few changes” to their squad.
Since a club hero returned to Stamford Bridge in a managerial capacity during the summer of 2019, the Blues have invited no fresh faces into their ranks.
A deal for Christian Pulisic had already been settled before Lampard took over, while Mateo Kovacic had spent a season on loan in West London before seeing the agreement made permanent.
Chelsea had seen a two-window recruitment embargo preventing him from doing business immediately after a dugout change had been made.
Those restrictions were lifted going into January, but over the winter there was no motion seen.
Lampard has moved to pick up high-rated Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech, with Eredivisie ‘s premature conclusion allowing the transfer to be forced through.
However, the plan is to get more bodies on board before 2020-21, with several big-money targets in mind, the Blues said.
Jadon Sancho, Moussa Dembele, and Philippe Coutinho are among those who have built the strongest ties with Chelsea, and Lampard admits that he would be calling for support.
He told Chelsea’s official magazine: “I’m certainly excited about the squad we’ve got, with the young players and I feel we need if we can get a few replacements for places.
“We didn’t bring in anybody in January, at the time it didn’t turn out to be right for us, and we couldn’t get anyone in last summer, so those opportunities are gone and we haven’t changed.”
Since seeing their hands tied in the transfer market, Chelsea has demonstrated considerable belief in home-grown talent.
That made it possible for the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori to flourish, but the expectation was that greater experience and depth would be sought once the top four hopefuls with great ambitions for the future were once again cleared to invest.