Chelsea isn’t messing around this summer. Frank Lampard wants the Premier League title back at Stamford Bridge next season and owner Roman Abramovich supports him with a lot of money.
The Blues haven’t won the top flight for three seasons, but they haven’t finished in the top two since then, as Manchester City and current champions Liverpool dominated the division.
But could that change now? RB Leipzig’s goal-scoring machine, Timo Werner, and silky-smooth Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech are already on their doorstep on their training ground in Cobham for a combined sum of £ 91 million.
Blues boss Frank Lampard wants the Premier League title back at Stamford Bridge next season
Chelsea will get a deadly striker in Timo Werner next season to finish the created opportunities
The Blues have also negotiated £ 50m with Leicester for one of the country’s top left backs, Ben Chilwell, and a staggering £ 90m deal with Bayer Leverkusen to buy Bundesliga sensation Kai Havertz.
In addition, veteran Paris Saint-Germain center-back Thiago Silva looks like he’s going to sign for Lampard for free, as does 21-year-old former Nice defender Malang Sarr, who is a free agent.
Chelsea fans will drool over their favorite lineups and watch Christian Pulisic, Werner and Ziyech get supplied by Havertz and Chilwell.
Those five were involved in a massive 131 goals in all competitions last season. To put that in context, if you take reigning champions Liverpool’s five most creative players – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, and calculate their goal engagement, that adds up to 129 – less than the new guys from Chelsea. .
Hakim Ziyech will do everything he can to close the gap as he scored eight goals last season
That’s how frightening Lampard’s new acquisitions are. There are, of course, a few caveats: the Premier League is generally regarded as a more difficult league than the Bundesliga and Eredivise where Werner, Havertz and Ziyech played last season.
They will also need to take time to get used to their new manager’s methods and the movements of their teammates.
But when Lampard looks at his grocery list, he probably thinks that’s almost exactly what he came for and is about to hit the checkouts.
They needed extra firepower beforehand – Chelsea’s two main strikers from last season, Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, could only score the same goal together as Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy, who scored alone (23) – and Werner has a lot of gunpowder with 34 goals last season.
Kai Havertz scored 27 goals (18 goals, nine assists) and will take over Ross Barkley
The team as a whole has scored 16 less than champions Liverpool and 33 goals less than second-placed City.
Ziyech will do everything he can to close that gap, as he scored eight goals last season and delivered 21 for his Ajax teammates – nine more than the man he replaces, Willian, who has left for Arsenal.
Havertz has scored 27 goals (18 goals and nine assists) and will replace Ross Barkley’s output of 10 goals.
But the other end of the field was also a major concern, as they conceded 54 league goals last season – 21 more than Jurgen Klopp’s men and 19 more than City.
Chelsea have scored 33 goals less than second-placed City, led by Pep Guardiola
Chilwell is definitely an upgrade from Marcos Alonso and Emerson, who were unable to meet the demands of the modern fullback.
The 23-year-old Foxes defender is a constant threat into the future and has the engine to get back into a defensive position much faster than Chelsea’s left back last season, who were often caught counter-attacking.
Will Thiago Silva be a success? There’s no question that he’s a leader – something the Blues have been desperate for since former captain John Terry left in 2017 – which is perhaps unsurprisingly the last time they won the title.
But the Brazilian turns 36 next month and in the Champions League knockout matches he looked like he was slowing down.
Chelsea conceded 54 league goals last season – 21 more than Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool
For example, he was to blame for Bayern Munich’s goal that denied him his first Champions League title on Sunday by running way out of his side’s defensive form.
Silva will certainly add presence and experience in a dressing room full of young players, but getting into a physically demanding Premier League after playing most of his Ligue 1 games in his metaphorical armchair over the past few seasons will be a test he can. maybe not get up either.
You would think Lampard would have to buy at least one more center-back, as Andreas Christensen, Kurt Zouma, Antoino Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Fikayo Tomori haven’t convinced when they played there.
And then there is the elephant in the room: their goalkeeper. The most expensive number 1 in the world, Kepa Arrizabalaga, had the worst save rate (54.5%) in all five European competitions, the worst save rate in the Champions League (50%) and the worst expected domestic goals against last season (- 9.2) in the Premier League.
There’s no question that Thiago Silva is a leader – something the Blues were desperately looking for
You can’t even compare Chelsea’s defense with current champions Liverpool, who have an edge in that area.
But you’re probably thinking, how much has Chelsea already spent and STILL need to resolve two more positions?
Well, the Blues have not bought new players in the last two transfer windows due to their transfer embargo for violating the rules for signing foreign players under 18.
They sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid last summer for £ 89 million and if the bonuses are met from that deal it could go up to £ 150 million.
Ben Chilwell is definitely an upgrade from Chelsea’s left back Marcos Alonso and Emerson
They have also received £ 58 million for Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, who the forward had to buy as part of their previous campaign’s seasonal loan.
That deal can also go up to £ 70 million if the bonuses are met. So that’s up to £ 220 million that Chelsea can take into account.
If you subtract the deals for Werner (£ 53m), Ziyech (£ 38m), Chilwell (£ 50m) and Havertz (£ 90m), you are looking at a net spend of major deals in the last 12 months from only £ 11 million.
You should also bear in mind that Chelsea received £ 13m from Atalanta for Mario Pasalic, £ 5m from Fulham for Michael Hector, £ 8m from Arsenal for David Luiz, £ 8m from Bristol City for Tomas Kalas and £ 9m from Torino to Ola Aina, all of this is offset by the £ 44 million Chelsea paid Real Madrid last summer for Mateo Kovacic – a deal struck prior to the transfer ban.
So really, and it’s good news for Russian owner Roman Abramovich, the Blues will have net spent £ 12 million in the last 12 months if all the deals agreed upon go through. Not to mention there will be a lot more going to the exit door.
Financial Fair Play rules have also been relaxed, so while clubs may have been nervous about overspending in the past, UEFA is willing to let it slide a bit due to the expected losses clubs will incur as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lampard’s squad will no doubt be scary for opponents next season, their new offense could outpace any team in world football even if their defense is shaky.
The new creativity in the squad will also aid their defense, as the Blues were forced to commit men too much for most of last season for not being able to break the teams.
Ziyech, Havertz and Chilwell can break through and get a deadly striker in Werner to eliminate the odds.
The most expensive number 1 in the world, Kepa Arrizabalaga, is a weak point in Lampard’s team so far
Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has already approved major purchases
Not to mention that the Germany international is working much harder than Giroud off the ball, so Chelsea will be able to win the ball higher on the field so the opposition doesn’t get close to their leaky defense.
They will be able to advance in matches instead of chasing matches and be able to hit teams in the counterattack if they do go up front.
They definitely need a goalkeeper, and there are question marks whether Silva will be good enough to host a weak back line, but the players they are going to sign will certainly guarantee themselves a spot in the top four.
Chelsea managed to get the money in this summer by spending the Eden Hazard money
Whether they can go higher will depend on more additions and who their rivals sign, especially as Liverpool trap Bayern Munich’s Thiago, who could take an almost unstoppable team to another level.
City has already contracted Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres and they are still expected to spend a shed more.
One thing is certain, however: Chelsea will be very exciting to watch next season, something that has not always been said in recent seasons.