Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton believes that the club have been so successful since being banned from signing players that Frank Lampard would turn down the opportunity to buy players in January.
A hearing for Chelsea’s appeal over their two-window transfer ban is set to be heard next week, with the club being unable to add to their playing staff since summer 2018.
The cavalry of loanees that returned to Stamford Bridge this season, including Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount to name a few, have helped the club to third place in the Premier League going into the final international break of the calendar year – and Sutton believes Lampard would not want to upset what has been a successful formula for success so far if given the opportunity in January 2020.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “I think they have had an incredible start to the season to be where they are in such a short space of time.
“If you offered Frank Lampard a transfer window in January, do you think he’d really want it? That may actually add to the confusion at Chelsea because it’s going so well.
“That might kill the plan. It’s working, it’s really working at Chelsea. They’ve ripped the rulebook up from other years, giving these young players an opportunity. They trust these players, and the fact that they are now dipping into this well, we are seeing them rewarded with first-class performances.
“It’s going that well for Chelsea, I don’t think that Frank would really want the option of spending money.”
With Chelsea lacking the resources to replenish their squad over the summer months, to be comfortably clear of the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham at this stage is surely beyond Lampard’s wildest dreams – with their below-par ‘Big Six’ rivals spending over £380m between them in the off-season.
Sutton seems to be hesitant to change what has been a winning recipe for his former side to this point, and with the Blues some nine points clear inside the Premier League’s top four, Lampard and Chelsea seem to have provided themselves with a terrific platform on which to build on as they battle temporary austerity.
Taking a risk on ruining that with new additions is one Lampard may have to consider if their ban is overturned, though it would be understandable if he were to side with Sutton given the level of his early success.
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