Chelsea FC manager Frank Lampard has hinted that the club are likely to spend on new signings when the transfer window reopens in three weeks’ time.
The west London side are currently fourth on the Premier League table and have also progressed to the last 16 stage of the Champions League following their 2-1 triumph over Lille.
Still, their performances of late have been inconsistent with the defensive concerns quite visible but ahead of the New Year, Lampard seems intent on finding a replacement for Eden Hazard’s goals and creativity.
Since the Belgian’s departure over the summer, Christian Pulisic has largely taken up the duties on the left wing and he has had a fine debut season with six goals and three assists in all competitions.
Alongside him, the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have made the breakthrough under Lampard but the 41-year-old appears keen on landing another playmaker, who can cover up for the opportunities, which have been squandered during the first half of the season.
In an interview covered by BBC Sport, Lampard said: “There will be discussions about where we can strengthen. The transfer window will be a bit fluid. It is quite clear in the summer we lost Eden Hazard who has been a huge part of scoring and creating for us in the last few seasons. We need more competition in those creative areas.”
Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace has been earmarked as the prime attacking target for the winter transfer window and reports have claimed that Lampard wants to push through an agreement at the earliest possibility.