With competition in the Premier League top six so high, if I told you one of the clubs had a transfer ban, you’d automatically think they’d struggle in the upcoming season, right?
Well, that just isn’t the case for the seemingly incoming Frank Lampard, who I think will thrive despite a transfer ban. With there being a delay in announcing the new manager at Chelsea, many fans are starting to get worried about the situation. However, here is why they have nothing to worry about ahead of a crucial pre-season for Chelsea.
The rumours flying around are that Lampard should be announced as the next Chelsea manager in the next 48 hours, and with no transfer window available to the Englishman, he’ll have more time to focus on two very key aspects ahead of the crunch season-opener versus Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The first of the two key aspects this pre-season for Lampard is the fitness of Chelsea, which will be very key to his style of football. Attempting to pass the ball around will come with the obvious risk of giving it away often, as shown by Chelsea’s low passing accuracy when compared to Manchester City. So, winning the ball back as soon as possible will mean fitness levels need to be at their highest. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side could be a crucial example for the 41-year-old to follow, as their back-to-back Premier League titles show they are the best when it comes to winning the ball back.
The second of the key aspects Lampard will be able to implement far easier this pre-season is his own style of play. With no new incoming signings, the soon to be former-Derby manager already has a clear idea of his squad for next season. There will be no new player who will need to bed into Lampard’s system. And with Maurizio Sarri already implementing a possession-based style of play, the Englishman’s own style of play could be second nature for the Chelsea squad.
No transfer window isn’t necessarily all doom and gloom for Chelsea. Lampard will be able to focus on two very key aspects of the Blues’ game ahead of what will be a very crucial season for the club.