Things aren’t looking so great for Chelsea these days.
After a storming start to the season under Frank Lampard, their results have dropped off recently, and while they are still in the Champions League places, that’s probably more to do with the lack of quality beneath them than their own strengths.
“I think they’re the luckiest team in the Premier League at the moment,” said Daniel Storey on Thursday’s Totally Football Show, after they gave up the lead twice against ten-man Arsenal to draw 2-2 this week.
“They’ve taken 14 points from their last 12 league games and yet they’re still six points clear of fifth place. As long as you’re in the top four, nobody cares about the standard of the rest of the Premier League. As soon as you drop from that, questions will then be asked.
“They had a really promising start to the season. If it was just the young players’ form that has tailed off, we’d be saying “that’s natural for young players”, but it isn’t just that. Some of the senior players haven’t stepped up in the last few weeks, and N’Golo Kante is one of them.”
After not being allowed to buy players last summer, that ban has been lifted for the January transfer window, but they have thus far not signed anyone. A move for a striker has been mooted, in particular Edinson Cavani, but he seems to be heading for Atletico Madrid. Will an injury hurry things along on that score?
“I wonder if Tammy Abraham being out might actually help them,” said Daniel. “Lampard was appointed with this mandate to play young players, and if they then bought a striker to play ahead of Abraham in January, that might look like they’ve ripped up the big plan. But Abraham being injured, especially if it’s for a few weeks, it sort of gives them a ‘easy purchase’, and they can say “we didn’t have a choice.”
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