There is no question that Frank Lampard has done a brilliant job in his first season as Chelsea boss so far. The club remains in contention for a top-four finish, into the fourth round of the FA Cup, and not to mention, they progressed into the last 16 of the Champions League with a repeat of the Munich 2012 final against Bayern Munich up next.
Even though Lampard was heavily questioned at the start of the season on whether or not his young Chelsea side can compete and deliver this season, so far they have proved that they can, though to some extent. It seems like all that momentum with embedding youngsters in this side has impacted their consistency which has dropped because they haven’t got the experience. In the last 11 matches in the Premier League, Chelsea have lost six which is a sign that Lampard needs to bring in some experience going forward.
It is all good playing youngsters who have all the talent, but losing to a stubborn Newcastle United on the weekend is clear evidence of what the Chelsea manager needs. The lack of creativity will be a worrying sign for Lampard and speaking of creativity, Willian, Mason Mount, and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all been disappointing in recent weeks. You can argue that while Chelsea showed signs of being a threat to the Newcastle goal, not once was their goalkeeper troubled. You can have 70% possession in a game, but if you don’t have anything to show for it, it is a statistic that doesn’t bold well for the Blues.
Lampard openly addressed after the game that there are areas in which the team needs strengthening. The most troubling sign at the moment is creating chances and being clinical in front of goal when the chances come.
It will be hard to improve the squad in the creative essence in the January window as the top players in that area will be available in the summer. Christian Pulisic will be available in the coming weeks which will be a massive boost for Lampard and the Chelsea fans. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, arguably the clubs most creative player and who has been sidelined for most of the season through injury, still hasn’t got a specific date as to when he returns to the pitch.
Experience is key if Chelsea are to continue to push on and secure a top-four finish and it looks like these youngsters desperately need a lift on the pitch. One player that could solve the issue is PSG striker Edinson Cavani. He is expected to leave the club and has formally submitted a transfer request as he seeks a move away from France. Atletico Madrid and Manchester United have expressed their interest in the Uruguayan international and so should Chelsea. His experience in front of goal is what this side desperately requires and wherever he has played in his career, his goal-scoring record speaks for itself.
If Chelsea were to move for the 32-year-old he would be a good addition to the squad and would lift the pressure placed on Tammy Abraham’s shoulders. Every week it seems that if Abraham doesn’t score then that directly means Chelsea won’t win the match. However, Cavani could be a quick solution to the club’s lack of experience in games that is crying out for one moment of brilliance. For that reason alone, Cavani should be targeted this January window.