Bolt from the Blue

Chelsea has managed to make another valuable addition to their squad, as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his side and rebuild the London based club. The signing has Hakim Ziyech written all over it as his signing also happened in a similar fashion.

It has been announced by credible sources that Chelsea will look to activate Timo Werner’s £49m release clause after agreeing to sign the player to a five-year deal.

The addition of Werner gives Lampard a much-needed number one striker and allows him to have some consistency in front of goal, something that was in short supply in crucial moments this season. This season Werner in the Bundesliga this season 25 goals and 7 assists in 29 appearances, form that his new club would be hoping he can find in England.

Off those numbers, he looks worth his rumoured offer of £200,000-a-week wage which would make him one of the top earners at Chelsea. And it could be a reason why Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool cooled their interest in the German international as wage like that on Merseyside would have made him their highest-paid player.

In Werner, Chelsea is getting a strong finisher with an eye for goal, he also has great hold up play which will allow him to play the other attacking options into goalscoring positions something the likes of Pulisic, Ziyech, and Hudson-Odoi amongst others will look to thrive on. Werner is also a good passer of the football and is a key part of RB Leipzig’s counter-attacking threat a key trait of Lampard’s team. There are two areas of note that he would need to address which are his defensive contribution and aerial duels which if improved on will go a long way in making him an even more complete player.

A look at the predicted Chelsea XI for the 2020/21 season as it stands.

Not only have Chelsea made two experienced signings that significantly improve their youthful side immensely, while at the same time adding to their depth by dropping some players onto the bench that was thin in some cases. Players such as Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Giroud, Azpilicueta, Barkley will be amongst the top of the crop when it comes to players Lampard would be looking at to change a game.

As the transfer windows are still in its infancy it will be interesting to see just how much business the Blues will conclude before its all said and done, but one thing is for sure they want to close the gap on England’s top two teams. And they are well on their way to doing that.

Philani Mukwakwami

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