Chelsea’s strongest XI after huge summer of arrivals and key names staying

Chelsea spent close to £250million in the summer transfer window – but the club's failure to shift players on deadline day has left Frank Lampard with a headache.

The Premier League club hoped to trim Lampard's squad by offloading centre-half Antonio Rudiger as well as left-backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson.

But the three defenders ended up staying, and with Fikayo Tomori having turned down a loan to West Ham at the last minute, the Chelsea boss has been left with five centre-halves and three left-backs.

The club-record signing of Kai Havertz means a jostle for positions in Chelsea's engine room, with Jorginho, N'Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic competing for places behind the £72million attacking midfielder.

And Lampard also has an array of attacking talents to manage after Chelsea's summer splurge brought Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge.

They will compete for places in a forward line which already featured Tammy Abraham, Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud.

And of course there is the battle to be Chelsea's goalkeeper, with Eduoard Mendy having joined the club after Kepa Arrizabalaga fell out of favour last season.

So what is Lampard's strongest XI as he oversees Chelsea's challenge in the Premier League and Champions League. Here Daily Star sport takes a look.

In goal, while Mendy was brought in to provide competition for Kepa, the £22m signing from Rennes was preferred for Saturday's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace – suggesting the No1 spot is his to lose.

Kepa made a number of high-profile mistakes last season leading to him being dropped for two separate spells, with Willy Caballero having been selected for big games including the FA Cup final.

Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is the choice at right-back, boasting a wealth of experience, although promising 20-year-old Reece James is nipping at his heels.

Thiago Silva joined on a free transfer in the summer, and Lampard's preference has been to partner the former PSG man with Kurt Zouma in the centre of defence.

Some might argue that Rudiger is a stronger option, but he appears to have work to do to force himself back into Lampard's plans after staying at the club despite interest from West Ham, Tottenham, Roma and Barcelona.

England ace Ben Chilwell is the clear choice at left-back following his £45m move from Leicester in the summer.

Following Alonso's bust-up with Lampard last week, Emerson looks set to be Chilwell's understudy in the immediate future.

Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic appear to be competing for two places in midfield, with Havertz in a more advanced role ahead of them.

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Hakim Ziyech is currently injured but will come in on the right wing, with the £36m signing from Ajax potentially set to be available for Chelsea's home game against Southampton on October 17 following the international break.

That could mean Tammy Abraham having to drop out, with Timo Werner spearheading the attack and Christian Pulisic on the left wing.

There is also no place in that XI for Mason Mount or Callum Hudson-Odoi, but both are good options and will get plenty of opportunities to impress.

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