Despite enjoying a near-perfect transfer window, Chelsea did suffer a frustrating deadline day as the international window closed on Monday. The Blues splashed out the most of any Premier League club, with well over £200m spent.
Kai Havertz was the club’s biggest acquisition signing from Bayer Leverkusen for a club-record £72million.
There was also moves for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, while Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva added defensive reinforcements to Frank Lampard’s squad.
Lampard was also forced to mae a move for keeper Edouard Mendy with Kepa Arriziabalaga’s poor form seeing him dropped from the starting XI.
However, despite bringing in a number of high-profile signings, Lampard did want one more and eyed a move for Declan Rice ahead of the deadline.
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Chelsea had been extensively linked with the West Ham star, but ultimately didn’t even launch an official bid.
The Hammers told their London rivals in no uncertain terms that Rice would be leaving this summer, with David Moyes preparing for his first full season back in the West Ham dugout.
Lampard was unable to firm up his interest in Rice, due to the fact Chelsea struggled to offload their fringe players in the final hours of the window.
The Blues did allow players such as Tiemoue Bakayoko and Matt Miazga to leave on loan, but outcasts Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses and Emerson Palmeri all stayed put.
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Ross Barkley and Ruben-Loftus Cheek were two midfielders that did complete moves ahead of the deadline.
But, according to Football.London, Chelsea bosses have very different plans for the pair.
Aston Villa signed Barkley and it is reported that Stamford Bridge bosses hope his performances will put him in the shop window and earn a permanent move next year.
That’s in contrast to Loftus-Cheek, who Lampard still sees in his plans. He hopes the England international can regain match fitness with Fulham and rediscover the stunning form he showed prior to his injury in 2019.
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Meanwhile, Lampard has been criticised for his plan in the transfer window this summer. ESPN pundit and former Arsenal star Stewart Robson believes Chelsea are still scratching around to find their best XI and that could impact their early season form.
“Everyone talks about buying loads of players and making sure your squad is big, getting players in all in one go and doing it early,” he said.
“But if you don’t then get them to gel, you’ve got a problem.
“I thought in their first few games, Chelsea had slight problems. We saw that against West Brom when they couldn’t defend.
“That would be my one criticism of Chelsea.
“I’m not sure that when Frank Lampard bought those players in, knew how he wanted to play and what his best team was.
“I’m still not sure he knows what his best team is.”
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