• Frank Lampard has dropped ‘clue’ Chelsea have changed transfer plans for January
  • Frank Lampard has dropped ‘clue’ Chelsea have changed transfer plans for January
    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has dropped a clue that he has changed his plans for the January transfer window, claims Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier. Chelsea are now able to sign players in January after FIFA cut their transfer ban in half earlier this month. Lampard initially said he would not make any knee-jerk signings just because they are now able to bring players in.
    However, Le Tissier believes Chelsea’s recent form will lead to a change of tack from the Blues head coach.
    Chelsea have lost five of their last seven in the Premier League, including home defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton.
    Following the loss to Southampton, Lampard said there was a lack of personality in his team.
    And Le Tissier reckons that is a big hint Chelsea will delve into the market next month.
    Yeah quite possibly [Lampard will be more tempted to make signings],” Le Tissier said on Soccer Saturday.
    “I think I’ve seen Frank criticise some of his players for a lack of personality in his team and I think that kind of gives you a clue as to perhaps what he will be looking for in January.
    I think had they won those three games and then been sitting pretty, he’d have probably have left it.
    “But I think you’re right, I think those three home defeats against teams who he will think he probably should be taking maximum points out of, I think that will just say to him ‘Okay, maybe I need a little bit of improvement’.
    “I think in the past in those kinds of games, they’ve relied on Eden Hazard to win them those kinds of games.
    “Obviously missing him is massive and they haven’t got a player of equal ability who can do those really special things in really tight, tight areas that Hazard could do.”
    Le Tissier was reacting to comments Lampard made in his press conference after the Boxing Day defeat to Southampton.
    "I'll probably give you the exact same press conference as I gave after Bournemouth,” Lampard said.
    "If you're an offensive player, play round the corner, join, mix up your game and break defensive lines because teams aren't stupid - you need to do more in an attacking sense.
    “Personality comes in in lots of different ways. Today it was in a football sense: of finding and taking the ball into tight spaces and delivering something. We didn't do it.
    "If you are on the run we are on at home, there is more pressure because everyone talks about it. We feel it."
    Chelsea will look to bounce back when they visit Arsenal in Mikel Arteta's first home game in charge of the Gunners on Sunday.

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