Former Chelsea mid elder Frank Lampard says the club need to spend more on new signings if they are to compete with Manchester City and Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.
After losing Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic from their title-winning team in the summer, Chelsea invested around £190 million on ve new additions — Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater.
But Lampard says it will take an even bigger outlay to keep up the pace alongside City and United, with both clubs leading the Blues in the table.
“City and United have blown everyone else out of the water in terms of their spending in the last two years,” Lampard told The Sun.
“Chelsea have the power to match them but it’s something they haven’t particularly done in recent years. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve spent good money. It’s not as if they’ve suddenly stopped buying players. But other clubs are spendingmoreandtheyhave to be careful not to get left behind.”
Chelsea’s recruitment policy has reportedly left Antonio Conte feeling frustrated, with speculation thathecouldleaveforanew challenge in the summer. And Lampard, who made more than 600 appearances during a 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge, sympathises with the Italian’s situation.
“The manager isn’t happy and he obviously feels his squad is a bit thin to battle on so many di erent fronts,” he continued.
“And I think he’s been proved correct to a degree
because when you win the title and then lose big players like Costa and Matic, you have to recruit to move forward because everyone else is doing that.
“Antonio Conte certainly seems frustrated. He doesn’t mince his words and he’s been pretty honest about how he feels. I don’t know where things are headed long- term but I think the club and manager will need to sit down in the summer to sort things out.”
With the reigning champions 15 points behind Premier League leaders City, Lampard believes Roman Abramovich will continue to spend heavily to challenge for honours.
“Mr. Abramovich is not the sort of person to accept just nishing in the top four. That’s why the club have been so successful over the last 15 years,” he added.
When Will Ondo APC Crisis Be Over?
In this report, TOPE FAYEHUN takes a cursory look at the crisis that has polarised the Ondo State chapter of...
Dissecting Akpabio’s Many Battles
MUYIWA OYINLOLA in this piece writes on the series of political travails of former Akwa Ibom State governor, Senator Godwill...
3 Die In Jos Building Collapse
No fewer than three persons yesterday died when a three-storey building collapsed in Jos North area of Plateau State. The...
Presidency Faults Isha Sesay’s Book On Chibok Girls
The Presidency has reiterated the government’s unwavering determination to secure the release, by peace or by force, of the remaining...
Atiku, PDP Tender 48 Video Exhibits
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has admitted as exhibits, 48 video compact discs (VCDs) tendered by Atiku Abubakar, candidate of...
Mixed Reactions Trail OBJ’s Latest Missive To PMB
Mixed reactions yesterday trailed another open letter former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari on the security challenges...
Army Redeploys Lt Gen Adeosun, 32 Others In Major Shakeup
In a major shakeup, the Nigerian Army has redeployed the newly promoted Lt-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun and 34 other senior officers....
POLITICS22 hours ago
South East Leaders Chide Kalu For Supporting Ruga
COVER STORIES16 hours ago
Again, Obasanjo Writes PMB
NEWS9 hours ago
4 Cheat Death, 7 Cows Killed In Ekiti Auto Crash
NEWS9 hours ago
Court Jails Insurance Graduate For Impersonation
FEATURES22 hours ago
As Yahaya, Dankwambo Lock Horns Over Gombe Assets
OPINION23 hours ago
Save Toto LGA: Letter To President Buhari
NEWS9 hours ago
OAU Will Exit National Grid By October, Says VC
NEWS10 hours ago
Insecurity: Omo-Agege Backs Call For Deployment Of Soldiers On Highways