Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped pressure on the Blues board by stating that the club need to get their ‘short-term recruitment right’ between now and deadline day. Chelsea overcame Hull in the fourth round of the FA cup on Saturday evening but limped over the line with a 2-1 victory.
Goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori were enough before Kamil Grosicki grabbed a late consolation at the KCOM Stadium.
The game was one which emulated a lot of Chelsea’s performances this season, as the west London side showed promise but also hints of naivety in allowing their Championship opponents back into the game, having been so comfortable for most of it.
Chelsea, however, started the season without any new signings because of a two-window transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA, who then lifted the embargo in November.
Lampard, however, has yet to make any signings, but it’s expected that if he does, they’ll be loan deals.
“The money of it is not my job but I have to be honest and truthful. Short term recruitment is something we have to get right.”
Abraham missed the game with an ankle problem and looks to be out for weeks, with Cavani said to be the Blues No 1 target this month.
The Uruguayan is out of contract with PSG at the end of the season and Chelsea are offering a £5m loan fee for his services – and they’re also thought to be happy to pay his £360,0000-a-week wages.
Batshuayi’s deflected finish was followed by a header in the second half from Tomori as Chelsea squeezed into the fifth-round draw.
Lampard added: ”The good news is we are in the hat, the bad news is that it is a small example of our season.
“We had the game in our grasp and we play in nice patterns to finish them. But when they don’t come off you need to keep trying them. When we play well we are a good team but we don’t finish the game. We caused our own problems.
“It is a hard one. We work hard in front of goal and it is not coming off for us. It is going to define you.
“I feel like a broken record. We have the larger share of possession and shots on goal but not making those count.
“There is more goals to be had and control of the game. You can’t bemoan your luck, such as a deflection with the Hull goal.
“It is frustrating. We are making mistakes and allowing them to run two on tow in the last few minutes. This is us. There are some players resting or injured back at the training ground. But this is the constant message from me.
“If we can’t accept these examples in front us. Newcastle was the same. Arsenal was the same. The message is clear.”
Chelsea’s next clash is away at Leicester next Saturday in the Premier League.