Frank Lampard has made his most obvious (public) plea for Chelsea to acquire a bit of short-term help in the remaining week of the January transfer window.
Speaking after the Blues (B-team, mostly) eked out a 2-1 win over mid-table Championship side Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round last night, the Chelsea boss made it quite clear how he feels about the importance of the time we have left to add a player or two to the struggling attack.
“The first part of my job is to work every day on the training ground with the players and try to make them better.
“The other part is how we move forward as a club by bringing in players. We lost ground last summer so we need it now for the short-term to push for this top four. I have a strong feeling about where we can improve personnel-wise to take us forward so for me it’s clear.
“I’m the manager of the club so I have to be honest and truthful when I speak for myself and for the club. When you’ve missed a window, recruitment is of course important and it feels very important now. It’s something we’re working on and we have to get it right.”
-Frank Lampard; source: SI
When talking about the transfer window previously, Lampard has always emphasized the need for long-term and making sure we don’t panic into slapping on yet more band-aids to open wounds requiring more serious treatment. And that may still be the case, as he continues to work with the club’s hierarchy and technical staff.
But while first-choice Tammy Abraham appears to have avoided a serious injury last week, and super-sub backup Michy Batshuayi ended his 3-month, 13-appearance goal drought yesterday, it sure sounds like Lampard would not mind a bit more pragmatic approach at the moment either.