There is no doubting the club that has been busiest in the Premier League transfer market in the close season – Chelsea.
The London outfit have been on a signing spree not seen for a long time, as they have made up in style for last season’s transfer ban.
Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva have all joined the Frank Lampard revolution.
Duo will be great addition to Premier League
Havertz and Werner in particular are very exciting players. They will be a great addition to the Premier League this coming season.
Now, the addition of those players to the squad will put Lampard under a kind of pressure he didn’t face last season.
With a transfer ban and in his first season at the club, winning a place in the Champions League would have been considered a good season.
Chelsea achieved that goal, finishing third. They also performed creditably in the Champions League, reaching the last 16 before losing to winners Bayern Munich.
More will be expected this season though. Lampard will want to win a trophy, and you imagine Chelsea’s hierarchy will expect a trophy to be delivered.
Failed in chance to win trophy
Of course, Lampard could have signed off his first season in style with a trophy. Chelsea were favourites to defeat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final.
However, after a good start to the game they faded and lost 2-1. Lampard will not expect results like that to happen this season with his new squad of players.
Winning the Premier League this coming season is probably a step too far for the current Chelsea side. Liverpool and Manchester City are probably ahead of the pack. However, Chelsea will want to at least make a challenge of some kind.
A win in one of the domestic cups seems more likely. That would be a good way to show that Lampard’s managerial career is developing.
He will know that with the new signings, the pressure will be on to deliver a trophy to Stamford Bridge.
A domestic cup win, a good Champions League showing and a challenge to Man City and Liverpool would be a good season for Chelsea. Anything less, and Lampard may find himself under pressure.