Two England Stars That Chelsea Could Swoop For In January

Chelsea will be allowed to buy players again in January, following their successful appeal to overturn the length of their transfer ban (Source BBC Sport).

The Premier League side have been performing well under new coach Frank Lampard so far this season but a few shrewd moves in the January transfer window could really cement The Blues place in the top four.

In that regard I think two current England internationals could come in and make an immediate impact at Chelsea.

Speculation mounts regarding the future of French international striker Olivier Giroud. The veteran hitman has struggled for playing time this season and he’s also failed to score a top flight goal this term. According to the Daily Mail, Atletico Madrid are the latest club interested in the World Cup winner.

Chelsea could use another centre forward in their ranks capable of challenging Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi for a spot as the club’s lead striker.

In that regard, I’d suggest Lampard and his scouting team work on a deal to bring Callum Wilson to Stamford Bridge.

The AFC Bournemouth marksman offers a more rounded game than those currently at The Bridge. As well as having the ability to score and use his pace like Tammy and Michy, Wilson can also use his strength and ability to hold off opposing defenders and link up well with those attacking teammates that play in and around him like what Giroud offers the team.

In his four and a half seasons in the Premier League, Callum has made 102 appearances for The Cherries and scored 38 times. He has came back from two serious knee injuries and looked stronger and better each time!

I’m sure the twenty-seven year old would arrive at Chelsea knowing he’d have to fight for his place and understand that fellow English international Abraham would get the nod on certain occasions. I also think that Wilson presence in Chelsea’s final third would see Frank get more from the likes of Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Some games call for more power and a bit more experience and if Giroud were to leave, then Wilson could offer that for the Blues (if they were to sign him in January).

Cherries boss Eddie Howe was coy when asked about possibly selling his central striker back in early October:

“To hear transfer rumours circulating now the window is shut and far from opening, for me, it’s pointless talking about it.

Via The Bleacher Report

That certainly wasn’t a firm denial.

Another position Chelsea might want to look at is left-back.

Marcos Alonso hasn’t offered the same consistency in that role as he has in the past and that’s seen the Spaniard lose his place to Emerson Palmieri.

The Italian is a decent player and steady enough but I’m not sure he really offers the team enough.

Leicester City’s left sided full-back Ben Chilwell could be a better option, if they could persuade the Foxes to sell their talented asset.

Emerson hasn’t scored or assisted in any of his nine Premier League outings thus far this season, while Chilwell has scored once and created three assists for teammates. The England international also makes more headers, interceptions and clearances.

When you look at the teams currently placed above Chelsea in the league, you cannot help but notice the chances that the Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City full-backs create for their forwards. It’s just not the same at Chelsea.

We already know that Frank Lampard gets the best from his young talented English stars, surely it would make sense that they’d look at strengthening their squad with more from that market.

Obviously these two potential transfers would cost Chelsea a serious amount of money. The fact that The Blues fought tooth and nail to get their transfer ban reduced suggests that they are ready to back Frank Lampard in the next window.

If Roman Abramovich wants to see Chelsea succeed then he’ll need to sanction a few big transfers that will help guide his manager and young squad further up the table and see them challenging for silverware!

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