Chelsea keep or sell ahead of January transfer window as Lampard eyes changes

Chelsea may have splashed out in the summer but Frank Lampard is not done yet.

The Blues signed the likes of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner in the transfer window with over £200m spent.

Lampard was given a huge transfer kitty after a year where the club could not spend after a ban.

But they are making up for lost time as the Stamford Bridge outfit chase a first Premier League title since 2017.

Declan Rice is top of the wish list while David Alaba is also wanted but the Blues may have to let some go to pay for them.

Here Daily Star Sport reveals who Chelsea should sell or keep this January transfer window.

Goalkeepers

Edouard Mendy : The Senegal international was signed in the summer and has markedly improved Chelsea's defence. KEEP

Kepa Arrizabalaga : It has not worked out for Kepa, the world's most expensive goalkeeper. Finding a suitor might be tough but the club should cut ties. SELL

Willy Caballero : A useful back-up option who is doing no harm by hanging around. Contract is up in the summer so might as well keep him. KEEP


Defenders

Kurt Zouma : Could potentially be the most important defender at the club due to his age. Lampard's preferred Thiago Silva partner. KEEP

Thiago Silva : With talks over extending his contract, Chelsea will be doing all they can to keep him a little longer. KEEP

Andreas Christensen : There is no doubting the Dane's ability but it does not appear that his long-term future is at Chelsea, though he may prove useful as a back-up option. KEEP

Antonio Rudiger : Was on the brink of leaving on deadline day and first-team chances have been limited. SELL

Fikayo Tomori : After breaking into the first-team last year, has been oddly left out this campaign. Still has potential. KEEP BUT LOAN

Marcos Alonso : Another close to leaving but stayed and has been ostracised from the squad. SELL


Ben Chilwell : Signed in the summer and has become a vital part of Lampard's team. KEEP

Emerson Palmieri : Has been linked with a return to Italy but is a decent back-up option to Chilwell. KEEP

Reece James : The future at right-back and has arguably been Chelsea's best player this season. KEEP

Cesar Azpilicueta : May have been dropped from the first-team but remains a vitally important player due to his mentality. KEEP

Midfielders

Jorginho : His importance to the squad has slowly eroded the longer Maurizio Sarri has been away, a return to Italy would be best suited. SELL

N'Golo Kante : Murmurs grew over his future in the summer but is probably Chelsea's most important player. KEEP

Mateo Kovacic : Chelsea's player of the year last season and is the club's most press-resistant midfielder. KEEP


Mason Mount : Quickly becoming Chelsea's poster boy and a player the club should build around in the centre of the pitch. KEEP

Billy Gilmour : Injuries kept him out of the team but has immense potential, no chance he should leave. KEEP

Kai Havertz : Has had a rocky start to life in the Premier League but deserves time after just recovering from Covid-19. KEEP

Forwards

Christian Pulisic : Had his injury woes but remains one of Chelsea's best players when fit. KEEP

Callum Hudson-Odoi : Another with huge potential but has not had the game-time yet, could be worth sending out on loan to develop. KEEP BUT LOAN

Hakim Ziyech : When Ziyech does not play, it is very noticeable. The only player who can change the entire game with one pass. KEEP


Timo Werner : Had his struggles but his explosive pace has proved vital during the season, only just arrived as well. KEEP

Olivier Giroud : Too important to the team and Lampard will hope to convince him he should stay until the end of the season. KEEP

Tammy Abraham : Still looking to find his feet as Chelsea's most reliable No. 9 but deserves the chance to prove himself. KEEP

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