Chelsea are unable to make any latest signing before the transfer window shutdown last night. But Frank Lampard & co. have already active in the summer transfer window with six major signings.
The Blues signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for £33m, Timo Werner from RB Leipzig for £48m, Ben Chilwell from Leicester City for £50m, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr joined the west London club on a free transfer, Kai Havertz joined from Leverkusen for £89m while Eduardo Mendy arrival from Rennes extended the Stamford Bridge outfit’s remarkable £230m summer spending spree.
But how will the Blues manager fit his new six major signings enforcer into the starting XI?
It means that Edouard Mendy is obviously the candidate in goal whilst he’ll be protected by Ben Chilwell at left back but the rest of the defence is not easy to predict.
Argument can be made for both Cesar Azipilicueta and Reece James at right back and despite the former’s fine start to the season and attacking ability, right now Frank Lampard would likely go for the captain’s experience.
At centre-back it would be Thiago Silva plus one – more likely Kurt Zouma going off recent evidence but easily subject to change depending on form.
N’Golo Kante is a lock in midfield but who partners him depends on what happens further up the pitch.
That is where things get tricky. Timo Werner and Kai Havertz seem dead certs right now, a fully fit Christian Pulisic on midsummer form is starting on the leftwing and then there is a fight for the other remaining spot.
We’ve not seen technically gifted Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech in action but he is the most obvious choice on the right – meaning one remaining midfield spot.
Would Frank Lampard use Mason Mount or settle on Jorginho in a holding role? That could depend on how well Mount and Havertz can co-exist in similar roles.