Date: 1st February 2020 at 9:00am
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Yesterday, as far as January transfer windows go, the words damp squib immediately spring to mind.

After successfully appealing against the two-transfer window ban imposed by FIFA and being able to strengthen the squad, those who control the purse strings, at Stamford Bridge, frustratingly, chose to do nothing.

Clearly, the Chelsea have the belief that the infusion of youth, imposed by Frank Lampard through necessity rather than choice, will be enough to see this season to the conclusion they hope for which we can only assume is a top-four place.

Sadly, I’m of the opinion they have made a calamitous error.

In recent weeks the displays given by the side have cried out for an injection of fresh talent, it is only the poor form of other clubs chasing a top-four finish that has seen Chelsea hang on to fourth place.

Adding a couple of quality signings would have done wonders to the squad, especially somebody who is a natural goal-scorer and who could share the scoring responsibilities with Tammy Abraham.

But they chose not to!

We’re now in a situation where our top-four place is in jeopardy and failure to not finish in the top-four and being able to offer Champions League football, next season, could seriously impact on the quality of player the club will be able to bring in during the summer transfer window.

Okay, I accept that signing players in the January transfer window isn’t always a success but, and this is what I’ve always struggle to comprehend, why do clubs wait until the last minute for the obligatory scramble to get deals across the line?

Surely a decent plan should be formalised in December with the intent of striking early and bringing in the targets identified.

It’s all a mystery to me but I share the frustration that was written all over Frank Lampard’s face as he addressed the media ahead of the game with Leicester City this lunchtime.

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