Frank Lampard could undo good work at Chelsea with January transfer splurge, warns Chris Sutton


Frank Lampard has hinted he could spend in January (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has warned Frank Lampard not to stray from the methods that have made him a popular figure at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s transfer ban was reduced on Friday meaning they can buy in the January transfer window.

Lampard took charge last summer under the knowledge that he would have to work with Maurizio Sarri’s squad and would be unable to bring in his own recruits.

He subverted the problem by recalling the likes of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Reece James from loan spells, while Mateo Kovacic was signed on a permanent deal.

Lampard’s faith in youth has been rewarded and the Blues currently occupy fourth spot. But beyond their league position, its been an uplifting and feel-good campaign for Chelsea due to Lampard’s persistance with young players that have often been neglected in the Roman Abramovich era.

Sutton has told Lampard to stick to his principles (Picture: Getty)

And Sutton believes Lampard risks reversing that goodwill by disrupting his squad in January with a number of arrivals.

‘As for a lot of managers, you spend and you spend it can put you under major pressure,’ Sutton told Football.London.

‘It has fallen beautifully for Frank. The hypothetical question was, if he did have money would Abraham etc. get their chance? I understand other Chelsea managers, the pressure is on

‘If the expectation is to challenge for a league title, we know the pressure managers are under because it has been a crazy season for sackings, then in that respect if you had the opportunity to buy an established international who has played at the highest level or should I give a player who has shown real promise in the development squad or out on loan?

‘You would usually trust the tried and tested. This whole scenario has worked out.

‘The fact that Abraham is in and a firm fixture, Mount a firm fixture, [Reece] James coming on, Tomori… these players are showing that they are young men but have shown the development in a short space of time to a level where you have to take them seriously on their own merits

‘So would you change that particular thought process and that model? The main thing, looking in, is to keep this group together, continuity is important, knowing each other, and then who knows.’

Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Ben Chilwell, Wilfried Zaha and Jadon Sancho since their ban was lifted.

But Lampard has already moved to quash fears that he’ll tear up his young side.

‘If we’re going to try [to make signings] it will be for the improvement of the squad – but if you think we’re going to line up Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and sell them, we’re not,’ Lampard explained.

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