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Chelsea laying down the marker early

With Chelsea set to push for a spot in the UEFA Champions League at the end of this Premier League season, the Blues have a lot to be satisfied about. Manager Frank Lampard has exceeded expectations in his first campaign in charge, Christian Pulisic has come into his own after joining as the replacement for Eden Hazard, and they have already signed two top quality attacking players in Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner – Stamford Bridge certainly has a feel-good factor at the minute.

As we know all too well, being at Chelsea can be turbulent. One year they challenge at the top and win silverware, and the very next season the Blues fall apart. With rumours that Chelsea are going to complete moves for Leverkusen star Kai Havertz (4/11) – and weighing up a bid for Jadon Sancho (5/1) – can they compete at the top of the Premier League in 2020-21?

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The new signings and will they continue?

Frank Lampard already has immense new talent at his disposal ahead of next season – and if rumours are to be believed, more are set to be unveiled at Stamford Bridge this summer. Chelsea completed a shrewd move for Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech, with the £40m deal being announced back in February. On top of that, the Blues came out of nowhere to sign highly-rated German striker Timo Werner from Red Bull Leipzig.

The dynamic forward – who became Leipzig’s all-time leading scorer before departing – scored 28 times in the Bundesliga whilst also contributing eight assists. Expect Werner to be used effectively by Lampard alongside the likes of Ziyech and Pulisic.

However, if rumours are to be believed, that duo will not be the only new signings by Lampard and Chelsea. Remarkably, the Blues are set to make big moves for Leverkusen’s world class talent Kai Havertz, who scored 17 goals and racked up nine assists in all competitions during this campaign. The German’s signature will be highly sought after thanks to his performances this season, and Chelsea are reported to be his favoured destination after ‘buying into’ Lampard’s project ahead of the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Havertz is a quality central-midfielder, and if he signed would help push the Blues closer to the leading pack in the Premier League due to his incredible ability to link the midfield and attack with a consistent end product.

On top of Havertz, Chelsea are also believed to be interested in highly-rated Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell (8/11). Manager Frank Lampard has been impressed by Chilwell’s performances for the Foxes, and is expected to move for him once the season has concluded. Chelsea could also make an ambitious move for Dortmund winger – and another England international – in Jadon Sancho.

The Blues were rumoured to be heavily interested in Sancho in January, however, are likely to have to compete with the likes of Manchester United amongst others this summer.

Is Lampard good enough?

Looking back on Chelsea’s pre-season expectations, Frank Lampard has experienced a very encouraging debut campaign in 2019-20. For many fans, the Blues went into the season with low hopes, potentially pushing for UEFA Champions League qualification if all went to plan.

However, Lampard has excelled in his role, earning the trust of his players over the duration of the season as Chelsea chase a top four finish at the end of this year. It would truly be a sensational season if it could be achieved, and Chelsea have also got an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to.

Lampard has had some performances to forget – his 4-0 debut loss to United particularly sticks out – but he has also ensured that Chelsea have played some brilliant football to pick up wins over the likes of Manchester City.

Does Werner have the 'Costa' effect?

The last time Chelsea won the Premier League, it was clear that there was a strict philosophy in place and the likes of Diego Costa made a world of difference at Stamford Bridge.

When the Blues signed Costa from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014, the club had just finished in third place in the Premier League and everybody knew what they needed - a replacement for Didier Drogba. One year later, they were champions, as the Spaniard netted 20 league goals in his debut campaign under Jose Mourinho, in just 26 games.

Werner is highly-rated around Europe, and if he can hit the ground running, there are no limits to what Chelsea can achieve. Have Chelsea finally found their Costa replacement?

By Andrew Gamble