Frank Lampard: Chelsea FC want to sign ‘talented’ players in January
Frank Lampard outlines what he is looking for from potential new signings in the January window
Frank Lampard has underlined his desire to add some further quality to his Chelsea FC squad in the January transfer window.
The Blues are now free to sign players in the new year after their transfer ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this month.
Chelsea FC are likely to be linked with a host of big names in the coming weeks as Lampard ponders adding to his squad ahead of the second part of the season.
The west London side were barred from making any signings in the summer window and Lampard will have his sights set on adding to his talented young squad in the new year.
Lampard has been open about his desire to add some further quality to his squad – and the former midfielder has now outlined the types of characteristics he will be looking for in any potential January signings.
Asked about the qualities he will look for in any potential new signings, Lampard replied: “Work ethic, a desire to run, a capacity to run and then a desire to do it, and then a will to win and come in and fight and be successful for the club.
“Of course we want to sign talented players, that’s obvious, but those are huge things for me.
“We want people who will come here with a real intention to be a success.”
Lampard also moved to reassure Chelsea FC’s young players that any new signings will not hamper their development at Stamford Bridge.
He continued: “If I start to look at where we can strengthen the squad, it’s not going to be a slight on any of the young players.
“We all here have seen what’s happened since the summer, the idea of going into the Academy and giving these boys a chance is a really good one because they deserve it.
“They haven’t been getting that so much in the past, and I do think we have changed our minds maybe a little bit on that one.
“All of them know I’m prepared to give them the chances and the opportunities if they train well and come in and play well.
“I haven’t needed to have that conversation with them about who may come in. They should naturally feel a little bit of tension all the time, which isn’t the worst thing, but they also just need to work and believe in their own talents.”
Chelsea FC are currently preparing for their crunch clash against Tottenham Hotspur in north London next Sunday afternoon.