Paul Merson rates Frank Lampard’s transfer signings and Chelsea’s Premier League title chances

Paul Merson has rated Chelsea's Premier League title chances
Paul Merson has rated Chelsea’s Premier League title chances (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson believes Chelsea can challenge for the Premier League title this season after spending ‘brilliantly’ during the summer transfer window.

Frank Lampard’s side beat Wolves on the final day of the 2019-20 season to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.

The Blues still finished some 33 points behind champions Liverpool, however, and have enjoyed a productive transfer window as they look to make up ground on Jurgen Klopp’s side.

German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, Morocco international Hakim Ziyech, England defender Ben Chilwell and Brazilian veteran Thiago Silva have all arrived through the doors at Stamford Bridge, while Lampard is close to signing a new goalkeeper.

Assessing Chelsea’s transfer window so far and their chances of winning the Premier League, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘Chelsea have bought brilliantly.

‘Ben Chilwell is a great signing. Yes, Marcos Alonso delivered goals, but Chelsea were weak down the left last season and needed a full-back to defend.

‘Thiago Silva looks a shrewd piece of business, he a proper centre-half. If Chelsea can get a good year out of him, they have a chance.

The pressure is on Frank Lampard after a busy transfer window
The pressure is on Frank Lampard after a busy transfer window (Picture: Getty)

‘People highlight the fact that he’s 35-years-old, but football is about now, not four or five years down the line.

‘Managers haven’t got four or five years, there is no point in them going out and buying a player for the future.

‘If they do that, they will be watching that player from the TV after getting the sack!’

The former Arsenal and England star added: ‘Frank Lampard had a free swing last season, no one would have taken the Chelsea job after losing Eden Hazard and being under a transfer ban, but he did unbelievably well getting into the Champions League.

‘With the quality of players purchased, it’s clear Roman Abramovich isn’t playing for fourth spot, Chelsea are there to really have a go this season for the title and they have a chance.’

Chelsea begin their 2020-21 Premier League campaign on Monday night with a trip to Brighton.

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