Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is heading into unchartered territory at Stamford Bridge, as he gets to experience the process of integrating ‘his’ signings into the squad. Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will soon link up with Chelsea after completing their contract requirements with their former clubs. Due to the Premier League season still taking place because of the lockdown, there is a possibility of these new summer signings being thrust into action straightaway.
However, Lampard has revealed that the focus will be on getting both players ready for next season rather than the current campaign. According to the Metro, the blues boss said:
“We will formulate a plan for them which will look slightly different individually.
“They’re both in different positions in the fact that Hakim hasn’t played for a long time because of the Dutch league situation [being abandoned and declared void in April] and obviously Timo finished at the weekend.
“The absolute priority is making sure they’re ready for next season.”
Chelsea and Lampard are not in a hurry to introduce Ziyech or Werner into the squad now. After having agreed short-term contract extensions with Willian and Pedro, Chelsea are not in desperate need of reinforcements. Rather than introduce new signings midway through a season, it makes sense to shift focus to the next season – especially with the limited pre-season preparations expected for the 2020-21 season.
The break for Werner is especially crucial as he has played a huge part with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga until recently. Ziyech, meanwhile, has had considerable time away from the game, as the Dutch league was called off much earlier.