Chelsea boss Frank Lampard criticised for transfer mistake despite £250m spending spree

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been warned that just adding Thiago Silva to his defence isn’t enough to fix his problems at the back. Arsenal icon Ian Wright believes Edouard Mendy will make a big difference to the Blues’ defence, but they need more than just Silva.

Chelsea have spent big this summer to improve their squad, with the bulk of the money being spent on attackers. 

They have forked out just under £250million so far this summer, and could still make a move to sign Declan Rice before Monday’s deadline.  

The majority of their spending has been on attackers, with £90m Kai Havertz, £53m Timo Werner and £37.5m Hakim Ziyech all arriving throughout the window. 

One of their key signings, however, was made for free, with Silva costing nothing after his contract expired. 

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The Paris Saint-Germain defender chose not to extend his deal with the French champions and instead became a free agent, only to be snapped up by Chelsea just days into his free agency. 

He made his debut on Saturday against West Brom and endured a torrid time at the Hawthorns as Chelsea conceded three goals in the first half alone. 

And Wright believes that as good as the 35-year-old Brazilian is, he won’t be able to solve the Blues’ defensive woes by himself. 

“I think Chelsea have got a team, you can feel once the pieces fit, they’re a very good team,” he said to Premier League Productions when speaking of their transfer activity. 

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“It’s just how long is it going to take that going where it’s smooth and the players are in the right places? Then they can start playing some games, going forward, getting confidence and beating teams. 

“I think the goalkeeper is going to make a big difference, but for me just putting Thiago Silva in their back line as an experienced player isn’t enough. 

“It’s not enough for me, there’s a Palace team that can really exploit that team.”  

Wright also discussed Havertz in particular, who became the club’s record signing when he signed from Bayer Leverkusen.

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There has been much debate about what is the playmaker’s best position, as he has the ability to play anywhere in the attack. 

But Wright believes he needs to be given more of the ball and play through the middle in order to play his best football. 

He continued: “I want him to put more emphasis on Havertz and give him more of the ball. 

“I saw him do one lay-off for the goal for Hudson-Odoi where you think to yourself – that guy has got to be in the middle and the meat of the game because he’s going to make things happen because he’s so talented.  

“When you look at Chelsea and what they’ve got especially going forward, I think Kai Havertz is going to be somebody that we’re going to be raving about as soon as he finds his feet. Same with [Timo] Werner with how sharp he is.”

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