Chelsea could keep hold of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi in January
Chelsea’s forward pair Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud have been heavily linked with a move away from the club in January. They are not seen as suitable understudies to Tammy Abraham, but why could Chelsea keep hold of both of them?
Lampard has made clear his desire for reinforcements in January. Without Abraham in the team, Chelsea lack a focal point and a new striker is desperately needed if the Blues are to reach the next level.
However, there is a chance that one of, or even both of them could remain at the club. Despite rumours circulating about several other forwards, no concrete moves have been officially made by Chelsea so far.
If he fails to sign a new striker in the January transfer window, Lampard cannot afford to lose either. Without them, Abraham is the only option upfront. Chelsea would have to complete the rest of the season with only one striker.
This would become even more disastrous if the young English striker were to pick up an injury. That would leave the Blues without a natural forward and could seriously impact the remainder of the season.
The ideal situation would, of course, be to make some additions. But this is easier said than done. It will not be easy to attract a top-class striker when Lampard cannot give assurances of first-team football.
Chelsea will need to carefully weigh up their options in January. The options currently available in the forward positions could be worse, but in the same vein, they could be better. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.