Mario Melchiot has warned Chelsea and Frank Lampard not to be in overdrive in January when they get a chance to add some new names to the squad.
Following an appeal against a two window sanction for infringement of several FFP rules. Chelsea saw their ban lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport this week, with the blues now eligible for business in the winter.
According to The Guardian ( via Football365 ), Frank Lampard would receive a transfer chest of £150m, to aid his work at the club.
However, Melchiot has warned the manager to be careful in his use of resources, not to undo what they have already built” now that they can buy players again.
“If you look at those young players and the way they’ve developed.” He told talkSPORT.
“If you look at Tammy Abraham, at the beginning of the season there was a discussion about who would lead the line, and he managed to get himself a number of goals that stopped the discussions almost straight away between him and Olivier Giroud.
“Mason Mount is one of those players where when you watch him you forget how young he is, and one of the biggest surprises for me was Christian Pulisic.
“He came in for a lot of money but he’s a young kid coming to a new league. In Germany, he was struggling on the bench towards the end and now he’s had to really work hard to become a starting player again at Chelsea, and now he’s scoring goals and creating chances for other players.
“Overall it’s a great young [Chelsea] team and everybody wants to play for the side, and that comes down to what Frank [Lampard] and Jody [Morris] have done – everybody wants to play for them.
“Now the ban has lifted if they start going back to what they did before and forget what they have achieved this season, that would not be smart.
“I don’t think they’re going to do that; I think they’re going to steady the ship and try to add real quality to the team at the perfect age.
“Chelsea had to work their way to where they are right now and this is the start of a superstar team, so you don’t want to start getting players in who are going to dismantle what they have already built.
“I don’t think Frank [Lampard] wants a player who is at an older age and then doesn’t want to obey his rules or the way he wants to play, so I’m sure they’re going to be smart about how they’re going to bring players in.
“The players who haven’t made their debuts yet might be thinking, ‘oh my God, where are my chances going?’, but I don’t think they should worry about it.”