Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia alters plans due to new injury problem

Chelsea: Should Lampard be given more time to succeed?

Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia will not let Fikayo Tomori leave the club this month after Andreas Christensen suffered a knee injury. The centre-back had been linked with a loan move to the likes of Leeds or Newcastle.

Christensen has undergone scans after he suffered the injury against Aston Villa and the Blues fear he is facing a spell on the sidelines.

It leaves Chelsea with Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Tomori as options in central defence.

The Sun claim the 23-year-old is now seen as a member of the first-team squad by Frank Lampard as a result.

Newcastle and Leeds were both keen on bringing Tomori in until the end of the season.

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Marcelo Bielsa has a number of injuries in defence while Steve Bruce is looking to bolster his squad this month.

Lampard now needs Tomori as cover with the hectic schedule coming up for the Blues following the injury suffered by Christensen.

Cesar Azpilicueta could be another centre-back option but with Reece James out as well he is needed at right-back for the time being.

Lampard will also look to further improve his squad in the January transfer window if he can.

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The Blues spent over £220million in the summer on the likes of Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy.

But it appears Lampard has more funds to spend from Roman Abramovich.

“I have ideas,” said Lampard.

“We have a big squad, we’ll have to see if that changes, if there are opportunities for players who aren’t playing so much. That will be a conversation between the player, club and myself.

“Then we’ll see if we can strengthen in the right way, but we’re not jumping up and down to do so.

“My focus this year is purely on work because we have new players, because we have young players, so I’m focusing on that. But we’ll see, it’s a long month.”

Chelsea return to action this Sunday when they take on Morecambe in an FA Cup third round clash.

Lampard will be looking for a dominant win with speculation surrounding his future at the club.

Both Thomas Tuchel and Massimiliano Allegri have been linked with replacing the Chelsea legend should results not improve.

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