LONDON – Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Fikayo Tomori could be on loan as the Premier League club look to downsize the squad ahead of the transfer window closed on Monday, manager Frank Lampard said.
Chelsea have spent more than £ 200million ($ 258.54million) on a major rebuild and although Lampard doesn’t want to discuss transfer speculation, he said the club have a “great squad”.
“With every player on the team, if the situation is a loan, you have to first and foremost think about what is best for the player and the best for the club,” he told reporters ahead of Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace.
“With these three players, I would take those things into consideration, but I don’t have an answer for you. I have a good relationship with them all, but this is the one we will be tackling player by player in the next few days.
“Once the window is closed all players present will be used as there is a long season and many competitions to come. We will know more on Monday.”
Lampard has no information on possible loans for Tomori, Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi. He will take it player by player and see where we are on Monday. He adds that there has been no development regarding Rudiger’s future. #CHECRY
– Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 2, 2020
Lampard has confirmed that US winger Christian Pulisic is back in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury that kept him out since the FA Cup final in August, but their new Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech was still not ready.
“Pulisic is on the squad for tomorrow,” Lampard said. “He won’t start, it’s great to see him again.
“I think they’re all going to get the best out of each other. It’s a shame we didn’t have them. Hakim will bring something completely different for us.
“I’m very excited to get them in shape. I have a clear idea of where I want them to play.”