Chelsea need to sign a new centre-back to become contenders for both the Premier League and Champions League in the seasons to come, according to former Blues winger Karen Carney. Chelsea have already splashed out over £200million on new signings in the summer transfer window. Frank Lampard has brought in three attacking players and three defensive recruits so far, with the club also in talks to sign Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Experienced central defender Thiago Silva has joined on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
But Carney believes the 35-year-old is only a short-term fix for Lampard following last season’s defensive record of conceding more goals than any other side in the top half of the Premier League.
Carney, who won 144 caps for England before retiring last year, says the ideal centre-back signing for Chelsea may not be available right now.
However, she believes that is a key cog that must be added following this summer’s spree.
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“They’ve got to be going for the Premier League,” Carney said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I still think they are a bit off but the way they’ve spent and the players they’re getting in, in the next two years they’ll be wanting to lift that Premier League.
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“I still think they need to buy a centre-half, I think Thiago Silva has just come in as maybe a stop-gap until they find that centre-half.
“I don’t think he’s out there at the moment or they’re waiting for one of their loan players to come back and go into that position. But I still think they’re a little bit off.
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“But 100 per cent they’ll be wanting the Premier League, if they keep recruiting [then] the Champions League.”
Carney says the Chelsea board have shown they trust Lampard and believe he is the right man to lead the club back to the top.
She added: “They don’t stop, they want the best of the best and they feel like they’ve found the manager, they believe in him. And to give him that money, they trust him.
“I remember Frank Lampard saying he spends the money like his own because you are judged on your transfers.
“So he will be judged on those players, you’re judged on who you bring in.
“If you make a bad signing then it reflects on your next recruitment or ‘we’re worried about giving you the money’, it goes onto your CV.
“So it’s massive for Chelsea, it’s a big, big season for him and big pressure really.”
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