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Media Watch: Lampard ranked second in list of best Premier League transfers, former midfielder feels Blues may not need to sign Jadon Sancho, JT helps out with home deliveries

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, a number of Blues transfers are ranked among the best in Premier League history and an ex-Chelsea player talks about the depth of our current squad.

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.

Three Blues in top 10 of best league transfers

ESPN.com have published a ranking of the top 100 Premier League transfers of all time which features Frank Lampard’s move from West Ham in 2001 in second place and two other Chelsea signings in the top 10.

The ranking looked at every permanent transfer made by a Premier League team since 1992 and graded it on the player's productivity and longevity, his legacy with the club, the titles he played a role in winning, how much the transfer cost, and whether the player was sold for a significant profit.

Thierry Henry’s move from Juventus to Arsenal topped the ranking with Lampard’s switch from West Ham to the Blues coming in second.

‘Lampard had the most complete career with his new club of any of the transfers on this list,’ stated the report.

‘There aren't any holes on his resume. Lampard spent 13 years at Chelsea and won every single competition he would have wanted to win, including the Champions League and Europa League in back-to-back seasons, three Premier League trophies and four FA Cups.

‘The only other player to rank in the top 10 in both career goals and assists in the division is Wayne Rooney. The only outfield player to spend more time on the field in the Premier League than Lampard is Gareth Barry.’

The other Blues to feature in the top 10 were Eden Hazard, whose move from Lille in 2012 was ranked fifth, and Didier Drogba, who was ranked 10th for his 2004 transfer from Marseille.

A total of 13 Chelsea transfers featured in the top 100 including Gianfranco Zola from Parma (19), Petr Cech from Rennes (24), Ashley Cole from Arsenal (30), Claude Makelele from Read Madrid (37) and Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid (41).


Blues well-stocked with attackers: Burley

Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has told ESPN.com the Blues may not need to pursue Jadon Sancho as the squad already has plenty of attacking options.

There has been plenty of speculation about the club making an offer to sign the England international from Borussia Dortmund during the next transfer window.

However, with Hakim Ziyech set to complete a summer move from Ajax and a number of attacking options already at Stamford Bridge including Christian Pulisic, Burley feels Chelsea are well stocked in the position.

‘[Chelsea are] unlikely to go for another wide playmaker because they've got a bunch of them, including Pulisic. So that's less of a concern,’ said the Scot.

‘There are other areas of the pitch they might look to strengthen - midfield, striker, maybe another centre-half. They've got enough playmakers in my opinion.’

While Pulisic faces strong competition for a starting spot, the Scot believes he will shine when he returns to action.

‘[Pulisic has] got a job on his hands like everybody else. He faced the same thing at Dortmund before he left because he had Sancho and [Jacob] Bruun Larsen, who'd ousted him from the team,’ added Burley.

‘It's not new for Christian Pulisic to be fighting for your place, that doesn't mean you're a bad player overnight.

‘Yes it's a concern when you're not playing but I do think he showed enough and showed enough to Frank Lampard in the period that he was there that he's going to be a big part of the Chelsea plans going forward.’


Terry lends a helping hand

The Sun reports John Terry has been lending a hand to a local charity during the Covid-19 crisis by delivering food to the needy in his community.

 

While our former captain now works in the Midlands as assistant manager at Aston Villa, he still lives near Chelsea’s training ground at Cobham and played his part when help was needed to send food to local residents.

According to the report, Terry was part of the initiative in Oxshott set-up by local businessman James Davis, who launched a voluntary delivery service to help out the elderly and vulnerable in the area.

‘John Terry did a few of the charity drop-offs and [former England midfielder] Jamie Redknapp did it for vulnerable members of the church,’ explained Davis.

The report featured images of Terry delivering food to a local resident whose son suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, while keeping a safe distance away from the front door.

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