Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell will be in the squad for tomorrow’s visit of Barnsley to Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup, while another new addition is moving closer according to Frank Lampard.
The boss revealed that Edouard Mendy was currently undergoing a medical examination in anticipation of a switch from Rennes.
‘He’s having a medical as we speak,’ said Lampard at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon. ‘Subject to that being okay later on, he will become our player at that point.
‘As far as I’m aware, as long as he passes his tests before he travels, he will be tested with us on Thursday collectively as a team and if that is negative then he will be available to play.’
Lampard views the 28-year-old Senagalese international as providing additional competition between the posts to Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero, and detailed Petr Cech's involvement in the imminent signing.
‘With Mendy coming in, it’s more competition so every reaction will have to be positive around that for Kepa and for Mendy to push to try and play in this team,’ he explained.
‘We know the standards that are required of a goalkepeer in this team and we have to push for that.
'Petr was important in that because goalkeeper is a very particular position and he was the best in the world at that position for a long time so he's certainly had a big say in this situation from my point of view. I lean heavily on him when it comes to the goalkeepers day-to-day and planning for the future so he was very influential.'
Lampard also indicated that two new boys could feature against Barnsley, while Caballero would start in goal as revealed after the Liverpool game.
‘Thiago Silva is in the squad for tomorrow,’ added our head coach. ‘He’s getting fit so I’ll make a decision on how many minutes he may get during the game depending on what’s best for him.
‘Ben Chilwell is also in the squad, while Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are getting closer as well.
‘The decision on Willy Caballero was made before Liverpool and it was a decision I made a lot in cup competitions last year. Willy trains brilliantly throughout the year and deserves these opportunities.’