Lampard has hailed Â£23million Spanish star Mata as Chelseaâ€™s â€˜missing linkâ€™ and believes the signing of Portuguese midfield man Meireles will make up for the clubâ€™s disappointment at failing to land Luka Modric from Tottenham.
He said: â€œIâ€™ve only had a few days of training with Mata. He looks very sharp, has a great first touch and heâ€™s got a real awareness.
â€œIâ€™ve only heard positive things about him. In his cameo of 20 minutes against Norwich a couple of weeks ago, he showed a lot for us to get excited about, so maybe he can be that missing link in terms of creativity and giving us something different.
â€œI think Meireles is a very good player too. It was almost a low-key one because everyone was talking about the Modric deal â€“ but having seen Meireles and having spoken to people at Liverpool about him, they speak very highly of him."