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Rice? Benrahma? 3 positions Chelsea must improve for title challenge

Frank Lampard defied all odds in his first season at Chelsea having led the Blues to a top four finish despite the club's transfer ban.

Following the end of the ban, Chelsea have been very busy in the transfer market signing the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr as a show of intent for their desire to take Liverpool's crown in the 2020/2021 Premier League season.

While Chelsea have already made some pretty big signings aimed at strengthening their options in up front, Frank Lampard still needs to sign a new goalkeeper, a new defensive midfielder and a new winger to truly prepare Chelsea for the uphill task of launching a viable title bid.

Here's a look at three players who could fill those respective roles:


Goalkeeper - Edouard Mendy

Chelsea raised a few eyebrows when they signed Kepa Arrizabalaga for a hefty £72.6m fee following Thibaut Courtois' move to Real Madrid in 2018.

The Spanish goalkeeper had made a solid name for himself in Athletic Bilbao, but concerns were raised over his price. Over the past season, those concerns have been valid with Kepa proving to be a liability between the sticks on one too many occasions for Chelsea.

The Blues are now in desperate need of a new goalkeeper due to kepa's inconsistency ahead of next season to complement their new and improved squad following the arrivals of Ben Chillwell and Thiago Silva to the club's ranks.

After struggling to reach an agreement with Atletico Madrid for Jan Oblak, Chelsea could make a move for Rennes shot-stopper Edouard Mendy.

Mendy, 28, proved to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Ligue 1 last season keeping 9 clean sheets, conceding 24 goals and maintaining a solid 78.4% save percentage which is incredible considering Kepa had a 54.5% save percentage last season for Chelsea.

Mendy would be a great addition to Chelsea's ranks - his signing could prove to be the final piece in the puzzle for Chelsea's defensive set-up as the Blues look to mount a title challenge.



Defensive Midfielder - Declan Rice

Jorginho is heavily linked with Juventus and N'Golo Kante could leave Chelsea this summer with Manchester United showing some interest in the Frenchman.

With two of Chelsea's defensive midfielders possibly on their way out of Stamford Bridge this summer, Chelsea would do well to sign a new defensive midfielder, and there aren't many players that would fit that role better than West Ham's Declan Rice.

Declan Rice proved to be a rock in the heart of West Ham's midfield last season, often making important tackles and winning aerial duels for the Hammers.

Despite being 21, Rice plays with a ton of composure as evidenced by his 86% pass success rate.

He'd fit in quite nicely at Chelsea, and could develop into a world-class midfielder with Frank Lampard's guidance.



Winger - Said Benrahma

Benrahma lit up the Championship with some dazzling displays of sheer skill and technique earning himself widespread recognition from football fans across Europe.

The 25-year-old scored 17 goals and registered nine assists last season putting him amongst the top performers from the 2019/2020 Championship campaign.

It's fair to say that Benrahma was the league's surprise package last season, as he nearly led Brentford to the Premier League with his impressive displays.

Following Pedro's exit and Willian's move to Arsenal, Benrahma would be a perfect signing for Chelsea as he'd be able to provide the team with some much-needed depth, and beyond that, he could turn out to be a real gem for Frank Lampard.

Phillip Ekuwem
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