The Blues’ recruitment plan has been heavily scrutinised in recent months. The arrivals of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner for a combined £75 million before the season was out certainly raised eyebrows. Chelsea’s interest in spending even more on the likes of Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Jan Oblak had opposition fans looking on in amazement, particularly as the Blues’ hopes of securing Champions League football threatened to slip away but after victory over Wolves on Sunday, Frank Lampard can look back on a job well done in securing a top-four finish as well as continuing his upgrade of a young, highly-talented squad at Stamford Bridge.
As it stands now, Chelsea and Lampard can bask in having proven the doubters wrong. Not everyone backed the Blues to survive their transfer ban and the loss of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid last summer, but after the vindication of their academy, there will now be a trademark summer of Abramovich spending. “To be brutally honest, I would say yes,” Lampard said when asked post-match whether it will be easier to make signings this summer. “Not to say exactly where that will go, because that’s not a conversation today off the back of the game straight away.