It seems the transfer embargo turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Chelsea. Back in summer, when he took over the managerial role from Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard had a mammoth task of making Chelsea comptete on all fronts with limited resources. Chelsea had lost their best player in Eden Hazard and a transfer ban meant they couldn't add any new weapons into their armory.
However, his young team silenced all the critics with some fearless football and are up there with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City fighting for the title. The West London side impressed in the Champions League as well. While getting good results, Lampard also made sure there wasn't any compromise on the aesthetic side of the game and gave his supporters plenty to cherish about.
While the ban and a young manager coming in has inadvertently benefited the academy starlets, some of the senior players remain surplus to the requirement at Chelsea. Hence, Lampard's main emphasis in the coming transfer window will be to clear out some deadwood and their massive wage bills as well.
In this article, we focus on 3 Chelsea players who are no more first-team regulars and could fancy a move away from the club January.
3. Pedro Rodriguez
The Spaniard is having a tough time on and off the pitch. He is unable to break into Lampard's matchday squad and also has a breakup issue with his partner to deal with. It seems his days in London are numbered and a switch to a new club could be the last thing he wants to resurrect his career.
Alumni of Barcelona's famous La Masia academy, Pedro has had a illustrious career winning several trophies, including a World cup and three Champions League titles. Although he is well past his prime, his blistering pace coupled with his ability to score goals still makes him a dangerous asset to have in the final third of the pitch.
With Hazard switching to Madrid in the summer, it was thought that Pedro will be playing a key role at Stamford Bridge this season. However, Lampard's preference for youth and a rejuvenated Willian made life difficult for him. It didn't take much for new signing Christian Pulisic to settle in at Chelsea and youth sensation Callum Hudson-Odoi's return from injury also added to his voes.
Pedro had previously expressed his desire to return to Spain one day. Fenerbahce are currently the front runners for his signature. China could also be a possible destination for the former Barca man.