How Chelsea could lineup with Silva, Chilwell, Havertz, Werner and Ziyech in the team
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How Chelsea could lineup with Silva, Chilwell, Havertz, Werner and Ziyech in the team

After a 2019/20 season that you couldn't tell whether they were good or bad, Chelsea seems ready once again to ascend to the top of English football. 

Frank Lampard has been busy beefing up his squad as the clock ticks towards the new season. 

Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Timo Werner, and Hakim Ziyech have all signed for the Blues, with two or three more expected. 

Kai Havertz could be the next to pack his bags and head to London, with Andre Onana, Mike Magnan, and Nick Pople all on Lampard's list of targets for the goalkeeping unit. Lampard's men struggled heavily at the back last season and he has moved to ensure he strengthens his back unit. 

And what better way than to recruit one of the best center-backs in football, Silva, who is expected to walk straight into the starting XI. He will add the much-needed experience and leadership, which Lampard's young side lacked last season. 

New-look defence

At left-back, Marcos Alonso and  Emerson Palmieri have been far from convincing, with Lampard forced to push Cezar Azpilicueta to the left on a number of occasions.

Sarr, who has immense potential is expected to be loaned out at least for the coming season, before returning to Stamford Bridge. Kurt Zouma looks the most likely candidate to partner Silva at the heart of the Blues' defence for the upcoming season. 

The Frenchman put in strong performances towards the end of last season and was by far the best of the Chelsea defenders. Antonio  Rudiger is equally good but lacked consistency and struggled at times alongside Zouma. 

Midfield options

The midfield is packed and will offer Lampard a selection headache. The imminent arrival of Havertz means competition for the attacking roles will become even stiffer. 

Christian Pulisic showed last season that he was ready to be Chelsea's main man and perhaps fill the void left by Eden Hazard. 

The presence of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, who are already training with the Blues further limits the likes of Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek's hopes of regular football. 

The biggest casualties from all this might be Jorginho and Mason Mount if the new players hit the ground running. 

Mount's case is special though. He was a regular figure under Lampard last season and you would expect to see more of him.  

Any expected changes?

One other key area for Lampard is the goalkeeping unit. Kepa Arrizabalaga struggled during the 2019/20 season and was dropped on two different occasions with Willy Caballero replacing him. Lampard is said to be keen on adding another keeper, with the likes of Andre Onana, Nick Pope and Mike Magnan all mentioned as possible targets. 

It's however not clear what the Spaniard's future will hold in case Lampard manages to land one of his targets, even though he might be handed another chance with the new arrival offering competition. 

Chelsea starting XI: (4-2-3-1): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Silva, Chilwell; Kante, Kovacic; Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner

Subs: Caballero; James, Rudiger, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham