The key areas Chelsea is targeting reinforcements once the transfer ban is lifted

The key areas Chelsea is targeting reinforcements once the transfer ban is lifted

Frank Lampard's young Chelsea side is flying high in the English Premier League and everything seems to be working for them. 

The team currently sits third on the standings, a point ahead of defending champions Manchester City and eight points off league leaders Liverpool. 

Lampard seems to have found the right balance in the squad, and his young talents are playing for the team and delivering week in week out. 

Despite their recent performances, it's understood that the team will reinforce key areas once the transfer ban is lifted. 

There is optimism that the ban will be reduced to a single transfer window, which will enable the team to make signings in January. 

Players who might leave

Some players might leave the club in January regardless of the transfer ban being lifted or not. 

Olivier Giroud has seen little action thanks to Tammy Abraham's form, and at one point the Frenchman admitted it's not easy to dislodge a player in good form. 

He has already been linked with a move away from London in January, with the likes of Inter Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, and French side Nice all said to be interested in his signature. 

The striker is keen on having some first-team action ahead of the Euro 2020 and might force a transfer. 

In the event he leaves, there will be a gap in the striking department, with only Abraham and Mitchy Batshuayi as the senior strikers.

One other player whose time at the Bridge might be coming to an end is Pedro. The Spanish winger has not been used much this campaign, owing to the good form of young wingers at the club, coupled with an injury he suffered early on in the season. 

Willian, Christian Pulsic, Mason Mount and Callum-Hudson are some of the wide players in the side, and they seem to have hit their best levels, condemning the Spanish to the bench. 

Key strengthening areas

There is also doubts over Willian's longterm availability at the club, and Lampard and company might be willing to bring in another winger if the two senior wingers are allowed to leave. 

At the back, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma have formed an impenetrable partnership in recent games in the absence of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger. 

The latter has struggled with injuries from last season, and there are doubts over his long-term fitness. 

As such, Chelsea might pursue one defender to give enough cover as they aim to play at the highest and compete with England's top boys; Manchester City and Liverpool. 

Still at the back, there are question marks over Marcos Alonso's ability to play backup to Emerson Palmieri, who has emerged as a key member of the Blues' side under Lampard. 

The Spaniard, who was regarded as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League a few seasons ago, has been on a downward trajectory, and his days at the club might be numbered. 

Leicester's Ben Chilwell has been earmarked as a long-term solution to the position, which has never been fully filled since the departure of Ashley Cole. 

The changes though are not urgent as there is a general understanding that the team is playing well and there is hope and optimism in Lampard's young guns.