Ex-Blues midfielder believes Frank Lampard may have found greater value in costly raid on Premier League rivals Aston Villa
Jack Grealish can do “a bit of everything” and would have given Chelsea more options than Kai Havertz, says Craig Burley, hinting that the Blues might have made the wrong transfer call.
A summer of great spending at Stamford Bridge saw a number of new faces add to Frank Lampard’s ranks.
A lot of those creative attacking positions filled, with the likes of Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech snapped.
The latter looks sharp when released from insignificant blows, but two German internationals have yet to offer the expected return on the significant investments they have made.
Werner has eight goals to his name and can operate in the middle or away on Chelsea’s front row.
Havertz offers a more direct comparison to the intriguing 25-year-old, but the former Bayer Leverkusen star is not yet close to delivering a similar level of end product.
With this in mind, and with previously asked questions about a £ 70million ($ 96million) deal, Burley believes Chelsea could have explored the option of plundering a Premier League rival for a proven artist.
He said ESPN FC: “I would not have been against signing Jack Grealish. It has been superb again, a fantastic season.
“He has a bit of everything. At the moment Havertz is lost and Werner has lost his confidence.
“Timo Werner is a different fish because Jack Grealish is a midfielder who can do a bit of everything. Werner is a forward, as is Havertz, although he can play a bit deeper.
“Grealish would have given them more options than Havertz.
“Grealish has played further this season and you could have, like Lampard, played [N’Golo] Kante and [Mateo] Kovacic and then Grealish a little more forward and he would have done a bit of everything.
“I don’t know if that was an option but I think most Premier League clubs would take Grealish at the right price.”
While Burley believes Chelsea could have found value in a deal with Grealish, another former Blues star – ex-defender Frank Leboeuf – is not convinced that a transfer of 100 million pounds (137 million dollars) was the right option for Lampard and Co.
He added: “It would have cost more to get Grealish because he’s English and every English player you buy, you’re going to pay double the price.
“I love Grealish, I love the player, but in terms of investment it might have been wiser to get Werner and another player because Grealish would have cost £ 100million.
Chelsea, who have taken just four points in their last five Premier League games, will be back in action on Sunday in the 2021 opener with a home test date against Manchester city.