The summer transfer window saw Chelsea bring in several star players to enhance both the attack and defense. The result of this recruitment drive is that some Chelsea players in the current squad will not play any part in the team this season.
Chelsea bolstered their ranks with the acquisition of German attackers, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Moroccan playmaker Hakim Ziyech. Defensive acquisitions such as left-back Ben Chilwell, center-back Thiago Silva, and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy will be required to fix the porous backline.
In total, Chelsea spent more than £200 million on signings. Seven players were brought in, with Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr came on free transfers from PSG and Nice respectively. Sarr was sent out on loan for the rest of the season.
Chelsea Premier League Squad
When Frank Lampard released his Premier League Squad, some players miss out expectedly. With 25 slots available, Lampard was only able to select the best players that suit the style he wants to play.
Victor Moses, Charly Musonda, Danny Drinkwater, Baba Rahman missed out.
Victor Moses has since secured a loan move to Russian side, Spartak Moscow. The other players are yet to secure any move away from the club.
Champions League Squad
The Champions League squad is made up of List A and List B. List A is made up of 25 players. List B is for players born on, or after, 1 January 1995. The player must have been playing for the club since his 15th birthday. Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Hudson-Odoi, Henry Lawrence, Faustino Anjorin, Reece James, and Karlo Ziga completed Chelsea’s List B.
Lampard also ignored Victor Moses, Charly Musonda, Danny Drinkwater, Baba Rahman in his Champions League squad.
A look at out-of-favour current Chelsea players in the squad
Aside Drinkwater, Musonda and Rahman, Frank Lampard is yet to feature Antonio Rudiger this season. Though he is in both the Premier League and Champions League squad, it seems he is no longer in the good books of Frank Lampard.
Drinkwater moved to Chelsea from Leicester in 2017. He was brought in to complement Ngolo Kante in the midfield. They were teammates at Leicester and formed a wonderful partnership in the middle that led Leicester to a surprise Premier League title in the 2015/16 season.
Unfortunately, this move never worked out. He struggled with injury and lack of fitness. He managed to make a few starts and mostly substitute appearances.
In 2019, he faced disciplinary action and was handed 20-month driving ban for drink-driving.
He left Chelsea on loan to join Aston Villa in January 2020. Aston Villa back to the Premier League struggled to retain their Premier League status, bar a late run of wins and a final day draw with West Ham. Drinkwater struggled at Aston Villa and made only four appearances.
He is still contracted at Chelsea till 2022.
A Ghanaian attacking left-back signed from Augsburg in 2015. He had a fairly impressive debut season making 23 appearances across all competitions.
He went to the German side, Schalke on a season-long loan in 2016. He suffered an injury in 2016 while on duty with the Ghana national team at the Africa Cup of Nation. He returned to Chelsea to complete his rehabilitation.
Rahman returned to Schalke in 2018 and spent one year before heading to French outfit Reims for another year. His last loan deal was with Real Sociedad in Spain where he spent the 2019/2020 season.
His contract at Chelsea runs till 2022.
Charly Musonda Jr
Musonda was signed from Anderlecht as a 14 year old youngster in 2012. He made his debut in the U-18 Cup Final against Norwich.
He will go on to play regularly for the U-19 and U-21 teams. He was part of the youth team that won various trophies.
In 2016, he went on loan to Real Betis where he spent on year and impressed mostly at the first half of the season.
On his return, he became part of the Antonio Conte team in the 2017/2018 season. He will make few substitute appearances and two starts before heading to Celtic on an 18-month loan in January 2018. The loan was cut short after four months after a disappointing spell that ended with an injury.
He returned to Chelsea and was sent on loan again to Dutch side, Vitesse for 2019/20 season only for injury to strike again.
He is recovering at Chelsea. His contract runs through 2022 having signed an extension in December 2017.