FRANK LAMPARD hit out at Chelsea’s board after the club failed to make a significant signing in the transfer window.
The Blues overturned a transfer ban in time for January — but only brought in 16-year-old Bryan Fiabema.
Lampard fears for a top-four finish and said: “We probably become the underdogs and the outsiders because the teams around us have strengthened. It’s a fact.
“Every time I look at the TV, a player has signed for another club.
“Manchester United have signed a world-class player and Sheffield United are making fantastic signings.
“Tottenham have signed a few — and they’re not far behind us.
“We have now missed two windows — and the fact we missed the last one made this a bit more crucial.”
The club has not signed a big-name player since £58million winger Christian Pulisic a year ago.
The lack of activity forced boss Lampard to block France ace Olivier Giroud’s desire to seek first-team football elsewhere with Euro 2020 looming.
To make matters worse young defender Tariq Lamptey, 19, quit Chelsea for Brighton in a £6m deal.
Lampard said: “We know recruitment is huge for a team that wants success.
“Look no further than Liverpool and Manchester City in recent years. I have to be positive no matter what and I have to be truthful when I speak.
“Chelsea fans are sitting listening — and they want the best.”