Chelsea FC’s awe-inspiring start to the premier league season now seemingly a purple patch as previous indecent performances has generate calls for winter market actions. With the transfer ban reduced by half by the court of abbitration for sports, the Blues have now been handed with the opportunity to strengthen their youthful side.
The January transfer window is a very tricky one. Infact the London club have had a larger chunk of disappointing January buys. Players like Torres, Cuadrado, Salah, Higuain who failed to live up to pre-transfer hype all came aboard during the winter.
Chelsea risks altering the chemistry of a young squad and a sudden mid-season change in proceedings could inadvertently affect the team’s overall morale negatively.
However the transfer could just provide the final piece in the puzzle that will positively change the tide of the season for Frank Lampard.
“I think you’ve got to be careful about being too reactionary”, Frank Lampard stated when asked about transfer dealings after the reduction of Chelsea’s two transfer window ban.
Having lost current world class players of De bruyne and Mo Salah’s quality previously, the blues will want to avoid familiar afflictions with their young players especially current team’s top scorer Tammy Abraham who has quite repaid the manager’s good faith with his goal contributions tally.
Despite some positives, a closer look at the squad list leaves some hanging questions over squad depth. The left back position and the forward positions seem to be lacking in depth and quality.
The following are positions which need to be bolstered
Frank Lampard appears to have lost faith in the duo of Giroud and Batshuayi who will have to move else where in search of regular first team football – to contend for a place in their national team European championship set up.
The blues will be looking for a good competitor to keep top scorer Abraham at the edge as they are unlikely to secure the services of a world class striker in January.
Tammy Abraham has not done badly too and bringing in a striker who will put him directly on the bench might be a bit too harsh on the academy product who is delivering in his first season with the blues.
Suggested Signing: Moussa Dembele of Lyon
Emerson was left out of the blues’ trip to the Amex on New year’s day with Azpilicueta deputising while Alonso has been sidelined for two weeks due to injury.
Over on the other side of the pitch the hope is that Reece James can grow into his own role at right-back to become a homegrown fixture out wide for many years to come.
However, when it comes to finding a Chelsea left-back of the future the club will probably have to look to the transfer market for answers.
Suggested Signing: Alex Telles from Porto
Eden Hazard’s departure to Madrid left a void in the Chelsea attack which will have to be filled urgently. Lampard stated in one of his December press conferences that he has to replace the Belgian’s goals and assists.
Lampard’s choice to play his three central midfielders (Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic) against superior oppositions means they’ll have to look for a creative winger if they are going to open up their opponents better.
Willian and Pedro are on the north side of thirty and are clearly not going to be part of the long term future.
Pulisic has not been consistent throughout the season despite being the team’s second top scorer while last season’s revelation Hudson Odoi has not been able to replicate last season’s form since coming back from injury.
While the team should be looking for improvement in key positions, ambition must be compromised with the right amount of caution in order to keep the team’s chemistry and create a formidable team that will change the fortune of the club in the long term.
Realistic signing: Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace