The January window has come to a close and Chelsea have nothing to show from it. The club was quiet, with the sale of Lewis Baker and the recall of Kenedy being their only real transfer activity. This is not the window that the wayward team needed to ease fears from their fanbase. Chelsea have only one win in their last five Premier League games, some rejuvenation was needed in January but the club failed to do anything of the sort. Let’s take a look at why this window can be looked on as a Chelsea fail.
Chelsea Fail to Make Use of January Window
Failure to Address Key Issue
The one thing Chelsea absolutely needed in January was a replacement for the injured Ben Chilwell to deputise in the left wing-back spot. While they were linked with a number of players at this position, no move was made. If Marcos Alonso gets hurt or needs rest. who does the team have to fill that position? It can only be described as a serious mistake on the club’s end that they couldn’t get any sort of deal done to get another first-team quality player in to fill this position. Understandably, they were in a tough situation as they wanted a short-term solution, but they’re now in a situation where they need Chilwell to immediately hit top form upon his return which may not be a reality due to the nature of his injury.
It is possible that Thomas Tuchel really likes what he sees in Kenedy and wants to try him out as the rotational left wing-back but on the surface, the absence of a signing in that position has left fans scratching their heads.
Uncertainty Lies Ahead for Chelsea
During the January window, there were a number of reports that Chelsea players, specifically defenders, were eyeing new destinations with their contracts expiring this summer. Players like Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta, and the one-of-a-kind Antonio Rudiger were all linked with free transfers away from the club. The only player that the team managed to lock down to a deal was the ageing Thiago Silva who can’t be a long-term solution.
Chelsea fans will fine it hard not to see the core of the defensive players all eyeing up moves away and not be filled with a sense of dread. Defending has already proven to be an issue with the team and yet there were no moves made to deepen the quality on that side of the pitch or to secure some players long-term. In January windows in the past, we’ve seen clubs buy players and immediately loan them back for the rest of the season. A signing like this would have at least given fans the hope that if Rudiger, Christensen, or Azpilicueta depart, the cavalry will be arriving.
One thing that Chelsea deserve credit for is that they didn’t just spend money and buy players for the sake of it. The brief Ousmane Dembele links were ridiculous for a team with so many attacking players already. It speaks to how efficient Chelsea have become that they no longer unnecessarily splash the cash.
With that said, this window is definitely one of disappointment for fans. They’ve seen their team go from almost unstoppable to a team incapable of securing wins in the space of two months. Injuries have taken their toll on the defensive depth and yet no moves were made to shore this up, add to that the prospect of key defenders leaving, and it is hard not to view this window as a failure.
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