It’s another day in the transfer market and there are another host of names being linked with a January move to Stamford Bridge with Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta the latest to join the list. The Italian striker is another mediocre name to be linked with a move to west London and as a Chelsea fan myself I have been puzzled with the transfer rumours flying about Stamford Bridge in the last few weeks. With the transfer embargo lifted for the January window, surely the Blues only have two options; go broke or stick.
Now don’t get me wrong, Iaquinta is a decent player. I watched him and Alessandro Del Piero tear Chelsea apart in last season’s Champions League tie with a sublime goal and his pace, strength and versatility would certainly make him a good prospect for the Premier League, but the idea of an £8 million transfer for a 30-year-old striker that will only warm the bench doesn’t seem to add up.
There is, in my opinion, little need for back-up at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea already have the strongest squad in the Premier League and this season has seen the emergence of several promising youngsters such as Gael Kakuta, Nemanja Matic and Fabio Borini, adding to the strength and depth that Ancelotti already holds. The Italian has been adamant that Chelsea are not making any moments in the January transfer window, famously saying “I am willing to pay a forfeit if I do, even to run round the training ground naked!” However as time goes by and Chelsea are constantly linked with more names, the possibility of an addition to the squad becomes more likely.
Should the Blues sign anyone, they need to go broke. It is puzzling as to why the club fought so hard for the transfer embargo to be lifted if the window is not going to be utilised to its full potential. Regardless of the role he would play in the squad, I think Chelsea had it right with their alleged £40 million signing of Sergio Aguero, although it took some time for me to come to this conclusion. Admittedly the Argentinean would be cup-tied from the Champions League this season but the key factor is that he is young talent for the future and at 21 years of age, is already one of the world’s finest players. He would prosper for Chelsea over the coming years and give the so called ‘ageing squad’ a new dimension.
The club have also been rumoured for a £20 million pound swoop for the young Everton star Jack Rodwell and I believe this is another signing in the right direction. The price tags on these players are obviously off-putting but there is surely far more reward to be found in signing great young talent for the future than splashing out £8 million for a 30 year old squad player. If Ancelotti does choose to dabble in the transfer market this January, this is how he MUST do it.
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