“Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out buying any new players in the January transfer window unless injuries force him to ask owner Roman Abramovich to open his cheque book” Chelsea currently sit top of the English Premier League and also top of group F in the Champions League, which would suggest that there is little need for any new signings.
With Ancelotti’s experience, gained through the years at the very top of the game, who are we to question his judgement? However, I do consider his position something of a gamble. Chelsea only have 3 proven strikers in Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou and if injury were to strike two of the three I’m not sure that Daniel Sturridge or Gael Kakuta could step up to the plate and provide the goals.
For those who agree with me, we can still take heart in the fact that the Italian’s strike-force has already scored 27 goals this season, five more than any other Premier League team. It would seem therefore that my fears are unfounded and that Chelsea are indeed well enough equipped to score goals even in the absence of some of his first choice strikers. Since Carlo Ancelotti has proven he can manage some of Europe’s top teams arguably he deserves our trust.
The Chelsea manager is not alone in his unwillingness to trade in January market. Sir Alex Ferguson says: “We won’t be buying in January, definitely not. If you want someone to play in Europe, you are limited right away in January. There are hundreds of players cup-tied for Europe. By January we will have five months left of the season. I will have Antonio Valencia back hopefully towards the end of February which is a new player coming back.”
The United ‘gaffer’ touches upon two points here which seem relevant to Chelsea’s situation. Chelsea will, in the near future, welcome Frank Lampard back to the fold who will give added impetus to Chelsea’s push for the title and their pursuit of the Champions’ League. He also highlights the fact that buying in January is never sensible. With inflated prices and most of the best players cup-tied maybe Ancelotti’s reluctance to delve into the transfer market has a point.
Furthermore, Ancelotti is showing confidence in his present squad of players, always a good psychological boost to a winning side, which he may feel is the best way to prepare his players for the challenges ahead. Taking all of this into account maybe the Chelsea boss is indeed making the correct decision to wait until the Summer before he further strengthens his squad. Finally, Ancelotti states that “they can be competitive in all competitions.” He adds “that the most important thing is to avoid injury, when possible.”I If Chelsea therefore, can steer clear of long term injury to and they can carry on with the form they are currently showing, then there is little reason for Ancelotti to spend in January.
Is he wrong in his optimism?
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