Chelsea’s terrible transfer window has cost them badly this season. While other teams around them strengthened in the summer, the Blues sat back and certainly raised a few eyebrows with some of their signings.
The transfer of Papy Djilobodji in particular was mind-boggling. Having tried to lure John Stones away from Merseyside for a long period of time, Chelsea fans could not believe their eyes when an unknown Senegalese defender from France turned up at their Cobham training ground.
It was clear straight away that he wasn’t a Jose Mourinho signing and the player is already looking at his options in January, with Turkish side Besiktas reportedly interested in a loan deal.
The fact certain people decided to spend £2.7m on a player who, so far, has made one substitute appearance in a Capital One Cup fixture at Walsall raises big questions. Technical director Michael Emenalo has been heavily criticised in recent weeks and should also be made accountable for the position Chelsea currently find themselves in.
Mourinho reportedly asked his board to sign three quality and handed in a shortlist, which included Gareth Bale, Raheem Sterling and John Stones. There was a genuine feeling that a golden era of dominance had just begun, but the club felt his requests were unnecessary. While some of the targets may have been out of reach, they still should have backed their manager in strengthening his squad.
Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner, also made the decision to sell legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech to Arsenal – against Mourinho’s will.
Old problems seem to be recurring, problems that eventually lead to The Special One leaving West London in 2007.
While the club must stick with him until at least the end of the season, they have to make a real statement during the January transfer window. If they are serious about backing Mourinho and turning their season around, they must sign some quality players and potentially get rid of the dead wood and troublemakers.
Chelsea need to replace Falcao with a world class striker, and with Djilobodji also on his way out, they need to sign another top class defender. Not only to improve their position in the league table, but also to compete in the Champions League.
The next few months are massive for the club and all people, from top to bottom, need to do their best to get Chelsea back on track.
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