Antonio Conte is clearly not happy with the depth of his squad, he’s said as much on many occasions. But the Italian is still getting results, although there have been frustrating defeats to struggling Crystal Palace and West Ham United.
It’s ust over the halfway point of the Premier League season and Chelsea are firmly in the top four. While their grip on the title slips a little with every passing Manchester City win, ensuring their place in next season’s Champions League is paramount.
Intelligent business in the January transfer window will be vital for the Blues. Their squad has looked thin and the demands of European football and domestic competition will only increase in 2018.
The Blues have to make signings, but they can’t just be squad players. Any potential arrival needs to bring genuine quality to the Chelsea starting XI.
So to get an idea how Blues fans are feeling, we spoke to Kris Downer from @Famous_CFC and asked him what he would like the Blues to do, or not do, in the January transfer window.
Which areas do Chelsea need to strengthen in January and why?
However, there is no need to go into the market for this as Chelsea have some talented young players that can take this role next year such as Tammy Abraham. So it’s better to remain patient instead of blocking his path to the first-team.
Name three realistic transfer targets you would like Chelsea to sign in January and who should they replace in your starting XI?
January is the wrong time to enter the transfer market and there is little that Chelsea will be able to achieve without a dramatic change of circumstances somewhere else.
The Blues need to take a long-term view, the league is practically out of reach and we already have the tools to compete in the Champions League. Unless a quality back up for Morata becomes available at a realistic transfer value, Chelsea should hold what we have and reassess the squad in the summer.
What is your number one fear for the January window?
That the club will panic and buy another tranche of mediocre players that will never get game time, Papy Djilobodji and Matt Miazga anyone? Even worse would be to go out and break the bank for Ross Barkley despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.
What would your dream January transfer window look like?
The dream would be for the window not to be open. There’s really no benefit for Chelsea to getting involved in the madness of a January window. We can onlyhope that others fall into the trap and spend big on average players.
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