Mixed expectations over Chelsea January transfers - FCNaija

Features By: Ayodeji Tunde | 03/02/2018

The January transfer window has come and gone but many submit that Chelsea failed to inspire well enough as far as their Winter signings are concerned.

While some may argue that the huge Summer signings that saw the Blues splash over £185m the last term have not yielded fantastic results, the shrewd approach in the January window may have allowed for more gap between the Blues and their cash spending rivals.

Chelsea made some much-needed adjustments to the first-team squad this January, bringing in three new established players in midfielder Ross Barkley, left back Emerson and striker Olivier Giroud, replacing youngsters Charly Musonda Jr, Kenedy, and (not so young but not so trusted) Michy Batshuayi.

It was mind-boggling for many as Chelsea were linked to strange transfers such as Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch, and eventually got Giroud on the cheap.

Still in contention in three competitions; especially in the Champions League, many would have expected the Blues to spend big to lure in a 'world class' player to the Bridge.

Injuries or no injuries, Chelsea need to get back on the winning track on Monday against Watford after Wednesday’s humiliation by AFC Bournemouth at the Bridge.

In total, all 20 clubs made up a total spend of £419.5million, with total sales of £271.8million, making a net spend of £147.6million. 

Some clubs broke the bank to try and recruit new players as we enter the business end of the 2017/18 season, while others made a pretty penny by offloading some of their best players.

Chelsea are just falling in between with no big buys nor sales either.

When they like it or not, relastically there are to forget defending the Premier League crown they won last year as Manchester City are clear favourites for the title.

That said, Chelsea are still the mix in the FA Cup and in the Champions League.

A look at the new Chelsea buys portrays them as those that can offer support to the team not game changers in the real sense of it.

Getting past Barcelona first will be massive if the Blues will go all the way to conquer Europe.

Interestingly, Antonio Conte was initially vocal as it concerns the Chelsea board getting him the players he wanted.

Having been on a collision course against his employers, Conte has shown more restraint lately amidst talk of him leaving London for another job; possibly taking over his country's national football team again.