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The Chelsea Winter Transfer Business: How Far, How Well? - FCNaija

EPL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 13/01/2018

After failing to get prime targets in the last summer window, Chelsea need to be up and doing this January if they are to get capable reinforcements for the remainder of the season.

Antonio Conte has already voiced out his reservation against the Chelsea board who he subtly accused of not doing enough to get him his identified targets.

The Blues find themselves in third place with almost half a campaign still to be fought, and baring down on Manchester United with all to play for in the cups.

With the knock-out rounds of the Champions League to come and competition for other domestic honours, there is a serious appetite to see some new signings at Stamford Bridge during the first month of 2018.

Which players are needed

In their last three outings, Chelsea have failed to score thus raising concerns about the need for another trusted leg up front.

It is surprising that Alvaro Morata is fizzling out in this critical period and that has added to Chelsea’s struggles.

With Michy Batshuayi either injured or unfancied by the manager, that leaves the Blues short on attackers to lead the line and punish defences.

So which direction should Chelsea be looking at for lethal strikers?

Torino forward Andrea Belotti will be a good one for Chelsea.

He is a hard-working and combative attacker who likes to get in his opponents' faces and improvise a finish from all sorts of angles.

Attacking midfielders, strikers and wingers including Alexis Sanchez, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Riyad Mahrez are all realistic options Chelsea can splash the cash on and bring to the Bridge.  

Despite the focus up front, the rear is not in itself perfect so it will be nice to see long-time target Alex Sandro finally make the switch from Turin to London.

Who should Chelsea sell or loan in January?

The consensus among many is that Batshuayi needs a loan move to be sent away to play some games.

With playing time coming far in between; loan moves for Charly Musonda and Kenedy may also be apt both for the players’ development and the for the good of the club also in a long run.

 Willian has shown he deserves to stay on but Chelsea can cash on the other Brazilian in their team, David Luiz.

While we wait to see how the January transfer will be, we roll out the list of the last 25 signings by the Blues and a noticeable trend suggest the London club has toned down on appetite for ‘Big Names’

Chelsea's last 25 signings:

Pato , Pedro, Amelia, Baba Rahman, Begovic, Kenedy, Falcao, Hector, Miazga, Nathan, Djiloboji, Pantic, Cuadrado, Kante, Luiz, Alonso, Batshuayi, Eduardo, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Rudiger, Morata, Caballero, Barkley