Reigning Premier League Champions are having a stuttering start to the new season and Blues’ dismal performance can partly be attributed to their inactivity in summer transfer business. A critical analysis of Chelsea’s summer business reveals that their transfer policy was extremely flawed as the reinforcements the club brought haven’t lived up to the expectations.
First, let’s mention some players that left Chelsea because they were not “good” enough for the club. Petr Cech, one of the best goalkeepers in the world was sold to the Premier League rivals Arsenal, and Asmir Begovic came in as his replacement to kick-off a comedy of errors for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Didier Drogba, the undisputed Chelsea icon left for MLS league while Mohamed Salah and Juan Cuadrado were also allowed to leave Stamford Bridge. The north London side hijacked a deal to sign Pedro Rodríguez from Barcelona, but the prized striker has so far failed to adapt to life in England.
Loan signing Radamel Falcao, who was once a deadly striker who cannot relive his form since arriving in the Premier League a couple of seasons ago.
Chelsea also failed to land John Stones, the Everton defender, was their primary target in summer but that move collapsed due to passive approach of the club. After missing out on Stones, Mourinho brought Papy Djilobodji from Nantes.
After Stones, Chelsea missed out on Abdennour, who left Monaco for Valencia. Ezequiel Garay was also in the frame, but that move didn’t come to fruition as well.
One of the biggest summer transfer stories was about Paul Pogba. He was on the verge to sign for the Blues, but he stayed back at Juventus. Raphael Varane and Charlie Austin were also linked, but they remained at their respective clubs.
Abramovich, Mourinho and the rest of the Chelsea hierarchy made some bad moves last summer, and now the defensive vows of defending champions are no secret. They have already conceded 17 goals in first 8 matches, a performance that cannot be tolerated. After all, they are the current champions and the recent form is simply unacceptable.
It is a disgrace to see the current champions sit at the bottom of the points table and calls for corrective action in the January transfer window.
Money is not the problem for the Russian billionaire, but maybe he lost the confidence in Jose Mourinho. The “Special One” still has enough credits and he will do anything to get back in business. The January transfer window is to be or not to be for the Portuguese manager.