After last weekend’s win against Hull City, it was tempting to feel that Chelsea are cruising to league glory. However with the league being very unpredictable, it would be wise for the club to take it one game at a time.
With the winter transfer window nearing its end, even the purists and jurists believe it’s not an ideal time to buy players. The inflation of players’ values and the topsy-curvy nature of deals make it appear like a disaster waiting to happen. However, major factors all in little details that could derail our title bid are worrisome. One of which could be lack of squad depth. Our non-involvement in the Champions league makes it a no-brainer for us to make do with the players at our disposal. With only a few additions to the squad during the last summer’s transfer window, it’s shrewd business on our part. And so far all four of our prominent summer signings: N’Golo Kante, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Michy Batshuayi(though have been afforded limited chances) have been excellent.
Is the January transfer window the right time to buy players? The curious case of fellow title challengers, Manchester City and Liverpool must be in hindsight as they continue to struggle in the absence of key players and under-performing players. Chelsea must learn from this. Fatigue, loss of form and issues of player discontent with playing time can be viable reasons to delve into the market. But can one really get value for money? The Fernando Torres error still haunts us till date and a similar scenario should not be envisaged. If players must be bought, then their quality and attitude must suit the team; they should be more of a blessing than a burden.
With the club setting the pace in the league, no injury worries, all players firing on all cylinders: Is there really a need to buy players? The wingback positions might probably be a concern to some fans, but with Ivanovic, Ake, Aina and even Azpilicueta on the club books, there is no sense in plugging the gaps when these players can do so. However, keeping the players in the right shape and motivating them to succeed might just be the right thing Conte and Chelsea should do to keep our dream alive.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed… Cheers!