The transfer window slammed shut in England last night, meaning that further transfer business cannot be conducted until January. But it was open from July to August 31 – enough time for clubs to take care of business.
Chelsea made some key signings this summer but were uncharacteristically underwhelming in this transfer window. Some of the transfer decisions that we made were shocking to say the least. Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko are some of the good signings made at Stamford Bridge this summer. We hoped that extra quality would be added before deadline day, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen in that manner.
We saw moves for the likes of Ross Barkley and Oxlade-Chamberlain collapse last minute, and it leaves very little to be desired about, as much as it raises questions. How come these players were not identified before now and their transfers sorted out much earlier in the window? How come we had to wait until the last minute to make a move? The more I think about these questions, the more disappointed I get.
Now, we have gotten Zappacosta and Drinkwater. They’re decent players, but can they bring the desired quality? I get the urgent need to increase the squad size, and create alternatives, but what use is it if these alternatives won’t bring the much desired improvement on your squad? Will Drinkwater be able to dislodge Bakayoko or Fabregas from the first eleven? Will he be able to impress against a top team? He might have been decent for Leicester, but Chelsea aren’t Leicester, and every new signing should be an improvement on the last or should at least provide quality competition.
I didn’t even know about Davide Zappacosta to be honest, so I can’t say much about him until I watch him in action. There are widespread reports that he was just average for Torino, but then, we can’t base our judgment on heresy. Alonso wasn’t popular before his arrival, but he’s one of the most revered today.
However, the truth remains that the Chelsea board have done an appalling job of recruiting in this transfer window, hopefully we don’t suffer for it, and in January, they’ll find a way to correct their errors.