It’s been a very long month of January for a lot of people. If you spent a lot of money over the Christmas and new year’s holidays, then you can relate. But it isn’t only people who spent heavily last December that would have been frustrated by the unending nature of the month of January, Chelsea fans globally would have also been keen to see deadline day, and know what players would finally come to Chelsea after a very disappointing past few weeks.
In the past few weeks alone, Chelsea have been linked with players the club ordinarily wouldn’t scout, but that has been the situation of the club this January. From Fernando Llorente to Andy Carroll, to Peter Crouch, pretty much every other player has been named as a potential recruit for us this January.
Bosnian Edin Dzeko and French international, Olivier Giroud are the latest names to appear on that list, with the former looking more unlikely now. Edin Dzeko was close to joining from Roma with teammate Emerson Palmieri but it appears we could only secure the latter for reasons still unknown.
Now, out of favour striker, Olivier Giroud is the player likelier to join Chelsea after a dramatic past few weeks. But whether or not he joins, it will for a longtime trouble me especially, knowing how we almost made a fool of ourselves all January with the kind of targets we were linked to.
Not only is it bad enough the said players aren’t top class; it’s also bad that we couldn’t settle for one for such a long time. What happened to identifying a target early, and following them up as much as possible. A look at the kind of business our rivals did would further strengthen my argument. Both Manchester clubs went for their men, and Arsenal stuck with Aubemyang all window. It is quite embarrassing, and I don’t know who to blame – Conte or the board? In the days of Emenalo, he was the one people often attacked; now, I wonder where the blame goes?
Blame or not though, one thing will remain certain, and I hope we learn from it ahead of this summer— we had a poor outing this January window, and if I could rate our buys and spending, I’d say it doesn’t deserve more than a 3/10. And that’s for the confusion and uncertainty.