It may have ended damply but there can be no doubt that Chelsea were the biggest winners of a peculiar window in which collective spending remained eye-watering despite many players struggling to move on as clubs appeared reluctant to gamble on those out of favour.
Chelsea were significant factors in both categories but in terms of a rating out of ten, it is hard to argue against a nine. The only negative was being unable to move on a number of players Frank Lampard does not want and that could present some difficulties between now and January.
First, let’s look at the positives. Perhaps the biggest story is how quickly and decisively they acted when many of their rivals, Manchester United the most notable, dithered until the final stages and ended up missing out on prime targets.
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While the window did not officially open until July 27, Chelsea had plenty of their business done months in advance. The deal to sign Hakim Ziyech was agreed six months earlier but the winger being sidelined with a knee injury means he will feel like a new signing after the international break.
Timo Werner followed in mid-June, five and a half weeks before the window opened, and confidence had been high for months that Ben Chilwell would sign from Leicester City. Similar to Ziyech, the left back had missed the opening games because of an injury and, with only one league appearance, will feel like a new addition too.
The deal for Thiago Silva was a bit more opportunistic but is low risk considering he was a free agent picked up on a short-term deal, while Edouard Mendy’s signing from Rennes dragged on a little longer than initially hoped but was still completed
Factor in the additions of Malang Sarr and Xavier Mbuyamba, defenders who Chelsea hope can develop into first-team options in the future, and there can be zero complaints over the incomings.
The total sum…