Chelsea’s January transfer window is about to draw to a close in the way that many of us expected it to – with no new signings.
The Blues were heavily linked with a move for Declan Rice early in the window and there was also the sudden emergence of a swoop for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland which seemed a tad far-fetched.
But as the clock almost strikes 11pm on another underwhelming winter transfer window, which was not unexpected, Chelsea will enter the second half of the campaign with the same squad that they exited the summer window with.
There was some movement at the club across the month. Fikayo Tomori departed on loan to AC Milan for the rest of the season having been frozen out by Frank Lampard, Lucas Piazon also left the club after three appearances in eight years and Danny Drinkwater gave himself a chance to resurrect his career in Turkey by joining Kasimpasa on loan for the rest of the season.
When Lampard was in charge, the pursuit of Rice was the dominant story in the Chelsea transfer universe. But as soon as Lampard was sacked last Monday, that rumour went with him.
So why have Chelsea not signed anyone? Arguably, it was Lampard’s leaving that pretty much put a halt to any moves.
With Thomas Tuchel arriving as head coach last Tuesday, there was very little time for him to prepare for his first two Premier League games in charge, let alone thinking if his squad needs strengthening or not.
Lampard will have identified some players he thought would have boosted the side during their midst of a bad run of five losses in eight games but he wouldn’t get the chance to bring them in as Roman Abramovich, Marina Granovskaia and Petr Cech decided that enough was enough.
And with Lampard’s departure went any realistic expectation that Chelsea would be bringing new faces to the club.
As we all know, the Blues have a large, bloated squad that needs trimming down. Tomori left before Tuchel was appointed, who knows…