As expected, Chelsea’s transfer deadline day – and January as a whole – was quiet in terms of players arriving or leaving the club.
There were no incomings across the month whatsoever while Danny Drinkwater, Baba Rahman, Fikayo Tomori and Lucas Piazon all departed either temporarily or permanently.
Of course, there was a huge change at the club in January as Frank Lampard was given the boot following a run of five defeats in eight games, replaced by former Paris St Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel on January 26.
When the new head coach was appointed, the likelihood of Chelsea making any new signings was pretty much ended. Lampard wanted to bring Declan Rice to the club from West Ham but any chance of that switch happening finished when the former manager left his post.
That means Tuchel will be working with the same squad of players that he inherited from Lampard when he arrived a week ago, not that the manager is concerned by that.
“There were a lot of good pictures to show, a lot of good behaviours that we want to repeat, and at the same time make some changes to let everybody prove they are competitors, and to give me a better impression of what they are capable of,” Tuchel said after the win over Burnley when asked about his squad.
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The head coach will have had his first real chance to analyse his players in training since Sunday this week as he prepares his side to take on Spurs on Thursday.
Tuchel had one training session before his debut against Wolves and was then straight into another game, the Burnley win on Sunday.
So how is his squad shaping up as we head into the second half of the campaign?
It’s as you were for the shot-stopping department for the club. Kepa Arrizabalaga didn’t get a move away so he remains number two behind Edouard Mendy in between the sticks.
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