The winter transfer window is done and dusted for another year and Chelsea brought in no new faces but did manage to get a few off their books.
Danny Drinkwater and Fikayo Tomori left the club for six months to AC Milan and Kasimpasa respectively, Baba Rahman found a new loan club in PAOK, Lucas Piazon left permanently after eight years and three first team appearances while youngster Jack Wakely was the only departure on deadline day as he joined up with Brighton’s under-23s.
The appointment of Thomas Tuchel as manager to replace Frank Lampard effectively nixed any chance of Chelsea bringing in new faces on deadline day as the German head coach is willing to give every player a clean slate.
There were plenty of links and stories reporting Chelsea wanted to sign Declan Rice but football.london has reported previously that West Ham were never entertaining the thought of selling their prized asset.
Lampard’s departure effectively ended their pursuit of Rice as it was the former Blues midfielder who was driving the chase to bring the England international across the capital from the Hammers.
So who were the winners and losers from the winter window for the club? We take a look.
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The Blues midfielder would have been under serious pressure for his place at the club if Chelsea had completed the move for Declan Rice – and if Frank Lampard was still in place as manager.
But with Lampard gone and the prospect of Rice signing also falling away as a result, Jorginho is one of the winners of the transfer window.
He’s also started the first two games of Tuchel’s reign at the club, N’Golo Kante’s return to the team might change that, but for now, Jorginho is getting a chance to prove his worth.
The left back was one of the main candidates to be sold during the transfer window, especially if Lampard…