The 2021 winter transfer window is in the books, and in truth it’s not one that is likely to last too long in the memory of Chelsea supporters.
There were no major incomings at Stamford Bridge, hardly a surprise given the spending spree the Blues embarked on in the summer. There were a couple of outgoings but only one had a bearing on the first-team squad.
That was Fikayo Tomori’s departure to AC Milan on loan. The centre-back will spend the remainder of the campaign with the Serie A leaders who have an option to buy the 23-year-old for around £26 million in the summer.
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A busier end to the transfer window would have likely occurred had Frank Lampard not been replaced by Thomas Tuchel.
The German coach has given every player a clean slate. Those who were out of favour – for whatever reason – under the previous regime and were likely to depart have been given a chance to prove themselves.
So where does that leave the first-team squad? And what are the pressing issues that need addressing over the remainder of the season ahead of the summer window?
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy. Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Karlo Ziger, Petr Cech
It’s clear after just two games that Mendy will be Tuchel’s number one; the 28-year-old has kept back-to-back clean sheets and was rarely troubled by either Wolverhampton Wanderers or Burnley.
Since arriving from Rennes in the summer, the Senegal international has largely been an assured figure between the posts, although there was a dip in his performances in the latter games of Lampard’s tenure.
Chelsea do continue to be linked with AC Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is out of contract in the summer. And bringing in the highly-rated 21-year-old without having to pay a fee would be shrewd business. So…