The January Transfer Window terminated around two days ago, and in my opinion we had many successful transfers, however we could have done a lot better.
The talking point during January was Hudson-Odoi, whether he would leave to Munich or not. Reports came out every two-three days saying he was unhappy at Chelsea, he later posted on his Instagram about not trusting everything the media says, and also handed in a transfer request the day before the transfer window shut. Yet, somehow, we managed to keep him at least for another six months. Most people around the world know that the 18-year-old is special, with Chelsea more looking for the future with Callum however Bayern Munich more looking at the present with Hudson-Odoi (it was reported that they were willing to give the number 10 shirt to him, and their director came out saying later that the English winger was their only real target). Personally, I think it was the right choice to reject his transfer request. If Hudson-Odoi was to be played more by Maurizio Sarri, and with the possibility of Eden Hazard leaving in the Summer, Hudson-Odoi could be very important to our team for the upcoming years and needs to understand that he wouldn’t be getting that much more game time at Munich, with Bayern still having Robben, Ribery, Gnabry, Coman, Davies (a bright Canadian youngster who has played very little amount of minutes this season).
One factor which may have prompted Hudson-Odoi’s desire to leave was the signing of American star Christian Pulisic in the early days of the transfer window. Pulisic was bought for an extremely high fee, and loaned back out for six months as part of the deal. More on Pulisic’s signing and the advantages are in this article written around a month ago.
One position which was desperately needed was the Striker. Morata and Giroud just were not working well with Sarri, therefore at times he played Hazard at Striker which was even worse as it nullified the Belgian out of the game. In January, it is not easy at all to get a world-class striker, however Marina did the right thing and went past her over-30 years old rule. Gonzalo Higuain looked to be the perfect fit for Chelsea, playing his best football under Sarri with Napoli, and he was desperate to come to the club. With reports coming of Chelsea’s interest in the first two weeks, it quickly developed and Chelsea were able to eventually finalise the deal after some complicated issues with AC Milan finding a replacement. This lead to the transfer of Morata who went to Atletico Madrid on a loan with an option to buy in the Summer of a very large fee. Things at Chelsea did not work for Morata, and this move was the best for him where was he able to return to his home club and hopefully gain some confidence after a disastrous spell at Chelsea.
Some ‘deadwood’ (Yes, a term used on Twitter) players stayed at the club with the exception of Victor Moses. It was certainly unfortunate to not see the likes of Cahill, Drinkwater and Zappacosta leave the club despite many links who will be blocking the development of the younger players such as Ethan Ampadu. Moses certainly is a player who will be remembered for his season under Antonio Conte and the respect he has shown to our club, however with a change in formation under Sarri Moses was to receive extremely less game time, and the move to Fenerbache was the right one.
Cesc Fabregas was a player who also left our club to join Monaco, due to the lack of gametime he was getting at Chelsea. Fabregas will always be known as one of the best passers ever seen at Stamford Bridge, and was a brilliant servant to our club being instrumental in many trophies. He left with respect from the fans and the club, as well as the manager. However, the manager certainly had different views than the club on whether Chelsea needed a replacement. Sarri made it clear in press conferences that he wanted a replacement, however it was reported that the club did not want to upset the young midfielders such as Mount and Ampadu. Personally, as much as I believe the manager should get what he asks for, the board were actually correct in this dilemma. It’s been found out that there is a chance Kovacic could play in the deeper role (he played in a similar role for Inter), and although Ampadu had a bad game in the deep role against Sheffield Wednesday he certainly is a player who can easily adapt to any position played Centre Defensive Mid for Wales, Centre-Back for Chelsea and in the ‘Kante’ role under Sarri once this year.
Overall, the January transfer window has certainly been better than other ones in the past and Chelsea should be looking to secure top 4. What do you think about our window? Let me know: