What should Chelsea do in the January Transfer Window?

By on January 3, 2011

Right, let’s get straight to the topic. What should Chelsea do in the January Transfer Window? Obviously spend some money from Abramovich’s pocket! (LOL!) There have been hundreds of rumours flying all over about whom Chelsea will bring in and who will leave Chelsea, I’m intending to make a short analysis on those. Before jumping in to the scene I hope all of you had read my earlier post – ‘Are the current Chels ‘Champions Stock’?’ where I identified that pros and cons of the current squad. It is very clear that we desperately need a center back. Buying a center back is a must, with Alex out for more than a month and Bruma being quite inexperienced and Chelsea targeting to the Top spot in EPL & UCL, we need a Center Back and this is undisputable.

There have been plenty of rumours connecting Chelsea with Benfica’s David Luiz and Bolton’s Gary Cahill. Are they good choice? Of course David Luiz is a good choice, he has showed brilliant skill and talent at Benfica. I’m not a fan of Cahill, yes he has done good with Bolton but I doubt whether he has that extra skill to be a ‘super star’ defender. The advantage Cahill has over Luiz is the experience in EPL, which is a notable point because for players who arrive from other leagues, it takes a while to settle in the EPL. So in that perspective Cahill might have a short term advantage over Luiz.

Apart from these I have a few other options in my mind. If not for the injury my first choice now would have been Phil Jones, I think at least in the summer we have to sign him. Phil has the physique and skill to be the next John Terry. My other choice is Mamadou Sakho of Paris St. Germain, a versatile Center Back and Left Back. Sakho will be an ideal choice for us because he can play in the Center Back and also act as a Back Up for Ashely Cole. I have watched few of his performances and I’m a real fan of his. Arsenal is frequently connected to Sakho and I believe Chelsea should over take Arsenal and sign him. So it is inevitable that we have to sign a Center Back in January and I hope we sign Sakho or Luiz, definitely investing on these young players will pay back very well.

The next important singing we need to make is a striker. As I have comprehensively analyzed in my earlier post Drogba is too old to be the ‘saviour’ of Chelsea. He might score brilliant goals but he is not consistent and at his age you cannot expect him to pull the whole team on his shoulders. We need a striker who is young, who has pace and who can consistently score. I’m sure Drogba can carry on for another couple of seasons but in the meantime we have to partner youngsters with Drogba and build up a strong team. Undoubtedly my first choice to replace Drogba is Romelu Lukaku. Anderlecht’s Lukaku is 17 and he is a raw talent. This is the ideal time to sign him and mould him. He has had enough first team experience with Anderlecht and had scored 10 goals this season in 18 appearances.

I have few other choices. Of course Neymar is one, Neymar has the pace but his physique is still very light for EPL he can be vulnerable but I have no doubt about his talent to strike. I use to think about Neymar and Lukaku partnership, that would be awesome. I also think Pato will be another option and last but not least Edin Dezko would suite for the job at Chelsea too. I know all these options are costly affair but Lukaku might be comparatively cheaper. We need striker to win matches so we must sign one this January.

Do we need a midfielder? I wouldn’t say no but not as important as the need for a defender and a striker. It would always be great to sign players like Sneijder & Kaka or Schweinsteiger. With so much of complications at Inter I think this is the perfect time to pull Sneijder from Inter. He has a great striking boot and I’m an admirer of his play making skills. Kaka might be a flop at Madrid but I’m sure Ancelotti can take the best out of him as he did it at AC Milan. If we sign one of these ‘super star’ midfielders I’m sure we’ll have a great squad and be a definite contenders for both EPL & UCL.

What about Goal Keeper? for me the best Goal Keeper now in the EPL is Petr Cech so until he is fit we have no worries. Definitely Ross Turnbull or Hilairo aren’t good back ups but we have Matej Delac, the young Croatian keeper shows good flashes of skill and I’m sure he’ll step up on time as a back up for Cech. So in the keeping department I do not see a necessity for a new signing.

What else? This might sound silly, unreal, and crazy but I would definitely love it if Roman brings back Wilkins. I am not sure whether Wilkins will come back even if Roman offers the job again but if by any chance it happens that will be a definite morale and confidence boost for the whole team including Carlo Ancelotti! I do not think that Emenalo fella has anything productive to prove. He might be a good scout but I doubt his relationship with the Manager and Players. Wilkins coming back would be awesome!

I think I have said all what I thought to say. Please be open to share your opinion on this!

– Ash Di Spontaneus

Chelsea Analyst

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16 Comments

  1. Chelsea No.1

    January 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I believe we defo need a defender or maybe even 2, I would buy Phil Jones in the summer , hes a DEFO!! David Luiz is a good buy aswell….we need Lukaku or Aguero up front..infact I think we should buy both and get rid of Kalou..Kaka and Mvilla for midfield..get rid of Mikel.
    so in luiz, jones, kaka, mvilla, aguero, lakuka
    and out mikel, ferriera, kalou, anelka

  2. demola Lamidi

    January 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

    i think the determining factor will Abramovic desire to sanction the signing of any player identified by Carlo.most of the players will be over priced now, considering the present oredicament of Chelsea, their present employer(s), may not be willing to play ball.

  3. Timlos

    January 3, 2011 at 10:41 am

    What about bringing back Clarke, afterall he left willingly so bringing him back cannot be fore-closed. What do you think?

  4. Seb

    January 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Hey buddie wats ur beef wit mikel and kalou? Looks lyk u are so insensitive and myopic 2 see dat every coach has stood wit mikel. So tel me, if he wasnt good why do they all use him? Use ur head properly

  5. Sumedh

    January 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I think the best and d cheapest option right now will be taking Landon Donovan on loan…He can play anywhere in d front 3, and is already prove in the premier league…he will add that spark to our attack which is lacking…what say guys?

  6. Simon Amstell

    January 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Phil Jones for sure, Kaka is not the player he was and even if Ancelotti can get him playing at the level he used to at Milan, there is no guarantee he could cut it in the PL. Sneijder on the other hand is younger and stronger and so it Swienstiger and imho a midfield of those two plus Essien could only be matched by Barcelona. In Defence I would go for Luiz and up front Lukaku. Also a right sided forward who can get past players and hit balls in from the final 3rd. I don’t have many names but someone of the Lennon ilk

  7. shajid-india

    January 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    i still beileve carlo !!!!!!! just he is trying his best!!!! age is major factor for our fall in league!!!its not carlo (many ppl blames him) just bring in sneijder or kaka or kroos , gary cahill and a class striker like saurez,carrol ,pjanic !!!!! still i hope as a cfc fan u love to see drogba,lampard ,terry in score sheet ——- also u may seen the performance and fightback of our guyzzz —which is +ve thing for us !!!! next 4 fixtures are really pleasing us !!! man u is facing liverpool,tottenham,stoke,aston villa !!!!!! sure if they fall in any of one match and draw!!and we win in all 4 makes us more strong !!!hope u got it mate !!

  8. Henry

    January 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    What do you mean a midfielder isn’t important? One of our worst problems right now is creativity? We need a bright talented playmaker, someone from brazil or like. Lampard is fantastic, and was against Villa, but we need someone with a spark like kaka. We need our own Ronaldo.

    Also i would like to point out that your constant remarks about Drogba being to old as bullshit. It’s impossible that he would have changed from free scoring hattrick a game to a goal once in a while. He is still recovering from malaria. It was only 8 weeks ago that he was still scoring like mad. Drogba still has it in him, we just lack the creativity to create it.

    Anelka is a massive fail. He was good last season and would be great as a bench player who can start every few weeks but we need another player with that magic spark. Someone young, with masses of pace. Someone with a little experience, not Lukaku or Neymar, we can get them in a bit. Someone like Pato. My favorite signing would be Aguero but his price is so high at the moment it would be better to wait till next year.

  9. tagboo

    January 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Anelka is a massive fail. He was good last season and would be great as a bench player who can start every few weeks but we need another player with that magic spark. Someone young, with masses of pace. Someone with a little experience, not Lukaku or Neymar, we can get them in a bit. Someone like Pato. My favorite signing would be Aguero but his price is so high at the moment it would be better to wait till next year.

  10. biggy

    January 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I love Chelsea pls
    buy big plays like Schneider ,Fight,David Luiz ,Schweitzer.Samuel Eto’o David Pizarro Edinson Cavani ,Fernando Llorente Karim Benzema

    THANKS

  11. kidchaos

    January 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    i reckon we should buy Karim Benzema from Madrid because he is such a good player, he is fast and is able to score when needed, midfield wise we need schweini (schweinsteiger) or sneijder that should fix chelsea

  12. Alex

    January 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    good article and i agree with most of the players i think in January we should by: either cahill or luiz or sakho (i have seen him a couple of times playing and he looks quality). and sneijder would be a great signing and i think easy to get with the problems at inter. or gourcuff looks like he will be a great player. and please bring in a striker such as dzeko, benzema or pato. AND GET RID OF FERREIRA HE WAS AT FAULT FOR 2 OUT OF THE 3 VILLA GOALS YESTURDAY!!!

  13. zare

    January 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    i think we need to buy a central defend if alex is gone out long time…mayby gary cahill …in the summer i think we need to sell ferreira and buy young right-back like van der wiel…..for left back substation for a.cole we need coentrao,but he can also plays as left winger…we obvisoly need playmayker….mby schwinstager…of course we need wingers mayby ashley young for a.villa…he has speed and good driblling thats what we need or agbolnahor….and of course we need striker…anelka must be sold in january this month for his replacment aguero and kalout to be sold in the summer, and they to try to bring pato…and replacment for drogba Lukaku or A.Carroll

  14. Fabrice Kalele

    January 4, 2011 at 9:05 am

    what about a Podolski, he will fit in well on the left or up front and he is still young and cheaper than Pato or Nelmar.

  15. biggy

    January 7, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I love Chelsea i think we need to buy a central defend if Alex is gone out long teem may by gray Giorgio Chiellini or Martin Demichelis or Philippe Mexes we obvisoly need playmayker….mby Hamit Altintop or Daniel Baier We need striker to win matches so we must sign one this January.

  16. Didier Drogba

    January 8, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I’ve still got it come on, Ive just suffered a horrible thing.But I agree youth is Important so bring in Pato and Cahill. Anelka is also just in bad form.

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