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Rating Chelsea’s Winter Transfer Window, Good or Bad?





The January transfer window was shut at 00:00 AM on February 1st and was probably one of the busiest winter windows in Premier League history with a lot of high profile deals carried out.

One team whose transfer business during the window was far from straightforward is Premier League champions, Chelsea.

Antonio Conte’s side signed 3 players during the window and let go of quite a number mostly on loan deals.

A lot of these deals, however, appear to carry question marks as fans and pundits are not entirely sure of the impact it would have on the team.

Ross Barkley joined from Everton to open the window and while he could very well prove to be a brilliant signing for the future, signing a player recovering from a major injury setback is always a gamble.

This appears to be the case as the Englishman has struggled in the games he has featured in so far for the blues and picked up a weird injury in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The other incomings (Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri) haven’t featured yet for the club and both deals have the potential to go either way especially for the left-back who like Barkley just returned from a long term injury.

Giroud, however, is a Premier League veteran and could turn out to be quite an asset for the Londoners, that however is still left to the seen.

The Blues sanctioned loan moves for the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy to Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United respectively.

These players were not being afforded enough playing time by Conte, which was odd considering the positions they occupy are not fully stocked at the club. The moves could be beneficial to both the players and the club as they will get much needed game time and boost their confidence with Kenedy already grabbing a Man of the Match award in his one appearance for the Magpies.

While most transfers anywhere in the world need time to be judged, a certain degree of expected is placed on the players and at the moment, the new players at Chelsea will have to do a lot to win over fans of the club.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.