Despite spending more than £60m this summer, many Chelsea fans will be feeling very indifferent about the transfer window.
Strangely for Chelsea fans, the highlights will have come in the form of holding on to players. Juan Mata and David Luiz were strongly linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge after reports that they’re not ‘Mourinho players’. When rumours re-surfaced and gathered pace on deadline day about Mata’s future, The Blues’ fans will have been more than relieved to see the window shut with both players still at the club.
The other highlight will be Kevin De Bruyne’s return to the club. He impressed during his loan spell in the Bundesliga at Werder Bremen, and many will be glad to finally see him in a blue shirt. If he can continue his Hull performance, he’ll be an important player this season.
The biggest disappointment for Chelsea fans will no doubt be the transfer deadline day loan move for Romelu Lukaku. After another season of Torres misfiring in the Premier League, the sale of Daniel Sturridge (now banging the goals in for Liverpool) and growing impatience with Demba ‘Offside’ Ba, the fans were filled with the excitement of seeing Lukaku leading the line. After scoring 17 goals for West Brom last season, most though he was ready to take the next step into the Chelsea first team. To see him go on loan again is a big disappointment for Blues fans.
If the transfer window had shut before the season began, most Chelsea fans would’ve been pleased, with Lukaku and De Bruyne returning from loan, and the signings of young players like Marco van Ginkel and André Schürrle. Since then, Chelsea have signed Willian, Samuel Eto’o and Christian Atsu — all of which were met with mixed bag of responses — failed to sign Wayne Rooney and let Lukaku go on loan, leaving a disappointing cloud over the transfer window.
Chelsea still remain strong title contenders. The additions of Schürrle, van Ginkel, Willian, Eto’o and the return of Kevin De Bruyne and Michael Essien provide much greater strength in depth than last season. Greater depth will allow the club to fight harder on multiple fronts. But once again our season could be scuppered by our striking optoins, unless Torres can recapture his form, or Eto’o is the Eto’o we remember.