January was a mixed month for Maurizio Sarri’s men at Chelsea.
The Blues lost to London rivals Arsenal at The Emirates and suffered their biggest Premier League loss in over two decades as they went down 4-0 against Bournemouth at the end of the month. This saw them slip out of the Premier leagues top five and they now have a fight on their hands to secure Champions League football next season.
However, there were some positives to this month as they beat Spurs to progress to the League Cup final and they are still in the FA Cup.
It was also a very busy month in the transfer market with some new arrivals and departures, but here are their two biggest mistakes of the window:
Chelsea’s biggest deal of the window was the arrival of Gonzalo Higuaín on loan from Juventus (although he was on loan at AC Milan). This was a deal that also saw Alvaro Morata depart to Atletico Madrid.
The Argentinian was brought in to solve one of Chelsea’s perennial problems which is a lack of a striker. The Spaniard had underperformed in blue since arriving in 2017 and the club has largely had to rely on the brilliance of Eden Hazard this season to help them get through games.
The 31-year-old Higuaín has a proven track record, scoring over 20 goals in La Liga in three separate seasons with Real Madrid and having a brilliant season with Napoli in Serie A under Sarri, scoring 36 goals in 35 games.
However, there are huge question marks as to whether he has the fitness and work rate to thrive in the Premier League. In such a physical league, which is in stark contrast with the Italian or Spanish leagues, this may be a huge gamble from Chelsea and one which easily may not pay off.
Dealing with unwanted players
Sarri clearly has his favourites at Chelsea and that is understandable because all managers do. However, there are a number of high-quality players that are being left to rot on the bench or in the reserves at Chelsea currently.
The likes of Andreas Christensen, Davide Zappacosta and Danny Drinkwater have barely had a look in this season, with the latter not playing a single minute so far this campaign.
But there is no denying that all three of these would be a great asset to many other clubs in England and across Europe, particularly the Englishman. Chelsea could demand a reasonable price for Drinkwater because he is still 28 and English players are desirable in the Premier League.
It is unfair by the club to waste these players’ careers and will not help Sarri in his pursuit to get all of his squad on his side, something that he seems to be struggling to do at the moment.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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