It’s always very important to have some depth in your squad if you intend to make a run at the title, as tired legs, injuries and suspensions can get in the way of your plans if you don’t have any suitable guys able to step up when your main stars aren’t available or at their best.
So, now that the winter transfer window has opened and with everyone’s best eleven guys already figured out, the smartest thing to do for all contending sides should be to make moves for key additions that could reinforce their squads from the bench and help them keep the momentum going during the second leg of the season.
A team which is currently thriving at the top of the world right now is Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, as the Italian has taken a complete control and supremacy over the English Premier League during his first year as the Blues boss, but there are several concerns regarding the depth of his first team and the lack of rotation he has done through the first half of the season.
Having said that, it’s only natural to see Chelsea linked with at least half a dozen of players during this transfer period, as the Blues are in desperate need for some reinforcements if they don’t want to fall short during the last few months of the competition, and you know money isn’t an issue for Roman Abramovich when it comes to signing.
There have been several reports that state that the Blues have already made a push for Bayer Leverkusen’s free kick specialist Hakan Calhanoglu, and although the German club has been quite emphatic in the fact that they intend to keep the Turkish, you know it’s time for him to look for a move to a club with a bigger profile, so landing at Stamford Bridge just seems like a natural move for the talented 22-year-old.
Calhanoglu is one of the most versatile players in the offensive front in the world right now, being able to play on either flank of the pitch or behind the striker with great ease, and the fact that he’s that young is just something incredibly amazing.
We’ve all seen his clinical ability to shoot the ball from long range, as well of having an amazing touch for creating chances for his teammates, recording 7 goals and 6 assists so far over the course of the season for both Bayer Leverkusen and his Turkey national team.
Hakan can even play in the center of the pitch with his great defensive commitment, although he’s obviously better in the offensive front, Conte can experiment with him as he pleases until he finds what he wants out of him.
If you look at Chelsea’s starting XI, it could be really hard to see a guy that could be demoted to the bench in order to make room for Calhanoglu, but even if he’s not starting for the Blues, he could be a major boost for Conte’s side for many years to come.