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All Is Well At The Bridge – 3 Reasons Why Chelsea Needs To Shut Shop During The January Window

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte


With a 9 game winning streak in the Premier League, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are looking like one of the strongest teams in the country at the moment, and their 3 point advantage at the top of the table seems to be a tough one to eat into. The manager has been able to settle into a first XI that is winning him games and he will hope that they can stay in form week in week out and help him to a title in his first Premier League season. Though Chelsea are looking one of the strongest sides in the competition, the manager is still looking to add a few players to his squad in January but here are three reasons why the Blues need no business in the transfer window in January:

Lack of European football:

The mediocrity of the last season has seen the Stamford Bridge void of any European football this season. Having finished 10th last season, Chelsea are not active in any of the European competitions and will play just one game a week for most weeks this season. They will have enough time to get ready for each game, with each player getting enough rest to be back fully fresh for the weekend. It will allow Conte to stick to a first team and will also give the manager a chance to allow his fringe players to come into the game slowly. With Chelsea having enough depth for most places in the squad, it makes hardly any sense for Conte to want to splash the cash in January.

Lack of Quality:

It is not a secret that the January transfer window is highly inflated. But the bigger problem is the lack of quality up for sale in the transfer window. Top clubs would hate to lose a star player in the middle of a season, leaving Chelsea no chance to lure world-class players to the club in January. Chelsea have enough depth to cover for contingencies and if they want to spend, they should spend on a player who can walk into the first team, even with such tough competition. With not many such players available in winter, Conte is best advised to stay away from the market in January.

Loaned and Academy Players:

Chelsea sure have the biggest squad in Europe with all the players they have sent out on loan yet again this season. After 33 last season, Chelsea have up to 38 players on loan away from the club this season and also have some top class players in the academy, waiting for a chance to prove themselves in the first team. A number of star players out on loan can actually walk into the squad at the club while a few academy players deserve to get a chance in the senior side, to get some minutes under their belt. So it would be a mistake from Conte if he oversees all these players and decides to spend ludicrous amounts of cash on players in the transfer window that will probably warm the bench. He is better off trying to get players with enough first team quality, into the first team for years to come.

Do you think Chelsea need to do some transfer business in January to stay at the top of the table?

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