GAUGING CHELSEA'S TRANSFER WINDOW
The window has shut but the gossip won't stop. Winter transfer window is one hell of a window, most managers despise the instability it brings but others use it to beef their squads to push for the title or fight relegation at all cost.
Chelsea like many teams obviously wanted to beef up the squad and consolidate our title quest but the intricate window couldn't permit. We were obviously after some big names but the reluctance by many teams to let go and demand absurd fees for transfers put off many teams like Chelsea.
The need to beef up our squad grew even more after we lost Mikel and Oscar to the newly found footballing riches in Asia. But the cautious approach big team often pays to the January window prevailed last month and the club made no acquisitions. Instead, the club turned to its stockpile on loan to add depth.
WAS THE BOARD AT FAULT AGAIN?
How many times has the board failed us? Obviously many time and shockingly on all those account its being when we are trying to build something. Even though am not happy at those last minutes reportedly failed bids. The fact that we've stuck to our academy/loan system for salvation shows how our youth system is no longer a laughing stoke but its slowly becoming the bedrock of our future.
If you like to see acquisitions every window then this was bad for you I suspect. But like they say, 'every dark crowd has a silver lining.' We've being questioned for always ditching youth for tried and tested but not this time
The loan system now more than ever is bearing fruits. Co-opting Musonda, Ake and Kenedy in will even prove massive in the long run; it leaves more funds to be utilized in the summer to avoid another post-title catastrophe.
After much ridicule from the footballing world on our use of the loan- army the club is now erasing the perception that our loan army is used to hoard young players. With the current rapid loan player development it won't be long before we start tapping into our own rather than paying huge sums to get what we can produce.
With all the negatives of last season, I never thought I'd say this; we are really in for good times at the bridge and hopefully the board and the fans will remain committed to the cause.