Analysis: Benitez says No Incoming Players

Demba Ba maybe Chelsea's only new player this January
Demba Ba maybe Chelsea’s only new player this January

Fresh from a rather absymal game against Brentford in the FA Cup, Rafa Benitez confirmed that there will be no more incoming transfers for the rest of this window. News like this really topped off a bad performance and the only joy really came from seeing Spurs and Liverpool falter in their matches.

This news will be a shock and a disappointment to many of us – especially just days after Benitez was moaning about the lack of depth we currently have in our squad. However, just a few comments on this I’d like to make.

1. Whilst Benitez has no real control over who we buy, you may wonder why he is speaking out about our transfer plans. Despite this, the news tells us either of two things: Emenalo and Benitez are in good communication about the club and transfers or in fact that they aren’t. For now, I’d probably side with the first of those two as – whilst the board are made out to sign whoever they want – the managers do actually tend to have a good line to the director of football and so communication between the two is likely. Because of this, I’d have to believe Rafa is telling the truth.

2. However, last time we said we weren’t buying anymore players was in the Ancelotti era and 2 days after he said this, we bought Fernando Torres and David Luiz. Despite what some are lead to believe, these two were very much Ancelotti signings, Roman was just the man who signed the deal off.

3. Why are we not strengthening our squad? Any football writer with even half a brain *cough Neil Ashton Daily Mail cough* can tell that the Chelsea squad is weak in areas and need reinforcements. The double pivot would be the prime example, with Mikel in Africa and Romeu in the Eva Carneiro Medical Centre, we aren’t left with a great deal of defensive options in such an important part of our team. Whilst Sideshow Bob does a good job in there, he’s not a midfielder that will hold his deeper position. However, due to the lack of options we are forced to attempt playing Luiz as the deep sitting midfielder or rely on either Lampard or Ramires to fill the hole. Let’s be honest though, I love Frank Lampard and I really do like Ramires as well but the two of them aren’t holding midfielders and we struggle when these two line up in the deep midfield positions. The Essien loan is starting to look rather ridiculous now isn’t it..

Another position where more depth is perhaps needed is the attacking midfield slots. Hazard set to be out for x number of games for kicking a ball(boy), Moses in Africa, Benayoun and Malouda probably leaving, we are left with Marin, Oscar and Juan. Injury to any of these though and we are in trouble, Bertrand or Ramires would be drafted in to play out of position on the wings meaning less creativity. Yet again, we decided that all possible options we already have should be loaned out (Piazon) and suddenly we seem to lack depth.

As I’m sure you can tell, I wanted Chelsea to strengthen in January. Yes Demba Ba is amazing and signing Ashley Cole to a new deal is a brilliant deal as well but I can’t help but feel we needed more in Janaury.New signings are great. Nothing beats a the excitement of buying players like Eden Hazard or Demba Ba and I feel it freshens up the team. The team suddenly have new options and for effective squad rotation Chelsea need better options in the squad. Squad depth coupled with fatigue has had a big effect on our team this season and if we really consider ourselves title contenders, then a greater strength in depth is needed for success on any front.

Prepare for the rumour mill to ignore Rafa’s words and continue to link us with everyone as we are bound to get plenty of rumours over the next few days. January is a very important month in the season and if you spend wisely in January, it can change the season. The window isn’t over yet, but if what Rafa said is true, there is bound to be some disappointment.

How do you feel about this topic? Do we need greater depth or is our squad good enough? Please let us know your views on the 360 Twitter, the comments section below or my Twitter (check author info) and I will try and respond to all comments! Keep The Blue Flag Flying High!

  1. Jag-T says

    Sounds very frightening indeed…becoz if mikel and moses make it to the final they gonna need a week rest wen they get bak, then am wondering wat if lampard and torres gets suspended or injured for three or more games…how r we goin to push for europa league…bear in mind that demba ba isn’t eligible for that competition. then who would play in the double pivot ramires again…won’t he be fatigued by then…smh.. it looks really hard and really dissapointing. hope the board know what they r doin for the benefit of our beloved chelsea.

    1. huwsaunders says

      definitely agree, hazard is back soon and I almost hope Nigeria get knocked out so we can have Moses and Mikel back asap.

      1. Stretch says

        You’ve hit the ball out the park! Inelbdicre!

  2. Cong Duy Vu Hoang says

    I think Chelsea board already plan for a new manager coming in the summer. So, our budget will be preserved for our new manager to spend in the summer. It’s non sense to spend in January with interim first team manager, isn’t it?

    1. huwsaunders says

      yeah, exactly. Rumour says Benitez asked for 2 more players but the board refused to back him. Not sure if that’s true though.

  3. shakirat temitope says

    To me I tnk cech is over use as far as am concern only suspension n injury dt can gv him rest on new signing if u check dis season chelsea create a lot of chances but fail 2 utilize it y becuz d mildfielders blve 2 shoot d ball bcuz our no 9 ll not mk gud use of d ball now dt we av ba gv him d chance 2 play not dis 10 minutes Rafa is gving him torres is d problem of d team so if dy dnt wnt 2 sign again Ba shuld b gving chance 2 play am sure d result ll cm but if dy keep playing torres d problem ll b dte wt him we r one man down

  4. brynknight says

    At the moment, we’re just about OK. We have a fairly easy run of games in the Premier League coming up. In the FA Cup it’s Brentford then Middlesbrough. Europa League is Sparta Prague. Not too problematic, hopefully. We are short at CM, but players like Mikel, Romeu, McEachran, de Bruyne, Chalobah and Essien still exist. We are short at CF, but Lukaku and Moses still exist.

    No need to panic-buy, the only player we need is Neymar, and he can wait until the summer. We’ll be fine until then with what we have. The only thing that would actually worry me would be if the reason for no more signings was that Roman had thought “I’ve spent £2billion on this team, I’m not spending any more”. That would be fatal.

    1. huwsaunders says

      Panic buying would have been bad, especially in January where everyone seems to be most expensive. Not sure we’ll get Neymar though, sadly.

  5. samyaks says

    For me cech is over use let us bring our laon courtious bäck we have already lost three trouphies in the hands of our interim manager and he is saying no player is coming in the fact is that we dont need him.our midfield is empty becous lampard is not perfoming, torres and ba are lazy strikers benites should go and bring players in this january transfer like ferllani.abramovich should allow de board to do wat it takes but if he want to take over he should cum and coach we are tired of his sackings he is killing our spirit.bringing david luis to midfield will not solve our problem he should go and buy we need people like falcao,fellani,williams,baines,carvani,tarab

    1. Mason Cole says

      Who is Tarab? And btw, Beniitez has lost us 4 trophies, not 3, just putting that out there…soon to be 4…and maybe 5…

  6. Mason Cole says

    Yeh, I think most of the loan players, like Essien and Kakuta will be sold, many of the others will be loaned out again, like Chalobah etc. We need to buy a new CB (Okore, as Luiz is moving into midfield), a new CAM (Willian, as he is avaliable on the cheap, and is more consistent than Oscar) and a new ST (Neymar ideally, but Falcao is more than fine for now. I also heard Isco is on his way. This could be good also as he can play anywhere in midfield…

    1. huwsaunders says

      Don’t believe Kakuta has a future at Chelsea, nor do players like Davila or Bruma. People like Kalas, Chalobah are probably a way off so loans for them, and Essien will probably leave. Okore could be a brilliant deal but everything went quiet with him. Willian has gone to Anzhi and I think we’d be more likely bringing in Cavani than Falcao to be honest, I’d like Neymar or Damiao though to be fair

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