The New Year is within a stone’s throw and already Chelsea have been linked with some of the best talents in the world for the January transfer window.
The January transfer window has not been a happy phase for the Blues. Apart from Matic, rest of the players have been below par. However, the summer has been a happy shopping period, especially this year’s summer signings who have been a fine piece of business.
The transfers have shown the Special One’s fine transfer acumen. The summer signings of Chelsea boast of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis, Loic Remy and also the sensational return of king Didier Drogba back to the Bridge.
Let’s analyze our summer signings one by one…
Diego Costa: The Brazilian-born Spanish forward has been the creative strike force which Chelsea lacked last season. The hitman has been superb up-front and has contributed with 12 goals in 13 appearances in the Premier League. The talismanic forward, however, has been struggling with a niggling injury causing a bit of hindrance in his free flowing scoring knack towards the end of the year.
Cesc Fabregas: The midfield maestro has been assisting the team at will. The ex- Barcelona player has been assisting like a charm and is a delight to watch. The midfielder has entirely changed the fate of the Chelsea’s midfield and formed an impeccable partnership with Nemanja Matic. The Spaniard has chipped in with 11 assists in 15 matches in the Premier League.
Filipe Luis: The Brazilian left-back arrived from Atletico Madrid for a staggering fee projected around 20 million. The full back has provided an attacking option in the left back position as compared to the more defensive Azpilicueta. Luis has bought significant and much-needed experience to this young and dynamic Chelsea squad. Luis has perfectly replaced the club legend Ashley Cole whose number he inherited.
Loic Remy: Remy joined the Blues from QPR after a successful loan spell at Newcastle last season. The French striker joined Chelsea for a fee around 10.5 million. The poacher has been an ideal backup to Diego Costa. The No.18 has scored 2 goals in 6 matches out of which he started only once.
Didier Drogba: The sensational return of Drogba wasn’t just an emotional move but also a tactical move. It was thought that the return of the club legend was just to see out his career but no, the player has been contributing to the team’s success and even increasing his already magnificent goal tally. The striker isn’t just occupying the bench as the third striker. In fact, he’s been competing for the second striker berth with his 9 year junior Remy and giving him a run for his money. His goal against Newcastle gave all the Chelsea fans a throwback moment and reminded them of his Munich header. The way the vintage number 11 is playing is surely ascertaining the saying – “FORM IS TEMPORARY. CLASS IS PERMANENT.”
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Edited By: Girish Bhangre