With the January transfer window in full swing, Chelsea Season asked Chelsea fans what they wanted from their club, and the results pained a very interesting picture on what supporters are hoping to see from the Blues this month.
To follow up on the survey, we spoke to two fans for some deeper answers to the questions over the business that needs to be done, and the players to sign and sell, with Jenny Brown and Joe Tweed.
Read their answers below or find the full results of the Chelsea January fan survey here.
1. How would you rate Chelsea’s season so far out of five?
Jenny Brown: “I would say 3.5 – can we do half points? It’s happened now, so we’ll run with it. Not to pull the sort of ‘little horses’ line but Chelsea are quietly having a much better season than anyone realises.
“Some shocking losses and backroom unrest combined with Manchester City’s dominance over the league table seemed to have people forgetting Chelsea were a single point behind ‘high flyers’ Manchester United until the last weekend of 2017. Let’s see where 2018 takes us.”
Joe Tweeds: “3-and-a-half out of 5. On the face of it we are in an excellent position in the Premier League and still in every cup competition. However, we are 16 points behind Manchester City.
“I am also a bit disappointed at being 2-0 up against Roma in the Champions League, to then finish second in our group. Things could have been a lot better with a more complete transfer window.”
2. Which positions need the most attention in January?
JB: “A solid striker would not go amiss. Alvaro Morata has got off to a solid start to life in England. But has already pulled out of traveling to an away game because of ‘tiredness’.
“As much as I’d love to see Michy Batshuayi succeed, it’s just never going to happen while Antonio Conte is in place. His confidence has been obliterated.
“Right-wing back also needs a massive upgrade. Victor Moses is not good enough. Never was. Davide Zappacosta has the ability to put in a cross, but again, Conte doesn’t look like he’ll utilise him.”
JT: “Left wing back, centre forward and central midfield. Only Marcos Alonso can realistically play on the left, we need an alternative to Morata that Conte trusts (and the Spaniard has been quite wasteful recently) and Chelsea could really use some goals and creativity in the midfield.”
3. If you could pick one player to sign in January who would it be and why?
JB: “My default answer is always Sergio Ramos. But at the moment, Chelsea don’t really need another centre back. And another alpha male is the last thing David Luiz needs in his life, assuming he’ll stay on.
“With the need of another striker and someone who offers something different than Morata, I’d lean towards someone like Edinson Cavani. He’s already scored more than 100 goals in two of Europe’s top five leagues and doesn’t look to be slowing down yet.
JT: “Alex Sandro. A player who is suffering a bit of Virgil van Dijk-itis it would appear, as he has seemingly downed tools at Juventus. Not a fantastic reflection of his attitude, but it makes the Brazilian an obtainable target in January.
“Has the athleticism that Alonso sorely lacks and is a complete footballer in every phase. Sandro provides plenty of excellent crosses that a certain Spaniard would thrive on as well as being a creative force in general. Crucially, he is great defensively and that solves a huge hole Chelsea have in big matches.”
4. Best Chelsea rumour you’ve heard so far?
JB: “To be honest, I haven’t heard too many rumours that have got me excited so far. Arturo Vidal could be interesting, but not really the area that needs strengthening.
“The club were linked to Andrea Belotti back in the summer. That would be the best rumour I’ve heard in the last six months.”
JT: “Alvaro Morata meeting with Isco which absolutely positively and totally means we are signing the Spaniard.
“Slightly less fanciful, I think the links to Leon Bailey are definitely interesting. With Willian and Pedro into or entering their thirties, Chelsea need to find an heir apparent to the flank opposite of Eden Hazard. Bailey has exceptional pace, a trick and likes to shoot: still a raw prospect, but could certainly become a very good player.”
5. Worst Chelsea rumour you’ve heard so far for January?
JB: “Christian Benteke. He’s scored one goal since May. For club and country. One.
“How much does Antonio Conte hate Michy Batshuayi if he’d rather be staring at Benteke on the bench? And you know because of his ‘Premier League experience’ it would cost at least twice as much as he actually should.”
6. Which players need a sale or loan away in January?
JB: “If it were up to me, I’d give Victor Moses away on the free. To literally anyone who’d take him.
“Kenedy could do with a loan. When he started playing under Jose Mourinho, he looked very promising. He seems to have lost his way, whether it just be under a different manager or with Diego Costa leaving him. But the potential is there.
“Maybe regular games somewhere can see that potential realised.”
JT: “Batshuayi. It is clear now that Antonio Conte does not rate the Belgian. At all. He needs a loan somewhere to hopefully rediscover some confidence that has clearly been taken from him under the Italian.”
7. Who do you think is Chelsea’s best January signing of all-time?
JB: “I have always been a massive fan of David Luiz – even when he was rogue the first go round. But it has to be Branislav Ivanovic. What an incredibly driven player he was.
“He literally bled for Chelsea, more than once! He was always up for it when called upon. And was central to so many of Chelsea’s best moments of the last decade.”
JT: “David Luiz. I unashamedly love the Brazilian, despite his flaws, and those first 10-15 games he played it was like watching Beckenbauer mixed with Pele. He has been influential in delivering multiple trophies and his performance in Munich (and the accompanying story) are legendary.”
8. What other business would you like to see from Chelsea in January?
JB: “They need to sort out a new contract for Eden Hazard. There will always be the links to Real Madrid, and it probably will happen at some point. But he has been at Chelsea since 2012. And has to be one of the best players I’ve ever watched. It would be good to have some additional security over his future.”
JT: “It would be nice to solidify the Director of Football or Technical Director role, obtain some clarity around Antonio Conte’s long-term future and secure Eden Hazard on a 1,000 year contract. I would love Chelsea to look at trying to jump the queue to sign Leon Bailey as a long-term project with a high ceiling.”
What do you want to see from Chelsea in January transfer window? Let us know in the comments below.