The arrival of Romelu Lukaku, dubbed as the "Next Didier Drogba", was greeted with much hoopla. The signing of the highly-rated Belgian was seen as a step towards infusing youth into an ageing squad.
But since his arrival last June, the skilled youngster has only managed four appearances in a Chelsea jersey.
His handling of Josh McEachran too has been very poor. The highly-talented youngster has been seen as the ideal replacement for Frank Lampard. But with only thirteen minutes of playing time so far this season it seems Villas-Boas is really not interested in building for the future.
The loan move for Josh could work wonders as it did for Daniel Sturridge but if Villas-Boas sticks with his decision to play his old pawns over and over again without taking any risk, then Chelsea are likely to lose a real gem.
Villas-Boas had promised to revolutionize the ageing-Chelsea squad with young blood but six months in, he hasn't kept his promises, with the exception of Sturridge, who has kept the first-team place with his brilliant form.
Villas-Boas still relies on the old warhorses to keep his squad in the title race and that is in no way a revolution.