This wait for the weekend seems long, doesn't it? I, for one, am itching for the club action to begin again. The World Cup qualifiers are fine, but sometimes you just want to get on with it.
It takes time to find your feet and get into the groove of things when a new season begins. And just when the rhythm has been set, if your nation calls upon you for your services, you are not in a position to say no. But it probably doesn't suit your club going forward, and certainly doesn't suit your manager.
International football has taken center stage at present. Perhaps the break from the club game came at a bad time.
Well, no time is ever bad for a healthy debate, so here goes.
Even after a summer of heavy investment from Roman Abramovich, Chelsea Football Club finds it's first team lacking cover at central midfield. A number of creative heads were roped in to add that cutting edge the Blues have been lacking in the final third for a few seasons now. However, they now appear a bit weak in an area that has arguably been their strongest over the past decade.
With the man in the hot seat, Roberto Di Matteo, seemingly intent on deploying a 4-2-3-1 with a double pivot, one is left to question the club's transfer activity in the last few days of the transfer window. Depth is an issue, and there are a number of talking points to look into.
Let us have a look.