Chelsea suffered a setback in their title challenge on Saturday, when they lost 3-2 to Stoke City. With Arsenal's failure to capitalise against Everton on Sunday, the loss is not as devastating as it could have been. However, the real worry is that in Chelsea's last three games, they have conceded a total of seven goals.
It brings to light a problem that has been largely overlooked so far this season. With much of the focus on the need for a new striker, many people have missed the fact that it is defensive inconsistency, not striking problems, that will cause the Blues the biggest problems in their hunt for a Premier League title. After all, Chelsea have scored 12 goals in their last four Premier League games.
With that in mind, here are some of the best candidates to bolster the defence at Stamford Bridge.