Chelsea Don't Need Transfer Additions Unless Exceptional Talent Is Available

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - JULY 16:  Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on ahead of the pre season friendly match between Wycombe Wanderers and Chelsea at Adams Park on July 16, 2014 in High Wycombe, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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Even with Diego Costa's recent hamstring injury, Chelsea look strong this season.

Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph broke the news of the Spaniard's latest ailment this week, but there's little need to panic. Nor is there any reason for Jose Mourinho to be getting restless as the transfer window edges closer to shutting until January.

Every manager feels the pressure at this time of year. With the days counting down, they begin to second-guess whether or not their judgement has been good enough, if their faith in their squad has been ill-judged.

When Manchester United are spending £60 million on Angel Di Maria and Liverpool are adding Mario Balotelli to their squad, it's only natural their rivals may feel the urge to splash the cash just one more time.

For security, peace of mind.

It's different at Chelsea. The Blues are in good health.

It's all thanks to some shrewd moves in the market early in the summer. The need to add new faces has long passed and while other squads are still being fine-tuned, Chelsea's has long been in place.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23:  Diego Costa of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Gett
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Where Chelsea were weak last season, they have strengthened significantly. They've added experience, nous, and above all else, talent.

Throughout his squad, Mourinho has strength in depth, so why add more players?

It's not always been the case, but this year, Chelsea have been making all the right moves.

Indeed, 2014 has heralded a new dawn for the club in more ways than one.

A youthful squad has been developed by Mourinho, and off the pitch, a more frugal approach to transfers has been adopted.

From buying high and selling low, Chelsea have turned their transfer strategy on its head since January.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  Juan Mata of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on October 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie
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Out have gone Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne, David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku for fees surpassing £130 million. In their place have come Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis for considerably less.

It's made the balance sheet a far more positive read, yet has also delivered Mourinho with the players he needs to bring success back to west London.

Given the reputation Chelsea have, it's impressive.

In years gone by, the only way Chelsea could strengthen was by spending—and spending big.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18:  Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor on August 18, 2014 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Now, though, it's quite the opposite. Mourinho has a squad far more capable of challenging for major honours than the one he inherited.

Balance has returned, yet in so doing, it's impacted the boardroom just as much.

Without Luis Suarez, Liverpool have big questions to answer this season. Can they cope without his goals? Will their defensive frailties from last season remain?

Manchester City will be strong, although Arsenal remain an enigma in that we still don't know what to expect from Arsene Wenger's side. Sure, Alexis Sanchez has arrived from Barcelona for a considerable fee, but they haven't strengthened in other key areas.

Chelsea have.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Filipe Luis of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Real Sociedad at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Liverpool didn't win the Premier League last season because of their defence. They conceded too many goals, whereas Chelsea missed out on the title because they didn't score enough.

Mourinho has added the components to help them do just that, however.

Costa is a big part of it and so is Fabregas. He will control games from midfield in ways the Blues couldn't last season.

Fabregas will help retain possession, recycling the ball through the middle and feeding the attacking midfielders. He'll keep Chelsea ticking over like he did against Leicester City, moving forward to eventually break down stubborn opposition.

Costa will score goals, but without him, so will Chelsea.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23:  Manager Jose Mourinho of Chelsea celebrates the goal scored by Diego Costa during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie
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Mourinho's got it right. He doesn't need any new faces.

"The counting down clock you have on Sky Sports News all of the time, for us there is no 'tick tock,'" Mourinho recently quipped, per Jim van Wijk of the Evening Standard.

Unless Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or another considerable talent is suddenly available, it should remain that way.

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes


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