I remember the fanfare, the analysis, the criticisms when Carlo Ancelotti announced he was coming to Chelsea.
First and foremost was the fact he was leaving an old squad for an aging squad and would continue this trend at Chelsea. The fact that the Blues of Stamford Bridge was well-known for its purchasing of veteran players and ignoring its youth was a major point of concern.
Yet, here we are now in the new year, at the top of the table, and looking at transfer targets like foxes must look at chickens.
But instead of the usual fare, it seems the club's eyes are finally drifting in another direction.
Though Kakuta, Sturridge, and Borini have not received a great deal of playing time under Ancelotti, they have received a significant amount of it. Chelsea's management is now looking at players who can barely remember what the world was like before the World Wide Web.
Sergio Aguero has been a long time target, but if there was any time to make a move, this would be it—with the transfer ban momentarily lifted and Atletico Madrid in both dire financial and playing straits.
Marouaine Fellaini has been proclaimed by his manager as the "best midfielder in the Premiership" and is only 22. Unlike the Spanish Maestro Cesc, who is also 22, he is known for his defensive abilities and ability to wear down opponents—something Jon Obi Mikel and Essien currently do. However, his passing and playmaking seem to be a step ahead of Mikel, and the two could form quite the fearsome duo in the back.
Another long-time transfer target (if the papers are to be believed) is Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian Wolf is still one of the hottest targets in Europe considering his scintillating form and enormous potential. Though Ancelotti will have to battle with his former club for Dzeko's signature, he could form the perfect replacement for Drogba in the years to come.
Another target is Racing Santander's Sergio Canales. He is the youngest of the mentioned players, being the same age as Gael Kakuta and having equally great potential. Though Madrid and Barcelona are chasing the young man, perhaps the fact Chelsea is building a squad from players his age and dedicated coaching from a coach like Ancelotti will sway him to come to Stamford Bridge.
All in all, the January transfer window is sure to be filled with breathtaking rumors, unbridled excitement, and maybe a smart signing or two.