Chelsea FC: No January Transfer Activity? No Big Deal

Rachel Bascom@@Rachel_BascomContributor IIIJanuary 13, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea smiles during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at Boleyn Ground on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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When asked about potential transfers, Jose Mourinho has been consistent and straightforward in his comments this transfer window, stating that Chelsea will not be adding any players to their current squad.

Of course, football managers are not exactly known for being reliable sources when it comes to revealing their targets in the transfer window, but if this is true, it is fair to say that it would leave a few people surprised.

Since the beginning of the season, there have been many who have been quick to highlight the weaknesses in this current Chelsea squad. Since the opening of the January transfer window, many more—myself included—have called out the need for at least a couple of additions to the team.

However, when you ask the question, is it that crucial that Chelsea are active in the January transfer window? The answer has to be: no.

Well, simply stated, there is a need for a striker. Fernando Torres has been the best of the bunch so far this season, but with only four Premier League goals—seven total—he is not what you would call prolific. However, with 40 goals in 21 league games, it would be a tad dramatic to state that Chelsea are not getting on the score sheet. Although that averages out to be just under two goals a game, that is half as many goals as we have come to expect from a Jose Mourinho side.

Chelsea will need a new striker eventually, but there is no reason to panic and over-pay for someone who is likely to be expensive, in the middle of a contract, and probably cup-tied. The summer is probably a better window for this deal.

As for the other areas of Chelsea's squad, there is likewise no real need for an immediate signing. The midfield is probably the best in the Premier League, and Eden Hazard is having the season of his life.

The defence went through a rough patch not so long ago, but the Blues have only conceded one goal in their last five Premier League matches. Furthermore, Petr Cech has re-affirmed his good reputation, with his club record 209th clean sheet.

Although Chelsea is not a club that is short on money, with Financial Fair Play regulations finally kicking in, any opportunity to save money has to be looked upon as a positive, especially at a club that is known for some very expensive mistakes.

Chelsea are title contenders, no doubt about that. Although any squad could benefit from a few extra world class players, there is no need to panic if the Blues hold off until the summer. After all, by that time, it might just be a matter of strengthening a title-winning squad.


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