It's getting quite close to the deadline, and Chelsea are still yet to make any official moves since the weekend, where they brought in 20-year-old playmaker/striker Ulises Davila from Chivas de Guadalajara. With so many stories about what Chelsea need out of the window, we should probably take a step back and figure out just what we've done this summer.
So far, Chelsea have acquired Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu, Thibaut Courtois and Ulises Davila. They've lost Yuri Zhirkov, Slobodan Rajkovic, Jack Cork, Michael Mancienne and Jacopo Sala on permanent transfers, while a few more Blues have gone out on loan. Mata and Lukaku are, obviously, the big buys, and Mata's already shown what a huge influence he can have on games as a creative spark.
But Mata isn't enough, probably. Chelsea are achingly slow in the centre and it's hurting the likes of Fernando Torres, who isn't getting anything approaching good service. They've looked relatively poor in build-up play over the first three games, and the inclusion of one player isn't going to fix everything.
But fortunately, Chelsea will be getting creative reinforcements anyway. Daniel Sturridge will return from suspension after being banned for the first three matches of the season - his ability to cut inside and his willingness to beat defenders will be a major improvement over the endless Nicolas Anelka cutbacks we're becoming accustomed to. Centre back David Luiz will return - his ability to create is hugely understated on account of his position, but Chelsea are a far better attacking force with the mop-haired Brazilian in their ranks due to his eye for the quick pass and his surges into the midfield.
In other words, we haven't seen Chelsea at their best yet, and they're still doing pretty well, having outplayed Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium and won their other two home matches. What if Sturridge, David Luiz and Petr Cech are all that we need to turn ourselves into a title contending team, and the only purchases we make before the window closes are depth?
I'm not sure if I believe any of that, but it at least seems plausible. No matter what, I think depth is a big need, especially in midfield where we're primed to lose Yossi Benayoun, but as for a big name like a Luka Modric or a Moutinho or even a Kevin de Bruyne- would you be satisfied without one?