Happy New Year, and happy new transfer window! Or as Fabrizio Romano calls it, getting paid season. Here we go!
January transfer windows are usually far less busy, dramatic, or important than summer transfer windows, but that just means that we have to deal with an even greater concentration of rumor nonsense. Get ready for all the Declan Rice stories you can handle, and then some!
That’s not to say that Chelsea won’t see any action over the next month, but as Frank Lampard revealed in his press conference earlier today, most of that action will be to (hopefully) trim the bloat from the squad that we were unable to trim in the summer.
“We have a big squad, we have to see if that changes if there are opportunities for players that aren’t playing so much but that’ll be a conversation between the player and myself and then we will see if we can strengthen in the right way.
“But we are not jumping up and down to do so at the moment, my focus this year is purely on work. It’s a long month.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London
Older players who haven’t played much or at all include the likes of Danny Drinkwater, Baba Rahman, Marcos Alonso, Fikayo Tomori, Willy Caballero, and Kepa Arrizabalaga, though the latter is not at all likely to be going anywhere. Similar financial considerations, not to mention the overall economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, are likely to limit any moves to just temporary loan moves. Still better than sitting on the bench or playing with the reserves!
We probably should expect some stories about the futures of players like Olivier Giroud, Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, and Emerson, players who are important for their respective national teams but are not seeing minutes commensurate with that status at the club — even if Lampard finds them important to the cause — and could thus try to force a move ahead of Euro
2020 2021 coming up at the end of the season.