Clocks have struck midnight just about everywhere around the world. Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024! And that also means that the January transfer window is officially open. Let the silliness begin.
The turn of the year is a popular time for making new resolutions for the year ahead, and perhaps one of the ones Chelsea can make as a club is to make better decisions in the transfer market.
As with most resolutions, this may be vaguely defined and hard to keep, but perhaps we can think twice about the next 8-year contract, the next nine-digit transfer fee, the next “pure profit” Academy graduate, and the hard line drawn at players over 25.
Perhaps Mauricio Pochettino can help keep the braintrust a bit more accountable.
“I cannot conceive the idea of not being involved. It is not only about my advice. It is about sharing after six months together with the owners and sporting directors. It is very good communication. We talk every single day. Of course, the decision that we are going to take is because we all agree.
“If we detect something we need to improve, then we are more than open. We are very analytical and always analyse ourselves to help the club in the best way possible.”
-Mauricio Pochettino; source: Metro
There’s of course no guarantee that we’ll make smarter transfer choices with Pochettino involved. Managers can make some of the worst transfer decisions after all, especially when weighing short-term versus long-term goals and priorities. But hopefully a true collaboration will result in the best possible outcomes. (He said naively.)
“We are going to assess now, we have a few days and we will start the transfer window now. We will talk and see if we need to do something or not.”
-Mauricio Pochettino; source: Football.London
Center forward appears to be at the top of shopping list for the month ahead, while potential exits could include the likes of Trevoh Chalobah, Ian Maatsen, Armando Broja ... and (but hopefully not) Conor Gallagher.
Here we go!