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Chelsea and the Transfer Window

Chelsea and the Transfer Window

By Marissa Blackman
Chelsea this transfer window has been nothing short of brilliant. 

For starters, all of Chelsea’s transfer business was handled very early. There was no reason for Chelsea fans to stay glued to the screen today because our club was not desperate to make one last move. The only late buy was Loic Remy, but even he was not a panic buy.

This transfer window has also been brilliant for the club because of who has been signed. Didier Drogba is back! I honestly don’t think he’ll be doing all that much on the field, but the fact that this beloved club legend is back, and the possibility of him retiring at Chelsea, brings me so much joy. Diego Costa has ended the goal drought, and Cesc Fabregas is such a smart player. Filipe Luis hasn’t been used nearly as much as I thought he would be, but it’s great for a club to have someone that talented as an option from the bench. 

In the past year Chelsea has lost many fan favorites. It hurt to watch Juan Mata, David Luiz, and Frank Lampard depart from the club, but where would they fit into the squad right now? They wouldn’t! Rather than watching talented footballers rot on the bench of my favorite club, I’m glad that they’re actually getting to play for clubs that really need them.

I’m so glad someone in the club had enough sense to override Mourinho. I love Mou! I do, but sometimes I strongly disagree with him. He made it clear that he didn’t want Torres to leave, but Torres really needed to go. He’s not the kind of striker that scores goals, and goals are the one thing this wonderful club was lacking.

I do agree with Jose that Chelsea needs to keep three strikers on hand. That backup striker is crucial if the need to use him ever arises. Do you actually want to be relying on Fernando Torres when you have no one else? I don’t want to hate on Nando. In another club, he might really flourish, but not here...not now. Thankfully, Loic Remy has taken Torre’s place, and I believe he can make things happen if and when the team really needs him.

Let’s talk loans. Chelsea has a history of loaning out several younger players every season, and nothing has changed this time around. Although I think there are some definite drawbacks to this practice (i.e. Lukaku probably wouldn’t be at Everton right now if he hadn’t played there for a season!), it’s better for the younger Blues to be somewhere getting experience than to spend a whole season on the bench at Stamford Bridge. 

The loan I’m most pleased with is Marco van Ginkel to A.C. Milan. I’ve loved MVG since he came to Chelsea. Unfortunately, injury stood in his way last year, but now that he’s all better, I’m glad he’s going to a team where he can really be used. Next season, he can come back to Chelsea and shine. 

I’m posting this now, but as there are a few hours left to Silly Season, I might update it later. I don’t think I’ll have to do that, but in this game, you never know…

--Marissa Blackman

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