Chelsea are yet to make any moves this month despite fighting so hard to get the transfer ban overturned. Fans are growing frustrated, and the arrival of a late panic buy is becoming a real possibility.
The Blues have made some seriously unproductive January additions in the past. It is difficult to find good value in the middle of the season, and players that are available are likely to come with flaws. Here are three examples of previous moves Chelsea have made in January that did not work out.
Drinkwater will surely go down as one of Chelsea’s worst signings of all time. The midfielder was a key part of the Leicester side that won an incredible Premier League title in 2016 and the Blues forked out £35 million for his signature in September 2017 (BBC).
The 29-year-old has made just 23 appearances for the club in two and a half years, most of which have been in cup competitions. He is currently on loan at Aston Villa and it seems like only a matter of time before he leaves Stamford Bridge for good.
Barkley is the only name on this list that still remains in Chelsea blue. The 26-year-old completed a £15 million move to the club in January 2018. He had struggled with injury problems and a lack of form after an impressive start at previous club Everton.
Since joining the Blues, Barkley has struggled to hit the heights many would have been hoping. The fee Chelsea paid for him was not large, but there was a lot of hope when the England midfielder joined the club. He has played 66 games for the club, scoring just seven goals and providing seven assists.
Barkley could still prove to be a success at Stamford Bridge, but as things stand, he has to go down as another failed January addition.
Torres is no doubt the first player that comes to mind when most people think about a Chelsea transfer ‘flop’. The former Liverpool striker moved to Stamford Bridge in a £50 million move that was a British transfer record at the time (BBC).
Although there were some incredible moments, like that infamous Champions League goal against Barcelona, the Spain striker has to go down as a disappointment. In 172 games for the club, Torres scored 45 goals and provided 35 assists. A record of a goal contribution in every other game is not a bad one, but more was expected of the striker when he made the move.
Chelsea will be hoping that any possible January moves this month suffer a different fate.