Chelsea have been undoubtedly underwhelming this season, regardless of who has been in charge.

Things got off to a shaky start in both the Premier League and Champions League under Thomas Tuchel, before he was replaced by Graham Potter.

The former Brighton man certainly sorted things out in Europe, however a tough run of fixtures and mounting injury problems saw them fall away from the top four in the final weeks before the World Cup.

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While Tuchel admirers may feel aggrieved at his sacking, they certainly cannot complain with how he was backed in the summer by new owner Todd Boehly.

The American spent big before the season started, with marquee names such as Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana joining the club.

Boehly even gave in on his desire to sign Cristiano Ronaldo to allow Tuchel to temporarily reunite with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

It is the striker area where Chelsea have been the most disappointing this season, with neither Aubameyang or Kai Havertz setting the world alight.

Armando Broja has also been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.

With Christopher Nkunku not set to be at the club until the campaign is over, the Blues need a short-term option to get them firing.

The obvious answer when looking at the current state of the market is Memphis Depay.

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The Netherlands man is off the back of an impressive personal World Cup campaign, with the Dutch attack finally looking alive after his introduction.

Reports have claimed that he is available for a very small amount of money in January, with him seemingly surplus to requirements at Barcelona.

His ability to link the play and be a fluid member of the frontline is exactly what Chelsea are getting in Christopher Nkunku in the summer, and should be the catalyst to a far more dynamic front three than they have shown so far this season.

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