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Chelsea have not been as active this January window as in the summer, however they have made some transfers letting a few players leave.
Danny Drinkwater and Fikayo Tomori left the club for six months to AC Milan and Kasimpasa respectively, Baba Rahman found a new loan club in PAOK, Lucas Piazon left permanently after eight years and three first team appearances while youngster Jack Wakely was the only departure on deadline day as he joined up with Brighton’s under-23s.
The Blues have appointed new manager, Thomas Tuchel, after sacking Frank Lampard, which removed any chance of signing new players as the German head coach is willing to give every player a clean slate.
So here are six players, who either win or lose from Chelsea’s transfer window business this January.
Lampard was hugely keen on bringing in Declan Rice to Chelsea, and should the move happened, Jorginho would have been under serious pressure for his place at the club.
The 29-year-old midfielder also started the first two games of Tuchel’s reign at the club. N’Golo Kante’s return to the team might change that, but for now, Jorginho is getting a chance to prove his worth.
Marcos Alonso, win
Alonso was supposed to be sold during the transfer window, if Lampard was still in charge.
However, with the Tuchel’s arrival, the left back started for the first time in four months on Sunday for the 2-0 win over Burnley. He scored the second goal for the west London side with a superb strike.
Antonio Rudiger, win
Rudiger, was another player, who Lampard considered to let go. However with Tomori left on loan, Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma all stayed at the club.
Tuchel wants to play three centre halves, which benefits the 27-year-old as well, as he looks far more comfortable in a back five than a four.
Andreas Christensen, lose
Christensen is surely at the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to centre backs now behind Zouma, Rudiger and Thiago Silva.
The Danish defender is out of contract next season, and he could find an extended on the bench this term.
Emerson Palmieri, lose
With Alosno and Ben Chilwell considered at left back/left wing-back position, Emerson becomes third in the pecking order.
That leaves the 26-year-old looking on from the sidelines still, much like he has done for the majority of his Blues career.
Kepa Arrizabalaga, lose
Kepa is currently the second choice goalkeeper at Chelsea, after the arrival of Edouard Mendy in the summer.
There are many reports suggesting that Marina Granovskaia is determined to see some sort of repayment on the Blues’ massive £71million outlay two and a half years ago.
However, Kepa will be reduced to cup appearances for the foreseeable future, even though Tuchel will be aiming to give all players a clean slate.
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