GiveMeSport contributor Joe Glanville assesses Chelsea's transfer business this summer and how they are shaping up this season.
Much of the spotlight this season has centred on the return of the self-proclaimed 'Special One' Jose Mourinho, but they have also been busy in the transfer market by signing five players in back-up keeper Mark Schwarzer, Holland starlet Marco van Ginkel, Brazilian Willian, left-sided player Andre Schurrle and the experienced Samueo Eto'o.
Romelu Lukaku, who was a sensation at West Brom last season, has left on loan to Everton, however, Belgian attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is returning from loan.
De Bruyne has impressed, displacing Juan Mata in the first team and will be looking to play a prominent role this season. Moses is another who leaves the club following the influx of attacking talent.
He told reporters: "First and foremost, I'm delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool.
"The most important thing is for me to be professional about it and I'm here to do a job for the club.
"The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League - and I'm delighted to be here.
"There are a lot of quality players here - they're winning games and creating chances. It's a massive thing for me to be here."
Juan Mata and Demba Ba had been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge on deadline day.
Manchester United were linked with a move for the diminutive Spaniard due to Chelsea's interest in Wayne Rooney and PSG are another club who showed late interest, while Ba is reported to have attracted interest from Premier League suitors Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, but Chelsea had no interest in selling to a domestic rival.
For a club with title aspirations, Chelsea have been criticised for the lack of quality strikers at their club. Eto'o joins following an illustrious career with Barcelona and Inter Milan. But at 32, his motivation and pace seems to have regressed, while Fernando Torres is a shadow of his former self and question marks remain over Ba's ability to lead a title-winning side.
The additions of Eto'o, Willian and Schurrle improve their attacking options. Particularly in the offensive midfield positions, which was already strong. That trio join the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, De Bruyne, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba as Chelsea's attacking options.
Along with superior attacking options, they have stronger depth in comparison to last season. Additionally, they have the expertise of Mourinho and everything that will bring such as a winning-mentality and defensive organisation.
They have started the season well, accumulating seven points from nine and look well capable of sustaining a title challenge.
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