With the transfer window shut and all the deals that might have spilled over to the next day finalised, most football fans likely find themselves in that strange post-January vacuum.
Fear not though, as the breaking transfer news may have dried up but the juicy news hasn’t. Here we’ve accumulated the biggest Chelsea stories from yesterday evening onwards, starting with Mohamed Salah’s thoughts after making his big loan move to Fiorentina.
Salah looking for redemption
Most of today’s reports regarding the Blues carry quotes from Salah, who is all too aware that he needs to take a positive step in his career if he’s to realise his potential. The Egyptian winger left Stamford Bridge temporarily as part of the deal that saw Juan Cuadrado move to west London, but with his stock in west London painfully low he’ll need to impress in Italy if he’s targeting a future with Chelsea.
Having only played three Premier League games under Jose Mourinho this campaign - sitting firmly behind Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian in the pecking order - Salah is in danger of becoming a nearly-man at Stamford Bridge, but there could be hope yet if he can find his form in Vincenzo Montella’s Serie A squad.
"I am truly happy to be here," Salah said.
"I really hope this is a step forward in my career."
"I really hope this is a step forward in my career"
In more pressing matters it appears that Mourinho could be without the services of Francesc Fabregas for the next two Premier League fixtures against Everton and Aston Villa, but that could see Juan Cuadrado handed his debut with the club sooner than expected.
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With the Blues already without the suspended Diego Costa Fabregas’s absence could give The Special One a headache in the midfield, with the Spaniard having been influential in their domestic success so far this term.
Lastly Mourinho appears to be planning early for the eventual exit or retirement of Didier Drogba, whose current Stamford Bridge deal ends in the summer. The big Ivorian could take up coaching with Chelsea, but for Mourinho the most pertinent issue is who will come in to take his place in the fold.
Reports suggest that the man Mourinho wants is strong forward Jonathas, currently on loan at La Liga side Elche. At 6ft 3 he’s certainly got the build to cope with the rigours of the Premier League, but whether or not he has the ability to match remains to be seen.
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