Chelsea might be hell-bent on recruiting new faces this month but if interim boss Guus Hiddink has his way they won’t be signing anyone.
The Dutchman used his press conference yesterday to warn his current club over the dangers of buying during the January transfer window, suggesting teams had to be ‘desperate’ to do it.
The Blues have been linked with several names this month, not least Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, but Hiddink doesn’t believe drafting in big names is the right way to go about things.
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“You must be rather desperate if you bring in players in January that is true," Hiddink said, as per the Daily Mirror.
"But Chelsea must also look in today’s situation but also the upcoming summer situation regarding signings so you must be careful not to do stupid things.
“Chelsea has to deal with it (the uncertainty of not knowing what they could offer new signings).
“Also in a new setting there shall be influence of the new staff and manager. ‘There are question marks for Chelsea and for the others the yes-or-nos to come in that’s true and the reality of Chelsea.
“So are things on hold? I think so. In principle I’m in favour to bring in young players.
“If the circumstances allow that’s what we will do. I’d prefer to do that in the winter period than bringing in certain names.”
Naturally, as interim boss, Hiddink might not have a definitive say on matters, but that isn’t to say his words won’t be taken on board by the likes of Roman Abramovich.
Even so, though, it’s hard to agree with Hiddink’s stance that Chelsea aren’t a ‘desperate’ club at the moment, particularly as in the same conference he conceded that they were still lodged in a relegation battle.
Hyperbolic as that claim may be, the Dutchman knows a thing or two about football and so should be trusted.
There’s a very real danger that players drafted in now won’t fit in the setup created by whoever takes over as manager in the summer - that alone should keep Abramovich’s wallet in his trouser pocket for now.
Chelsea fans, what do you think? Should Hiddink and company sign anyone this month? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.