For all the financial muscle Chelsea possess via their owner Roman Abramovich, the Blues have been known to be erratic in the transfer window.
While there have undoubtedly been a number of successful signings executed, there’s been a fair share of errors. In fact, just over the past season Chelsea have slipped up on numerous occasions and it’s proven costly.
Here are four players that Chelsea should have avoided selling these past two transfer windows. Had they acted differently, the Blues may even have evaded their season-long rut that sees them jammed in ninth place.
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Now, Chelsea’s hands were tied on this transfer saga but the west London club should have fought to ensure Cech left the city at the very least. It proves a transfer gaffe similar to many that the club has become famed for in recent years.
The Blues respectfully allowed the Czech international to leave in the summer after 11 years of service and the emergence of Thibaut Courtois. Nonetheless, accommodating his move to a rival in the form of Arsenal has proven a shocking error.
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While Cech hasn’t lived up to the expectations of many in a red jersey, the fact the Gunners sit five places higher in the table is telling. In the ideal world, Chelsea would have maintained the 33-year-old yet letting him move to the Emirates was simply unforgivable.
The left-back is yet another player who was chomping at the bit to leave Stamford Bridge. Despite this, the Brazilian has been sorely missed in a season that has seen Chelsea struggle for depth on their defensive flanks.
The 30-year-old proved positively unspectacular upon his 2014 move to the club but should have been given more of a chance. Besides, there can be little doubting he would have performed better than Baba Rahman this season.
Chelsea judged him on just one campaign and should have fought harder to prevent his home calling to Atletico Madrid. Considering his position is one that the Blues have been light on numbers with, the sale has resurfaced regret amidst their stagnant 2015-16.
This proves perhaps the most damning sale Chelsea accommodated this season in ending the legendary Ivorian’s return after a solitary term. Albeit being a grand-old 38-years-old, his presence in the dressing room would have been vital this year.
For the Blues’ sake, Drogba would not have allowed such a debacle this season and would likely have galvanised the side onto an upsurge. The Daily Telegraph even argues this sale has heavily contributed to Eden Hazard’s high-profile decline.
It’s almost certain that Drogba would have been collecting dust on the bench but it would been his off-pitch ability that could have proven crucial. Nonetheless, Chelsea let their club legend slip through their fingers too easily last summer.
Injuries and lack of favour under Jose Mourinho conspired against Ramires this season yet his departure still proved worrying. Chelsea allowed perhaps one of their most athletic and energetic ever midfielders to leave for China.
Granted, the financial reward garnered by the Blues far exceeded the expectations for Ramires. However, the Brazilian has proven pivotal over long seasons with his unwavering effort and Chelsea may regret severing connections with such an advantageous player.
At 29-years-old, Ramires still had a lot to offer at Stamford Bridge and would have been a better defensive midfield choice than Nemanja Matic or John Obi Mikel in recent months.
With these four damaging sales have doused this season in further regret for Chelsea, they must hope this transfer window is more successful. While investment is a must, the Blues should be cautious and avoid descending to their usual trigger-happy nature.
Which of these sales do you think was Chelsea's biggest mistake? Have YOUR say in the comment box below!