Chelsea fans may be hoping for a busy January transfer window given how their season has been stuttering since late November.
The Blues were unbeaten in all competitions under Maurizio Sarri until a trip to Tottenham ended in a 3-1 defeat.
Their undoing at Wembley didn’t trigger panic among the Stamford Bridge faithful, but there’s little doubt Chelsea no longer look like the title contenders they did before then.
Triumph over Manchester City earlier this month has lost some of its shine following two unconvincing wins against Brighton and Watford either side of a shock loss to Leicester.
That said, the fourth-placed Londoners can put five points between themselves and Arsenal with a victory at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park on Sunday.
So, it’s not exactly a crisis at Chelsea for the time being.
However, there’s a sense they will need to strengthen in January to keep up in the race for automatic Champions League qualification.
Gonzalo Higuain has been the most common name linked with the Blues in recent weeks, not that Sarri appears overly keen on a reunion with the former Napoli star.
“I like him very much. He is a wonderful player and a wonderful man,” he said, per the Express.
“But I don’t want to talk about Higuain because I have two strikers and Gonzalo is playing for AC Milan, so I think it’s better not to talk about him at the moment.”
But rather than entrusting Olivier Giroud or Alvaro Morata to lead his attack, Sarri prefers deploying Eden Hazard out of position as a false nine.
The 59-year-old is pleased with the Belgian’s contributions as a central striker - hardly a surprising assessment of a player with three assists and four goals since shifting positions.
Some supporters believe Chelsea’s main issue lies at the other end of the pitch, though.
There are question marks over the respective futures of Gary Cahill, Davide Zappacosta and Andreas Christensen due to a lack of playing time.
Sarri - who feels his first-choice pairing of David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger could do with stiffer competition - might have an opportunity to bring in a centre-back more suited to his philosophy.
The Mail claims Bayern Munich will sell Mats Hummels to Chelsea for £30 million as the Germany international struggles to regain the favour of manager Niko Kovac.
Blues fans, however, aren’t convinced he’s the solution to their defensive woes…
Well, the consensus among Chelsea supporters seems to be that even a cut-price deal for Hummels isn’t worth it.
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