Unlike many clubs, the Stamford Bridge store remained closed for business on transfer deadline day, with no major incomings or outgoings by Chelsea.
It has been a quiet window for the West London club, with loan moves for some younger fringe players the extent of their activity apart from the capture of a young left-back from West Brom who is one for the future.
That means that internal solutions will need to be found for the shortfalls in their squad at full-back caused by injury, whilst fringe players like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Saúl Ňiguez will return at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the campaign.
And the contractual situation of three senior defenders – César Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, and Antonio Rüdiger – is unresolved heading into the final months of the campaign.
January may have been quiet, but, with so much to do, the summer promises to be anything but.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.