Since Todd Boehly and Clearwater Capital took control of Chelsea, there has been a tremendous churn of players both in and out of the club, and this has proved to be unsettling for all concerned, and has contributed to the fact that they remain very much a work in progress under Mauricio Pochettino.
It is now recognised that this approach has not really worked, and that a different strategy may need to be applied in future.
And that will be seen in January, with the adoption of a “one in, one out” model when it comes to transfers.
That means that any incoming must be matched by a corresponding departure, with Trevoh Chalobah expected to leave on a permanent basis, whilst Noni Madueke, Armando Broja, and Ian Maatsen may all be allowed to leave on loan.
Getting them off the books also may allow Chelsea some flexibility as they struggle to stay within FFP guidelines.
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.