Mauricio Pochettino’s plans to strengthen his Chelsea squad were thwarted by concerns over FFP and the need to adhere to the Premier’s League profit and sustainability rules.
The manager wanted to bring in a left-back and a striker to enhance his side in the second-half of the season, but, instead much of the window was focused on potential outgoings, with Armando Broja, Ian Maatsen and David Datro Fofan all leaving the club on loan.
Moves for Trevoh Chalobah and Malang Sarr failed to materialise, however.
The Argentine is under considerable pressure after the latest loss at home to Wolves, the tenth in the Premier League already this season.
However, those involved in recruitment are also coming under the lens. In the previous three windows over ₤1 billion had been spent on new players, but the squad remains very unbalanced, with noticeable weaknesses in certain areas.
And it would be hard to make a case that the money has been well spent, given that many of thise brought in have singly failed to justify their price tags.
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.