The January transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday and it was quite an uneventful one for the big clubs. While there were plenty of incomings for teams struggling in the relegation zone, not much happened with the teams in the top-half of the table.
Premier League leaders Chelsea too saw the window out without any incomings. However, there were plenty of high-profile exits from the Stamford Bridge with Oscar and John Obi Mikel moving to the lucrative Chinese Super League while long-serving defender Branislav Ivanovic moved back to Russia on the deadline day. Covers in the full-back department were a prime target for Conte, while he also wished to add another striker to his roster, but no move materialized.
Chelsea are well ahead of the chasing pack in the title race and as it stands now, they are the clear frontrunners to bring the trophy home. However, reinforcements in key areas in the January window would have strengthened them further and just made their grip on the title even stronger.
Here are three players, who Chelsea should have brought in, in the last month:
Chelsea almost managed to snatch the Bosnian left-back late in the transfer window, after it seemed all set that Kolasinac would be joining up with Juventus in the summer.
While Marcos Alonso has been scintillating as the left wing-back for Chelsea, a lack of suitable deputy for the Spaniard could be a cause for worry for Conte. While he did recall Nathan Ake from loan at Bournemouth, the Dutchman looks far better used as a centre-back and a proven and an accomplished left-back like Kolasinac could have been the way to go.
Kolasinac has been in good form for Schalke this term and would have been a nice fit in the Chelsea setup with his attacking instincts. And with his contract expiring in 6 months, he would have come in at a cheap price as well. But Chelsea failed to act quickly enough and will now have to wait till the summer and could end up losing him to Juve.