After Chelsea’s worst start to a league campaign since the 1970s, Jose Mourinho will be forgiven for having an eye on the January transfer window already at this early stage of the season.
The Blues are at the time of writing at odds of 16/1 in the Premier League betting for the title as they sit mid-table following their opening nine games.
Here are some of the players which could help Chelsea finish the second half of the season strongly.
Charlie Austin (QPR)
It’s not often you would see one of the top four sides in the Premier League turning to the Championship to improve their squad in the transfer window, however, there could be an opportunity to do that with QPR’s Charlie Austin.
Austin proved he could find the back of the net in the Premier League last season but when the West London club got relegated, a move away from QPR failed to materialise.
The Englishman could provide vital cover for Diego Costa, who has had his injury and suspension problems already this season.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
A world record bid for Gareth Bale may be needed to tempt Real Madrid into selling the Wales international but if they could sign the former Spurs man, they would be capturing one of the best players on the planet.
Bale has proved himself in the Premier League as he was the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013. He would almost certainly give Chelsea an extra cutting edge this season and put them back into the title hunt for the 2016/17 campaign.
Mats Hummels (Dortmund)
Chelsea have been all over the place this season defensively, unfortunately there are not that many world class defenders on the market at the moment. One of them could be Mats Hummels, though, who has been linked with a move away from Dortmund ever since Jurgen Klopp left the club as head coach.
The Blues may have competition from Liverpool now that Klopp is in charge at Anfield, however, Chelsea will be able to offer the German Champions League football.
Paul Pogba (Juventus)
Paul Pogba is arguably the most exciting young player in Europe and it is only a matter of time before he leaves Juventus and Serie A.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move to Barcelona but a deal has not gone through as the Spanish giants have a transfer ban imposed on them.
Pogba never really got the opportunity in the Premier League for Manchester United, however, Kevin de Bruyne is a great example of a player returning to this league as a better player and being able to make an immediate impact.
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
At the age of 31, Arjen Robben is probably past his best. That is not to say he is still not good enough to cause problems.
Chelsea were arguably at their best under Mourinho with Robben and Damien Duff operating on the two wings. Since leaving Stamford Bridge, the Dutchman has had spells at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich where he has had a lot of success.