Chelsea had a very quiet January transfer window despite the fact that the club was in relative disarray with the club having sacked Jose Mourinho and floundering around the relegation zone. The only business of note was the signing of once highly rated Brazilian forward Alexander Pato. Pato came to the club having failed in his one European stint at AC Milan and then being banished back to Brazil.
Chelsea needed a forward, that’s difficult to deny. Their back-up options in Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao were insufficient to say the least. Falcao was injury prone and ineffective, the same is true of Remy who never looked capable of sustaining his fitness to put pressure on Diego Costa.
Bernard Traore was given more of a chance under Guus Hiddink, finding a few goals in the process. Pato was basically in to replace the injured Falcao, but the move seems pointless when we consider that Pato is not fit, and has not made an impact so far, despite being at the club for well over a month. Pato is also only going to impact on Traore’s development if he’s given a chance, which doesn’t seem to be fair, given that the young forward is the future, whilst Pato is the past. Pato’s signing makes no sense. He’s made no impact so far and it’s unlikely he will do much for the rest of the campaign.