How Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital have started to build a dynasty in just two windows since Chelsea arrival
It was a nail-biting end to the January transfer window for Chelsea as the Blues had to dig their heels in deep to pull off a record-breaking month, concluding their shopping spree with the British-record transfer of Enzo Fernandez.
The signs of success may not be immediate, but hats have to go off to the ownership of Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital to complete build a brand-new dynasty in just two windows, whilst also finding a loophole to bide by the rules set by Financial Fair Play.
This window, Chelsea signed as many as eight players, taking their total spend to in excess of £600 million since the start of the 2022/23 season, snapping up 17 players. Thankfully, it is not money just thrown around at players who are not deserving of the Chelsea shirt.
Enzo Fernandez is one of the hottest talents in world football at the moment and shone at the biggest stage of all – the FIFA World Cup, winning the Young Player of the Tournament award as well as guiding Argentina to another cup success.
What may come as a huge surprise, Joao Felix was the oldest player that the Blues have signed this window, aged 23.
And just as Felix’s age suggests amongst the other group of new recruits, the Portuguese international does come with loads of experience at European and international level.
From the eight players to be snapped up by the Blues in the January window, their average age is 20, which highlights the thinking behind the signings and the long-term contracts they have all been tied down to.
They are young and will all learn together and join the club in a difficult time where they have to really dig deep to get out of the position they are in, which could add plenty of experience and know-how in years to come of how to grind out and chase teams above them in the league.
The Blues lost Jorginho to local rivals Arsenal on deadline day, and as fantastic as a servant the Italian was to the club, it is undeniable to admit that Fernandez is much more progressive and forward thinking on the ball, which has been a downfall on how Graham Potter wants his team to play, especially in the weeks to come with the blitz and dynamism of Mykhailo Mudryk and Felix in attack.
Chelsea are out of both domestic competitions but are now perfectly placed for a strong finish to the Premier League run-in, as well as in the Champions League, where they face Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16.
Benoit Badiashile has kept back-to-back clean sheets since making his debut at the heart of defence, while Mudryk could also be given his first start since joining the Blues when Potter’s men take on Fulham this Friday at Stamford Bridge.