Thomas Tuchel has three major Chelsea transfer decisions to make in January
Chelsea have a number of players currently out on loan who could be recalled in January to bolster the starting 11 or be sent back out on loan to another team in search of regular game time
Common sense would tell you to recall players out on loan who are struggling for game time.
But sometimes, if a player is doing really well, the better option would be to bring them back in January and have them bolster your squad as opposed to buying a player and waiting to see if they adjust to their new settings immediately.
Chelsea’s current crop of players out on loan are doing well, some better than others, but while there is one player who could potentially do with returning to Stamford Bridge to salvage his season, others have a genuine chance of becoming first-team regulars.
Here football.london looks at three players who the Blues could bring back to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens.
This potentially looked an easy one – although that may well have changed now. It just hasn’t worked out for Gilmour at Norwich and the club could look at bringing him back.
Even with Daniel Farke no longer in charge, Gilmour has essentially wasted half a season with the Canaries.
That he is able to continue producing for Scotland is a testament to his playing ability, however, Chelsea may now be about to see his full potentially under Dean Smith at Carrow Road, with Gilmour starring in the Canaries’ win against Southampton.
That sharpens your character, it can be a big chapter in your career,” Tuchel said earlier this season. “That is the same for Billy. It is not the moment for me to give solutions for January or open talks to bring him back.”
It would be crazy to bring him back from Crystal Palace given how he is playing. However, there is currently space in Chelsea’s midfield for him.
Mateo Kovacic is now sidelined, while Saul’s loan from Atletico Madrid hasn’t worked out.
While Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are getting minutes they wouldn’t normally get, Gallagher has a role to play, and it’s not only on the bench.
Under Patrick Viera, he’s demonstrated that he’s not afraid to play in big games, scoring against Manchester City and putting in a strong performance against Arsenal.
Tuchel may need him back at Stamford Bridge before next season, despite the fact that he is one of Palace’s first names on the squad sheet.
Chelsea’s inability to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla in the summer was no huge concern thanks to Trevor Chalobah’s rise this season.
The club may contemplate making a move for Kounde now that he has signed a new contract. However, bringing back Miazga from Alaves in Spain could be the answer.
It might be worth bringing him back and integrating him into the first team at his age of 26.
With Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, and Antonio Rudiger’s contracts expiring in the summer, Miazga might provide Chelsea with a long-term defensive option without needing to invest millions in January.