If there’s one lesson to be learned from Chelsea’s recent spending, it’s that it’s serious.
The Blues spent almost £300million during the January transfer window, and many will believe such spending was necessary.
The biggest signing of the window was Chelsea’s capture of Enzo Fernandez.
The World Cup winner with Argentina signed from Benfica for a British record transfer fee of £106.8million on deadline day.
Mykhailo Mudryk and Joao Felix are two of their other notable arrivals, and both have played for their new team before.
Graham Potter’s side welcomed eight players in total last month, all of whom will be looking to make an impact on a team that has struggled this season.
Chelsea sit 10th in the Premier League after 20 games and next face Fulham at home, with talkSPORT providing exclusive live commentary of the game.
Champions League qualification may not happen but the Blues’ season has been hampered by multiple injuries.
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They have had almost two weeks off since their last game, a 0-0 draw at Liverpool.
Here’s how talkSPORT.com predicts Chelsea will line up for the West London derby against Fulham on Friday night.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will retain his place in goal ahead of Edouard Mendy after two clean sheets in as many games.
Blues fans could see the return of Reece James at right-back, with the 23-year-old recently out with a knee injury.
Recent reports have indicated he is in contention to start against Fulham, with his final appearance shortly after Christmas.
In central defence, Thiago Silva will likely be paired with January arrival Benoit Badiashile, who has impressed in his first two games.
Marc Cucurella will remain at left-back, with Ben Chilwell close to returning from injury.
The biggest conundrum of Potter’s roster will likely lie in the midfield positions.
Many Chelsea fans will be eager to see Fernandez start but the Blues boss has been unable to confirm he will be able to play.
“We are very happy to have Enzo with us,” he told the media on Thursday during his press conference.
“We’ll see if he can be involved tomorrow, we have to go through the paperwork and make sure he gets the proper clearance and all that.”
“I spoke with him today. My Spanish isn’t the best and his English isn’t great so we had to rely on the translator, but we’ll get there. He is an impressive young man and we look forward to working with him.
Mateo Kovacic is injured and Jorginho has left for Arsenal, so Conor Gallagher and Carney Chukwuemeka could start in midfield.
Mason Mount will also join them in midfield, but playing in a more advanced role in front of the duo.
Coming off the bench against Liverpool, Mudryk made a strong impression on his debut and could start on the left of attack.
After Hakim Ziyech’s failed loan move to Paris Saint-Germain and Raheem Sterling who has just returned from injury, Noni Madueke could make his Chelsea debut.
Kai Havertz is expected to lead the line again, with the German on six goals for the season so far.
Joao Felix will serve the final game of his three-game suspension following his red card in the return leg in January.
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