Chelsea remains hopeful that their current situation in the Premier League table improves across the rest of the 2022-23 campaign as the Blues uncharacteristically sit tenth and well off the pace of their biggest domestic rivals under Graham Potter.
Despite the heavy spending undertaken by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital Group, Potter has failed to arrest the growing unrest that began to bubble to the surface under former manager Thomas Tuchel, but that has not stopped Boehly and co. from acquiring more names in the January window in the hopes that the club’s short and long-term future will benefit.
One such deal that certainly targets the former is the six-month loan move for Atlético Madrid ace and Portuguese star João Félix, whose 23-year-old profile has all the hallmarks of a player that could aid Chelsea’s fortunes should he settle quickly at Stamford Bridge.
According to Félix himself, the former Iberian wonderkid is ready and eager to impress fans in west London while keeping faith in his playing principles. “Being here at Chelsea feels amazing. I’m very happy and I’ll bring my happiness of the game onto the pitch. Playing with happiness is what I’m about...so I like to get on the ball and I want to make all the fans enjoy my football while helping the team.”
Given Pierre-Emerick Auameyang’s imminent departure from the club and the long-term injury suffered by Armando Broja, is it likely that Félix will feature in the number 9 role ahead of fellow January acquisition David Datro Fofana, allowing the Ivorian starlet time to acclimatize to the highest level in Europe’s top five leagues after his move from Norwegian outfit FK Molde.
Though Chelsea supporters will only have a brief period to enjoy Félix’s capabilities on the pitch, it may be just enough to kickstart the second half of the campaign and push the club up the table and back into the fight for Europe.