Guus Hiddink has hinted that Chelsea are unlikely to sign a striker this month, but Willian could soon provide some good news for Blues fans.
Chelsea are short of options in attack, with no return date in sight for Radamel Falcao, but Hiddink says he would prefer to look to the club’s youngsters rather than the transfer market to provide cover.
The Blues have been linked with Carlos Bacca, Saido Berahino, Jamie Vardy, Ezequiel Lavezzi and even Emmanuel Adebayor, while talks are reported to be ongoing with Corinthians over a possible move for Alexandre Pato.
Speaking at his press conference on Friday, however, Hiddink warned his bosses against making any “stupid” decisions.
“You must be rather desperate to bring in players in January,” Hiddink said.
“Chelsea must look at today’s situation and also the upcoming summer situation regarding signings, so you must be careful now not to do stupid things.”
Hiddink suggested Chelsea’s position in the Premier League might make it hard to attract the standard of player they would usually look to sign.
“Chelsea has to deal with it,” he said.
“Also in a new setting there shall be influence of the new staff and manager. There are question marks for Chelsea and for the others the yes-or-nos to come in that’s true and the reality of Chelsea.
“So are things on hold? I think so. In principle I’m in favour to bring in young players.
“If the circumstances allow, that’s what we will do. I’d prefer to do that in the winter period than bringing in certain names.”
On Pato, Hiddink would only say: “Of course we know this player, but that’s it. I’m not talking about names.”
Willian wants to stay at Chelsea
While there may not be any new arrivals if Hiddink gets his way, Willian, arguably the Blues’ player of the season so far, has stressed his happiness at Stamford Bridge despite the club’s poor form.
Willian has two and a half years left on his current contract, but the 27-year-old would be happy to sign a new one.
“I am very happy here,” Willian told the Daily Telegraph. “When I was playing in Ukraine I wanted to come here so coming here was the realisation of a dream. Of course, I want to stay. But at the same time my head is quite calm. I am just going to see how things go. I’m happy.
“The club knows exactly how I feel and I leave it up to my agent to deal with it (the contract) and deal with it with the club. My agent knows exactly how I feel.”