Chelsea spent big prior to the 2020/21 season but their season has dipped in recent weeks with the Blues recording just one win in their last six Premier League games.
The pressure is firmly on Frank Lampard in a month where the club will face Fulham, Leicester City, Wolves and Burnley – games which could go a long way to seeing what can be achieved come May.
If the last transfer window was about incomings then this one could well be about who could leave Stamford Bridge.
Fikayo Tomori enjoyed a breakthrough season last term but – since the arrival of Thiago Silva – has played just four matches this campaign.
In the most recent of his appearances, the England international had to settle for coming off the bench in Sunday’s FA Cup win against Morecambe.
Speaking on why Tomori wasn’t handed a start, Lampard told football.london that the 23-year-old could well be leaving on a temporary basis.
“The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment,” said Lampard.
“There is a possibility he could be going on loan to get games somewhere else. So that would have to be the solution for him and the club. That was part of my thinking of not starting him today.
“I gave him some minutes at the end but while we were looking at that I wanted to make sure it was the right thing for the club and for him and individually. So that’s why he didn’t start.
“But his attitude, even though he hasn’t played much recently, has been fantastic in training and in how he is.”
Tomori, who starred for Lampard in a loan spell with Derby County in 2018/19, has been linked with moves to Leeds United and Newcastle United.