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Chelsea enjoyed a fairly understated summer transfer window, only bringing in three players, including the marquee arrival of Romelu Lukaku.

There were plenty of outgoings at Stamford Bridge though as the club managed to end up in profit despite not losing any key players.

The Champions League holders have begun the season in fine form, and will be hoping to end their five-year wait for a Premier League title.

The Blues’ summer transfer business has certainly put them in good stead, but there are also some who have not benefitted during the off-season.

Mirror Football brings you the winners and losers from Chelsea’s summer transfer window.

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was dominant against Arsenal

Winners

Romelu Lukaku

Arriving back at Chelsea in the form of his life, this really is a dream come true for Lukaku.

Tuchel’s system allows him plenty of space and freedom to excel, holding the ball up for quick and crafty players, while the box shouldn’t be too crowded to allow him to do his thing.

Timo Werner’s underwhelming form means he is firmly second in the pecking order, but that means nothing to Lukaku who has firmly hit the ground running.

Blues fans

Chelsea look as much of a force as they have done for quite some time this season, with the Lukaku arrival pushing spirits higher than ever around The Bridge.

Off the back of a Champions League success, the Blues will surely mount a title charge this season if they can keep up their early form. This is an exciting time to be a Blue!

Roman Abramovich

Making a £97m signing and still remaining in profit is a quite incredible achievement from the Chelsea board, and Roman Abramovich must be delighted.

Bringing in over £100m without selling a single regular starter represents some seriously shrewd business from Marina Granovskaia and co.

And that means there could even be some cash left over to invest in any problem areas in January.

Losers

Mateo Kovacic

Kovacic was always set to play back-up to N’Golo Kante and Jorginho going into this season after their fine performances at the back end of last season.

But the deadline day arrival of Saul Niguez provides even more competition for the Croatian for one of those two midfield spots.

Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also didn’t leave, meaning they will also be fighting for a place in the side.

Timo Werner

The arrival of Lukaku inevitably pushes Werner down the pecking order up front, and as long as the Belgian stays fit, it’s hard to see that changing.

Kai Havertz has also staked his claim at times to lead the line, meaning Werner will really need to find his shooting boots to have a chance of regular playing time.

It’s a good job both Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud were sold over the course of the summer, otherwise things would be looking even more bleak for Werner.

Defence

The one area that did not get improvement over the summer was the Chelsea defence, despite the sales of Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori.

There was hope that Jules Kounde would be brought in, but no such deal transpired, leaving the Blues with a slightly weaker backline than last year, in truth.

Two clean sheets from their opening three matches wouldn’t suggest there are too many issues just yet.

But as the season wears on and injuries pick up, Tuchel may regret not bringing in any replacements for the pair.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk

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