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We have known for days/weeks that there was going to be no more activity. Despite what we feel we may need, Ancelotti and the board obviously feel we have enough for this season.

Another striker? Possibly yes, mainly because of the ACN. But we have 4 top top strikers Drogba, Anelka, Kalou, Sturridge. And we have Di Santo to come back, plus a decent option or 2 in the reserves. How many other clubs have more than 4 strikers in their squad?

Winger? We are wingless at the moment, so a winger would be pointless....

Defensive Mid? It would be somewhat silly to sign a player purely for a few weeks of ACN cover. We will be able to cope with what we have, Ballack, Belletti probably Matic will all be able to cover for that period.

Yes i would have liked to see us improve our squad a little more, but it was obvious for a while it wasn't going to happen and we are looking so good with some top players still to be involved (Alex, J.Cole, Zhirkov).

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its best to get the DM in now and let them settle before Jan surely

can we compete with only 2 main strikers and two covers?! what happens if both drogba and anelka are out (suspensions, injuries, ACON etc etc)

Then we play with Sturridge and Kalou. That is what our squad is for, there are a lot "what if's" but if we worked on that basis then we would have about 10 strikers "just in case"...

With the DM, what happens before and after the ACN? Mikel and Essien will always be 1st and 2nd choice, plus they are both young. You would effectively be bringing someone in to play for 1 month.

We have to be realistic. In an ideal world i would have liked to have brought a creative spark in to play at the top of the diamond. But we have Deco and Joe Cole and Lamps to play there so we are not desperate.

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Still, if we continue to play the 'Christmas Tree' formation of 4-3-2-1, we could field the following line-up in January:

Cech

Bosingwa, Terry, Carvalho, Ash

Ballack, Deco/Matic/Belletti, Lampard

Zhirkov, Joe Cole

Anelka

Which is still a superb looking lineup.

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We have a great choice in Borini and Kakuta if we needed a winger and striker. I think Anelka and Sturridge can form a good partnership for the three weeks Kalou and Drogba are gone.

Di Santo's current loan deal ends in January, so he'll be back too.

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Di Santo's current loan deal ends in January, so he'll be back too.

With an option to make it longer till the end of the seaosn?

I don't think so! Di Santo will probably bag some goals and impress Sam to keep him longer, and probably try and buy him. We'll reject, he keeps him till end of the season.

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Then we play with Sturridge and Kalou. That is what our squad is for, there are a lot "what if's" but if we worked on that basis then we would have about 10 strikers "just in case"...

With the DM, what happens before and after the ACN? Mikel and Essien will always be 1st and 2nd choice, plus they are both young. You would effectively be bringing someone in to play for 1 month.

We have to be realistic. In an ideal world i would have liked to have brought a creative spark in to play at the top of the diamond. But we have Deco and Joe Cole and Lamps to play there so we are not desperate.

Bally too ;)

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