But a week ago Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo was contemplating the grim prospect of Yuletide unemployment, his paymasters said to be frustrated by the shortcomings of the manifold expensive signings the Nigerian sanctioned.
He fought his corner and so did news.bwin, but it seems the prospect of a Bob Cratchit Christmas has either left Emenalo unfazed or has thus far failed to fully hit home.
This is the impression the Blues’ links to West Brom striker Saido Berahino gives anyway.
The 22-year-old is a £20m Chelsea target according to the Daily Telegraph.
It’s a fee below the figure Tottenham failed to lure the Burundi-born striker to London with in the summer and in the notoriously inflated January transfer market, they’d need to add at least another £10m to the valuation if they’re serious about signing the Baggies frontman.
Doing so, however, will almost certainly bring about Emenalo’s demise and quite possibly Jose Mourinho’s too.
Relentless pressure on the Portuguese coach has cooled during the current international break, though should his side’s multitude of problems resurface once Premier League action resumes – with the Blues hosting Norwich in a game they’re rated 9/20 to win – he’s certain to find himself back under the pump.
One of said issues is a chronic lack of goals, but Berahino is among the last players Mourinho would call upon to rectify this.
Developing youngsters is an aspect of management the trophy-magnet boss has consistently neglected throughout his career and the chances of him trusting youngster to dig him out of the hole he is currently burying Chelsea in are miniscule.
Were Berahino a hulking powerhouse known for his erratic, confrontational behaviour and work ethic, his age might not factor in, but he isn’t.
The lone-striker system the two-time Champions League winner will not deviate from isn’t conducive to exploiting the West Brom star’s finest attributes; he’s far more likely to leave a defender chewing his dust as opposed to holding one off before laying the ball off for a teammate.
Too young, short and thin, unless Berahino has designs on being converted into a winger, a move to Stamford Bridge is probably the worst one he could make.