Chelsea Transfer News: Blues' Title Chase Must Not Stop with Demba Ba Signing

Chris HummerAnalyst IJanuary 6, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Rafael Benitez, manager of Chelsea looks on before the FA Cup Third Round match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on January 5, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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One game into his Chelsea career, the signing of Demba Ba looks brilliant for the Blues.

The former Newcastle striker, who was acquired for £7 million only days ago, paid immediate dividends for Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup. 

Ba netted two goals in his debut, spurring the Blues into the fourth round. It was a perfect start to his time with Chelsea, as his energy and skill helped the Blues rally from an early one-goal deficit

His goal-scoring abilities were a welcome site for Chelsea fans, but it's still not enough for the Blues to compete for championships. According to interim manager Rafa Benitez, the Blues must sign one or two more impact players during the winter transfer window if they hope to bring home a trophy this season.

Earning a championship is quite important to Benitez, because success in one of the top leagues or tournaments is the only way he will keep his job on a permanent basis.   

The team is especially short in the midfield, where a few of Chelsea's top players have been forced to log huge minutes to compensate for a lack of depth—something that Benitez has complained about on more than one occasion this season.

The team has already taken a look at Metalist Kharkiv’s Taison and Corinthians star Paulinho. And according to, Roma’s Miralem Pjanic and Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Willian could also be targeted.

Any of these players would provide a huge boost for the midfield. And if Ba's play is any indication, they might provide a midseason spark as well.

According to the Mirror, if Benitez’s request for more signings gets turned down by ownership, he will push hard to retain the services of Frank Lampard. Lampard, who has not been offered a new contract by the Blues, would be open to staying with Chelsea until the end of the season so he could have an opportunity to break the club's all-time mark for goals.