Life’s bewildering at the Bridge, and Jose Mourinho’s transfer-deadline signings address that.

Last season in August, Chelsea played four and won four, scoring 15 times. This time it’s played four, won one, with nine goals conceded.

After defeat by Palace, he accused “two or three” of underperforming, but wouldn’t say who. So let’s name Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas.

As Fabregas (or more correctly Mrs Fabregas) helped persuade Pedro to ditch Manchester United for Chelsea, he’s owed one. But he and Matic must improve their passing.

Ivanovic is a conundrum. Honest and hard-working, he was handed the captain’s armband at the weekend with John Terry suspended. But he is being run ragged by attackers, his positioning is all over the shop, and he’s lost a yard or two of pace. Jose is considering resting him, to see if he can regain his mojo.

So say hello to left-back Baba, centre-back Papiss Mison Djilobodji (a man who could wear out the ‘i’ on your keyboard) and centre-back Michael Hector.

It will be a while before Stamford Bridge become’s Hector’s house, however, as he’s been loaned back to Reading until next summer.

With Pedro settling up front, the other new striking option is Kenedy (named after the president by a mother who struggled with spelling). Victor Moses has gone on loan to the Hammers.

It’s a serious reshuffle, but as the Blues’ slump has come at the start of hostilities, there isn’t panic at the Bridge, just puzzlement.

Much of the team’s build-up play against Palace was positive, but it’s clear that a once-watertight defence needs sealant.

The international break means the Cobham training ground is pretty much empty, so Jose can’t really work on new combinations.

Expect Cesar Azpilicueta to shift to the right, Baba to play on the left, and Kurt Zouma, Terry, Gary Cahill and Djilobodji to fight for the other two defensive spots.