In February, Chelsea were slapped with a two window transfer ban. An investigation into the clubs signing of young talent by FIFA found sufficient wrongdoing to impose punishment. Naturally, this would have come as a huge blow to most fans of the West London giants. In today’s market, it is imperative after all that teams regularly sign top class talent if they want to compete for trophies especially in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
The transfer ban may not be all doom and gloom for Maurizio Sarri’s club. They do have some of the finest young talent in England and while the Blues may not challenge for major silverware next season if the ban stands, it could end up benefiting them in the long-run.
Chelsea have a bad reputation in terms of how they manage their young talent. In the past they have let go of the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku. All three have since gone on to establish themselves as world-class talents in their respective positions elsewhere. There are a number of Chelsea players out on loan who certainly are capable of playing for the first-team. Three such names in particular which stand-out are Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma.
Zouma who is currently on loan with Everton has formed a solid centre-back pairing with Michael Keane for the Toffees. In October of last year, he even managed to get a recall to the French team for a friendly against Iceland. The 24-year-old could be a good replacement for club captain Gary Cahill who is due to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season upon the expiration of his contract.
Abraham has shone on loan with Aston Villa in the Championship and is a contender to finish as the top scorer in the English second-tier. Many will remember that the 21-year-old had a failed loan spell in the Premier League with Swansea City last season and went on to score just five goals from 31 League appearances, but he is now a more mature player and would have grown from his experiences with Villa this season. The Blues must give this player a second chance. It may not be ideal to have him as their first-choice striker at this point in time but he could be a good replacement for veteran Olivier Giroud. Giroud has been linked with a return to his homeland of France at the end of this season.
Mount has shone in the Championship this season under none other than Chelsea club legend Frank Lampard. The number 10 has incredible football intelligence and poses serious problems for opposition defenders. He could be a future Lampard in the making. He was a star for the England U-19 side which claimed the European Championship back in 2017 and is one to watch out for.
Another benefit which Chelsea could get from the transfer ban is that it could allow them to give more game-time to the young Callum Hudson-Odoi, The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the best up and coming talents in England. He has been strongly linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich. Considering the success which former Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho is enjoying at Borussia Dortmund, it is easy to see why Hudson-Odoi could be tempted into moving to Germany at this point.
Instead of being sour over the transfer ban, Chelsea fans must be positive about it as it could prove to be beneficial to the club and save them millions in the long-run.