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Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban came as a crushing blow to the Blues.
After breaching rules in regards to the purchase of under 18s, the Stamford Bridge outfit were prevented from signing players during the summer as well as in January of next year. As they attempt to keep up with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, it appeared to make their already unenviable task an awful lot harder.
It is now being said that they expect to be able to sign new players in the winter window as they appeal the sanction, and they are even believed to have informed leading agents of their intentions to bring in new faces. Is that the best way for them to proceed, though?
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The fact of the matter is the punishment has forced the south-west London side to make a change to their policy. Frank Lampard has come in as the club’s new manager, providing a contrast to the wave of big-name bosses who have been and gone in recent years. With him, he has brought a policy of utilising the younger players, such as Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, at his disposal.
Both of these are results of the ban, and they have been met with delight from the Blues supporters. Chelsea’s youth teams are used to regular success – you only need to look at the trophies they have provided to be convinced. Yet they have rarely been able to make the step up to the first-team, instead seeing their path blocked by expensive, and sometimes disappointing, established players.
The results this season can be improved upon, but the performances of Mount and Abraham have been huge positives, whilst the inability to sign players looks as though it will give Lampard the time many of his predecessors have craved. Will the board be so patient if he is able to spend during the transfer window? It will no doubt heap unwanted pressure onto the shoulders of an inexperienced manager, and expectations will rise if he has the opportunity to add to the squad.
It also puts that same pressure onto the younger players themselves. Is half a season really enough for those youngsters to make themselves indispensable? If results do not go all their own way, will they not be pushed aside as they have been for so many years in recent memory?
Right now, it would be best for Chelsea to allow this new project to truly take shape. This transfer ban has offered a silver lining – hopefully the temptation for quick fixes doesn’t prove to be too strong.