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Speaking to Sky Sports, ex-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that the club’s transfer ban could help the Blues in finally realising the potential of their talented young stars.
The Blues have had their hands tied behind their back in this summer’s transfer window, but Frank Lampard’s arrival as manager has seemingly coincided with greater opportunities for some of their young guns.
Now, Mourinho has revealed that the club already have players at the club who can reduce the need to be spending heavily.
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He said: “It depends on what you have in the academy, that’s the point. The question is: what is the product from the academy? What can you work with to improve? Chelsea needs a centre-back – Kurt Zouma! You don’t need to buy, you don’t need to spend. Zouma!
“You want a young striker – Tammy Abraham! He’s yours. He knows the club. He was made at the club, he was educated at the club. Do you need to buy a young centre forward? No! And Chelsea were criticised many times with the number of players they had on loan, more than 30 players, 40 players, but now the moment arrived and they have answers like nobody else could have. They have the answers, so I don’t think it’s any problem for them.”
This summer more than any other feels like a crossroads moment for Chelsea. The Blues’ prospective transfer ban has essentially forced them into placing their faith in their young talent, and it would be a crying shame if the upcoming season doesn’t see genuine breakthroughs into the first-team for many of them.
Lampard’s early weeks in charge during pre-season have certainly given hope that he will reward those who shine, and that simply is what any young player wants. A chance to prove themselves, knowing that if they do well, they could stay in the starting line-up for the next week.
As Mourinho stated, the club have come under fire for their controversial loan policy in recent seasons. But the situation surrounding the Blues this summer has essentially turned their strategy into a hugely beneficial one; they already have enough numbers to pick and choose who they want to introduce into the first-team. So whilst the Blues’ quiet transfer window may be somewhat of a culture shock, it could all turn out for the best, just like the special one suggests.