In February, Chelsea were given a transfer ban that would prevent them signing any senior players until summer 2020. For a club that love to splash the cash, this was a nightmare. Last season the Stamford Bridge club finished 26 points behind eventual champions, Manchester City.
With the club so far adrift of the top two, surely now is the worst time to be castrated in the transfer market. Chelsea’s transfer ban is a blessing in disguise.
There has been a catechism in the top six. There is now a top two and a next four. With everybody resigned to also ran status, this is the ideal time for the West End club to banned from signing players.
Roman Abramovich has a record for sacking managers. With the distance between the Blues and the title so vast, whoever replaced Sarri had a tough job on their hands to keep the Russian happy. Frank Lampard is a newbie in football management, taking over Chelsea was a huge step up from the Championship, where he cut his teeth with Derby County. The transfer ban will afford Frank more time to adapt and imprint his vision on the players.
With a transfer ban in place, now is the ideal time for academy products to shine. Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount have impressed in recent performances. With the management unable to strengthen the side, promising young players can finally gain some experience and cement a place in the side. In the long term this may lead to a more continued faith in the Chelsea academy.
This Chelsea transfer ban is a blessing in disguise, it couldn’t have come at a better time.