Chelsea were recently slapped with a two-window transfer ban by FIFA after being found guilty of circumnavigating transfer policy with regards to signing youth players.
Most Blues fans would have been frustrated by the news- after all, you do need to be signing world class talent on a regular basis if you want to win major trophies on a regular basis.
However, the news will not be all doom and gloom for the Blues. The West London giants have some of the best young talent in World football in their ranks. The Blues do not have a good reputation with regards to how they handle and treat young talent-after all, they did deem the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne surplus to requirements. All three of these players have gone on to establish themselves as arguably among the best in their respective positions in World football.
The current situation will force the Blues to give their young players more opportunities and this could allow them to unearth world-class talent without having to fork out extensive sums of money. The following are three players whom the Blues should re-integrate into the first team next season and who are more than worthy of getting opportunities for the club.
The 20-year-old has been a first-team regular for Frank Lampard’s Derby County side this season. He has excelled in the Championship which is arguably one of the top 10 Leagues in World football and more competitive than the top-flight Leagues of most countries.
He is a talented midfielder and is now ready to play top-flight football.
Abraham has starred in the Championship for Aston Villa this season. He has so far scored 21 goals from 21 appearances this season in the second-tier. The youngster is now a more mature player from what he was during his failed loan spell in the Premier League last term. He has prior Premier League experience and could be a future Wayne Rooney in the making. Chelsea must surely give him more opportunities and he will be a good replacement for Olivier Giroud who is set to leave the club this summer.
Zouma who is on loan with Everton has formed a solid partnership in central defence with Michael Keane this season for the Toffees. His performances have even won him a recall to the France team. The 24-year-old will be a ready-made replacement for veteran centre-back Gary Cahill. The veteran has so far only made one Premier League appearance this season. He must be let go this summer!
Another plus from the Blues current transfer dilemma is that it could provide more opportunities for the talented Callum Hudson-Odoi. Hudson-Odoi is one of the brightest young talents in English football and has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, he reportedly even wanted to move to the German giants this January, but the Blues turned down the move.
It is easy to see why Hudson-Odoi may have been tempted to move to Germany. After all, Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson (who struggled to make an impact with Manchester City and Arsenal) are starring for Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim respectively).
There are bound to be a few departures from Chelsea this season and this could create more first-team opportunities for Hudson-Odoi.
The situation will naturally be frustrating for the Blues and yes, they may struggle to gain a top four finish if they are not allowed to make transfers. However, the situation may prove beneficial in the long-term as it could allow them to unearth quality world-class talent which will save them millions as well as improve their reputation in terms of dealing with young talent in the long-run.