Having been handed a transfer ban by FIFA, Chelsea could be in for a real difficult summer, though the west London club’s recent appeal could delay when the sanction is enforced.
Whatever the case, be it this summer or the next one, that ban is coming and obviously brings a bunch of dilemmas with it.
For two transfer windows, the Blues will be unable to register any new players (FIFA) which, on paper, looks to be a huge blow. Yet when considering the bigger picture, it could end up proving to be a blessing in disguise.
For years, supporters have been crying out for the likes of Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte and now Maurizio Sarri to utilise the club’s loan army which boasts some very talented players developed by Chelsea’s academy.
However, those cries have often fallen on deaf ears with the many names from the loan army and the Blues’ youth system in general having constantly been overlooked.
With FIFA’s transfer ban set to come into play, though, Sarri will be forced to consider some of them if he wishes to reinforce his squad. And when the time comes, the Italian will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice.
For example, in defence, Sarri will have names such as Reece James and Fikayo Tomori to call on with the English duo both impressing in the Championship this season at Wigan and Derby County respectively.
Elsewhere, Tomori’s Derby team-mate Mason Mount, is also another talented individual Sarri would have at disposal and one who could definitely bring a lot to Chelsea’s midfield.
Kurt Zouma, Tammy Abraham and Lewis Baker are just a few other names who make up the loan army, while the Blues already have Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum-Hudson in their ranks currently, players who could end up benefiting from the transfer ban, too.
Considering all of that, this sanction handed out by FIFA might just not be that bad after all.