Not only have Chelsea themselves been dealt a blow by their transfer ban, but Premier League rivals Everton will also be affected by it.
Indeed, the Toffees currently have Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma on loan and after watching him become a vital cog in their defence, Everton wanted to sign him on a permanent basis next summer (according to Liverpool Echo).
However, now that Chelsea can’t sign players, they’ll have to bring back loaned players to boost their squad. The Blues currently have 42 players on loan, something which may have played a part in FIFA’s decision to sanction them.
Undoubtedly, Zouma is one of the more impressive players out on loan, having made himself a crucial part of Marco Silva side’s defence. The French defender has seemingly won over the manager with his hard-working capability and made 23 appearances for them in the Premier League, keeping four clean sheets.
Having recorded a 57% tackling success, 86 clearances, 31 interceptions and 76 aerial duels won (stats via Premier League), he’s proven to be a rock in defence and bailed them out of trouble multiple times. A mobile, strong defender, he fits into Everton’s style very well and even if Silva is sacked, Zouma could be in the plans of a future manager.
However, with Chelsea themselves needing a quality centre-back, they could look towards Zouma after being unable to sign one anytime soon. The Blues surely won’t think twice before calling him back after his loan spell, meaning Everton have to draw up new plans to find another commendable defender like him next season.