Chelsea's Blessing in Disguise

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Just in case you haven’t been keeping up to date with the footballing world, Chelsea has received a transfer ban and won’t be able to make any signings for the next two transfer windows.

For most clubs, this would spell true disaster and leave them in dyer straights going into their next season. Chelsea is the exception to this, though.

As of the 2018/2019 season, Chelsea had a whopping 39 players on loan at various clubs. This is a staggering number that tells more of a story of buying solutions than taking the time to develop a potential dynasty; which is where this transfer ban comes in.

It’s no secret that Chelsea’s youth academy has been one of the best in England for a number of years now. They’ve won five straight FA Youth Cups in recent times, and continue to be a force in their respective league. This academy provides quality players in abundance (see Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, among others) and somehow none of these talents ever get a true chance at the first team.

With the transfer ban in place, and new manager and club legend, Frank Lampard, now Chelsea manager, there’s reason to believe that Chelsea academy players will get their chances to prove themselves in a Chelsea kit this season, as opposed to elsewhere in the depths of the lower leagues of Europe. Frank Lampard showed an affinity to his current Chelsea youngsters last season, during his first foray into management with Derby County. Some were on loan there last season and featured prominently (with Mason Mount really establishing himself), and there’s really no reason to think they won’t get at least the League Cup games to prove themselves.

Finally, because of the circumstances of this season (transfer ban and new manager only going into his second season of management), Chelsea fans everywhere have tempered their expectations. This may finally be what the doctor ordered for the club, as Lampard will be able to get a true feeling for how good both his first team and academy are, and he likely won’t be pressured to finish in the top four.

Youth development for the first time in almost 20 years, a club legend cutting his teeth with the team he gave his heart to, and a fan base willing to finally show patience for once and let Chelsea become the dominant force they used to be, but now for all the right reasons.

Whatever way you look at it, the 2019/2020 season will be a success for the Blues.