Last week, Chelsea were slapped with a massive two-window transfer ban. The ban will restrict them from making any signing this summer and next January. With an ageing and under performing squad, now is perhaps the worst time for the Blues to be hit with such a punishment.
However, as luck would have it, Chelsea own perhaps the best youth academy on the planet, with 29 players currently on loan around Europe. I think now would be better than any time for the Blues to finally use their rich reserves.
Here are three youngsters that could benefit from Chelsea’s transfer ban.
#1 Tammy Abraham
This season, Chelsea’s striker woes have continued to haunt the fans and the manager. Alvaro Morata was deemed not good enough, so he was shipped off, in his absence Gonzalo Higuaín stepped in, but even he hasn’t perhaps hit the heights Sarri wanted.
While on the bench, Olivier Giroud has been limited to substitute cameos in which he hasn’t impressed. The two-window ban may force Chelsea’s hand to stop looking to the market and start looking at one of their own.
Tammy Abraham has been quietly finetuning his trade at Aston Villa, impressively scoring 20 goals in 26 appearances. He currently sits as the third top scorer in the Championship. Yes, that may be a level below, but he proved last season with Swansea that he can also score in the Premier League.
Abraham’s most impressive traits are his ability to hold up play, his pace, strength, work rate and composure in front of goal. With Chelsea’s current striker crisis, Abraham may be the club’s only solution in the near future.
#2 Mason Mount
Currently, on loan at Derby, Mason Mount is undoubtedly one of Chelsea’s most exciting young talents. Frank Lampard recognises the youngster as a first team starter for him with Mount starting 32 games this season.
In that time the 20-year-old has scored six goals, provided two assists, averaged 2.1 key passes a game and completed 76.1% of his passes. Such is his versatility, the 20-year-old has played 18 games as a CM and eight as a CAM.
It’s quite clear at the Bridge right now that there’s a lot of debate around the third midfielder position. Currently, Ross Barkley, Matteo Kovačić & Reuben Loftus-Cheek are competing for that spot, but none have made it their own. Mason Mount could be the missing piece in the Sarriball jigsaw.
#3 Calum Hudson-Odoi
I don’t know about you, but when I hear Bayern Munich are avidly chasing an 18-year-old winger I instantly think the kid must be good. It’s pretty safe to say that the German Champions know what they’re talking about when it comes to wide players as they still have the legendary duo of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. Even in recent seasons, they’ve signed gems in Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, now they want Calum Hudson-Odoi.
Just so you know how good a player we’re talking about here, many have likened the Chelsea youngster to the ability of Jadon Sancho. The Dortmund winger knew his worth and refused to settle for limited opportunities at City, however, for Hudson-Odoi he may not have to force a move anymore with this ominous ban.
The 18-year-old is pacey, tricky, intelligent and brave, what more could Maurizio Sarri want in a winger, considering he has under performing ones like Willian and Pedro? As hard as it may be, it’s time for Chelsea to use their award-winning academy….