Chelsea Football Club have been hit by a two-window transfer ban after FIFA discovered the illegal accumulation of under eighteen players (The Guardian). Although Chelsea have swiftly appealed, this ban could seriously down their progression in future competitions. The question lies: Where to for Chelsea?
FORTY players out on loan from Chelsea. From Lucas Piazon to American international Matt Miazga, there are plenty of quality options that Chelsea may have to rely on. Include the impending arrival of Christian Pulisic and it may not look all doom and gloom for Sarri (or whoever has the job come next season) to utilise. This ban could give an opportunity to players that have spent years out on loan, away from Chelsea.
The question ponders as to whether these players have enough quality to break into the ridiculously competitive top four. Kenneth Omeruo, Mario Pašalić and Charly Musonda all ply their trade in the top flight of their respected countries (Leganés, Atalanta and Vitesse).
The Nigerian international has featured 43 times for his country and has spent the last seven years away from his home club. Spells across Netherlands, Turkey and now Spain have done wonders for Omeruo, who has featured 17 times for Spanish side Leganés in La Liga.
Pasalic has shown glimpses of quality around the continent with 7 goals in all competitions for Monaco in 2015/16, but is yet to truly kick on and have a breakout season. With over 182 appearances across his 5 loan spells since his £3 million transfer to London in 2014, the 24-year-old may be a decent rotation player for Chelsea in cup competition. Whether he becomes more than that is up for debate.
A highly rated 22-year-old most Blue fans will be familiar with, Charly Musonda possesses an incredible ability to glide past defenders with his blistering pace and fine footwork. Yet there are question marks over his end product and he would have to hit the ground running with the amount of wide talent at Chelsea’s disposal.
With Chelsea clearly having a plethora of talent at their disposal, will this transfer ban seriously sever their hopes of getting to the top of the Premier League once again? Only time will tell…
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