Could Chelsea’s transfer ban be a blessing in disguise?
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When it was announced that Chelsea would suffer a transfer ban for two consecutive transfer windows, the Chelsea faithful weren’t happy. Normally when a transfer window comes around, the Blues are one of the biggest spenders in the market, but it is a transitional time for Chelsea.

A young manager coming in with Frank Lampard, a club legend to be precise, and the first worry was that he wasn’t allowed to add to this inexperienced looking squad. So far this season a lot of youth players have been thriving under Lampard, especially the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. So the question is has this transfer ban been a blessing in disguise for Chelsea football club?

Most Chelsea fans can agree it wasn’t the ideal situation to be in with their main rivals spending heavily in the summer transfer market. However, the majority of the Chelsea faithful can say it is time to play the youth players that Chelsea seems to have in abundance.

After the first game of the season at Manchester United where Chelsea were heavily beaten 4-0 at Old Trafford, questions were asked whether Lampard’s young inexperienced team can compete this season in a bid to claim a top-four spot. But what Frank Lampard has shown is the trust that he has in his players. He had Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori with him at Derby County last season, and he saw what Tammy Abraham can do and how consistent he was in the Championship. Even after the defeat at Old Trafford, the Chelsea head coach was convinced that these young players can thrive in the Premier League. So far in the first five games, it has already shown that Lampard is building his Chelsea team around the young players like Abraham and Mount which is great news for Chelsea fans.

There is no doubt that these youngsters will face tough tests during the season. But the players will know that playing under Frank Lampard, they will gain confidence every match that they play in. Lampard is letting the player’s talent do the talking as well as letting them know that they have a manager when if they were to make a mistake, it isn’t a problem, if they miss a chance, it isn’t a problem.

If this form were to continue, the Chelsea head coach might not even think about signing players once the transfer ban is over. Let’s also not forget about the players to return from injury with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Reece James soon to be at his disposal. The three names from the academy will be like three new signings when they return, and they could all start in the Chelsea XI alongside Abraham and Mount. Chelsea have always been a club that invests heavily in the transfer market, but it seems like bringing the players back from their loan spells have been like new signings for Frank Lampard so far.