This transfer ban could end up benefiting Chelsea after all.
With Real Madrid spending like a kid in a sweet shop, it looks like it will be a quiet summer in west London.
But with Frank Lampard expected to make his Stamford Bridge return, that might not necessarily be such a bad thing…
Should Lampard take the reigns at Stamford Bridge, he has two options moving forward with the club.
He can do what’s been done before and stick with the old guard – the likes of; Pedro, David Luiz, Willian and Olivier Giroud, who are all over 30 years old.
Champions League winners, World Cup winners and all vastly experienced in the Premier League with 145 goals between them in the top division.
While last season under Maurizio Sarri has to be considered a success with a third place finish and a Europa League, young blood is needed at the club.
Chelsea’s average age for their Premier League games last season was over 27-years-old.
That’s nearly two years higher than title-winning Man City and title-challenging Liverpool.
The transfer ban, which doesn’t look like it will be overturned, means The Blues can only look forward to the arrival of Christian Pulisic this summer.
The 20-year-old will offer some much needed competition for both Pedro and Willian following Eden Hazard’s big-money move to Real Madrid last week.
The former Borussia Dortmund forward is just one of the youngsters ready to break into Chelsea’s side.
But is Lampard ready to break the mould at Chelsea and put faith in the up and comings?
Two young players Lampard knows well are Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, who both played under him at Derby last season.
Tomori won The Rams’ Player of the Year award so he, along with Andreas Christensen, should be fighting for the second space next to Antonio Rudiger in the back line for Chelsea.
Mount will be up against Ross Barkley for the final spot in the middle of the park as you would imagine Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have the other two spots in midfield nailed down.
The two youngsters who did manage worm their way into the Chelsea team last season, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, are both nursing injuries heading into the new season.
They both ruptured their Achilles at the back end of last campaign after making 60 appearances between them.
But the young English pair, along with Reece James, will be ready a month or two into the season.
The final piece of the puzzle is working out who plays up front.
With Alvaro Morata apparently ‘desperate’ to stay in Madrid and with Gonzalo Higuain setting off for a Serie A return, Lampard will have to work with what he has.
And what he has is slim pickings.
Olivier Giroud has always been a helpful player but never looked versatile enough to lead the line for a top four club.
Tammy Abraham’s five goals in 33 Premier League games won’t excite many Chelsea fans while Michy Batshuayi’s six in 36 games is no better.
Chelsea have a variety of both youthful exuberance and the know-how of the older generation who have been there and won it.
All that’s missing is someone to get 20 goals a season… A goal machine… A real predator.
It might be worth signing on as a player/manager, Frank…
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