Chelsea. Chelsea. Chelsea. Forever a revolving door. Forever a rollercoaster whirlwind of Kardashian worthy drama— But what if their impending transfer ban actually gave them the stability that has been seriously lacking over the last decade?
This morning’s announcement that Chelsea Football Club will be banned from signing players for the next two windows is the nadir of what has been a truly awful start to 2019 for Chelsea both on and off the pitch. But could it actually work in their favor? What needs to happen for them to come through this as unscathed as possible?
Bin Sarri Now
It clearly hasn’t worked out for Maurizio Sarri in England. He doesn’t have the players to play the style of football he wants, and his refusal to switch systems and personnel have left Chelsea on the end of some chastening defeats in the last few weeks. He himself has admitted that this group of players lack motivation at times, and it seems as though he is the last man capable of changing that. Time for him to go.
Ship Out the Deadwood
Bye David Luiz. Bye Pedro. Bye (permanently) Bakayoko. Bye Cahill. You’re done here.
Sell Eden Hazard and Reinvest the Money
“But but they can’t buy anyone??”, you say. Think again. Chelsea are 99% likely to get the ban pushed back at least until January 2020 on appeal, so should be able to reinvest in the summer. Hazard is undoubtedly their best player, but he is also their most frustratingly inconsistent. He has one brilliant season, followed by a mediocre one. He has flirted with Madrid the last couple of years, and clearly wants to go. Chelsea should sell him and use the money to reinvest in a couple of problem areas.
Play the Babies!!
Callum Hudson-Odoi. Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Ethan Ampadu. Those three are just a number of extremely talented youngsters Chelsea currently have on their books. Sarri’s stubbornness has seen them used sparingly this season, even as his more seasoned squad members have struggled for form and confidence. Beyond those 3, Chelsea have a wealth of players currently on loan including Christian Pulisic who is young, but is a player with the potential to be a ready made replacement for Hazard. Time for them to finally make use of their stockpile of talent.
Bring in a New Manager and Give Him Time
This might be the hardest task of all. Sarri is a dead man walking, and who would want to join a club knowing that at some point in the near future his hands will be tied with regards to transfers. It may however, prove to be the perfect opportunity to take a leaf out of Man United’s book and promote from within the Chelsea family. Gianfranco Zola and Frank Lampard are club legends who will immediately demand respect in the dressing room, and will be given time and adoration by the fans. Not to mention, last time they promoted from within Roberto Di Matteo won them the Champions League within 6 months. Roman Abramovich is notoriously trigger happy, but the transfer ban could force him to finally take a measured approach with regards to who is managing his football team— which may actually prove to be the very thing that has been missing all along.