FIFA has imposed a two-window transfer ban against Chelsea FC for the buying of 29 U-18 players. The club has been purchasing these players since as early as 2013, starting with Bertrand Traore, and will be fined for 460,000 pounds. FIFA rules state that no player under the age of 18 can transfer clubs internationally. Both Chelsea and the FA, who also received a fine, are trying to appeal the accusation to reduce the length of the ban to a single transfer window. The ban initially seems troublesome, but it opens up interesting opportunities for the players and coaches of Chelsea Football Club.
Assuming that FIFA doesn’t revoke the ban, Maurizio Sarri will most likely be upset with the situation because he was hoping to revive the Blues with stronger players in the upcoming window. Sarri has been in massive decline through recent weeks and this ban could be an excuse for his exit.
Having a ban against buying new players will improve a side like Chelsea. The talented academy players will finally get a chance to play for the first team and develop for the club they were raised at. Players Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Ethan Ampadu will be encouraged to stay at the club if they are given more opportunities to play. These players and others are ready for a first team opportunity for the Blues and would love nothing more than to please the Chelsea Faithful.
The transfer ban will also do Chelsea a favor in most likely convincing star player Eden Hazard to stay. The Belgian has been loyal to the Blues for close to seven years and wouldn’t leave his team in a rough situation. He is much to loyal to do that to his biggest fans. Keeping the Blues from Real Madrid will only help Chelsea fight for a title next season.
Lastly, not being able to bring in any new players will give Sarri more time to develop his same style of play to the same players. More time together without a change of personnel will allow the players to gel and bond as a unit, and Chelsea need nothing more than to adapt to Sarri’s style of play. In recent weeks the Blues have lacked that team cohesion that they require to fend off the bigger teams.
The details of the transfer ban will most likely be revealed to the public in the coming weeks. Chelsea will hope that the ban gets appealed and allows them to buy players during the next transfer window.