The transfer ban means that Chelsea’s forgotten loan army are the only resources available to the new manager to strengthen the squad
Chelsea loaned out more than 40 players last season who went to play for everyone from European giants such as AC Milan down to minnows both domestically and far flung parts of the world.
Some have played for previous Blues managers and will be hoping to be welcomed back into the fold such as Victor Moses or Kurt Zouma. Whereas others will be hoping that a change in management will end their years out on loan (Todd Kane).
Then there are the true outcasts such as Baba Rahman who will appear like a new signing should he be drafted into the squad as cover at left back.
The Impact of The Transfer Ban
A transfer ban means that aside from Christian Pusilic there will be no one from outside the club coming to strengthen the squad.
This means that there will be space in the squad in virtually every position.
The departure of Eduardo and Robert Green means that there is a need for a back up goalkeeper. In defence Gary Cahill and potentially Marcos Alonso will need to be replaced. In midfield a change in system may see some gaps for a squad midfielder or two.
Players That May Experience A Resurgence
Having been at the club since his teens Kurt Zouma is a bit of a cult hero to Chelsea fans having broken into the team in the past.
He had a great loan to Premier League club Everton last season that suggests he will be able to challenge for a starting spot should he stay at Stamford Bridge.
Although he had a promising start Baba Rahman has so far had an underwhelming Chelsea career.
The expected departure of Marcos Alonso and experience in the Bundesliga may seem him welcomed back into the fold.
Marco Van Ginkel
Be honest you might have forgotten that Van Ginkel was still at Chelsea, however he was actually in the Chelsea squad for the latter half of the 2018/2019 season but failed to make an appearance.
The midfielder has been highly rated in the past and if injury free could offer something different to the new gaffer.
Despite scoring the goal that secured the title in 2017 the Belgian has been unable to convince Chelsea management that he deserves regular opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
Mixed loan spells may not inspire much confidence but the departure of Gonzalo Higuain creates an opportunity for Bashuayi or Abraham to push for regular game time.
Part of the Champions League winning squad in 2012, Blackman has been on a tour of lower league English football gaining experience.
The departure of Robert Green means there is a need for an English goalkeeper for the Champions League squad.
This could see Blackman back in the squad and potentially challenging for the No.2 role given the age of Willy Callabero (37)
Who do you think will come in the cold for Chelsea?