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Five Forgotten Chelsea Players That May Flourish Due To Transfer Ban

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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 and it may feel that going on loan is like going to a casino where you cannot work out if you are the house or not.

These are players 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

Kurt Zouma

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.

Baba Rahman

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.

Michy Batshuayi 

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.

Jamal Blackman

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?

Frank Lampard Chelsea Manager Imminent – Zola To Join Fan Dream Team

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With any luck club legend Frank Lampard will be confimed as the new Chelsea manager later on today or tomorrow, fans will be hoping he convinces a fellow legend to join him.

There is a lot of excitement amongst Chelsea fans betting at Casino julkalender at the moment as media reports suggest that the announcement of Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager is a case of when and not it.

This would be seen as a huge win for fans who will see a hero named as manager with the best opportunity any manager will ever get to build a settled team and bring through youth talent.

The rumour mill suggests that the club’s academy players and loan army are besides themselves with excitement at the opportunity his appointment would make.

A key first task will be the recruitment of an experienced team to mould the existing squad due to the transfer ban. A good start would be securing a role for Gianfranco Zola at the club.

A legend himself he seemed to be following Sarri out of the exit door, but the naming of Lampard might be enough to convince the Italian that he should stay at Stamford Bridge.

This would be a real dream team for Chelsea fans, the clubs most technically gifted player of all time, part of the coaching staff of the club’s record goal scorer.

Despite the transfer ban it feels like Christmas.

We have a legend at the helm and the prospect of young players breaking through. There is a level of excitement and confidence coursing through fans at the moment usually reserved for defending champions.

Roll on 2019/2020!

Frank Lampard Chelsea Legend

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As the speculation and rumours fly around, let’s focus on the Chelsea pedigree of the man in the spotlight

Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001 for £11m which raised eyebrows at the time as a price tag that made this a risky purchase for pre-Abramovich Chelsea.

He left a legend having won everything imaginable and becoming the clubs all-time leading scorer with 211 goals from midfield.

He will always be associated by fans to the glory years of the 00’s and the clubs first European Cup. He is more than just a player he was an icon who made our dreams come true and was a decent chap at the same time.

Terry may have been the captain and the rock in defence but Lampard was the engine, the spark that led to glory.

His story is our story

Frank Lampard Honours and Records

  • Premier League x 3
  • FA Cup x 4
  • League Cup x 2
  • Champions League x 1
  • Europa League x 1
  • All-time leading goal scorer: 211
  • Most PL goals in one game: 4 (v. Derby County and Aston Villa)
  • Most Chelsea Player of the Year wins: 3 (2004, 2005 and 2009)
  • Most successive PL appearances: 164
  • Most teams scored against in PL: 34
  • Most PL goals by a central midfielder:39

Whatever happens in the coming weeks, months or even years he will always be a Chelsea legend.

Five Reasons Frank Lampard Should Not Be Chelsea Manager – Debunked!

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Chelsea fans are excited that Frank Lampard may be named our new manager but there are a few naysayers.

Here are a few reasons Frank Lampard should not be Chelsea manager debunked.

Reason #1 He’s Not Ready

He may have only managed Derby County for one season but he has exceeded expectations and almost got an unfancied side promoted.

There is actually some pedigree down the years for inexperienced managers coming good. At Chelsea Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Guillit and Gianluca Vialli kickstarted the revolution that led us where we are today.

Lampard has footballing pedigree that goes beyond a CV, there is no guarantee he will succeed but he has a good a chance as anyone.

He has also played under Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink, Sven Goran Erikson and many more in between.

The man knows football.

Reason #2 There Are Better Candidates

Really, who?

No really, who is going to want to come to a club like Chelsea during a transfer ban.

Reason #3 The Chelsea Fans Will Turn On Him

There is fear that due to the way Sarri and before him have been treated that the boo boys will target him if results turn the wrong way.

This would not be the case for a legend such as Lampard. Fans are realistic we know the situation the club is in and provided he tries to get the club playing football then he will get a much more patient supporter base.

It is hard to imagine a scenario where fans unduly turn on the club’s record scorer.

Reason #4 The Club Won’t Give Him Time

With the transfer ban and a club legend returning home who has a relationship with the current owner, this is not business at usual at Chelsea.

Reports suggest that Abramovich have already promised Lampard two seasons to make his mark on the club and get results.

The transfer ban is a blessing in disguise as he will have a chance to make his mark and plan for the future.

Whilst no manager will ever have free reign, if one manager can go long term at the Bridge it is Frank Lampard

Reason #5 He Will Ruin His Legacy

He is the club’s record goalscorer who has won the lot.

Even a horrific time at the club will not diminish his legacy as one of the greatest players to ever pull on the shirt.

This is such a weak argument that deserves little consideration.

Danny Drinkwater The New Winston Bogarde

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Danny Drinkwater is an England international that has won the Premier League but he has chosen to drift into obscurity rather than kickstart his career

The £35m move from Leicester has been a disaster for his career.

He has played just 30 minutes in the 2018/2019 season and has made just 23 appearances in his two years.

So low has his stock fallen Chelsea named a substitute less in the Europa League Final than have Drinkwater on the bench.

What is interesting is he has declined to take the hint and make a loan or permanent move away. Sarri even went as far to tell him he would not play back in August and he chose to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Staying at the club to big up the massive paycheque (who can blame him) and shunning a move away whilst making questionable personal choices makes him a candidate to be the modern embodiment of Winston Bogarde.

Bogarde famously trained with the youth team and flew in from Holland a few times a week to pick up his £40k p/w contract in the early 2000s, after a change in manager saw him thrown aside months after his signing.

He spent years running down his contract, refusing to go out on loan or reduce his contract. His bizarre situation became a running joke among fans.

He like Drinkwater joined the club with a good reputation and a winning pedigree. Bogarde joined from Barcelona and had won the Champions League and titles in Holland and Spain.

Once his contract finally expired he promptly retired.

Danny Drinkwater The New Winston Bogarde

Drinkwater still has some football left in him, although it is unlikely this will be at Chelsea. He has a contract until 2022 worth £100k per week so the options for permanent sale seem limited.

Hopefully, he will either be reintegrated into the team or choose to earn his contract out on loan.

Something that would at least reduce the wage bill, even if the club will not recoup any of the transfer fee.

That is of course unless a new manager comes in and sees the player that was at Leicester and decides he has a future at the club.

If he stays at Chelsea this summer without a nod from the new manager he will be entering Winston Bogarde territory.

Chelsea Fans Trolled By Benitez Return Rumours

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In dark and scary parts of the internet click hungry trolls have been speculating that a certain Spanish manager may return to Stamford Bridge

With his contract at Newcastle due to expire and no word on whether he will sign a new one bored media have been connecting the dots.

Suggesting that Rafa Benitez may shun the adoring Geordies and return to Stamford Bridge where he was met with open hostility for the majority of his time.

This is all assuming that the rumour that Sarri is bound for Juventus is true and the board will favour experience over the romance of bringing Frank Lampard home.

The rumour appears to be the ultimate troll, even the thought of it is enough to send some Chelsea fans into a rage. It is already a bizarre and regretful part of our history that he managed the club at all.

Some may point to the Europa League and Champions League qualification but he doesn’t like the club or it’s fans. I have no idea why he joined the first time around and it would make even less sense to repeat.

It is not panic stations mid-season, we have a little time to think and should Sarri leave find an alternative.

Our record with managers is poor and there is the transfer ban to contend with but I have to think there are other options available to the club. If this is being genuinely considered then the board need to get their heads checked.

I think I could name a hundred different managers I would prefer and a preference list would probably see whoever is wearing the Stamford the Lion costume ranked higher than Rafa.

Silly season is well and truly here and normally I enjoy the crazy rumours and speculation but this is a bridge too far.

Although I do have to congratulate whoever in Italy created the rumour as it has been picked up by the UK tabloids and wound up quite a few Chelsea fans.

Analysing Summer 2019 Transfer Strategy – When We Can’t Buy Players

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The transfer ban, Eden Hazard and potential managerial changes make it an interesting transfer window for Chelsea.

Chelsea fluked their way to third in the league and remained consistent in Europe to lift the Europa League in Baku both of which would have qualified the club for the Champions League and the associated riches.

Traditionally qualifying for the Champions League would have Chelsea fans plotting and speculating on who could be heading to Stamford Bridge.

The talent of the world would see fans picking through a Black Type Bet Coupon Code selection of options.

Instead Blues fans and the board will have no new signings to look for and a need to look within for reinforcements for the upcoming season. There are lots of unresolved issues and decisions to be made in what will still be a busy summer.

Future of Sarri

It looks increasingly likely that Maurico Sarri will not be managing the club at the start of next season. Opting to join Juventus rather than face down a year of uncertainty given his perceived unpopularity with fans.

A new manager represents a fresh opportunity for players frozen out or not at the club during the Sarri era. This could convince Christiansen to stay or lead to the revival of Kurt Zouma’s Chelsea career. Zouma is just one of a host of loanees to have tasted the first team in the past that may be in line for an increased role.

Hazard Leaving

The Europa League Final saw Eden Hazard all but confirm his departure from the club. Whilst the arrival of Christian Pusilic will help he will have huge boots to fill.

How Chelsea approach this will be a huge challenge for whoever manages the team at the beginning of August.

Higuain and Kovacic

Chelsea have the option to buy two players that were on loan at the club last season without breaching the transfer ban. The problem is that Higuain did not fully settle in and Kovacic had an inconsistent season.

So whilst the board will have a decision to make on their futures, many Blues fans will be hoping they return to their parent clubs.

Which Loan Players Will Return?

Chelsea sent 41 players out on loan last season and the transfer ban could see some of them given a chance to impress.

This will be a bonuscode for those like Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount who may find themselves retained when otherwise the club would have looked to recruit in their positions.

Notable loanees that the club might decide to keep include Kurt Zouma, Victor Moses, Tammy Abraham, Bakayoko, Marco Van Ginkel and Mason Mount.

Overall Strategy

Given the factors in play I think the key strategy for 2019 should be keeping hold of as key players as possible with the exception of Higuain and Kovacic.

The transfer ban should be seen as an opportunity rather than a weakness, whoever is in charge should have the tools for a decent season if the right decisions are made.

Podcast – Who Should Chelsea Sell & Which Loanees Should Be Kept?

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We recently spoke on the The Next Generation Football Podcast about the future of Maurico Sarri and the summer transfer strategy given the ban

Recorded before the Europa League Final the majority of the podcast is still hugely relevant given the recruitment issues we are going to face.

Eden Hazard confirmed he is leaving on the pitch in Baku, yet we have the arrival of Christian Pusilic to compensate.

We have to decide the futures of Gonzalo Higuain and Kovacic who we have the option to buy despite the ban.

There are also the 41 loan players to filter through and try and decide the future of most notably Kurt Zouma, Victor Moses, Michy Batsuyaui and Tammy Abraham.

Happy 1905 – The Greatest Day In Chelsea History

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The number 1905 represents celebration for Chelsea fans – for the founding of the club and the greatest day in it’s history.

The 19th of May or 19/05 in the British calendar means a lot to Chelsea fans as 1905 is the year the club was founded and the date and month that Chelsea lifted the Champions League in 2012.

It is hard to believe that it is seven years since that glorious night in Munich!

Rating Chelsea’s 2019 Premier League

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The 2018/2019 Premier League season ended with Chelsea in 3rd something considered a good result for new manager Sarri by most. It was not however a simple campaign.

At the start of the season the football odds had Chelsea as outsiders for the title and contenders for the top 4 and that proved to be accurate. Whilst it is concerning how far from the Top 2 we finished the season, all that mattered was getting back into the Champions League.

This was achieved but it was not a comfortable season.

This is despite starting the season well. We went 18 games unbeaten and our style of football known affectionately as “Sarriball” looked like it was going to catapult us into contention. We even had a new playmaker in the form of Jorginho.

The problem was that after a few months teams started to figure out “Sarriball” but the manager refused to mix up his tactics or change anything. Our tactics and even starting line-up and timings of substitutions started to become far too predictable.

Jorginho was the biggest victim of this predictability, often being a scape goat due to his tendency to slow downplay and the need to move N’Golo Kante from his natural position to accommodate them both.

Our results soon became inconsistent and our inability to play fast attacking football saw mediocre teams show us up.

The football betting on which manager would be sacked next had Sarri as favourite for quite a long period of time during the season. On more than one occasion poor form made it look like he was hanging onto his job by a thread, but when needed the club got the result needed to keep him in the hotseat.

There was the distraction of a Carabao Cup Final which saw us compete with Manchester City but Kepa lost the plot entirely by refusing to be substituted with penalties looming. Sarri again looked like a fool but managed to fight his way through a penalty loss and insubordination with enough gusto to keep his job.

Kepa was given a slap on the wrist and was dropped for a game before returning to the fold.

In the final few weeks of the season a run of mediocrity made it look like the top 4 was out of reach, but some good results and the self-destruction of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United let us back into the race.

In the end the top 4 was secured with a game to spare and the club still has a Europa League Final to prepare for. These would have been resuls that Chelsea fans would have taken at the start of the season.

Meaning all the frustration at the style of play and poor results seems to have melted away due to the objectives of the season being met. Even if they were done so due to the poor form of our rivals rather than our own achievements.

To back this up we ran a Twitter poll on the last day of the season.

Only a small proportion of fans now thing Chelsea have had a bad season, although the majority are waiting to see what happens in Baku before making a final decision on overall success or failure of Sarri’s first season in charge.