Chelsea discovered on Friday that they have been dealt a transfer ban over the next two windows after beaching FIFA rules regarding signing players aged under 18.
The Blues have confirmed that they will be appealing the decision from FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee in an attempt to overturn the restriction.
But if Maurizio Sarri’s side need new recruits then they should look no further than towards some of their loan players to rescue them.
There are a number of quality options currently on temporary spells away from Stamford Bridge and they could be thrown into the first team to boost the squad if needed.
It would be the perfect time to bring in some talented youngsters that could end up taking a huge opportunity at the top level.
Here are three of the options that could possibly end up saving the Blues if the ban stands:
Mount has been mentioned as the next Frank Lampard for years during his development in Chelsea’s academy and he’s currently playing under Lampard as a manager at Derby County.
The 20-year-old is a central midfielder that has impressed for the Championship club and has been called up to the senior England squad under Gareth Southgate.
He’s the type of creative attacking midfielder that Sarri needs and introducing him to the senior squad could be a blessing in disguise.
Mount would benefit hugely from playing alongside the likes of N’Golo Kante and could be a solid squad player at Stamford Bridge, with a view to becoming a future star if he keeps developing.
James is currently out on loan at Wigan in the Championship and there is a good argument to say he should be in senior contention at Chelsea this campaign, which is why bringing him in during a transfer embargo would help.
He is an attack-mined right-back that is blessed with great pace and he’s making a name for himself in England’s second-tier.
Cesar Azpilicueta is struggling at times in the full-back area, so having a young understudy with massive potential would be a boost and arguably more effective than signing a right-back for big cash if they could.
Abraham is certainly the pick of the trio that could rescue Chelsea and would definitely feel like a new signing if he’s recalled next season.
The 21-year-old has scored 20 goals so far this season for Aston Villa on loan, which follows up previous loan successes at Bristol City and Swansea City.
Sarri added Gonzalo Higuain to the squad in January to try help the striker area, but there is no doubt Chelsea need more options in attack next season.
Abraham is a powerful centre-forward that is excellent in the air and a tidy finisher in the box, while he’s done the hard work to deserve a proper crack in the Chelsea set-up.