Last year’s summer transfer ban has been a gift that keeps on giving for Chelsea as the Blues set for a successful summer transfer window this year.
Obviously, not having an option to buy initially put Chelsea at a disadvantage.
Especially after devastating 4-0 defeat against Manchester United in the Premier League opening match, Frank Lampard seemed to have an impossible task ahead of him.
But it has allowed Chelsea to finally make use of their youth and loan system which was abandoned for years, even decades.
Then came the January transfer window where the board made an arguably wise decision to avoid spending on second-rate targets.
It’s very unlikely that clubs would let their most important players leave mid-season, with a few exceptions.
Chelsea and Frank Lampard’s patience could be paid off this summer, however.
Chelsea have the budget to spend and the time to assess transfer priority
They would likely come out as a superpower in terms of the transfer budget compared to competitors.
Eden Hazard’s £89million Real Madrid transfer fee, Alvaro Morata’s reported £48m Atletico Madrid transfer fee; they would surely come in handy, especially in the pandemic crisis financial situation.
Another major benefit of those two inactive transfer windows is allowing them to make a thorough assessment of the areas that need to be strengthened.
The emergence of Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour, for example, has made it clear that Chelsea’s midfield department does not really need new additions.
While Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri’s inconsistencies should make a left-back signing a priority.
Also, Lampard could now breathe easier knowing Chelsea have secured Hakim Ziyech and reported Timo Werner‘s signature ahead of potential Willian and Pedro Rodriguez’s departures.