Chelsea are currently on a two-window transfer embargo for reportedly breaking regulations set by FIFA. The Blues broke FIFA regulations on the signing of foreign players under 18 years old.
The transfer ban slapped on the Blues proved to be a blessing for the club’s youngsters, specifically, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount. Chelsea’s inability to acquire new players means the like of Abraham, Mount and Tomori managed to break into the first team. The two players were on loan at Aston Villa and Derby County respectively last season.
The two youngsters have taken the opportunity by the horns, with Abraham finding the back of the net seven times in five league appearances and Mount scoring for the Blues three times.
Paul Merson, former Arsenal midfielder said that despite the stellar performances of Abraham and Mount, he believe that the pair would not be playing in the first team had the club not been slapped with the sanction.
“It’s all about getting a break. When you look at Phil Foden at Man City, he’s a phenomenal footballer, but he never looks like getting a game. You need a break.”
“Would Abraham be scoring all these goals if there wasn’t a transfer embargo and Frank Lampard wasn’t at Chelsea? Absolutely no chance, Merson added.
“He and Mount would’ve been out on loan somewhere else. He’s got a World Cup winner on the bench. This is a big job for Lampard, but he’s believed in these kids. If it goes wrong, there’s only one man getting the sack, and that’s Frank.”
“Mount and Abraham have been their best two players this season, and Abraham’s goals have been good. So you’ve got to give massive credit to Lampard.”
“They have the embargo, but he could still have played more experienced players.”
Tony Cascarino shares the same sentiments, claiming that the duo would not be anywhere near the first team without the transfer embargo.
The former Blues striker had been delighted after Chelsea have finally put their faith in their talented youth. He however admits that these youngsters would not be donning the first team shirt if it were not for the club’s inability to sign any new players over the summer.
All of the club’s 11 goals this season have been scored by Abraham, Mount and Tomori.