Roman Abramovich has given Chelsea fans so much since he bought the club in 2003, spending at a level which lead to numerous foreign benefactors following suit. Its apparent recently his interest has dwindled but whether he stays or not his next big impact could be by changing the clubs culture, which can be kick started by the clubs 2 window transfer ban.
The revolving door of managers at Chelsea has now become comical and they are firmly a parody of themselves. Appointing the next hot thing as head coach has worked at times (Mourinho & Conte) but largely the man selected has failed, if trophies have arrived the face has not fit.It’s a matter of time before Sarri leaves and the next man at the top has to stick for longer than a season. The timing now is to select a young, hungry English coach, give them a 5 year deal and stick to those terms. Only 1 man would succeed under this deal and it’s their most successful captain ever, John Terry.
He bleeds Chelsea Blue and if he manages like he plays then he will not quit before he is a success. Supporting cast of helpers could be called upon to also appease the fans too including Joe Cole, Didier Drogba, Gianfranco Zola to name a few. Terry is too large a personality to be babysat by a more experienced man and lets be honest he doesn’t come across as someone who would work well in those circumstances.
John Terry was the last successful product of the Chelsea youth system which is a disgrace considering he graduated 20 years ago and the fact their youth teams have been so successful. Transferred in talent has blocked young players entry to the 1st team but on close reflection the vast majority of these players were not simply good enough when playing 1st team football, not just for Chelsea but after moving on many of them have barely held down spots at Championship clubs.
The current crop are different though and just need the trigger pulled on their Premier League/European Football adventure.
Headlined by Loftus Cheek & Hudson-Odoi who are currently challenging for spots their follows some serious youth talent eg
Mason Mount (already England squad member)
Ethan Ampadu (Welsh international)
The lads mentioned cover all squad positions and are only some of the youth talent many others are younger or are on loan elsewhere even including Kurt Zouma (currently playing weekly for Everton).
Whether the club avoid the transfer ban this summer the sanctions are going to occur and releasing a lot of the overpaid, under performing talent is vital for the clubs culture to change internally for the gaffer but to help fund any extra talent to support the magnificent youngsters currently on the books. Say the ban does not set in for the next window by selling Hazard, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Drinkwater, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Willian & Giroud would bring a hefty treasure chest of transfer funds. The money if used wisely could bring in a hefty array of new, hungry players to compete with the clubs talented youngsters creating a squad depth like only one other club (Man City). Quite a few of the players they could bring in and maintain their top 6 Premier League slot and European top table position are based domestically including Etheridge (Cardiff), Maupay (Brentford), Wan Bissaka (Palace), Sessagnon (Fulham), Chilwell (Leicester) and Zaha (Palace). The list is reminiscent of a “Football Manager 2019” dream team but these players are likely to move in the next window and why not to a Chelsea who are changing their identity by promoting youth talent coupled with other domestic based highly rated talent?
Ultimately what I’ve wrote is a fantasy piece as Roman has not shown any inclination he thinks like this EVER but as a modern football fan who just wants to see good football and see a club run differently in this Premier League era I hope I am not the only one?
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