Chelsea Opinion: How Mount and Reece James can benefit from transfer ban
The Blues have always been known for their infamous policy of buying young players, loaning them out and ultimately selling them off to pocket a massive profit but they have now got themselves into massive trouble for breaching the FIFA regulations.
They currently have as many as 41 players out on loan, and while Stamford Bridge has been a graveyard for breeding young talent since the takeover by Roman Abramovich, things might change due to this transfer ban.
Chelsea will not be allowed to register any new players for the next couple of transfer windows, which means that they may have to rely on their existing set of players for the upcoming season.
Hence, the current situation might just open the door for a couple of youngsters to make their mark in the first-team next season.
To put things into perspective, the likes of Reece James and Mason Mount, both of whom have impressed on loan at their respective clubs, should get a fair crack at Stamford Bridge next season.
Just to make things clear, Chelsea will not be able to sign the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Mateo Kovacic permanently at the end of the season due to the transfer ban.
Chelsea missing out on the opportunity to sign Kovacic would leave a massive void on the left-hand side of Maurizio Sarri’s midfield three, with the Italian rotating between Kovacic and Ross Barkley for a starting role.
And that is exactly where someone like Mason Mount would be an ideal option for the Blues.
Mount accumulated as many as 14 goals and 9 assists on loan at Vitesse Arnhem last season and the talented 20-year-old midfielder has furthered his development at Derby County this term under the tutelage of Frank Lampard.
In what has proved to be another fruitful loan spell for the Englishman, Mount has registered 6 goals and 2 assists from 32 appearances in all competitions playing on the left of Lampard’s 4-3-3.
Mount is a technically-gifted and tactically-versatile midfielder who is capable of playing as number 8 and also as a number 10. Known for his eye for goal, calmness and composure in possession, creativity and crisp passing, Mount can prove to be the ideal understudy to Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a spot in Maurizio Sarri’s first-team.
Another player from Chelsea’s loan army who has impressed a lot this season, is the 19-year-old Reece James. Held in high regard by the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge, Reece James has impressed on loan for a Wigan Athletic side that has struggled in the Championship this term.
The English youth international has a wonderful tackle success rate, having completed 64 out of his attempted 76 tackles. To add to that, he has accumulated a total of 56 key passes, 28 interceptions and 80 accurate long balls from 33 games in the Championship so far, figures which speak volumes of his development.
With Cesar Azpilicueta not getting any younger and Davide Zappacosta deemed unreliable by Sarri, James must get his chance to impress in the Blues first-team next season.
Chelsea have always relied heavily on proven players to deliver the goods, a policy that hasn’t allowed players from the academy to break into the first-team. But that might as well change next season.
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While the transfer ban can actually work wonders for the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, both of whom have made their mark in the first-team, players like Mason Mount and Reece James should also get a bite of the cherry.