Chelsea’s switch ban, which can stop the membership from registering any new gamers till subsequent summer time, has thus far been mentioned primarily when it comes to the way it will damage the membership by stopping them from upgrading their squad within the speedy future.
However the damaging results go means past only a lack of recent blood within the subsequent two home windows. It is usually forcing Chelsea into choices that they in any other case may not make, leaving a legacy that may final past the ban’s expiry in a yr’s time.
The proper instance of this was David Luiz. The Brazilian was given a brand new two yr deal earlier this summer time to stop him changing into a free agent on the finish of season. Underneath strange circumstances, the membership would doubtless have caught with their coverage of solely providing one yr extensions to over 30s. As an alternative, the additional leverage Luiz had by with the ability to threaten to stroll away and depart the membership unable to exchange him meant they have been pressured to interrupt their very own guidelines.
Now the same factor is occurring with Willian. Loads of Blues followers have been annoyed by his performances over the previous few seasons, and he too has handed the magic 30 yr marker. However in accordance with experiences in the previous couple of days, he’s about to signal a two yr extension himself.
That can infuriate followers who need him out and changed by a youthful and extra thrilling mannequin. However what alternative do the membership have, given the circumstances? We will’t promote him as a result of we are able to’t purchase anybody to exchange him. Subsequently he shall be staying with us subsequent season, and presumably enjoying loads.
His contract expires in 12 months, so except we wish him to stroll totally free, we’re pressured into extending his deal too. Followers could not prefer it, however the board actually has no alternative in the event that they wish to attempt to recoup some cash for the Brazil worldwide sooner or later.
Each of those gamers have given nice service to Chelsea over time, however neither have been ok to warrant this type of safety. It’s solely FIFA’s punishment that has swung the stability of energy of their favour.
All of those little choices add up. All of them price cash, and so they all have an effect on the long-term planning of the squad composition. This switch ban isn’t simply squeezing us now, it’s affecting the route of the staff for years to come back.