Matt Law has published a report for the Telegraph which suggests that Chelsea may opt against freezing the transfer ban.
As the report notes, the possibility of pushing the ban back in order to ensure we are able to make signings this summer has been frequently discussed.
However, Matt Law’s information suggests that Chelsea may choose to ride out the storm, instead entrusting the players we already have at our disposal.
Why that would be a catastrophic decision
Chelsea should not fool themselves. We may have finished third in the Premier League, but our team is not good enough to be competitive next season.
We fluked this finish due to those around us falling short. Our competitors are struggling right now, but their managers have a summer to perfect the formula.
Unai Emery has seen out his debut season as Arsenal manager, and even without serious expenditure, his players will have developed their understanding of his ideas.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will tear up the Man United squad and start from scratch in hope of unrooting the rotten players in his dressing room. They could be a force next term.
Not to mention Tottenham, who will surely give Mauricio Pochettino money to play with now the stadium is complete and after what he has achieved this season.
Chelsea have far too many holes in the squad to be naive enough to decide against plugging them. It’d be a decision which would see us fall even further away from the top.
Yes, we have incredibly talented young players who are eager for opportunities, but they will not benefit from being dragged down by their over-the-hill counterparts.
Don’t do it, Chels. Freeze the ban, and prepare for the future properly.