And there was much rejoicing!
After being hit with a two-window ban for
However, the news broke on Thursday morning that their appeal to t
BREAKING: Chelsea's transfer ban has been lifted, meaning they'll be able to sign players in January.— 90min (@90min_Football) December 6, 2019
While the ban looked like rocking the Blues, after losing star man Eden Hazard over the summer, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Indeed, Lampard was forced to field players from the Chelsea academy but superb man-management, and the fact that those at is disposal turned out to be rather good, has seen Chelsea sitting pretty in the Premier League top four and within sights of the Champions League knockout stages.
The news still came as a welcome relief to the club's supporters, however, who revelled in the announcement with expected glee.
Ban overturned Chelsea get January to buy players!— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) December 6, 2019
Chelsea 1-0 FIFA— Ryan Burrows (@RyanBurrows1235) December 6, 2019
The ban is lifted
Cas has overturned Chelsea ban?— Matt (@GhostCFC) December 6, 2019
Frankie & each one of fans right now pic.twitter.com/3DOYOAX6ws
Given the immense work by Lampard so far this season fielding the youngest side many Chelsea fans will have witnessed in their lifetimes, the question arose as to whether he would indeed opt to spend any money at all.
Stick to his guns, or add depth to his squad?
Tbh I dont think this will change anything at Chelsea and if it did Id be very suprised— ᴴᵒᵗˢᵖᵘʳ ᴴᵃᵛᵒᶜ (@HotspurHavoc) December 6, 2019
What Lampard is doing there is good, blooding the young players in
If he reverts to Chelseas old days of spend spend spend the whole system there and everything hes done will collapse again
Chelsea allowed to buy players in January interesting to see if Frank Lampard goes into the market. Arsenal we all know will do little business as usual.— Robbie Sparkes (@superbob09) December 6, 2019
I think regardless of that lampard will still continue to use the youth— Ibrahim Salah (@Maldivianfish) December 6, 2019
Others saw the gaps in the squad to fill, with Lampard's true 'revolution' set to begin.
HURAAAAY!— Freddie, The Creator (@yrnrgee) December 6, 2019
Lampard needs to get Ziyech, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Moussa Dembele and Bruno Fernandez as soon as possible https://t.co/l6jFm6v1yC
One position in particular cropped up on numerous occasions.
Left-back has been a problematic slot in the Chelsea squad, with neither of Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri looking up to scratch at Stamford Bridge during Lampard's tenure. The ecstasy among the Blues' fanbase naturally exuded on social media.
It's all coming up Chelsea at the moment isn't it... got to admit I got their season very wrong, I got Lampard wrong...and now they can sign players in January! I wouldn't go over the top but a left back is essential! — Dougie Critchley (@DougieCritchley) December 6, 2019
Alonso, Pedro, Giroud out. Give me Chilwell, Sancho and Martinez/Jovic immediately the 1st of Jan please.— Luke (@LukeWillis90) December 6, 2019
Great news for Chelsea overturning transfer ban. However would be hugely cautious about spending in January.— Louis Robinson (@LouisRobinson10) December 6, 2019
Priority should be a quality centre back- Koulibaly, Skriniar or Gimenez.
A left back to compete with Emerson.
Then attacking competition in Havertz & Richarlison #CFC
Chelsea transfer ban lifted.— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) December 6, 2019
Be interesting to see what they do in January - left back seems to be the priority to fix & with good reason.
Ben Chilwell the obvious target but have to question if he’d leave Leicester at all atm - let alone mid-season.
Now that the ban is lifted Chelsea need to spend wisely. Chilwell or another left back is key regardless who leaves. And then spend big on crucial players no more scatter gun approach.— Anubhav Kaushal (@akaushal0995) December 6, 2019
Another player whose name cropped up over the last week was wantaway forward Wilfried Zaha. The Crystal Palace winger gave his all to depart Selhurst Park over the summer to no avail, and his agent supposedly got in touch with the Blues regarding his client.
Interesting timing, don't you think?
Not suspect at all that Wilfs new agent started touting him about just before it was announced that’s Chelsea’s ban was over.— WH (@SainsburyLoyal) December 6, 2019
Zaha to Chelsea makes sense 樂— Dan Jones (@danjoness_) December 6, 2019
Whatever happens over the winter window, the mood has lifted ten-fold in west London, and the overriding emotion among the Chelsea supporters was one of excitement for what the future holds.
I’m so excited to see what the Chelsea board is going to bring this January 朗 https://t.co/s4K18jtlmf— هيا بنت فهد (@hfmalthani) December 6, 2019
I’m not happy about this transfer ban lifting— SUPER (@icezic) December 6, 2019
However, there was always time for some outlandish claims.
Transfer ban overturned. Sat on the Hazard and Morata money... Jonjo Shelvey incoming— Glenn Farbrother (@GlennFarbrother) December 6, 2019