​And there was much rejoicing!


After being hit with a two-window ban for violating rules around the recruitment of young players earlier in 2019, Chelsea were staring down the possibility of going a whole year without dipping into the transfer market. 


However, the ​news broke on Thursday morning that their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was successful, the club are now back in business in terms of spending money, with Frank Lampard now in a position to make his first signings as boss (Mateo Kovacic aside).

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.

​​



​​

​​

​​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?


​​

​​Others saw the gaps in the squad to fill, with Lampard's true 'revolution' set to begin.


​​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.


​​

​​

​​

​​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?

​​

​​

​​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.


However, there was always time for some outlandish claims.

​​

​​


For more from Ross Kennerley, follow him on Twitter!