Chelsea’s young players have been afforded playing time because of the club’s FIFA transfer ban, according to Tony Cascarino.The transfer ban was imposed on Chelsea because of their past recruitment policy on foreign minors.And as a result, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was not able to make any signings in the summer.
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Against Wolves on Saturday, Chelsea picked up a 5-2 victory thanks to a hat-trick from Abraham and a goal each from Tomori and Mount.And Cascarino, who was speaking to talkSPORT, believes Chelsea have the transfer ban to thank for their new-found youth fortune.“I’ve always been frustrated of Chelsea having so much success in the youth system but never having that conveyor belt of bringing those players through into the first team,” he said.
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Chelsea’s youngsters have scored all of the Blues’ goals this season in the Premier League (Image: GETTY)“Tammy was one of a good number of players who probably wouldn’t have been in the team if Chelsea had a transfer budget.
“They probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near the first team, Tammy would have gone on loan somewhere else.“So let’s give Lampard some credit here because he has got choices at Chelsea, their squad is big enough not to play these young players. Olivier Giroud could easily have played at centre-forward yesterday.
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That’s credit to him but also the manager, because Frank has chosen to make that decision.“Then you’ve got Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting in the wings and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is older than the others but you’d like to think he’ll play a lot this season.“I’ve always thought it would have been such a mistake to have had all these great academy players and them not to have some sort of say in Chelsea’s future in the next five years, so I’m delighted.