The 2019-2020 Premier League season proved to be a tough challenge for Chelsea after the club faced a major setback with a transfer ban. They ended the previous season seeing their manager, Maurizio Sarri, and star talisman, Eden Hazard, leaving the club shortly after winning the Europa League. With pressure from the success they achieved, young manager and Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard, had to make greater efforts to lead the club to a successful season.
With the Premier League concluding last July 26, let’s take a look at how the Blues season went.
From the pre-season, it became apparent that Frank Lampard would make use of his academy players. Chelsea trio Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, and Fikayo Tomori had been called back to the first team, and this clearly showed that Lampard wanted to give these young athletes a chance to play. It also proved that Chelsea Academy can develop stars. In the 2018-2019 season, Tammy Abraham racked up 17 goals in 31 games across all competitions. In 37 Premier League games, Mason Mount was involved in 12 goals, bagging seven goals and assisting five times. Fikayo Tomori also proved to be a defensive anchor in the games he played, partnering with veterans Antonio Rudiger and Cezar Azpilicueta. Other young stars like Reece James and Billy Gilmour were given time and showed glimpses of greatness, too.
With all their setbacks at the start of the season and after losing big games to Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool, it’s evident that it was a difficult season for Chelsea. But the club still found its stride and went on a 6-game winning run. They found themselves sitting comfortably in 3rd place. The team continued to hold that position and ended up claiming a 4th place slot, securing Champions League football for the next season. The club also clinched a final spot in the FA Cup, which will be held this August.
Earlier in the season, Chelsea’s transfer ban appeal was granted, and the club was quick to sign Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. It’s unsure yet whether these stars will have as much playing time next season, but one thing is sure- they both are outstanding players.
The Chelsea team’s run this season proves that player development is an essential aspect of the sport. Most of these young athletes are capable of blooming into terrific players. It is only a matter of playing time for them to grow. The Chelsea team is proof that young stars must be kept involved in the team’s future plans and can be used to effective levels. Hopefully, even with their confirmed and future star signings, Chelsea can still find a way to make use of these young talents and ensure that they can have time to grow. We’re also hoping that other big organizations consider working with their young academy athletes to propel their club to greater heights.