Chelsea fans have been perturbed in recent years by the sight of their club neglecting the starlets coming through their academy.
The Blues have never had any intention of nurturing the talent coming through at junior level and only use the academy conveyor belt to farm out their youngsters to clubs in England in order to market them to potential suitors.
It's a model that has brought severe criticism, not just from their fans but those looking in from the outside at Stamford Bridge. This may all be about to change, though, after the club were banned from signing players for two transfer windows and fined £400,000 for the unauthorised recruitment of minors. The Blues' faithful may not be quite thinking that the lord works in mysterious ways because the next time they will be able to sign a new player will be in the summer of 2020.
However, fans that choose to look at the bigger picture may feel that this is the ideal time for the academy graduates to prove that they should be trusted.
Chelsea do intend on appealing the decision, but it's evident that FIFA look in no mood to play softball with the West London club. It's a harsh sanction but one that will reverberate around the Premier League, especially as it was reported in November that Chelsea were among five top-level clubs facing a transfer ban for a similar offence.
Another consequence of FIFA's decision for Chelsea is that they have handed all the power to Callum Hudson-Odoi in his quest to get first-team football. The club will have to walk on eggshells around the 18-year-old and make sure he doesn't do the unthinkable and join Bayern Munich in the summer. If he were to, it would be panic stations at Stamford Bridge as their young talent begin to jump ship in a situation that some might describe as Chelsea's chickens coming home to roost.
Antoine Griezmann once pulled out of a dream move to Man United, in order not to leave Atletico Madrid in huge trouble during their transfer ban.— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 22, 2019
Will be interesting to see if Eden Hazard is willing to do the same to save Chelsea this summer! pic.twitter.com/ZqSHyfM3kU
? Chelsea have been handed a transfer ban for the next two windows...— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) February 22, 2019
That's Hudson-Odoi's chances of leaving gone then ????? pic.twitter.com/cJ6A7F3sxy