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Chelsea transfer ban could help Blues unearth “England’s next superstar”, insists Wright-Phillips

By Ben Green

Published: 17:27, 19 May 2019

Chelsea’s impending two-window transfer ban could help foster the development of “England’s next superstar”, according to former Blue Shaun Wright-Phillips.  

The west London club have been hit with a transfer embargo after breaching FIFA’s article 19 for the signing of young foreign players.

Why do Chelsea have a transfer ban? Five key things to know…

  1. Chelsea were slapped with the ban in February by FIFA for having played youngsters without registering them.
  2. The most high-profile case was a then-15-year-old Bertrand Traore, who appeared for the Blues’ youth teams despite falling outside the European Economic Area.
  3. FIFA states that minors outside the EEA cannot move between clubs.
  4. Chelsea have since appealed the ban but have seen their pleas rejected by FIFA.
  5. The club are now exploring the possibility of taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Chelsea failed with an appeal to have the transfer ban overturned by FIFA, but are now considering an application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have the punishment uplifted.

Maurizio Sarri’s side have already recruited Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, and the contracts of both Gonzalo Higuain and Mateo Kovacic could see them make their temporary stints at Stamford Bridge permanent.

However, former Chelsea winger Wright-Phillips, who won the Premier League title in 2006, believes the transfer ban could have a positive effect on the club, insisting Sarri should look at the Blues’ current crop of starlets out on loan in an attempt to unearth a gem.

When asked about the repercussions of the ban by AmericanGambler.com, he said: “I don’t think it will hinder them because they have enough players in their squad now, and they have enough players on loan, which are clearly of a Premier League standard so they can call them back.

“So I don’t think the ban will hinder them that much – we’re forgetting that they have something like 40 players out on loan.

“Of course not all of them are worthy of a place in the Chelsea side, but there’s a lot of people with the potential and this could be the start of somebody’s career by bringing them back and giving them a run in the team, and maybe even the next England superstar, or French or Belgian superstar on our hands.”

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SWP on advice he is giving son at Man City

Wright-Phillips also shared his thoughts on his son D’Margio’s progress at the Man City academy. The 17-year-old enjoyed a stellar campaign for the club’s Under-18s in 2018/19, scoring four goals and registering 11 assists.

He has been in the City ranks since 2011 and has featured for England’s Under-16s and Under-17s, even earning a call-up to first-team training by Pep Guardiola earlier in the campaign.

Wright-Phillips believes the key to success as a young player is to stay humble: “The kids are spoiled!

“I think it’s hard for any kid playing in the top six Premier League teams to keep grounded, but so long as they have got a good family behind them then that keeps them humble and it shouldn’t be a problem.

“The improvement is drastic and the improvement with the training ground, the facilities, the food and the way they take care of you is only of benefit to the players.

“The hard part is just keeping the kids grounded away from the game, because of social media and the money, and it can be difficult for some kids.”

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