Chelsea are ‘done as a top-four force’ after being hit with a transfer ban until 2020.
That’s according to former Arsenal winger Perry Groves, who had a blunt response to Blues fans who claimed the FIFA ban could be good news for the club’s long-term future.
Chelsea have been forbidden from signing any new players for the next two transfer windows after breaching regulations surrounding the signing of under-18 players.
The Premier League side have confirmed they will appeal the decision.
The news has naturally been met with fears by supporters, but for some fans, it’s a glass-half-full situation.
As a number of talkSPORT callers pointed out, Chelsea have plenty of talented players in their squad whose play time is limited, plus they boast a further 41 currently out on loan.
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So, some will say it’s not all doom and gloom at Stamford Bridge – although talkSPORT pundit Perry Groves disagrees with that claim… strongly.
Speaking to Jim White on Friday, the ex-Arsenal man said: “For Chelsea to stay in the top four, they’ve got to get quality players in and that will not happen now.
“They can’t buy new players, they’re not going to get a new manager and they have a manager most fans don’t want.
“Tottenham have not signed anyone for two transfer windows, but they had better young players.
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“Of the 41 players out on loan, how many of them are good enough for Chelsea’s first team?
“I think this is the end of Chelsea as a top-four force.
“Chelsea have no culture of promoting young players in their team, so are you telling me there is going to be a complete change, a complete turnaround in their club culture?
“Are you telling me as well that Chelsea fans are going to be patient over the next two seasons? That’s not going to happen, they’re used to winning trophies!
“I think, this season and going forward, Chelsea are done as a top-four force.”