Academy graduates such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have stepped up to fill the void under Frank Lampard, who has guided the Blues to ten wins in their opening 15 games in the Premier League.
And they could get even stronger now that they can sign players in January.
A CAS statement on Friday confirmed the sanctions handed to Chelsea over the breaching of regulations regarding signing underage players have been halved, meaning they only have to serve a one-window transfer ban.
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This was served throughout the summer, so the sanctions are now ended.
It puts Lampard at a crossroads. Stick with the youth which has flourished so far this season, or go against those principles and sign a few big-name players?
The players already being linked with Chelsea, such as Wilfried Zaha and Timo Werner, would certainly threaten the starting places of the club’s academy graduates.
Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at where the club should strengthen now that the ban has been lifted, and where they should stick with what they’ve already got.