Frank Lampard expects Chelsea to find out very soon if their transfer ban will be overturned - they should be hoping it won't.

If Lampard was to be truly honest with himself, he would probably admit he is exceptionally lucky to be in the Chelsea hot-seat.

In his opening gambit as a manager last season, he did a decent job at Derby without spending vast sums of money.

He used his contacts with Chelsea expertly to bring Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori in on loan and they helped fire the Rams to a place in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Ultimately, he failed in his aim, but a season battling near the top end of the Championship proved to decent grounding for Lampard.

However, Chelsea's transfer ban for breaking FIFA rules regarding minors meant the manager's job suddenly became unattractive, with Maurizio Sarri packing his bags and leaving for Juventus after just a year in the job.

The timing of the situation was perfect for Chelsea's record goalscorer - he knew Chelsea had to lower their expectations, and the fans would welcome him back with open arms.

So far, he has done fantastically well with relatively limited resources - certainly not something usually associated with the nouveau riches of Stamford Bridge.

Mount and Tomori have returned and been thrust straight into the action, earning England honours, such has been their impressive form, while Lampard has got a Premier League tune out of Tammy Abraham.

The club appears to have adapted seamlessly following the exit of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and Lampard has also breathed new life into the likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.

For the first time in recent memory, Chelsea seems like a club on a stable footing, one where rationality supersedes drama, one where the development of young talent overrides the lust for high-cost superstars.

So, why then, would Chelsea want the ban to be overturned and a huge can of worms to be opened?

They have thrived this season - with a perceived "weaker" squad this season, they are only two points worse off than at the same stage last season.

If Chelsea were able to start buying players once again, what would the club's philosophy suddenly be?

Would they continue to nurture players under one of their greatest ever players, or would owner Roman Abramovich revert to demanding the arrival of big-name stars in for short-term progress?

Particularly in January, it would represent a crazy decision if they opt for the latter, given how tough it is to sign the right player midway through the season.

The club hierarchy needs to take stock of what they have achieved so far this season - they have brought players through the academy into a regular first-team slot for the first time this century (an appalling statistic that needed rectifying) and have done so playing football with swagger and confidence.

Obviously, having such a youthful squad means mistakes will be made, but it is worth it for the long-term.

Chelsea have won virtually everything there is to win in the club game - now is the time to look beyond instant gratification and start looking to the future.

With that in mind, a delay to the transfer ban ending may prove to be a blessing in disguise.

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