Moves for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech shouldn't set back Chelsea's youth project – they should improve it

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Hakim Ziyech will soon arrive at Chelsea. Before much longer, Timo Werner is expected to join him. All of a sudden, the attacking places in Frank Lampard’s side are looking fewer and further between and the ominous music is starting to sound; is this the end of the youth movement at Stamford Bridge?

No, because to bracket that clutch of players together is, in itself, reductive. What happens next will depend on how they individually respond. It will show for sure whether they can survive in a world in which they’re not artificially protected by a transfer ban. 

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Seb Stafford-Bloor is a football writer at Tifo Football and member of the Football Writers' Association. He was formerly a regularly columnist for the FourFourTwo website, covering all aspects of the game, including tactical analysis, reaction pieces, longer-term trends and critiquing the increasingly shady business of football's financial side and authorities' decision-making.