While the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tiemoue Bakayoko were offloaded before the transfer window closed, there were also a number of players who stayed at Chelsea this summer who may have otherwise been sold.
Manager Frank Lampard will be mindful of the fact that he won’t want fringe players unsettling the dressing room so it remains to be seen how many of them will be reintegrated into the first team squad.
Five players, in particular, have big question marks over whether they can turnaround their careers in the coming months. They may be destined to have bit-part roles or even be sent to languish in the reserves.
Press the next page as we assess what the future may hold for these Chelsea stars.