Frank Lampard's project at Chelsea is very different to that of his various predecessors under Roman Abramovich.
The end of the Blues' transfer ban means they are finally free to dip into the transfer market.
Yet so far, Lampard has been forced to operate on a very different basis to the likes of Jose Mourinho, instead relying on young players and re-motivating existing stars.
Admittedly, Chelsea did have a comparatively high wage bill already in place to compete with other Premier League clubs.
In the top flight, only Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool pay a higher average wage to their players.
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That average is naturally brought up by Chelsea's highest earners, with Spotrac providing the full data on who earns what at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (£150,000)
Naturally, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world is also among the top earners at Chelsea. Has he been good value for that money? Largely, but he's also made several high-profile errors.
N'Golo Kante (£150,000)
There can be no arguments. Kante is one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League and was arguably the key figure when they last won the title in 2017. Also a thoroughly lovely man who deserves this sort of money just because of his wonderful personality.
Christian Pulisic - (£145,000)
Pulisic was always going to command a big wage because of his reputation but he really struggled to hit the ground running. Things are finally looking up for him now that he has five goals and has made two assists.
Willian - (£120,000)
There are few Chelsea players that divide the fans like Willian - some rate him, some think he's not worthy a penny of his £120k-a-week.
Tiemoue Bakayoko (£110,000)
Bakayoko was a complete flop but these wages are at least split with Monaco, where he's back on loan.
The midfielder's contribution was more subtle in his first season, but under Lampard, his involvement is more tangible - even if he still doesn't get as many goals and assists as he'd like.
Olivier Giroud (£110,000)
Giroud is a World Cup winner and an established Premier League striker of eight years. Even so, given that he's made just two league starts all season we can't help but feel this is money that could be better spent elsewhere.
Mateo Kovacic - (£106,673)
An oddly specific amount. Kovacic has played a part in all bar one of Chelsea's league games this season.
Marcos Alonso (£100,000)
Alonso has been atrocious at times this season, though compared to the wages some top clubs pay, £100k isn't all *that* much in the grand scheme of things.
Ross Barkley (£100,000)
Barkley has had injury problems, which is a pity as he finally looked like he was about to fulfil his promise. The midfielder inevitably commanded a high wage as Chelsea courted him for years.
The 32-year-old has played a minimal role since Lampard's arrival but he is still one of the most experienced heads in the dressing room.
Antonio Rudiger (£100,000)
Rudiger ought to be on more than the likes of Alonso and Danny Drinkwater, hands down. The Germany international is now the key to their defence.
Danny Drinkwater (£100,000)
There really is no justice in the world. Drinkwater was let go by Burnley and his career seems to be in total free fall. Unsurprisingly, Chelsea are demanding that any club who takes him on loan must now pay the entirety of his wages.
Cesar Azpilicueta (£90,000)
Azpilicueta, on the other hand, is consistent, long-standing, and probably one of the most underrated defenders in the Premier League.
Michy Batshuayi - (£90,000)
Batshuayi was class in Ligue 1 but has never made much of an impact at Chelsea. Another loan spell beckons this month.
Baba Rahman - (£86,000)
The Ghanaian is on loan at Mallorca, having played for Chelsea 15 times since he joined in 2015. This is his fourth loan spell and it's not immediately clear why he's still on the books at all.
Andreas Christensen - (£80,000)
When he's given an opportunity, the Dane looks promising, but £80k seems about right for a player who is still yet to really establish himself.
Mason Mount (£75,000)
Mount is one of several players who has benefited from Chelsea's transfer ban, finally establishing himself as a top-flight player this season.
Victor Moses - (£75,000)
To be frank, Antonio Conte saw something in Moses that not many else have before or since. He's currently on loan at Fenerbahce.
Davide Zappacosta - (£70,000)
Zappacosta was given a new contract before being sent on loan to Roma, so his decent weekly wage may reflect that they still have plans for him - or are trying to up his transfer fee.
Tammy Abraham - (£50,000)
A new contract is surely on the way for Chelsea's top scorer, who has only recently fallen behind in the race for the Golden Boot.
Emerson Palmieri - (£42,000)
The Italian has already featured more than he did in his first season in English football.
Kurt Zouma - (£40,000)
Zouma undoubtedly has potential but has never been quite the same since his horrific leg break in 2016. Chelsea do have faith that he'll continue to progress though, and are already in talks with him over a new deal.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek - (£35,000)
There can't be many players in the modern game who have played for England at a World Cup but are still only on £35k-a-week.
Willy Caballero - (£30,000)
If he'd actually been allowed to come on, perhaps he'd have justified his earnings a little more by winning Chelsea a Carabao Cup. As we know, that's not what happened.
Chelsea's lowest earners - the likes of Jake Clarke-Salter (£5,000-a-week) and Ethan Ampadu (£7,500-a-week) - have a lot to aspire to ahead of them.
Also at the bottom of the rung are Marco van Ginkel - (£27,885), Isaiah Brown (£25,000), Kenedy (£25,000), Lewis Baker (£20,000), Michael Hector (£17,000), Matt Miazga (£15,000), and Nathan (£10,000).
It's a good job the club are planning to sit down with quite a few of their senior players to discuss extensions and put right some of these potential injustices.News Now - Sport News