Lamps not worried about Silva, Hammers told to sell Rice, Mbappe message sent and exciting Werner message sent in icchelseanews roundup
Frank Lampard insists he has no concerns over Thiago Silva’s ability to adapt at Chelsea after his summer move.
Thiago Silva is regarded as one of the finest defensive leaders over the past 10 ten years and is expected to add a bit of quality, and leadership to a back-line that has been shipping goals for fun.
And Lampard insists he has no concerns over Thiago Silva’s ability to adapt, Lampard told NBC Sports: ‘I think Thiago Silva is the one player we’ve bought in at the end of his career,’
‘But I had no worries about bringing him in because when I watched him in the Champions League run to the final he looked fit and lean and every bit the player that I know Thiago Silva to be.
‘So he also will then bring us the experience of playing in winning teams and what it takes to win.
‘I hope he can lead from the back in terms of how he holds himself and communicates with others around him because we have younger players in and around him.
‘And hopefully that will address some of the defensive problems that I’ve mentioned.
Asked if he already has a preferred defensive line-up in mind, Lampard replied: ‘I do have that in my mind at the moment but as we saw last year it changed a lot.
‘And some of that you don’t always want, you want a consistency in who you pick but you also have to have competition at the same time.
‘The challenge for the players at the back is can you show with your training and the way you play that you deserve to be there and a consistent performance that means I don’t change it. ‘And then the challenge goes to the players who want to get into the team. And that’s how you generate an uplift in levels among the squad.
‘You bring in players who hopefully bring the general level up as opposed to anyone who may take it as a negative and think,
‘that’s me done’. No, everyone has to rise and try to fight for their place in the team.’
Chelsea are unlikely to sign Kylian Mbappe next summer because the France superstar ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid.
Mbappe is already regarded as one of the best players in the game, and is tipped to become a real legend of football in the coming seasons, as he is seen as the man that will replace greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
There are only a few clubs in world football that could attract him and we have been mentioned as a possible destination for the Frenchman if he does leave PSG, But French football expert Julien Laurens reveals Mbappe has always had his heart set on Madrid.
“At some point he will want to leave, for sure,” Laurens told ESPN. “Let’s remember, his contract ends in 2022, so that’s quite soon. PSG are hoping he’ll extend that deal but he hasn’t yet.
“I think then if he goes to Real Madrid, it would be his ultimate dream.
“That’s where he’s always wanted to play, that’s where he went as an 11-year-old because they invited him to train with their youth team. He was that good that they wanted to sign him then.
Adrian Durham reckons West Ham should seriously considering selling Declan Rice to Chelsea to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski.
It is no secret that we are interested in trying to get a deal done by the end of the transfer window, but have been put off by that massive £80 million asking price that West Ham have placed on the head of Rice.
However, Durham reckons West Ham should seriously considering selling Declan Rice to the club to sin Tarkowski, who they are very interested in but may not hand the funds to wrap up a transfer deal.
He told the TalkSport website: “The thing is Declan Rice is a good player – I do like him,” Durham said of the former Chelsea academy star.
“Maybe some people think he’s better than what he actually is, but I do like him.
“I do think he’s an England standard player and he is one of West Ham’s better players – you could argue that he’s their best player.
“But is he a match-winner on his own? Can they do without him? And I think the answer to that is yes.
“And if they do get a lot of money in for him and they do spend it wisely on the players [David] Moyes thinks will make West Ham’s first team better than I think that it’s got to be a consideration.
“The story was last week is that they wanted [James] Tarkowski and they could get him for what £50m? That’s what Burnley were talking about.
“They could maybe get him for a little bit less than that.
“If you sell Declan Rice and you sell Tarkowski then you’ve got some money left over then I think that’s got to represent a positive deal for West Ham United.”
Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton is backing ‘Turbo Timo’ Werner to terrorise Premier League defences.
His impressive strike rate at RB Leipzig, and at international level, suggests that goals will flow for the 24-year-old once he is off the mark, and Sutton couldnt help but hide his excitement about Werner after his impressive display against Brighton on Monday night.
Sutton believes Werner will prove to be a star, with a man who knows all about the pressures of leading the line for Chelsea on the back of a high-profile transfer telling the Daily Mail: “Werner was caught offside more than any other player in Europe’s elite leagues last season.
“He was flagged 43 times for RB Leipzig and on Monday night we saw him caught twice inside the opening seven minutes for Chelsea. But when he times it right, those runs behind are terrifying for defenders and goalkeepers.
“The 24-year-old was given the nickname ‘Turbo Timo’ earlier in his career for a very good reason — because he is rapid.
“When Brighton gave the ball away in the 21st minute and Jorginho played a pass through, it looked slightly ahead of Werner. But Chelsea’s new forward was onto it like a flash.
“Then, in first-half stoppage time, with few other options, Werner burst away from Adam Webster and forced Ryan into a save. Webster was left trailing his opponent by five yards but he won’t be the last Premier League defender to succumb to the attacker’s pace.
“A number of his 28 league goals for Leipzig in 2019-20 involved him running in behind. That is what Frank Lampard wants from him, too.
“I know what it’s like to go to Chelsea, with that pressure on you to score goals. You can get stick if it doesn’t go according to plan. Werner couldn’t get on the scoresheet on Monday night but he did make his mark. He showed how hard he is willing to work for this team.”