Lamps opens door for Cech, Calvert-Lewin message sent, Chelsea eye up Reyna, Big fee for Philipps and Abramovic courting Allegri in icchelseanews roundup..
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard would have no problem in fielding Petr Cech between the posts after including the big man in his 25-Premier League squad.
Cech is easily regarded as one of the finest stoppers that we have had all-time, and helped the club win a number of trophies before he left the club to finish his top-level playing days with Arsenal
Cech, 38, retired from professional football at the end of the 2018-19 season after 15 years of sterling service in English football and is now a coach at the club, helping the younger stoppers, but after shocking the world, the club clarified that Cech had been called up in exceptional circumstances as a non-contract player.
“Petr has been training with the goalkeepers for a little while now. He has been training a lot of days with them which is valuable for experience [of the other goalkeepers] and that he is passing on that quality to them,” the manager explained to reporters following Tuesday’s 0-0 Champions League draw with Sevilla at Stamford Bridge.
“We had that space in the squad and we know this year, it looks like no other because of Covid and isolation so it was a very easy one. Pete still does his day job and he is there if we need him.
“He is fit, very fit. He is still relatively young. He finished playing when he possibly could have carried on. He has taken on his role at Chelsea very well and he has been very helpful to me and we work closely together. He trains fairly regularly and he is fit.”
Lampard admitted that he does not expect to have to draw on Cech’s services over the course of the season, but that he would have no doubts over fielding him should he need to.
“Whether we will see him much this season, I am not sure. Has I mentioned before, it depends on how the season goes with COVID and isolation. We felt it was a no-brainer to have Pete in the squad for that reason and it helps me training every day,” he added.
“When he is in such good form it can only help the goalkeepers we have to see one of the world’s best in the modern era amongst us.
“It is definitely not done for the romance. Pete certainly enjoys the training because that is how he is. I would enjoy training more if my calves didn’t go tight every time I tried to sprint these days. With Pete I wouldn’t expect to happen this year.
“But I do know with the way he is and how fit he is that if we are in crisis times then you couldn’t ask for much better than having Petr Cech around. I don’t expect it, but nobody expected what we have seen in the last six or seven months around the world.”
Giovanni Reyna is off to a brilliant start in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, and the likes of Chelsea are taking notice
Reyna has started the campaign with aplomb, scoring on the opening matchday against Borussia Monchengladbach and providing three assists against Freiburg on matchday three, as his reputation in the game begins to grow.
His performances for Dortmund this season has also meant that we are now keeping a close eye on his displays for the German outfit, with reports on Marca claiming that we will be prepared to make moves if he continues to impressive.
Pulisic is confident that a teenage compatriot can live up to expectations for club and country, as The United States international recently told CBS Sports of Reyna: “He’s got to keep proving himself.
“Dortmund is off to a great start and so is he. We want to see how he does, and we’re all excited to have him on the national team.
“I think for Gio, really, the sky’s the limit. He’s got a bright future ahead of him. But like I said, he’s still got a lot to prove to get to that point.
“Obviously, we see the potential right now and a lot of talent. So we’re really excited.
“The first year is very tough, but it’s so important to keep that ultimate goal in mind.
“Just keep going after that. That’s really what I did, even through the tough days. That’ll get you through, setting goals for yourself.”
Chelsea would need to stump up an “astronomical figure” to land Kalvin Phillips, according to former Leeds striker Noel Whelan.
Philipps is one of the most highly-rated midfielders in the Premier League after impressing in the opening weeks of the new season, with his performances even earning him an England call-up by boss Gareth Southgate.
And that has led to some speculation in the media that our club, along with Manchester Unted and Tottenham, may be tempted to make a move for the midfielder in the winter transfer window, which is just a few months away.
Whelan, however, believes that his fellow Yorkshireman is exactly where he needs to be and that is would take a massive figure for Leeds to even consider selling one of the clubs most important players
“Look, Leeds do not need to sell him,” Whelan told Football Insider. “That is the way it is. We are not a selling club anymore.
“We are in the Premier League and if we are going to be successful and hit the heights that we hope to, it is imperative that we keep Kalvin Phillips.
“Speculation will happen and I know money talks but Kalvin is a Leeds lad who pledged his future to the club by signing a new contract.
“To get him away from Leeds right now would take an astronomical figure. Otherwise Leeds would not even contemplate the idea of selling him next summer.”
“He looks like he is enjoying his football at Leeds and he is now getting the recognition that he deserves from England as well. Gareth Southgate was there again on Monday night watching him. Kalvin is at the club which is best for him.”
Louis Saha believes Chelsea target Dominic Calvert-Lewin could well be soon playing for a top side.
The 23-year-old has scored nine goals in his first six games in all competitions this season, and is the joint-top scorer in the Premier League, with his performances eve earning him a call-up to the International stage.
Calvert-Lewin has been linked with our club in recent weeks and, given his current form, Saha is not surprised by the speculation and suggests that the striker will soon be seeking to play for a side in the Champions League
“There’s a lot of players who get linked with Man United,” Saha told Goal. “This club wants the best players, all the top scorers, so, of course, he is going to be linked.
“The more goals you get, the closer you are to those types of clubs. For Dominic, the national team is a step to prove he can do this at international level. I do think that he has got the potential and I think the next move could be there but it isn’t something I would like to see from an Everton point of view.
“But, I think that one day he will look to play in the Champions League for a big club.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly ‘courting Massimiliano Allegri’ as a managerial replacement for Frank Lampard.
We all know that Abramovic fully backed Lampard in the transfer window and gave the club legend over £200 million to bring in players such as Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and striker Timo Werner.
However, he has not had the best of starts to the new season in the Premier League, and is failing to get the results that many expected he would with the players that he signed during the transfer window.
And according to Italian outlet Quotidano Sportivo, Our owner is lining up the Italian tactician as he ‘wants to win’ and won’t let sentiment stop him if he feels the Blues needs a change in management.
Allegri is still a free agent after leaving Juventus just a couple of seasons ago and would be very interested in making the move to the Premier League, where he would pit his wits with some of the best managers in the game.
Former striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is adamant they cannot be considered contenders for the Premier League crown due to their frailties at the back.
“No, Chelsea are not contenders [for the title],” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.
“They are leaking too many goals. It is a breath of fresh air to see them going forward with the likes of Mason Mount and [Timo] Werner.
“But the defence is a worry, if they cannot improve the centre-backs and goalkeeper it is a concern. Alisson wins Liverpool points, but that doesn’t happen with Kepa. Chelsea need to improve in that area.”