Lampard has Pulisic message, Chelsea urged to sign Premier League star, Hudson-Odoi ‘best deal’ Chelsea could have done
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Frank Lampard has told Christian Pulisic that his Chelsea chances will come after he was dropped for the game against Liverpool at the weekend.
Signed by Chelsea last January after months of speculation, the American iner was supposed to come to the Premier League and make a big impact with Chelsea, especially as he is considered to be one of the most exciting wingers in the game right now.
But he has so far failed to hit the dizzy heights that many fans expected him too, and was recently dropped for the games against Wolves and Valencia, with Lampard admitting that he wanted to go with a big more experience.
The Blues slipped to a 2-1 defeat on Sunday as Liverpool moved five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table, and Lampard’s side were unable to find an equaliser and it was the third straight game that Pulisic had found himself on the bench and Lampard said on the Metro: ‘I have a squad to pick from, I decided to go with Mason today.
‘These are my choices to make. Christian is a young player as well. His chances will come. There are people on the bench.’
Lampard added: ‘Performance-wise we were the better team. ‘We had more energy in our game, character and spirit. That’s why the crowd applauded at the end. Let’s take this forward.’
Pulisic has recently come out and stated that he is ready to fight and prove many out there just exactly why Chelsea paid £57 million to secure his services last January.
‘I have heard people say that,’ he told Chelsea’s website.
‘But it is not how I look at it. ‘It should not be how anyone does because he [Hazard] was a club legend and he did amazing things here and he is an unbelievable player, but I am coming here as a known player and I am going to show everyone what I can do and play the best I can, for myself and for the club, and that is all I can do.
‘It is a very physical league as people say here. The games have been very intense, every game has presented its own challenge, every team is different.
‘The Bundesliga was also a brilliant league. I can’t say it wasn’t because they are all good teams and every game was tough, but there a few differences but nothing major that I am not used to.
‘London is amazing, it is quite a big city. Dortmund wasn’t the biggest city but a nice city but I am really happy to be here and I am definitely enjoying that side of things.
‘The American culture is a lot different than really anywhere in Europe, the food you can get, the people, everything was a bit different. Going to Germany was a big shock for me but definitely coming here is a lot more similar to how it is in the US. Obviously not the same but a lot more similar.’
Garth Crooks has urged Chelsea to seriously consider signing Nathan Ake from Bournemouth.
Chelsea are one of the most exciting young teams in the Premier League and Frank Lampard is expected to be given the time to help develop the talent he already has at the club, but the club legend seriously needs to invest in a new defender either in January or next summer.
Ake originally joined the Cherries on loan but made the move permanent two years ago after impressing manager Eddie Howe and the 24-year old helped Bournemouth secure their first ever victory at Southampton on Friday night, heading the visitors ahead on their way to a 3-1 win.
Hus performances for Bournemouth over the past few seasons have led to a lot of speculation that the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all keeping a close eye, as he is developing into a top-class Premier League defender.
Crooks was impressed by the Netherlands international’s performance at St Mary’s and believes Chelsea should consider re-signing him from Bournemouth.
‘The shot of Nathan Ake suspended in mid-air having attacked a set piece and buried a bullet header past Angus Gunn in Southampton’s goal was a picture to behold,’ Crooks told BBC SportBBC SportBBC Sport.
‘It was not only Bournemouth’s first goal in a historic win against their south coast rivals but a clear indication that the Cherries meant business.
‘I don’t know what Ake would cost for Chelsea to buy him back but if I was them I would seriously consider it.’
Jason Cundy has told Chelsea that signing up Callum Hudson-Odoi was the best deal they could have done.
Hudson-Odoi is easily regarded as one of the finest talents in the game and is heavily tipped to become one of the best wingers in the game, especially after producing some fine performances for both Chelsea and England last season.
But there had been a lot of transfer speculation in the media that he could actually leave the club, as his contract was up at the end of this season and there was no end in sight about whether or not he would agree a new contract.
But after months of speculation, the Blues finally concluded a deal with the young man and he put pen to paper on a big five-year deal, which has now ended speculation about whether or not he will stay.
And Cundy says he is delighted to see the 18-year-old sign on, claiming it would have been “devastating” to see him leave.
“He is the future, he has shown the quality he has got, he’s a full international,” Cundy said on talkSPORT.
“For me he starts [when he’s fit], he starts wide of the three, left or right.
“It depends what formation you play but if you’re playing a three up top, he can either play on the left or the right.
“So he’ll cut in on the right or cut in [on the left], generally on the right-hand side.
“He can’t play down the middle, I’ve not seen him play there, I’m sure given an opportunity [he could].
“But he is the future of the football club and it is brilliant news.
“This is probably the best, you talk about Chelsea’s transfer ban, this is the best signing Chelsea could have made in this transfer window.
“For him to have left would have been devastating, so he’s signed down.
“He’s a good lad as well, he’s down to earth, he’s a nice boy to talk to.
“Very confident, he’s got a nice manner, nice way about him. I’m delighted for him.”
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