Pulisic Chelsea message, Lampard told to wrap up £80 million deal, (Video) 27-goal hitman on way?, Zaha to Chelsea?
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Christian Pulisic has urged a rallying cry to his Chelsea team-mates on their poor run of form.
The Blues suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at home against London rivals West Ham on Saturday – meaning they have now gone three matches without a victory in all competitions, following their 2-1 defeat at Manchester City and draw to Valencia in the Champions League.
But Pulisic, who has finally started to find his feet at Stamford Bridge after a poor start to the Chelsea season, has opened up and admitted that this poor run of results ‘is just a test’ of the clubs mentality, telling the Chelsea website: ‘Absolutely, tough times really test your character.
‘Things aren’t going amazing, I would say this isn’t the worst thing so we just have to go on but now luckily in this league, we get another game midweek so we get a chance to redeem ourselves.
‘It was a pretty crazy game midweek and then coming here we really wanted a good result, we came out with a lot of energy and did some things well but we just didn’t have that finishing touch. It felt like a little something was missing.
‘In the season, that is what happens, there are ups and downs. We have had a few months now where people have said how well we’ve done and how everything has been going great, and I wish it would stay like that the whole year but it’s not the case, so now a couple of tougher results and we just have to go try and turn it around.’
Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has been told to complete a January move to Chelsea.
Grealish has taken the Premier League by storm this season for Villa and has become one of the most impressive players in the Premier League, and he once again stood head and shoulders above the rest on the field with another swashbuckling display against Manchester United that has characterised his return to the Premier League following promotion from the Championship.
Chelsea are in the midst of a transfer ban which does not allow them to make any moves for players in the winter window, but after their appeal, there is a feeling that the Blues may indeed be able to splash the cash and land a few new faces.
And former Leicester City midfielder Robbie Savage has urged the midfielder to make a move to the likes of Chelsea: ‘Aston Villa what are they going to achieve? Staying in the Premier League,’ Savage said on BBC Five Live.
‘If they achieve that it is going to be a great season for them, they are not winning a cup.
‘If Manchester City, Spurs or Chelsea come with a massive offer for Jack Grealish, let’s say £80m, I think he’ll go.
‘He’s far better than Aston Villa.’
Roy Hodgson is bracing himself another transfer battle involving Chelsea target Wilfried Zaha when the window opens in January.
Zaha has been in the transfer headlines all summer as a number of top clubs have been linked with a possible move ever since he admitted that he is eyeing up playing at the very top of the game.
But with Chelsea unable to sign any players during the summer window, there was talk that Zaha was keen on a move to the likes of Arsenal and Everton, who both reportedly made moves to get a deal done for the winger.
And ahead of the upcoming window, reports have claimed that Chelsea are lining up a potential move for the winger, either in the January window or at the end of the season when they can actually sign a few players.
Chairman Steve Parish has said he would allow Zaha to leave in January for the right club at the right price and the winger has been in impressive form, and after scoring a belated first goal of the season in last weekend’s defeat by Liverpool, Zaha netted Palace’s opener just before half-time in the 2-0 victory at Turf Moor against Burnley prompted Hodgson to react.
“He’s a good player isn’t he? He’s capable of causing problems to any defence anywhere in the world,” Hodgson said on the Sky Sports website.
“When he’s in good form like he is, when he’s as concentrated as he was today – because his performance wasn’t only good going forward, it was also good defensively. And, of course, the goal that he scored and one or two chances that he helped set up, that’s what we need from him. Good for Wilf, that’s two goals in two games and, if he can keep that up, it will help us enormously to climb the table.
“We’ve never wanted to lose him,” Hodgson added. “But, when you’re Crystal Palace, and I think Burnley would regard themselves in the same situation, when a player does exceptionally well and there’s lots of clubs after them and prepared to pay big money, it’s not always that easy to keep hold of them. We can’t say to Wilf, ‘You’ve got to stay with us because we’ll be Champions League next year’.
“I’m happy that it didn’t materialise, I think he’s done exceptionally well to get over that and accept it and make certain he’s once again doing his level best for this club. Who knows, there might come a time in the future where we’re confronted with that situation again. But, until that day arrives, I’ll carry on working with him, being happy to be working with him and happy that we’ve got a player of his ability to help us win football matches.”
Chelsea should make a move for Manchester United target Erling Haaland in January.
Haaland scored the final goal of the game as Red Bull Salzburg beat Genk 4-1 in Belgium on Wednesday night n the Champions League and in the process became the first teenager in the history of the Champions League to score in five straight appearances in the competition.
His finish against Genk takes his season tally to 27 goals in just 19 games, during which he has also managed to notch up five hat-tricks, and Chelsea fans are desperate for the Blues to make a move and sign him for that £75 million.
And although Chelsea have Tammy Abraham, here is a glimpse of why Chelsea are keen on a deal.
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