Happy Monday all. Mason Mount won England a big three points as we hit halfway in the international break. Just five more days until the real stuff gets back underway.
With the Premier League never looking tougher, a home game to Southampton is one of those games you just have to win if you want to be fighting at the right end of the table. It was the exact game we lost 2-0 just ten months ago.
With Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic both fit, this is going to be the first glimpse of the ‘new Chelsea’ with all the summer recruits fit and firing. God luck squeezing them all in, Frank.
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SOUTHGATE’S MAIN MAN
For a team with zero creativity in the 2016 Euros, England suddenly have more midfield talent than they know what to do with.
Gareth Southgate had the option of Jack Grealish or Mason Mount for the Belgium game and favoured the Chelsea man.
There were also the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho on the bench while Mount started the game on the right wing.
And all this game time for club and country begs the question – is our number 19 underrated?
The 21-year-old has played in all bar two of the Premier League games since his return from Derby and has been Lampard’s most selected player in his short spell as a manager.
Fans were unhappy he was selected as Man of the Match against Belgium but he scored the winner against the team ranked number one in the world and kept some of England’s best players on the bench.
Both Lampard and Southgate, you know, the men who see him play everyday, see something a lot of other’s don’t. We are very lucky to have him at Chelsea.
TIME TO GET EXCITED
While Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy have all made their debuts for Chelsea it does feel as though we haven’t yet seen the full picture.
In each of our Premier League games we have been hindered by a lack of width, Timo Werner spent most of the Liverpool game hugging the left wing in a game where we wanted to see him in running in behind.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been in and out but now we have our two number one wingers ready for a return to action.
Christian Pulisic was our best player at the end of last season and looks set to return against Southampton while Hakim Ziyech’s long-awaited arrival should come at the weekend too.
Thiago Silva and Kurt Zouma are the two centre-backs, we have two great right backs and one brilliant left-back and a new (and hopefully improved) keeper. But from there Lampard has his work cut out when it comes to selection.
Will we play both Havertz and Ziyech? Will it be Jorginho or Mateo Kovacic? Does Tammy Abraham get a start? And just where on earth will Mount fit into all this. The weekend should answer our questions.
GONE BT NOT FORGOTTEN
It seems like we are prepared to let young Billy Gilmour leave on loan in the January transfer window and you can be sure there will be a long list of clubs interested in the 19-year-old.
His breakthrough just before the Coronavirus outbreak was one of the best I have seen from a Chelsea player in my lifetime. I’ve never seen a kid loved so instantly from the Stamford Bridge crowd.
Lamps has a great amount of talent in the middle of the park and we have already seen Ross Barkley go on loan to Aston Villa while Ruben Loftus-Cheek stayed in SW6.
Chelsea would be foolish to treat Gilmour as they have some of the other loanees as he is a special talent who will get better with experience, most likely at a Premier League club.
Next season when a couple of the senior players leave, the youngster will be a brilliant addition to the squad.
If the Scottish Iniesta does have to leave on loan it may end up being the best for him and the club.
DREAM TEAM MADNESS
Both Pulisic and Ziyech have made their way straight into my Dream Team for the week ahead, I need a 9-0 win for Chelsea if I’m to make my way up the mini-league.
For those thinking of selecting Everton players, bear in mind that they have the Merseyside derby this weekend so hang tight for one more week.
Leicester Sp*rs and Chelsea have the most favourable fixtures so if you are ready to use some transfers, the like of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Son Heung-Min and all of our heavy hitters should be on your shopping list.
I’ve kept it Chelsea with two easy games against Southampton then United at Old Trafford where we should walk it after what Sp*rs did to them last week.
I’m hoping my transfers can pull me out of the mid-table in the Chelsea Chatter mini-league. I’m currently 563rd but you can expect to see that number at least halved by next week.