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Lampard set to unleash this Chelsea wing wizard against Aston Villa

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Frank Lampard has informed Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi that he will start against Aston Villa

According to Chelsea TV (h/t The Metro), Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to unleash Callum Hudson-Odoi against Aston Villa on Monday.

Having recently returned from a two-week layoff, the 20-year-old started on the bench against Arsenal. He came on for the unimpressive Timo Werner at half-time and made the assist for Tammy Abraham’s goal.

“Callum was fantastic with his energy. That’s what we absolutely needed.”

However, it was just a flash in the pan as the Blues fell to a 3-1 loss to the Gunners.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set to unleash Callum Hudson-Odoi against Aston Villa on Monday
Frank Lampard is set to start Callum Hudson-Odoi against Aston Villa (GETTY Images)

Despite the result, Lampard has seen enough of the youngster to draft him into the starting line-up for our next match. With Aston Villa set to visit the Bridge on Monday, Hudon-Odoi has a chance to make an impression.

“That’s why he’ll play in the next game and if Callum plays like that he can be a serious player.”

Playing players in their best positions

Bringing in the youngster will also see the Chelsea attack regain better balance. Shunning Timo Werner off the left has seen Christian Pulisic deployed on the right.

The shift to accommodate the German ace has in fact seen us minimise the attacking intensity on both flanks. Werner has failed to make an impact on the left while Pulisic looks out of sorts on the right.

Timo Werner has struggled to make an impact on the left wing for Chelsea
Timo Werner has struggled to make an impact on the left wing

The American international is a better player on the left and could be shifted back if Werner is benched against Villa. Hudson-Odoi has predominantly played for the Blues on the right and it makes sense to deploy him there on Monday.

With two out-and-out wingers playing in their natural and arguably best positions, there will be more directness and threat from the Blues strikeforce.

Bayern Munich failed to sign Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi this summer
Callum Hudson-Odoi recently returned from a hamstring injury

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Hudson-Odoi has made 13 appaearances for Chelsea this season and has scored three goals and made one assist. (h/ t Transfermarkt)

It was reported earlier this month that Chelsea are willing to let go of the youngster in order to reduce their squad size. Hudson-Odoi now has an opportunity to showcase what he can do.

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La Liga giants earmark Chelsea veteran star as surprise January target

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Frank Lampard praised "ultimate professional" Olivier Giroud after he scored 4 goals against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea star Olivier Giroud among those touted to replace Luka Jovic at Real Madrid

According to AS, Chelsea star Olivier Giroud is among the names Real Madrid could look at to strengthen their attack.

The La Liga giants are struggling for goals and are overdependent on Karim Benzema. The Frenchman is the club’s top scorer with 12 strikes this season, three times that of second-placed Casemiro and Luke Modric.(h/t BBC)

With Luke Jovic returning to Eintracht Frankfurt on loan, Zinedine Zidane has only Benzema and Mariano as recognised strikers. Bringing in a new striker would certainly reduce the burden on Benzema.

Chelsea star Olivier Giroud is among the names Real Madrid could look at to strengthen their attack.
Olivier Giroud is a dependable striker for Chelsea

At 34, Giroud is still racking up goals when called upon. Despite limited opportunities, he has been Chelsea’s most effective striker this season. (h/t BBC)

The Frenchman’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer and is expected to leave for a free. While there is some talk about an option to extend the deal by a year, whether it will be activated remains to be seen.

With Tammy Abraham now rediscovering his touch, Frank Lampard could be tempted to do business in January. While keeping the striker will be in our best interests, selling him now will ensure we get some sort of fee for parting with his services.

Real Madrid are overtly dependent on Karim Benzema
Real Madrid are overtly dependent on Karim Benzema

Having joined the club in 2018, Giroud has proven himself to be an excellent striker. A dependable option, he has often risen to the occasion when needed.

Giroud is not the only striker on Real’s radar. Others in the fray include Manchester City ace Sergio Aguero and Napoli outcast Arkadiusz Milik.

Timo Werner joined from RB Leipzig
Timo Werner has struggled to make an impact on the left wing

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Chelsea would be better served by keeping Giroud until the end of his season, even if it means losing him for free in the summer.

Timo Werner has largely failed to find the net while Abraham still has to polish his game. Losing Giroud at this point could leave us lacking tooth in the final third.

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Chelsea loanee involved in training ground bust-up with his club captain

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Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi involved in a training ground spat with Luka Milivojevic

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi has been involved in a training ground bust-up at Crystal Palace.

The 27-year-old joined the Eagles on a season-long loan last summer. He has made 12 appearances so far but is yet to find the net. In contrast, he scored six goals in 13 games during his previous loan spell at Selhurst Park in 2018/19. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Batshuayi’s time at Palace has now come under further cloud after coming to blows with club captain Luka Milivojevic.

Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi involved in a training ground spat with Luka Milivojevic
Chelsea loanee Michy Batshuayi involved in a training ground spat with Luka Milivojevic

The confrontation was triggered by Milivojevic’s irritation at Batshuayi’s attitude during a passing drill. It involved the Palace players testing each other’s first-touches by kicking the ball at each other with increasing power.

Milivojevic took exception to Batshuayi’s mannerism and responded by kicking the ball straight at the Belgian international from close range. 

Both players then came to blows, with Batshuayi throwing his teammate to the ground. They continued to have a go at each other and had to be separated by teammates.

Michy Batshuayi is on a season long loan at Crystal Palace
Michy Batshuayi is on a season long loan at Crystal Palace

The incident occurred in the build-up to last night’s game against Arsenal. The animosity was not on show on the pitch as they held the Gunners to a 0-0 draw.

Milivojevic played 89 minutes on the night while Batshuayi was an unused substitute.

Whether any action will be taken against Batshuayi remains to be seen. The incident comes at a poor time given the striker’s on-field troubles.

Batshuayi has failed to make any impact at Chelsea
Batshuayi has failed to make any impact at Chelsea

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Frank Lampard is keen to offload the Belgian permanently. However, they could also accept a loan deal. The 27-year-old joined Chelsea in 2016. He has however failed to meet the required levels and has spent three spells out on loan. (h/t Birmingham Mail)

He has done precious little this time around to show he has what it takes to succeed at Chelsea.

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Report – The major reason why Chelsea are stalling on a move for £80m star

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Chelsea suffer transfer blow as Manchester United, Manchester City, and Liverpool join the race to sign Declan Rice. (GETTY Images)

Chelsea stalling on Declan Rice thanks to Frank Lampard being on a slippery slope

According to The Athletic (Subscription Required), the uncertainty surrounding the future of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is impacting the club’s pursuit of Declan Rice.

The West Ham United star has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. While we failed to land him in the summer, rumours regarding a renewed interest continue to run strong.

The player for his part is also keen to return to Chelsea. Rice was initially on Chelsea’s books before being released by the club at the age of 14.

uncertainty surrounding the future of  Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is impacting the club's pursuit of Declan Rice.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is on thin ice

The Blues are coming off the back of a poor December that saw them fall away in the title race. A run of one win in six games has seen the Blues fall to 10th place in the Premier League.

This has called into question Lampard’s position as the manager. While he is set to be given time to set things right, Roman Abramovich is ensuring the club is ready if a change needs to be made.

The Russian oligarch has already created a five-man shortlist of candidates to replace Lampard if results don’t pick up. (h/t The Daily Mail)

Declan Rice has been linked with Chelsea
Chelsea will move for Declan Rice only if Lampard keeps his job (Getty Images)

Red flags galore?

A move for Rice was already difficult given West Ham’s massive £80million asking price. There is also no common stand at the club regarding a move for the midfielder.

Lampard for his part is a huge fan of the 21-year-old English international. The same cannot be said of the board, who have reservations. (h/t The Express)

They remain unconvinced if the youngster has the required quality and has the ability to step up to a Champions League level side. It would appear that at this point in time, any chance of us bringing in Rice rests on Lampard keeping his job.

uncertainty surrounding the future of  Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is impacting the club's pursuit of Declan Rice.
Lampard will need to convince the Chelsea board that Rice is worth it (GETTY Images)

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Chelsea take on Fulham next in the Premier League. A win should give Lampard some breathing space and the foundation to put together a run of good results.

It promises to be an interesting second half of the season.

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Transfer News: Chelsea receive a boost in the pursuit of prolific young European star

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Chelsea given a boost in the race for prolific star Erling Haaland

According to Football.london, Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

The 20-year-old is one of Europe’s best marksmen and has taken his game up a notch at Dortmund. So far, Haaland has an impressive 34 goals in 35 games for the Germans. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Frank Lampard had informed the Chelsea hierarchy that he is keen to add the Norwegian to his roster. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, and Real Madrid are all keeping tabs on the player. (h/t The Express)

Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.
Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. (AFP via Getty Images)

The lack of matchday revenue has impacted clubs’ ability to spend heavily in the transfer window. However, with fans hopefully set to return at least in a limited capacity towards the end of the season, there could be cash to spend in the summer.

The striker has a £70m release clause that kicks in next summer. To put it in context, it is lesser than what we paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga or Kai Havertz. (h/t The Mirror)

Haaland could be on the move come the summer. His agent Mino Raiola is keen to take him away from the German giants once the summer window opens. (h/t Football.london)

Timo Werner replaced Pulisic in the lineup
Timo Werner has not been among the goals of late (Getty Images)

Despite signing Timo Werner, the German has largely started on the left than up front for Chelsea.

With Olivier Giroud’s contract expiring and Tammy Abraham still developing, the Blues lack an infallible scorer up front. Signing Haaland would certainly be a coup and could secure our frontline for years to come.

Abraham is developing and Giroud’s contract is running out (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

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Haaland has shown remarkable consistency and ability over the last couple of seasons. This has seen his reputation rise, winning him the Golden Boy award.

He has all the ability to turn into a leading striker in world football, if he isn’t already one. It would to be a dream to see him achieve it in Blue.

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