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What Next For Tammy Abraham?

Tammy Abraham was a hit for Chelsea in the 2019/20 season as he went on to score 15 goals in the Premier League from 34 appearances, helping the club to attain a top four finish under Frank Lampard.

The 23-year-old’s second season with the Blues has not exactly gone to plan as he has struggled to score goals on a regular basis.

There is speculation that Abraham may be sold this summer in order to raise funds to invest in two new strikers.

Should Abraham leave, the following are some potential destinations.

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West Ham

West Ham sold Sebastien Haller in the January transfer window and did not bring in a replacement, meaning that Michail Antonio has essentially been their only recognized striker since then.

David Moyes has developed a reputation for getting the most out of his players, as he did with Jesse Lingard and with majority of the players in the Hammers setup.

Given that Antonio is injury-prone and now over 30, Abraham is almost definite to get regular game time if he moves to the Hammers.

Crystal Palace

With Roy Hodgson set to turn 74 this year and nearing the end of his contract, the Eagles will be expected to appoint a new manager soon with ex Chelsea boss Frank Lampard being tipped to potentially succeed Hodgson.

Abraham played brilliantly under Lampard last season and so could be tempted by a move to Selhurst Park if the latter ends up becoming Eagles manager.

Palace will also be expected to offload Christian Benteke in the near future and so may consider Abraham as a potential replacement.

Newcastle

Newcastle’s entire forward options have struggled to score regularly this season and Steve Bruce’s side must look to sign a new striker as a matter of priority next summer.

St James Park may offer Abraham a good opportunity to rebuild his career but the question is whether it will be a good environment for him to be in?

 

Three Strikers Chelsea Can Look At Ahead Of The 2021/22 season

Chelsea will probably have to look at bringing in a new striker ahead of next season. The trio of Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner have struggled to find the net on a regular basis in the league this season.

For a club to challenge for the league title, they should have a striker who is capable of scoring 25 goals per season. Whilst there are good arguments to keep Abraham and Werner in the future first-team plans, the same cannot be said for Giroud.

The 34-year-old has done his but for the Blues over the past three-and-a-half years but the reality is that it is now the time for Chelsea to cut their ties with him and let him spend the twilight of his career elsewhere.

The following are three strikers that the Blues can look at:

Romelu Lukaku

Since joining Inter Milan in 2019, Lukaku has firmly established himself as one of the top strikers in the world under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Now in the prime of his career, Lukaku may fancy a return to Stamford Bridge in order to prove that he has what it takes to be one of the best strikers in English football after all.

He was previously on the books of the Blues between 2011-2014 but failed to find the back of the net in 10 Premier League appearances for the club.

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Sergio Aguero

Manchester City announced recently that the 32-year-old will be leaving the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season. The Argentine club legend is past his prime and has since been usurped by Gabriel Jesus as City’s main striker.

Though past his prime, Aguero is still a clinical goal scorer and could have a few more years left at the highest level.

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Erling Haaland

There is a good argument that the Borussia Dortmund striker is currently the best in the world. He would easily walk into the starting xi of any side in the world.

The question is whether Chelsea will have the funds to sign him because he will not be cheap.

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Football Legends Who Never Quite Made It At Chelsea

Chelsea has had the opportunity to have some of the generational greats in their team over their years. Some have risen above expectations whilst others flopped.

This article will look at three generational greats who did not exactly captivate audiences regularly whilst playing for Chelsea.

George Weah

The current President of Liberia, Weah remains the only African footballer to have won the Ballon d’Or award, having done so in 1995 when he played for AC Milan.

In 2000, Weah joined Chelsea when he was 34-years-old on loan from Milan. He scored three goals for the Blues from 11 appearances but the club opted not to sign him permanently. He went on to join Manchester City permanently the following season and was last on the books of Al Jazira before hanging up his boots in 2003.

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Andriy Shevchenko

The Ukraine football legend and 2004 Ballon d’Or winner joined the Blues in 2006 after ending a successful seven-year spell with AC Milan.

He was one of the most feared strikers in the world when he arrived at Stamford Bridge and so there was a lot that was expected from him. He went on to yield a poor return of nine goals from 48 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

Chelsea subsequently sent Shevchenko on loan to AC Milan in 2008 but he failed to find his feet there as well. He eventually returned to his homeland with Dynamo Kyiv in 2009 where he started scoring goals again before ending his professional career in 2012.

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Juan Sebastián Verón

Prior to the emergence of Lionel Messi in the mid-2000s, it was Verón who was the most feared Argentinian footballer. Verón’s journey in England started in 2001 when Manchester United signed him from Lazio.

After failing to impress at United,he joined Chelsea in 2003. He failed again to impress with the Blues, scoring just one Premier League goal from seven appearances.

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Players Whom You May Not Know Were Chelsea Youth Players

It’s well known that Nathan Ake and Declan Rice were two players who didn’t quite cut it with the Chelsea first-team from the youth ranks but have since gone on to have successful careers elsewhere.

This list will look at three former Chelsea players who have gone on to have successful careers but whom the club won’t really lose sleep over losing.

Neil Etheridge

The Birmingham City goalkeeper joined the Blues in 2003 when he was a center-forward before being asked to slot into goals. After spending three years with the Blues, Etheridge went on to play for Fulham in 2006 and launched his professional career at Craven Cottage two years later.

Though he has spent most of his career playing in League One and Championship, Etheridge did get his chance in the Premier League in 2018/19 with Cardiff City. He was unable to save the Bluebirds from relegation but was one of their best players as he went on to play in all 38 of their Premier League games.

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Andy King

King who was part of the Leicester City side that won the Premier League in the 2015/16 season joined Chelsea in 1998 when he was just nine. He left for Leicester City in 2004 and went on to remain with the Foxes until the summer of 2020.

Interestingly, King was part of the Leicester City side as they navigated through League One, the Championship, and Premier League. Not many players can say that they played for one club in three different divisions.

All in all, he made 379 senior competitive appearances for Leicester, chipping in with 62 goals.

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Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

Guðmundsson trained with Chelsea for a short time in 2006 but could not adapt to life at the club. He ended up joining Fulham that same year and remained with them for two years before moving to his native Iceland to launch his professional career with Breiðablik.

The winger earned a move to Burnley in 2016 after an impressive showing with Iceland in the European Championships held that summer and has never looked back as he has gone on to become a key player for the Clarets.

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John Terry Reveals Chelsea Legend That Never Was

John Terry is perhaps the greatest product of the Chelsea youth development system.

After joining the Blues as a 14-year-old from West Ham in 1995, Terry never looked back and ended up graduating to the first team in 1998.

After spending some time finding himself which included a loan spell with Nottingham Forest in 2000, he found himself involved in the first-team plans from 2001 and the rest was history.

Terry remained a first-team regular for Chelsea for nearly 20-years

Terry was a first-team regular for the Blues from the 2000-01 season and that remained the case until the 2016/17 season which was his final with the club where he was more or less a squad rotation option.

Terry is regarded as being one of the best and most successful captains in the Premier League era. During his time at Stamford Bridge as a player, Chelsea won five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League.

He saw many players come and leave Chelsea. Some such as Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba turned out to become club legends whilst others such as Hernan Crespo and Fernando Torres came with heavy expectations before ultimately flopping.

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Terry was one of the few successful youth products of Chelsea in the past generation

Terry was one of the very few successful youth products of the club in the modern era. After Roman Abramovich took ownership of the club in 2003, the club underwent massive structural changes in order to transform itself from Premier League also-rans into league giants.

As a result of this, many of the club’s youth players were deemed not good enough and were offloaded to make way for more high-profile players with the exception of Terry.

Asked about club youngsters who never reached their full potential, Terry said as quoted by The Star:

“Probably a boy called Rob Woollaston at Chelsea.

“He was like a midfielder/winger, had so much ability.

”He got chose to train with the first team at a really young age, 17 or 18, did really well and Gullit told him he was going to play in the first team in a cup game.

“He then phoned up on the day of the game and said he was sick.

“All of us, if we were sick or felt like we were at the end of the world, we would have still gone and played the game, we wouldn’t have given up that opportunity.

“He actually done it two or three times and he was just not mentally ready for the game, but ability-wise, incredible.”

Americans Who Have Played For Chelsea

The United States men’s national team may be a sleeping giant. After having struggled to exert itself on the international scene, the “land of opportunity” is currently churning out players who are not only capable of but also playing for Europe’s biggest players.

During the days of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey, American players playing for elite clubs were a dime a dozen.

Christian Pulisic has been the most high-profile American to have played for the Blues and many will be mistaken to think that he is the only American to have played at Stamford Bridge.

However there have been two others and in all probability, more will come in the future.

Here are the two other Americans apart from Pulisic who have called Stamford Bridge home.

Matt Miazga

After impressing in Major League Soccer for the New York Red Bulls, the United States defender earned a move to Stamford Bridge in January 2016.

Chelsea had to make do without the services of Gary Cahill and John Terry for a Premier League game against Aston Villa in April 2016 which resulted in Miazga being handed his English top-flight debut.  The West London club went on to win that match 4-0.

After looking solid on debut, Miazga was selected for the Blues following league clash against Swansea City but ended up being substituted at half-time.

Now on loan with Anderlecht in Belgium, Miazga has since made no Premier League appearances for Chelsea. His contract with the club ends next summer and he will likely be released.

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Kyle Scott

A youth product of the Chelsea development system, Scott spent ten years with the club though he went on to make just one first-team appearance-making his debut in a 4-0 FA Cup triumph over Hull City in February 2018.

After joining Newcastle, Scott has failed to make the Magpies first-team and been used in their reserve games.

The 23-year-old has had an interesting youth international career. He represented England at U16 level, Republic of Ireland at U17 level and the United States at U18 and U20 level.

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Three Players Frank Lampard Transformed At Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s tenure as Chelsea boss ended in January 2021 on less than ideal terms. The Blues club legend showed much promise in his first season at the helm of the club in his first season as he led it to a top-four finish.

However, his lack of experience started to show in the 2020/21 season as his lack of experience and man-management skills became apparent.

There were some positive developments in Lampard’s reign as manager of the club.

The following are three players that he transformed for the better.

Tammy Abraham

Prior to the start of the 2019/20 season, there were doubts over whether Abraham was good enough to play in the Premier League. Whilst, the striker had shone in the Championship in two different stints with Bristol City and Aston Villa, his only prior experience in the Premier League was a failed spell with Swansea City which yielded just five goals from 31 league appearances.

Abraham went on to score 15 league goals last season from 34 appearances. Whilst he has struggled to score regularly this season, he did prove under Lampard that he is more than good enough to play in the English top-flight.

Even if Abraham ends up leaving Stamford Bridge, it’s unlikely that he will return to the Championship.

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Mason Mount

Mount had no English Premier League experience prior to last season, however he did work under Lampard as the two worked together at Derby County in the 2018/19 season.

Lampard took a big decision by including the youngster in his Premier League plans for last season and moreover, playing him regularly.

Mount held his own in the top-flight and even went on to become a key part of the England team. After Lampard’s sacking, some suggested that Mount was a favourite of the former Chelsea manager.

However, he has held his own under Thomas Tuchel, proving the naysayers wrong.

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Jorginho

Jorginho was cited as being a problem when Maurizio Sarri was manager of the Blues and the club struggled to achieve consistency.

Under Lampard, he became more than a one-dimensional figure and became a key part of the club’s midfield.

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What Caused Frank Lampard’s Downfall at Chelsea?

Chelsea is one of the greatest football clubs in history. Although the team has had many ups and downs throughout the years, it has been a top contender for as long as we can remember. Currently, Chelsea is undergoing a period of transition after Frank Lampard was sacked and Thomas Tuchel was brought as his replacement.

The second season for Frank Lampard was very rocky and the club decided not to give him any more time, which is why he was sacked. This is exactly the topic that we wanted to discuss in this article. We are going to try and pinpoint the cause which led to Lampard’s failure. But first, let’s see how influential Chelsea as a football club is.

Chelsea’s Influence

Chelsea influence reaches numerous industries in every corner of the planet. The club has millions of supporters and young kids look up to the players as role models and use them as motivation to succeed in life.

One of the most interesting industries that are influenced by this club is the online casino industry, which is why we wanted to mention it. Research showed that Chelsea fans and football fans, in general, are fond of the idea of playing casino games online. Online casinos have had a massive surge in popularity recently due to the unique gaming experience that they provide the registered players with.

So, some of the most reputable game providers in the world started supplying online casinos with various Chelsea-themed games. Virtual sports, live dealer games, and slot games are the most commonly Chelsea-themed games. Online casinos such as www.casimba.com/en-gb/ feature these games and they are extremely entertaining.

Now, let’s check out what was the cause for Lampard’s failure.

Too Many New Players is The Main Reason

Many so-called experts will name tons of reasons as to why he failed. Ne was new to the game, lacked the experience, was too emotional, he is not fit to be a manager, etc., but these are false claims. Why? Because Lampard proved that he is worthy to be a Chelsea manager after the massive success he had with the club in his first year there.

The main reason as to why he failed is much simpler than that – too many new signings in the summer. Since Chelsea had a lot of money to spare, the board just decided to go all-in and buy every prospect. Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and Thiago Silva were just a few players that Chelsea brought.

While this may sound like a good thing because most of them are already proven players, the fact is that no club will ever succeed in creating a perfect harmony in which the players will know how to work as a collective if they are just getting to know each other. Their skills and talents don’t mean a lot if they cannot work together.

Creating the perfect team harmony takes time, patience, and steady development. That was the main problem that Frank faced and failed to overcome and that led to his demise and failure. Now, we only hope that Tuchel can fix this error.

The Chelsea Legends Who Were Mainly Squad Rotation Players

Achieving legendary status at a club is an honour bestowed on few players, ordinarily requiring a long and successful tenure in which they capture the imagination of the team’s faithful. While Chelsea’s roll of honours is full of more recognisable names, there are two players who stand out when it comes to having legendary status at Chelsea but who were admittedly mainly used as squad rotation players.

Paulo Ferreira

The former Portugal international was one of the players that followed Jose Mourinho from FC Porto to Chelsea in 2004 after the self-proclaimed “Special One” started his first stint with the Blues. Ferreira went on to spend nine years at Chelsea as mainly a squad rotation player. Ferriera served as cover for players including Juliano Belletti, Michael Essien, Jose Bosingwa, Ashley Cole, and Branislav Ivanovic during his time with Chelsea. In retirement, Ferreira serves as trade as loan player technical coach at Stamford Bridge, and he could even be an outsider to take the Blues hot seat one day; calculate your bet on bonuscodebets.co.uk to work out the next manager odds.

The former full-back was a regular during his first season with the West London club as he went on to play 29 Premier League games during the 2004/05 season which the Blues won. Ferreira helped the Blues to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups,  one Champions League and one Europa League. Indeed, despite not being one of the most memorable stars, he is one of the most decorated Blues players in history.

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Carlo Cudicini

Cudicini was perhaps one of the most unlucky players in Europe during the mid-2000s.  The Italian was Chelsea’s undisputed number one goalkeeper between 2000-2004 and what many people forget is that he was actually Chelsea’s Player of the Year in 2002. However, Cudicini went on to spend the last five years of his stint with Chelsea as the club’s second-choice goalkeeper after Petr Cech joined the club in 2004.

Cech went on to establish himself as one of the greatest Premier League goalkeepers in history and Cudicini never really threatened the legendary goalkeeper’s position. Not only was Cudicini unlucky at club level but he also had bad luck at international level. After turning out for Italy in U-18 and U-21 football, he never made a single appearance for the senior Italy team. Had Gianluigi Buffon maintained a stronghold of the Italian first-choice goalkeeping position for nearly two decades, Cudicini may have played international football as well.

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Chelsea’s Champions League Ambitions

The 2019/20 season presented Chelsea with the opportunity to show the world of football their ambitions. It was manager Frank Lampard’s first attempt on the European front, but, honestly, not much was expected from the rookie manager and his young team. Coming only a year after the previously-installed sanctions had been lifted, any new signing would mean Chelsea needed a little time to gel.

Rookies Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Christian Pulisic, and co, were pooled in the same group as the ultimate champions Bayern Munich. The first leg was a home tie for the prodigies, but again, nothing much was expected. Expecting the boys to pick a point off the German heavyweights, let alone beat them was a big ask. The Bavarians visited London and beat the home side 3 goals to nil – just what many punters with Betway sports betting had predicted. 

The 2020/21 Season

After a busy transfer window that saw major signings join Lampard, hopes are high. Chelsea fans will be forgiven for not believing too much, yet. But one of Chelsea’s new boys thinks otherwise. 

Former RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner moved to the Bridge only this season, and is optimistic this could be their year. Chelsea has 7 points from their opening three fixtures, the latest being a 3-0 win at home against French minnows Rennes. 

“Every team, not only us, that plays Wednesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday – it’s difficult.” Werner said.

“But we have a big squad of good players. We have so many players and so many good players and I think with this we have to have the goal to come very far in this competition. We are not here to say ‘we will get in the next round and we will see’ we are here to win the Champions League in the next years.”

Frank Lampard already boasts a lot of experience in his ranks. He has ramped up his defence with the experience of Brazilian and former PSG stalwart Thiago Silva. Silva was a losing finalist in the August final in the hands of Bayern Munich, but his experience and his backline command should be massive for the Blues. 

If Christian Pulisic can pull through his injuries, Lampard has someone to take him forward. The young American struggled with injuries towards the end of last season, but he showed what he’s made of in his limited appearances. Bet on the remaining fixtures with Betway, plus other sporting events taking place around the world.

Former Bayer Leverkusen forward Khai Havertz is slowly finding his feet in English soil, and so is Hakim Ziyech who swapped Ajax Amsterdam for the Stamford Bridge outfit. There are glimpses of promise already for the two new signings. But it could be too early to expect too much for the young boys.

So far, Chelsea is in a good place. They lead Group E, which consists of Sevilla from Spain, Krasnodar from Russia, and Rennes from France. They have a tricky tie away to Sevilla, who held them to a goalless draw at the Bridge. 

As it stands, Lampard will be expected to steer the Blues through the next round, but that is where the real challenge begins. Getting to the semifinals of this year’s Champions League would be massive for Chelsea. It is a good bet to make with Betway – the earlier, the better. 

Three Former Chelsea Stars That Starred in the Chinese Super League

The Chinese Super League is an interesting space. Whilst some view it as a great retirement village once they have passed their prime, others go in the prime of their careers in order to ensure that they can have a financially well-off future. The following are three players who were loved at Stamford Bridge who opted to experience football in China.

Ricardo Carvalho

For many years, Carvalho was regarded as being one of the best defenders in the world. He was on the books of Chelsea between 2004-2010 and helped the team to win three Premier League titles and two League Cups. Carvalho had great longevity as a player and even was part of the Portugal Euro 2016 winning team at the age of 38. Carvalho spent the final season of his professional career with Shanghai SIPG in China. He is currently the assistant manager of French Ligue 1 club Marseille, tipped by the Olybet Website as 33/1 outsiders to win the title this year.

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John Obi Mikel

Though many will view him as being a squad rotation player, Obi Mikel was one of the longest-serving players for Chelsea in the Roman Abramovich era. He played for the Blues between 2006-17. During the Nigerian’s time at Stamford Bridge, he went on to make 349 appearances in all competitions, winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, the Champions League, and the Europa League. Obi Mikel can rightfully take his place as a Chelsea legend. After leaving Chelsea, he went on to play for Tianjin TEDA in China for one season. Since then, Obi Mikel has had spells with Middlesbrough and Trabzonspor in Turkey. He is currently without a club but at 33-years-old, could still have a move or two left in him.

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Oscar

Oscar shocked the world of football by signing for Shanghai SIPG at the age of 26 in 2017. Most footballers only remain in China for a year or two but the Brazilian has remained in the Far-East ever since. He sacrificed his international career for the riches of the Chinese Super League. Some will consider him to be a mercenary but from another perspective, he may be a genius as he may be securing the financial well-being of himself as well as his family for the long-term.

At 28-years-old, Oscar could have at least another four good years of football remaining in him. It remains to be seen if he will join another elite club in Europe.

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Where Do Chelsea Need to Strengthen Ahead of the 2021 Premier League Season?

After months of being away due to COVID-19, the Premier League’s return came and went in a flash.

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One of the title contenders in the Premier League next year is likely to be Chelsea. The 2019/2020 Premier League season was a successful one for the club. The Blues eventually finished in third place and they also reached an FA Cup final.

However, this does not tell the whole story. In the Champions League Round of 16, Frank Lampard’s side were outclassed by a rampant Bayern Munich 7-1 on aggregate and their FA Cup final defeat to London rivals Arsenal was also massively disappointing. It is clear that things are not perfect at Stamford Bridge, but where exactly should Lampard be looking to strengthen in the transfer market?

To be fair to the Blues, they haven’t messed about getting in some new recruits with deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already being completed. Werner arrives from RB Leipzig where he finished just shy of the free-scoring Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga Golden Boot race. The 24-year-old is a lethal striker who is capable of moving out wide if required. He also possesses a tireless work rate.

Ziyech, meanwhile, signs from Ajax. The left footed winger is an assist king, setting up 18 goals in all competitions last season. His dead ball delivery is to die for and he will also excite fans with his dribbling skills. These two new arrivals should fill the void left by Willian and Pedro’s departures nicely.

Despite this good business, Chelsea cannot afford to rest on their laurels. A far more pressing concern than increasing their fire power is tightening things up at the back. All in all, the Blues conceded 54 goals in the Premier League last season – the worst record of any side that finished in the top half of the table. One of the main reasons for their defensive fragility has been their lack of a reliable centre-back pairing. This makes recruiting an experienced player for the heart of their defence an absolute priority.

They could also do with some reinforcements down the left-hand side. Current left- backs Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have been bypassed too easily and finding a player who can add defensive steel, without sacrificing attacking intent, is important.

Lastly, the Blues should consider adding some defensive discipline in midfield. It’s all well and good having one of the best forward lines in world football but if you are constantly hit on the counter, you are unlikely to win many matches. While N’Golo Kante is a brilliant defensive midfielder he has struggled with injuries and greater depth is required in this area.

If Lampard strengthens in these key areas then Chelsea will be ones to watch in the Premier League title race next season.

Best Three Chelsea Centre-Backs In The Modern Era

The centre-back position is one that serves as the backbone of any football team, yet one which does not get the credit that it deserves. The following are arguably the best three Chelsea centre-backs since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

John Terry

Not many will argue against the fact that John Terry was one of the greatest English defenders of the modern generation. JT is truly a Blues legend and spent 19 years on the Blues first-team roster.

Terry helped the Blues to defy the odds to win five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League. At the twilight of his career, Terry joined Aston Villa, where he is now assistant manager to Dean Smith. JT’s influence is such that those reading betting guides on how-to.bet know that although they lie 19th in the Premier League table, Villa still represent good value to avoid relegation this term.

These leadership qualities make Terry a shoo-in for a future Premier League manager, and in the eyes of the vast majority of Chelsea fans, Terry will always be “the captain, the leader and the legend”.

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Gary Cahill

Having to succeed John Terry as captain of the Blues was never going to be an easy task, but Cahill did it well. Even though Terry was officially club captain during the 2016/17 season, Cahill was the captain for the majority of the campaign as JT was a bit-part player at that stage of his career. Cahill captained the club to the Premier League during that season and helped them to win the FA Cup the following season.

Cahill arrived at the Blues from Bolton Wanderers in 2012 and he helped the club to win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Champions League as well as two Europa League titles.  Terry left the Blues last summer and linked up with Crystal Palace after he fell down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Some will argue that his departure from the Bridge could have been better.

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Ricardo Carvalho

During his heyday, Carvalho was regarded as one of the best defenders in the world. Always reliable on the ball, he helped Chelsea to win three Premier League titles and two FA Cups before leaving the team to join Real Madrid in 2010.

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The Portuguese had spells at Monaco and the Chinese Super League before calling time on his career in 2018, and he is now the assistant manager at Marseille.

Three of Chelsea’s Worst Modern-Day Signings

The following players were signed by Chelsea and had been expected to hit the ground running. Unfortunately, all failed to contribute much at all to the club and did not even show glimpses of good form over a sustained period of time, unlike other signings considered flops on the whole, such as Fernando Torres.

Danny Drinkwater 

Drinkwater is probably the worst Chelsea signing in the modern era. His career peaked during the 2015/16 season when he helped Leicester City to win the Premier League title. Drinkwater moved to the Blues during the summer of 2017 for a fee of £35 million. He was quickly deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and has made just 12 Premier League appearances for the club, which he is unlikely to add to. Drinkwater had an unsuccessful spell with Burnley in an attempt to revitalize his career and is currently on the books of Aston Villa on loan. He has yet to sparkle for the Villans, who are considered a safe option for relegation for those creating football accumulators.

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Marko Marin

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Marin caught the world’s attention during the 2010 World Cup as he delivered some promising displays for Germany in South Africa. Marin earned a move to Chelsea in 2012 from Werder Bremen and was dubbed as the next Arjen Robben. During his first season with the Blues, he made just six Premier League appearances for the club and it became evident that he was not a fit at Stamford Bridge. He then had four unsuccessful loans and his career never really took off. The 31-year-old is currently playing for Al Ahly in Saudi Arabia.

Gael Kakuta

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The DR Congo international joined Chelsea as a teenager in a controversial transfer from Lens in 2007. Kakuta was impressive for the Blues reserve team and the club’s former midfielder Michael Ballack heralded him as a future star. Kakuta never quite progressed and had six unsuccessful loan spells during his time with the Blues. He has turned out to be a journeyman footballer.

Chelsea’s Biggest Surprise Signing of the Modern Era

Surprising signings happen in the world of football. Odion Ighalo ended up joining Manchester United on loan during the January transfer window from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua which surprised many. Even though the Nigerian had decent success with Watford between 2014-2017, he was never really viewed as being a player who could play for an elite club.

The following are two players who joined Chelsea under surprising circumstances.

Mark Schwarzer

The Australian joined Chelsea during the summer of 2013 on a free transfer from Fulham when he was 40-years-old. Schwarzer at the time was past his peak. He had been one of the most respected keepers in the Premier League following lengthy spells with Middlesbrough and Fulham.

Schwarzer was brought to Stamford Bridge as cover for then Blues first-choice keeper Petr Cech. He played four times in the league during that season as Chelsea won the Premier League title. He deputised for Cech during a Champions League game against Steaua Bucuresti in December 2013 and in the process became the oldest player to debut in the Champions League at 41-years and 65 days.

Schwarzer was released from the Blues at the end of that season. Surprisingly though, he did not retire. He joined Leicester City on a one season deal and whilst he did not make a single competitive appearance for the Foxes, they went on to win the Premier League during that season.

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Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea in January 2018 from Arsenal. The Frenchman was past his peak at the time but it was a win-win situation for both clubs. Chelsea at the time were short of quality up front with Alvaro Morata struggling to find the back of the net.

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Giroud was struggling to earn first-team minutes for the Gunners and needed to play as much as possible in order to win selection to the French team for the 2018 World Cup. In the end, the striker was included in the Les Bleus World Cup squad and he helped them to become World Champions in Russia.

Will Chelsea Shop in Serie A This Summer?

Frank Lampard is aiming to turn Chelsea into title contenders next season.

That looks like a realistic aim, given that the Blues have successfully adjusted to last summer’s loss of Eden Hazard, that they are now operating without a transfer ban – Hakim Ziyech is set to join in the summer.

One option would be to recruit domestically – West Ham forward Felipe Anderson, who recently discussed the two major leagues in Europe in an interview for betting site Betway would certainly not look out of place.

Alternatively, they could recruit abroad – we look at whether the Blues, who have recruited six of their last 11 permanent managers from Italy, can now find their on-field answers in Serie A.

Goalkeeper

Willy Caballero is now 38, so Chelsea will need a new goalkeeper in the summer – regardless of whether reports of Real Madrid’s interest in Kepa Arrizabalaga hold substance.

Pierluigi Gollini has been part of Atalanta’s unlikely Champions League progress and, having made huge individual strides since his time with Aston Villa, could be ready for a move.

Jamal Blackman and Nathan Baxter, on loan at Bristol Rovers and Ross County respectively, are good enough to be part of the squad.

Experienced centre-back

Chelsea have a lot of defensive talent.

Antonio Rüdiger is highly-accomplished in possession, Andreas Christensen showed ability earlier in his career with Borussia Monchengladbach, Kurt Zouma possesses power as well as panache.

Even Jake Clarke-Salter and Marc Guehi, lauded for their success at youth level, are enjoying positive stints on loan in the Championship with Birmingham and Swansea respectively.

Any one of these centre-backs could become world-class if guided by a battle-hardened leader in the mould of John Terry.

Without a Terry-esque figure, though, Chelsea can be a touch naïve defensively and they have conceded 39 goals – more than 11th-placed Crystal Palace.

Alessio Romagnoli has won 113 aerial duels this season for AC Milan – the third-most out of all the centre-backs in Serie A.

Quality left-back

Chelsea have not had a world-class left-back since Ashley Cole.

Marcos Alonso was defensively steady in the title-winning side of 2016-17 and popped up with some important goals, but his lack of pace has since become problematic and Emerson Palmieri is not a strong enough alternative.

Alex Telles has been linked with a move from Porto, but Luca Pellegrini has had an excellent season for Cagliari, on loan from Juventus.

The 21-year-old is a powerful and technical defender, also known for his stamina, work-rate and reliability.

Juventus already have two strong left-backs in Alex Sandro and Mattia De Sciglio, so the Italian giants may not be averse to letting Pellegrini depart if the price is right.

Central midfielder

The rise of Mason Mount is a huge plus for Chelsea, but N’Golo Kante’s form has been below-par since Jorginho joined in 2018.

It is difficult to successfully incorporate a deep-lying playmaker like Jorginho and a ball-winner like Kante in the same midfield, because neither offer any sort of goal threat – thus the Frenchman has had to undertake a more advanced role, which does not entirely suit his skillset.

For that reason, we could see Kante depart Stamford Bridge this summer and Lampard will need another midfield option – even with Billy Gilmour impressing.

Sandro Tonali, who has been linked to a number of clubs could be a potential rotation option for Jorginho.

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The 19-year-old has played more minutes than any other teenager in the top five European leagues bar one and is very much a regista, often likened to Andrea Pirlo – with perhaps a slightly more energetic and combative edge – with excellent movement and co-ordination along with his ability to set the tempo and play long-range passes with either foot.

Right-sided forward

Willian has been a dependable servant to Chelsea in his seven years with the club (and stayed last summer despite Barca interest) and Pedro possesses undoubted pedigree.

Both, though, are well beyond the peak of their respective careers.

At an age in which there are countless left-sided talents who love to cut onto their right foot, it is rare to find somebody who can do the opposite.

Dejan Kulusevski, though, comes into that category.

The 19-year-old has the height and physicality to be a viable outlet from lofted diagonals, yet he also has the pace, stamina, vision and versatility of a more nimbly-framed operator.

The Swede can play in several attacking positions as well as a box-to-box midfielder and possesses excellent technique, making him the ideal person to develop.

With Ziyech coming in, there would be no pressure on Kulusevski to deliver immediately.

Best Chelsea Strikers of All Time

From Bobby Tambling in the 1960s to Tammy Abraham now, Chelsea has a long and proud history of having some of the best strikers in the English Premier League.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the cream of the crop when it comes to the Blue’s frontmen.

Bobby Tambling

It might be a little hard to believe, given the striking talent that has played for Chelsea in recent years, but Bobby Tambling still holds the record as the club’s all-time highest goal scorer.

Tambling started his time with Chelsea in 1959 when he was just 17, played for 12 seasons with the club, and was capped 370 times for The Blues. During his time at the front of the team, he scored 164 goals during league play and 202 goals across all competitions.

Despite this huge glut of goals, Tambling only ever won one major trophy with the Blues, the League Cup in the 1964/65 season.

Peter Osgood

It is rare to get players as intrinsically linked to a club as Peter Osgood is to Chelsea. Osgood joined the Blues in 1964 and went on to play for them for a full decade.

During that time, he scored 150 goals across all competitions, with 105 of them being in league play. Osgood was incredibly popular with the team and the fans. Nicknamed the “King of Stamford Bridge”, he led somewhat of a playboy lifestyle that constantly had his name in the papers.

Because of his many goals and 384 total appearances, Osgood’s ashes were interred under the penalty spot at the Shed End of Stamford Bridge after his death and, in 2010, a statue of him was raised just outside of the West Stand.

Osgood was and continues to be, a true Chelsea legend.

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Tammy Abraham

Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, more commonly known as Tammy Abraham, is the kind of homegrown talent that Chelsea excels at producing. An academy graduate of Chelsea, Abraham was loaned to Bristol City where he won Player of the Season.

On his return to Chelsea, Abraham became the youngest player to score three goals in a match for the Blues in the Premier League era.

Abraham’s tenacity, eye for a shooting chance, and speed on the ball have allowed him to take a consistent starting spot away from some of best forwards in the game, notably Olivier Giroud, and has given Chelsea the kind of goal-scoring punch that given them good odds, according to Marathonbet, of beating current Premiership favorites Liverpool in the 5th round of the FA cup.

Abraham has also been picked up by the England team after turning down a place on the Nigerian national team to join Harry Kane, and is in the running for the Premier League’s Golden Boot award this season.

Roy Bentley

Signed in 1947 for the modest transfer fee of £11,000, Roy Bentley went on to become Chelsea’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. He had previously been part of a very successful striking team at Newcastle and had left the club over a disagreement about, of all things, the state of his bath.

Over 367 appearances that spanned the course of ten years, Bentley scored 150 goals. He was even the captain of the team when Chelsea won their first league title during the 1954/55 season.

Didier Drogba

No list of Chelsea strikers would be complete without Didier Yves Drogba Tébily, the Ivory Coast legend that arrived at Stamford Bridge during the Roman Abramovich take-over.

Drogba might not have a scoring total to match some of the legends on this list and, truth be told, it took him a while to find his feet at Chelsea, but he will go down in history as having scored some of the most vital goals for the blues.

Having won the Premier League title in his debut season, which was incidentally the first time Chelsea had won the title in 50 years, Drogba went on to score the record for most goals in a Premier League season, hammering home 29 goals in the 2009/10 season.

In addition to helping the Blues score the first league trophy in 50 years, Drogba also scored the equalizer and the winning goal that clinched the Champions League title for Chelsea.

Chelsea vs Bournemouth: David vs Goliath

The Premier League has already begun. Considered by many football fans to be one of the most prestigious championships in Europe (the top championship according to UEFA), the Premier League, formerly known as the Football League is the most popular competition in the world with more than a billion viewers.

The competition takes place annually, from August to May of the following year in the form of a championship involving twenty professional clubs (also shareholders of the Premier League) which each play 38 games. At the end of the season, the one who finished at the top is crowned champion, the 3 following teams are qualified for the European competitions organized by UEFA. The 3 teams with the lowest number of points are relegated to the EFL Championship, which is the lowest level.

For this 28th day of the Premier League 2019/2020, Bournemouth will host their return fixture against Chelsea, fourth in the championship.

Chelsea: A solid team that makes mistakes

Actually ranked 4th of the Premier League 2019/2020, Chelsea is on the verge to finish 1st of this championship according to the betting odds of the Premier League. With no less than 6 championship titles (the last one which was in 2017), Chelsea has all the chances to rise the title and secure a place in next season’s Europe competitions. To reach their goal, the club must not lose any points.

However, Chelsea is an orphan. As the LOSC, the Blues had to let go their main player, Eden Hazard, for Real Madrid. For more than 7 years that the Belgian genius has spent in the capital of England, he has exploded all the statistics (110 goals and 96 assists). To replace him Chelsea bet on the American player Christian Pulisic, one of the rising stars of the football world and a former player of Dortmund FC. But the results do not follow due to the player’s lack of success in front of the net. He will need to do all of his power to ensure that his team do not lose points.

One of the team’s other weaknesses is the ban on recruiting that looms over their head until the next transfer window for violating FIFA’s rules on the recruitment of minors. This is a big mess for the club which will no longer be able to boost their squad.

The Chelsea coach, Frank Lampard, can however count on the French stricker Olivier Giroud who came back with a goal after almost 3 months at the bench.

Bournemouth: The scary 16th

As announced in the title, Bournemouth FC is actually ranked 16th in the 2019/2020 Premier League. After their first participation in the Premier League which dates from 2015, the team still stands out as an opponent who can be really dangerous when it gets started.

However, the Bournemouth FC who has managed to beat Chelsea (1-0) in the 1st leg of their confrontation (which ended up their 5 defeats on the row), has faced another failure against Burnley FC (3-0, with Matej Vydra, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight McNeil as scorers) during the 27th day. All those performances have not reassured fans at all. To avoid relegation, the club will have to put more effort in their following games.

After the disaster against Burnley FC, the coach of the reds and blacks said some worlds to the journalists: “It’s been a really difficult run, a lot of soul searching has gone one, he started, we’ve lost a lot of players due to injuries and we had to step up to a really tough test. We had to come up with something slightly different because if you do the same things you get the same result. Our goalkeeper at the other end made some big saves”.

As you will notice, the Bournemouth will do all possible to save their defense and go for the draw. And for our colleagues the odds from sports.bwin.be, the chances for the game to finish with a draw is 9.00.

Top Four Finish the Minimum Aim for Chelsea to End the Season

It has been a wild year all-round for many teams including Chelsea. But now the end is in sight, what are the realistic expectations for this club from now until the end of the season?

The short answer is that a top four finish should be seen as the minimum. This wasn’t necessarily something required at the start of the season, but certainly is now, and the online bookmakers seem to be thinking the same.

With Tottenham (11/4), Arsenal (40/1) and Manchester United (8/1) all having far worse seasons than expected, the door has been left wide open and The Blues simply have to take advantage.

Bookmakers have Chelsea priced up at 4/7 to finish in the top four, so they clearly see this as something that is likely to happen.

The current third placed team Leicester are 1/10 on this market, so the bookmakers expect it to be easier for them, implying Leicester are more likely to finish 3rd and Chelsea finish 4th.

There is a list of available betting offers for new customers for those looking to get involved and place a bet on the final stages of the season. As per our interpretation, we call a bet on the Blues a ‘safe bet’ at this stage.

However, there is hope that Chelsea can turn the tables on The Foxes, who have stuttered a little in recent weeks. They have just one win from their last four games, the same as Chelsea. If The Blues had played better over the past few weeks, they would have been much closer.

We know Chelsea can play better and a big couple of games awaits. Home contests against Manchester United and Tottenham give the chance for Frank Lampard’s men to gain two confidence boosting wins.

Those would also keep their two opponents well behind in the race for 4th place and allow Chelsea to focus on the team above them, Leicester City, rather than looking over their shoulder at those behind.

The run-in is not easy for Chelsea by any stretch of the imagination, with a whole host of games against either those at the top or those desperate for points at the bottom.

With confidence back in the dressing room though, there is definitely a chance that this team can overtake Leicester towards the end of the season and claim 3rd place in the standings.

As far as expectations from the beginning of the season go, this would be an over-achievement for Frank Lampard in his first season in charge.

Questions were asked when he was appointed as to whether he needed a little more experience before taking the job. It is pressure moments like the one we are in right now that will determine whether he will be classed as a success or not this season.

If he does come through this well and Chelsea grab 3rd place, the future under Lampard could well be bright. However, a failure to capitalise on poor seasons from many rivals and finishing behind Leicester would be no more than an average start to his career.

The feeling is that this is a big moment in the season, but even if it doesn’t go to plan, the top four should still be the minimum target from this position.