In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Chelsea recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Lampard on Tammy Abraham injury
Frank Lampard has admitted that Tammy Abraham could be fit for selection for the weekend game against West Ham United.
Speaking after the Champions League game against Valencia, Lampard revealed that while Abraham looked severe initially, it wasn’t as bad as first feared.
He said: “It looked quite severe at half-time, a strong bang on the hip. But the word after the game is it might not be as severe as we thought. That’s all I know.” (Source: Daily Star)
An injury to Abraham wouldn’t be the end of the world despite the fact he sits second in the Premier League goalscoring charts.
Michy Batshuayi has shown that he can be a reliable goalscorer this campaign having notched up seven goals in just 404 minutes for the Blues across the first team and under-23s (via Transfermarkt).
Lampard on Kepa criticism
Frank Lampard has come out in defence of his struggling goalkeeper Kepa Arizzabalaga amid criticism for his performance in the Champions League tie against Valencia (via football.london).
Having saved a penalty, the 25-year-old then misjudged a cross from Daniel Wass which deflected off the post into the back of his net as the La Liga side equalised.
However, the Englishman was full of praise for the Spaniard, instead, choosing to laud him for his penalty save. He said: “It wasn’t a standard penalty save, it was a fantastic one. He did that.” (Source: football.london)
While Lampard’s public backing of his ‘keeper is a show of his support, it would incredibly irresponsible of him to wave away the mistake behind closed doors.
Kepa needs to be held responsible for the mistakes he makes as it’s not the first one he’s made over the course of the last few days. In the loss away to Manchester City, the Spain international gave the ball straight to Sergio Aguero and was only let off the hook after the forward managed to hit the bar (via BBC).
Lampard on finishing problem
Frank Lampard has voiced his fears over Chelsea’s finishing problems at this moment in time (BT Sport via Football365).
The former Derby County manager highlighted how despite conceding a number of chances, they could’ve scored far more goals themselves against Valencia.
Chelsea had 16 shots at goal in last night’s game and missed the target with 10 of them despite the fact 13 of their shots came from within the 18-yard box (via WhoScored).
Finishing has been a problem for the west London giants in recent games, which is a worry considering the number of goals the Blues score.
Lampard’s men have scored just 28 goals despite having more than 80 shots at goal in the top-flight this season at a rate of 32.2%, the seventh-worst in the league (via Transfermarkt).
Any injury to the two players is a big worry for the Blues, as it’s shown by the statistics above that no other player can be relied on to supply goals regularly.
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