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Rating Chelsea’s Winter Transfer Window, Good or Bad?

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The January transfer window was shut at 00:00 AM on February 1st and was probably one of the busiest winter windows in Premier League history with a lot of high profile deals carried out.

One team whose transfer business during the window was far from straightforward is Premier League champions, Chelsea.

Antonio Conte’s side signed 3 players during the window and let go of quite a number mostly on loan deals.

A lot of these deals, however, appear to carry question marks as fans and pundits are not entirely sure of the impact it would have on the team.

Ross Barkley joined from Everton to open the window and while he could very well prove to be a brilliant signing for the future, signing a player recovering from a major injury setback is always a gamble.

This appears to be the case as the Englishman has struggled in the games he has featured in so far for the blues and picked up a weird injury in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

The other incomings (Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri) haven’t featured yet for the club and both deals have the potential to go either way especially for the left-back who like Barkley just returned from a long term injury.

Giroud, however, is a Premier League veteran and could turn out to be quite an asset for the Londoners, that however is still left to the seen.

The Blues sanctioned loan moves for the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy to Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United respectively.

These players were not being afforded enough playing time by Conte, which was odd considering the positions they occupy are not fully stocked at the club. The moves could be beneficial to both the players and the club as they will get much needed game time and boost their confidence with Kenedy already grabbing a Man of the Match award in his one appearance for the Magpies.

While most transfers anywhere in the world need time to be judged, a certain degree of expected is placed on the players and at the moment, the new players at Chelsea will have to do a lot to win over fans of the club.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.

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Lampard Singles Out One Player After Leicester City Draw

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard singled out one player for praise after his team could only manage a draw against Leicester City.

Lampard led Chelsea to a 1-1 draw with Leicester City at home in the Premier League game played on Sunday evening.

After the game, Frank Lampard was full of praise for young Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount for his performance against the Foxes.

The Chelsea legend pointed out his quality while he was fielding questions from reporters at his post-match press conference.

Mason Mount has been in very good form for Chelsea since he returned to the club from his loan spell at English Championship club Derby County.

The 20-year-old midfielder played at Derby County for Frank Lampard last season as the Rams got to the Championship playoff final before being beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa who are in the Premier League as a result of that win.

Mason Mount returned to Chelsea from the Derby County loan spell and was one of the best players for the Blues during preseason.

He has continued that form into the new season after the midfielder robbed Leicester City star Wilfried Ndidi to give Chelsea a first-half lead.

Ndidi atoned for his error with a bullet header in the second half thereby earning a 1-1 draw for the Foxes.

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EPL: Frank Lampard Reveals Why Chelsea Drew With Leicester City

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has had his say on the disappointing draw at home to Leicester City.

Lampard and his Chelsea players drew 1-1 with Leicester City at home to further extend their winless run at the start of the season to three games.

After the Leicester City game, Frank Lampard spoke to the media about the result as he pointed out that his players should have done better against the Foxes.

Lack of game management was responsible for the disappointing result according to ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard.

The Blues legend also said that his team played well for the first 25 minutes and that it should be the blueprint for the rest of the season unlike the final 65 minutes of the game.

Frank Lampard also said that the performance against Manchester United was better than the one churned out by his players against the Brendan Rodgers-led Leicester City team.

The Manchester United game ended in a 4-0 defeat in what’s his first match as the new Chelsea manager having been appointed into the job this summer.

Marcus Rashford (2), substitute Daniel James and Anthony Martial were the goalscorers for the Red Devils.

Lampard and Chelsea played 2-2 with Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup before they were beaten 5-4 on penalties in his second game as the new Chelsea manager.

The Leicester City clash in the Premier League is his third game at Chelsea.

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EPL: David Luiz Reveals What Lampard Told Him Before Arsenal Move

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New Arsenal signing David Luiz has revealed what Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told him before making the decision to move across London during this summer’s transfer window.

In an interview with ESPN Brasil, David Luiz confirmed that he had a conversation with Frank Lampard before arriving at the decision to leave for Arsenal.

According to him, Frank Lampard had a different plan and he had to leave Chelsea as a result.

Reports claimed that the Brazilian international was made the fourth choice center-back by Frank Lampard with the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma.

David Luiz joined Arsenal in a deal reported to be around £8m.

The 32-year-old was the sixth and final signing of the summer for the Gunners.

He was handed a two-year contract until the end of the 2020/21 season.

David Luiz spent seven seasons over two spells either side of his time as a Paris Saint Germain (PSG) player.

He made his Arsenal debut on Saturday during the 2-1 win over Burnley in what was a Premier League game.

David Luiz played the entire duration of the game as the Gunners recorded a second straight league win at the start of the new league campaign.

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Chelsea Ask Top Defender To Leave This Summer

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Premier League giants have reportedly asked one of their defenders to leave the club before the European transfer window ends.

Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta is surplus to requirements at the club and the Italian international right-back has been told that he should look for a new team.

According to popular media outlet Goal, Chelsea have slapped an asking price of £23m on the former Torino defender though it remains to be seen whether interested clubs will be willing to spend that money on the player.

Davide Zappacosta became a Chelsea player in 2017 in a deal reported to be around €28m (£25m).

Italian Serie A giants AS Roma are interested in Zappacosta but the capital club wants a loan deal for the player rather than a permanent deal.

Davide Zappacosta made 35 appearances for Chelsea in his debut season at the club but his playing time suffered a great deal under compatriot and new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri in the last campaign.

Sarri spent just one season as the Chelsea manager before he left the West London giants to take up the managerial job at Italian Serie A champions Juventus.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard sees young right-back Reece James as the second choice to Cesar Azpilicueta rather than Davide Zappacosta.

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Ex-Chelsea, Arsenal Defender Announces Retirement

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from football.

The announcement was made earlier on Sunday.

Ashley Cole also revealed his plans for his career moving forward.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea player was at Derby County until this summer having joined the English Championship club on a short-term deal during the winter transfer window in January.

Ashley Cole was released by Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit LA Galaxy towards the end of last year before he signed a six-month contract at Derby County.

His move to Derby County was influenced by former Chelsea teammate Frank Lampard who was the manager at that time.

Lampard has since left Derby County to return to Chelsea.

The former Derby County boss is now the new Chelsea manager after Maurizio Sarri left the club for Juventus this summer.

Italian tactician spent just one season as the Chelsea manager.

Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard were part of the Chelsea squad that won the 2012 Champions League title at the expense of Bayern Munich.

Cole played under Lampard for Derby County as they reached the Championship playoff final before they were beaten by Aston Villa who are now in the Premier League as a result of the win (a 2-1 victory over Derby County).

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