Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Thursday, November 17.
Frank Lampard told he’s not ready for Premier League management
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been brutally told by former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan that he is not up to managing in the Premier League – and neither is Steven Gerrard.
“The tragedy for Frank is he’s got no backdrop for suggesting he’s a Premier League manager,” Jordan said on talkSPORT.
“The Chelsea side he inherited with a group of young players did ok, and then when he was on top in the Premier League, which is when you spend money, out the door he went.
“I don’t think he [Gerrard] has the credentials either,” he continued. “Either one of these guys would walk through the door, if they were Joe Schmo from nowhere, not Frank Lampard, and not Steven Gerrard, they would never ever get these opportunities because they don’t merit them.”
Real Madrid hand Chelsea Erling Haaland boost
Erling Haaland is a name high on the wish list of managers around the world and Chelsea are no different.
The Blues have received a boost recently with El Chiringuito host Josep Pederol stating that Real Madrid are now assuming that Haaland will make the move to the Premier League, also putting Manchester United and Manchester City on alert.
The Norwegian is currently sidelined with an injury but come the summer, a €75 million buyout clause will be in place and a scramble will ensue for his signature.
Chelsea may have broken their transfer record to bring in Romelu Lukaku in the summer but they will still want to be at the front of the queue for Haaland too.
Marina Granovskaia’s clever Conor Gallagher decision
One of Chelsea’s most impressive players of 2021-22 has been one not even playing for them.
Conor Gallagher has become one of the Premier League’s most exciting talents, shooting to prominence under Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace. No doubt rival clubs will have been looking on with interest.
But the Mail have even reported that, in the summer, when Gallagher was loaned to Palace, the likes of Marina Granovskaia and Chelsea’s directors were adamant there would be no option to buy included in the deal.
It shows the faith the Blues retain in the 21-year-old and, with Tuchel eager to bolster his midfield from next term onward, could save the club a lot of money.