Chelsea round-up: Conte reacts to Everton win; club want English signings; no deal for striker
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reacted to his side’s win over Everton to express his happiness with the display by his side. However, the Italian refused to pass up an opportunity to call on his team to continue improving as he is quoted by the Daily Star as revealing that there was a negative, saying:
“We must be pleased with the performance. We played a really good game. We dominated and had plenty of chances. The only negative thing is we should be more clinical. But there were a lot of positive things.”
Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata were both on the scoresheet with fine finishes, but there were several opportunities for the Blues to extend their lead further with the likes of Pedro narrowly shooting wide when they could have perhaps done better.
With only a few days left of the summer transfer window, the club are looking to make several more signings. The London Evening Standard believe that many of those could be for English talent, such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Drinkwater or Ross Barkley, and quote Antonio Conte as revealing the importance of a homegrown core as he said:
“To have a core of English players, is important. But above all, to have a core of ‘good’ English players. Is it something I value? Yes, I do.”
At present, Chelsea are lacking such talent. Against Everton, the only English player in Chelsea’s match day squad was 19-year-old Fikayo Tomori, and it is clear that the likes of John Terry and Nathaniel Chalobah need replacing if Conte is to regain that English core once again.
Another young homegrown talent to depart was Dominic Solanke. Now, the Mirror say that Chelsea and Liverpool will head to a tribunal in order to agree a fee for the striker, who won the player of the tournament award as England won the under 20 World Cup this summer.
Chelsea were seeking £10 million for the 19-year-old, who moved to Anfield after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired in the summer, but Liverpool were refusing to pay more than £3 million. Solanke has become an important option for the Reds, taking up a place on the bench in all of Liverpool’s fixtures this season.