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Why Chelsea must keep Andreas Christensen at the club this summer

Jake Jackman



Inter Milan have an interest in Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen. Sky Italia claim that the Serie A side have enquired about the availability of the defender with a view of bringing him to Italy. The Dane has been at Stamford Bridge since 2012, but he won’t be well known to the Premier League audience as he has featured only once for the first team.

It has been his two-year loan spell with Borussia Monchengladbach that has seen him realise his potential as he emerged as one of the best centre-backs in the Bundesliga. At the age of 21, he has over a decade of his career ahead of him and he has the potential to be one of the best defenders in the world.

In addition to his experience in Germany, he has been capped 11 times by Denmark. Chelsea shouldn’t entertain the option of selling Christensen and now they have changed to a three-man defence, it may be the right time to bring him into the first team.

This will be the first season in decades that John Terry isn’t at the club and he does leave big shoes to fill. Gary Cahill is viewed as the obvious replacement, as he already took over the captaincy duties last year. However, he was a weakness last season at times and Antonio Conte may opt to bring replace him in the starting eleven.

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As a player that the defence can be built around for years to come, Christensen is a more obvious replacement for Terry.

The Danish international is far better suited to a three-man defence than Cahill. Christensen is a confident defender, who reads the game with maturity. His positioning can’t often be faulted and he is aggressive in the tackle when the situation demands.

In keeping with the modern-day trends, the 21-year-old is confident on the ball and possesses an impressive passing range for a defensive player. He is brave enough to bring the ball over the halfway line and launch attacks for his team.

Although he has a lot going for him, he isn’t the finished article, as he hasn’t mastered the ability of organising a defence. That won’t bother Conte too much as he is only 21-years-old and he has time to become better in that aspect. There are few better defensive coaches in football than the Italian and Christensen will only benefit from working under him at Stamford Bridge.

Conte will realise the importance of adding balance to his squad, as it isn’t currently geared towards the 3-4-3 formation. He enjoyed a lot of success with the tactic last season, but he was relying on a core of 14-15 players.

That won’t be possible this season with the added stresses of the Champions League. It is important that he signs players, but he also needs to look at the players that have been out on loan and make a judgement on those that can contribute at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian showed last season that he is open to bringing in players that have been loaned out, with the most obvious example being Victor Moses. From those that have returned to the club this summer, Christensen is the one with the best chance of featuring in the first team.

Chelsea will need five centre backs next season, at least, and although Antonio Rudiger is expected to come in, that still leaves a space open to Christensen. He may not start the season in the team, but if he is kept around the squad, he is one to keep an eye on as a player that could break into the starting eleven as the months progress.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.


Newcastle United can do better than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham this summer



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Rafa Benitez will have been disappointed to have seen his January signing of Islam Slimani end in complete and utter failure with the Leicester City loanee spending more time in the stands than on the pitch and now he is focused on bringing in an improvement to St. James’ Park for 2018/19, but Tammy Abraham is not the answer.

TEAMTalk say that the Spaniard may return to the striker, who was strongly linked with a move to the north-east last summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

On that occasion, the report indicated that a deal could not be agreed to satisfy Chelsea, but having struck a deal for Kenedy since then the relationship between the two parties may be better and make a move for Abraham smoother.

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Then, Abraham was hot property having set the Championship alight with Bristol City, but his loan spell at Swansea has been less convincing. Having scored just five goals and registered three assists in 39 appearances for the Swans, Abraham has made only two Premier League starts in 2018 as doubts continue to emerge about his ability at this level.

What is clear is that he is not ready to walk into Newcastle and be the solution that Benitez needs. In part, that is because Abraham would not be an alternative to the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic, impressing in the second tier himself now, or Slimani, given that whilst he is tall and physical, his game is about much more than simply being a target man.

The Newcastle boss is clearly looking for a way to add goals to his team, but Abraham, whilst promising, may not be ready for such pressure after a frustrating season in difficult circumstances in south Wales and would be a cheap gamble if Newcastle were to opt for him as their main addition up-front.

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Isaac Christie-Davies joining Liverpool highlights Anfield as the ideal platform for youngsters

Josh Kerr



Isaac Christie-Davies
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Liverpool are set to sign Chelsea midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies on a free transfer, according to reports from ESPN.

The 20-year-old talent was not offered a new contract by Chelsea and the Reds swooped in earlier this year to offer him a trial ahead of other interested clubs.

If the move goes through, Christie-Davies will become the second young player, after Dominic Solanke, to join the Reds from Chelsea in just two years.

Davies joined Chelsea’s academy from Brighton and progressed from the youth ranks to the under-23s, winning the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016 as well as the UEFA Youth League in 2016.

The teenager impressed during his trial period at Liverpool with the Merseyside outfit set to offer him a contract.

The youngster will look to his former Chelsea teammate and World Cup Golden Ball winner Solanke for inspiration, who finally showcased his talents in his previous outing at Anfield.

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The 20-year-old striker finally notched his first senior goal for the Reds against Brighton on the final day of the Premier League, when the England international rifled a shot just under the bar to break his Reds duck.

The move for Christie-Davies represents yet another promising player trading London for Merseyside, and it could be Liverpool taking advantage of further academy talents.

Christie-Davies is likely to head straight into the Liverpool Under 23 squad as he follows the path of former teammate Solanke to Anfield.

Despite the youngster being unlikely to influence the first team next season it still could prove to be a nice bit of business from the club.

Although it was Chelsea’s decision to let the former Brighton youngster leave Stamford Bridge, Davies will look to the likes of former Blues, Solanke and Rhian Brewster as inspiration that it is still possible to reach the top.

Liverpool’s under 23’s finished 2nd in Premier League 2 this season, and standout players such as Harry Wilson even endured successful loan moves in the Championship, which could be the motivation Davies needs to make the grade at Anfield.

Also, the fact Liverpool quickly gambled on the midfielder reflects the qualities that are evidently present with Christie-Davies. If the youngster makes the most of his new move he could be another former Blue to thrive from a London exit.

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Mauricio Pochettino would be mad to leave Tottenham for Chelsea



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There could be one of the most sensational managerial switches of the Premier League era if Sky Sports are to be believed as they claim that Chelsea are pondering over making a move for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Antonio Conte after a disastrous attempt at a Premier League title defence.

The Italian’s days are clearly numbered and his departure after the FA Cup final this weekend looks inevitable, but Mauricio Pochettino would be making a serious mistake if he were to take the opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge.

After four years in the dugout, at both White Hart Lane and Wembley Stadium, Pochettino has got his team playing his way. The Argentine has always worked under limited resources, at Espanyol, Southampton and even now at Spurs, and whilst the offer of money to spend at Chelsea may be exciting it would also mean an increased responsibility and a very different challenge.

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Tottenham fans and board have complete faith in their coach and are prepared to invest in him to take their club to the next level, something which will come soon with the building of their new stadium, and feel that he is the right man to lead the club in the long-term.

A move to a club with such a short term view in the form of Chelsea would be to sacrifice all that Pochettino has achieved in his spell in north London to date, bringing through young talents like Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier who are now beginning to reach their peak and shine under the coach.

With stability at a club on the up, Pochettino would be foolish to be distracted by the bright lights and glamour of a dysfunctional club like Chelsea.

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