Media Watch: Manuel Pellegrini hails N’Golo Kante as a ‘complete player’, Fikayo Tomori tipped for greatness, Reece James bags a wonder goal

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini describes N’Golo Kante as a ‘complete player, Frank Lampard believes Fikayo Tomori can go to the top and Chelsea loanee Reece James is hailed by Blues fans after a fantastic strike for Wigan.

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Kante praised by Pellegrini

Speaking ahead of tonight’s derby match at Stamford Bridge, West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has described N’Golo Kante as a ‘complete player’ that midfielders like the Hammers’ Declan Rice can learn from.

Rice recently earned his first international cap for England but Pellegrini feels that the 20-year-old can still learn plenty from watching the Blues midfielder.

'All the good players in Declan's position must see Kante and see the ways in which they can improve,' said the former Manchester City manager, as reported by the Daily Mail.

'I think he's a top player. When he was at Leicester he demonstrated the way he can play and since then he has grown because he came to a more difficult team.

'Now he's a complete player. He recovers the ball, doesn't lose the easy pass. He can arrive into the box and can score goals.'

Pellegrini also spoke highly of Callum Hudson-Odoi and urged the teenager to be patient as he establishes himself as a key player at Chelsea.

'Good players will have good performances in any team, of course. But maybe it's not so good being so, so young to go to big teams because it's not easy for those teams to give you opportunities when you are not playing in the best way,’ he said.

'I think he must be calm to try first to be in the starting 11 of Chelsea. I think he's demonstrating that in every game that he can arrive very far in his career.'

Lampard tips Tomori for greatness

Midfielder Mason Mount has drawn plenty of attention on loan at Derby County this season but another Chelsea loanee is earning rave reviews with manager Frank Lampard tipping Fikayo Tomori to be a top player in the future.

Since moving to Pride Park on a season-long loan last summer, the 21-year-old centre-back has been a fixture at the heart of the Rams defence, appearing in 44 games.

‘His progression this year has been incredible,’ said Lampard to Derby’s official website.

‘From when he came in, he was a good young player anyway, but you can see how pivotal he has been in our team. He has grown from within and I’ve enjoyed working with him day to day.

‘He wants to learn and improve his game but all the attributes he has, he is using them.’

Tomori has appeared in all but two of Derby’s matches in the Championship this season and Lampard said that it was ‘scary to think how good he can be’.

‘He can go to the top if he plays like he did on Saturday and can get better,’ added the Chelsea legend.

‘I’ve always said with loans that it is a two-way street. They do well for us, hopefully we do well for them, and they go back to their clubs improved. It is satisfaction because, like most of the young players, they are sponges, they want to learn, they are hungry and do well at this club.

‘We have huge satisfaction with how he has progressed and he needs to keep it going for the last couple of games.’

Fans hail James after Wigan wonder goal

Having been named in the 2018/19 Championship Team of the Season, Reece James produced a contender for Wigan Athletic’s Goal of the Season with a solo effort last weekend which made a big impression on Chelsea fans.

The Blues’ reigning Academy Player of the Year has impressed for the Latics this season but he had only one goal prior to his effort in the 2-2 draw at Bristol City, when he spun past a challenge in the centre circle and surged 30 metres upfield before crashing a right-footed shot into the top corner of the net

Wigan suggested that it could be their Goal of the Season when they posted a video of the goal on YouTube.

And TalkSport rounded up some of the enthusiastic Twitter responses from Blues fans who had watched the 19-year-old’s magnificent strike.

‘When does next season start, reece back please,’ pleaded one fan.

‘There’s a reason why Reece James won Chelsea’s academy player of the year for 2018 over Hudson-Odoi. He’s just so consistently good, can’t wait for him to play next season for us,’ added one more.

‘@ChelseaFC BRING HIM BACK THE GUY IS READY!!!’ said another supporter.

Rumours link Lewandowski with Blues

Although Chelsea face the possibility of a transfer ban this summer, media outlets are continuing to suggest that the club are in the market for new players for the 2019/20 campaign.

The Mirror is reporting that the Blues are interested in signing Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, stating that contact has been made with the Polish striker’s advisors, in the knowledge that the German giants are planning big changes to their squad for next season.

In the same report, it is also suggested that the club has also taken an interest in Swedish striker Alexander Isak, who is a Borussia Dortmund player currently on loan at Dutch club Willem II, where he has scored 11 goals in 11 games since January.


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