In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Alan Shearer is tipping the Blues to finish in the top four, Mason Mount talks about the progress he has made on loan at Derby County and Wolves are linked with a move for Tammy Abraham.
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Shearer tips Blues for the top four
BBC pundit Alan Shearer believes Chelsea will finish in the top four of the Premier League and earn a spot in next season’s Champions League after our draw at Manchester United last weekend and Arsenal’s 3-0 loss at Leicester City.
‘From the positions they are in, I think Spurs and Chelsea will finish third and fourth, meaning United and Arsenal are the teams that miss out,’ said the former England captain.
‘Chelsea had a late chance to win at Old Trafford too, when De Gea denied Gonzalo Higuain, but a draw keeps them in fourth, with their fate in their own hands.
‘It is too early to know whether this is a good season for Maurizio Sarri's side because if they win the Europa League then they are back in the Champions League whether they finish in the top four or not. Whichever way they do it, that would mean they have had a decent campaign.’
The Gunners are two points behind the Blues but Shearer feels that their recent defensive problems do not bode well for their chances.
‘They were all over the place at the back in Sunday's defeat by Leicester and their defending was pathetic, even when they had 11 men,’ he said.
‘Their defending has been their Achilles heel for a while now, but the only thing that has changed about it is that it seems to be getting worse.’
Mount pleased with progress at Derby
Mason Mount has told Goal.com that he has made good progress as a player during his season-long loan at Derby County where he has had the opportunity to develop under the watchful eye of his role model, Frank Lampard.
‘I think there’s a massive difference [between me before I moved and now],’ said the 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem before joining the Rams for the 2018/19 campaign.
‘I will have around 80 games when I finish this season. I am learning so much from playing in the professional leagues and I think I have gained so much experience.
‘I have added different parts to my game. You learn so much from these different players that you wouldn’t have playing in the academy at U23s level.’
Mount also insisted that he had learnt much from playing under the guidance of Lampard.
‘Frank was an example throughout my career at Chelsea, and throughout my career as a midfielder. When it comes to scoring goals as a midfielder, you look at Frank Lampard as a role model,’ he added.
‘When the gaffer came in from day one, he was talking about working off the ball and how we are going to press.
‘It is his philosophy. We want to try to play with the ball well, but when we lose it, we want to try to get the ball back as quickly as you can.’
Wolves linked with Abraham
Football pundit Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Wolves may rival Aston Villa in bidding for the services of striker Tammy Abraham next season.
The 21-year-old has had an impressive campaign at Villa, scoring 25 goals and helping them to earn a spot in the Championship play-off, and former Leeds striker Whelan believes Wolves will be looking to bring him in next season after failing to convince him to move to Molineux in January.
‘Villa and Wolves will both bid for him, I’m pretty sure of that,’ he said. ‘Wolves will come back in because they see Tammy Abraham as being ideal for their style of play.
‘There will be plenty of clubs keen to sign him, including Villa, who know what he is about, but it depends for them on getting promotion. Obviously, it is down to what Chelsea want and what Tammy himself wants.
‘He has proved himself in the Championship. He’s too good for that level. He’s easily good enough for the Premier League. Surely, Chelsea aren’t going to do what they did with [Romelu] Lukaku and let him go?
‘If I was the Chelsea manager, I would say, “let’s give him a crack, he deserves the opportunity.’’