In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Tammy Abraham says he is eagerly looking forward to returning to Chelsea for pre-season, Christian Pulisic is lauded after his fantastic performance in the United States’ 6-0 thumping of Trinidad and Tobago and Callum Hudson-Odoi says his recovery from injury is going well.
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Abraham ‘buzzing’ for new season at Chelsea
Several media outlets including The Guardian are reporting how Tammy Abraham is eagerly looking forward to returning to Chelsea for pre-season and feels he and other youngsters can make a big impact at the club in the 2019/20 season.
Speaking to the media in Italy ahead of England’s final game at the UEFA Under-21 Championship Abraham said the club’s transfer ban and the arrival of a new manager presents an opportunity for the Blues’ bright young stars.
‘This year is the most important year for us. It is now or never,” said the 21-year-old striker who scored 26 goals on loan at Aston Villa last season.
‘There will never be a better time to play the youngsters. Of course the transfer ban is probably not what the club wanted but for us it is exciting. I am excited and I am sure the rest of the players are.
‘There is a great chance for us young players so we must get our heads down in training and go for it at Chelsea. I have already been talking to the club about pre-season. I’m going to have a couple of weeks and then come back hitting the ground running.
‘There is no better time for a young player to be at Chelsea. I am going to give it my all. With a new manager coming in there is no better time to show what I am made of in pre-season. I am just buzzing at the thought of the new season.’
While Chelsea have yet to name a successor to Maurizio Sarri as head coach, Abraham would relish the chance to play under Frank Lampard, who has been tipped as the favourite to get the job.
‘I believe in myself and there is no better guy to play under as well,’ he said.
‘Someone you have grown up watching, who has been at Chelsea forever. He knows about me as well – I played against his team in the play-off final. I am pretty sure he knows all about me.
‘And [assistant coach] Jody [Morris] as well. I have obviously been coached by Jody in the younger age groups. So it is positive, it is all positive.’
Pulisic lauded after big US win
According to Goal.com, there was glowing praise for Christian Pulisic from United States head coach Gregg Berhalter after the Chelsea new boy’s starring role in the United States’ 6-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago at the Gold Cup during the weekend.
Berhalter was delighted with the way Pulisic pulled the strings in attack for his side, especially in the second half when the Americans scored five goals in the final 25 minutes.
‘What we’re doing is trying to put him in position where he can do exactly that,’ Berhalter said.
‘The structure around him accommodates him being flexible and he can go wide, he can come inside. He can create space for himself. We can use the striker to get him the ball, bouncing it back to him.
‘That’s what we’re trying to do, and the reason we’re trying to do that is because he has these game-changing abilities and you saw that tonight. Very fluid with his movement, dynamic, able to take players on, good ball security.
‘And today was great because the final product was there also, which is always important for attacking players.’
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago coach Dennis Lawrence admitted his side had no answer to the 20-year-old’s devastating performance after half-time.
‘That’s why Chelsea paid $60 million for him,’ said Lawrence. "Because we kept him quiet for 65 minutes and then he found a way.’
Hudson-Odoi positive on recovery
Callum Hudson-Odoi has tweeted a video of himself training with a coach at Cobham and told his followers his recovery is coming along well.
The 18-year-old has been out of action since he ruptured his Achilles in April during our 2-2 draw with Burnley but he shared a video of himself undertaking a training drill in which he used both feet to delicately lob a ball back to the coach.
Accompanying the video, Hudson-Odoi wrote: ‘Recovery is going well, I hope to be soon be back on the pitch, let's go!!’
Hudson-Odoi played 24 games for the Blues last season before his untimely injury saw him miss our last games of the season including the Europa League final victory over Arsenal.