In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, a former Chelsea player assesses our new recruits and the coronavirus pandemic threatens to delay a possible Carabao Cup fourth-round tie for the Blues.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Summer signings need time: Cole
Ashley Cole has called for patience with Chelsea’s summer signings, saying the newcomers need some time to settle in the Premier League., goal.com reports.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former full-back spoke about the exciting potential of our new signings.
‘How much quality they have there is frightening and exciting at the same time,’ said Cole.
‘Yes, we’ve added loads of quality into the team. With Thiago Silva, we’ve added experience as well.
‘We’re going to have to be patient at times to wait for them to gel. It’s definitely looking way more exciting than it was towards the late stage of last season.’
While Kai Havertz is yet to complete 90 minutes for the Blues, Cole believes he can have a big impact for the Blues in the long run.
‘He’s a very, very high quality player. It was his first game against Brighton where he had just two days of training with the team, so it’s tough,’ added Cole.
‘He’s just finding his feet, getting into the team, understanding the way Frank wants to play, but we’re definitely going to see great things from this guy because he’s such a great talent.’
Morata to return to Juventus
Alvaro Morata is rejoining his former club Juventus, just months after the Spaniard completed a permanent switch to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the report, the 27-year-old striker has touched down in Turin and will sign for the Serie A side on a season-long loan with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.
The deal will reportedly pave the way for Luis Suarez to join Atletico from Barcelona.
Morata initially played for Juve from 2014 to 2016, scoring 15 goals in two seasons before Real Madrid activated a buy-back clause to bring him back to Spain.
He joined Chelsea in 2017 and scored 24 goals in 72 games before joining Atletico in January 2019 and making the move permanent 18 months later.
Potential cup tie could be delayed
Chelsea’s potential Carabao Cup fourth-round tie could be postponed after it was reported by TalkSport that tonight’s clash between Orient and Tottenham Hotspur is under threat after a coronavirus outbreak.
If Chelsea can get past Barnsley in the third round this week, we would meet one of those London clubs in the fourth round, which is scheduled to take place next week.
However, that match could be delayed after Orient announced a number of their players have tested positive for COVID-19.
‘Following our game on Saturday, September 19 [against Mansfield Town], COVID-19 testing was conducted on all of our first team playing squad,’ said the League Two club in a statement.
‘Today we received formal confirmation which shows that a number of our first-team squad have tested positive for COVID-19.
‘We have informed the EFL and Tottenham Hotspur and will make a further announcement regarding Tuesday’s match shortly.’
The statement added that the club had closed its home ground, the Breyer Group Stadium, and its training ground until further notice.