Media Watch: Ian Wright praises Gallagher, reported target Tchouameni 'studies' Chelsea midfielder in spare time and Blues icon states his desire to go into management

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there are positive reviews for an England debutant, a reported Blues target outlines which midfielder he is learning from, and Ashley Cole puts forward his future plans..

These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club. 

Gallagher receives top praise after first England cap

After making his senior England debut last night, Blues midfielder Conor Gallagher has received plenty of plaudits including from Ian Wright who has said he is ‘streets ahead’ of Under-21 level.

The playmaker, currently on loan at fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace, came on at half-time in England’s 10-0 win against San Marino and impressed throughout the second period.

A report by the Metro highlights the plaudits the Chelsea Academy graduate is currently getting, with Ian Wright singing Gallagher's praises.

‘With what I’ve seen from Conor Gallagher, I watched him play for the Under-21s the other day and he looked streets ahead of that,’ Wright said on ITV.

‘It was good to see him play in this game, obviously this isn’t a big test for him but what you saw him do was everything right.

‘He didn’t come on and take the mick, he did everything right and that is the kind of player he is.

‘That is the kind of player you want to see, you want to see players of that calibre getting towards the full international squad instead of playing in Under-21s.’

Tchouameni 'studies' Kante in his spare time

Reported Chelsea target Aurelien Tchouameni studies Blues midfielder and French compatriot N’Golo Kante as he looks to improve his game. 

The midfielder currently plays for AS Monaco in Ligue 1 and his impressive performances for the French side have earned him a number of senior international call-ups to the France squad.

In an in-depth look at Tchouameni by The Athletic, the article highlights the Frenchman's many qualities and highlights how he is trying to hone and develop his game. 

‘Clips of surging runs are interspersed with raking passes and sliding tackles as Tchouameni, already a France international at age 21, dominates opposing teams,’ the story states.

‘Performances of this ilk, an increasingly regular occurrence since he made his debut for Bordeaux as an 18-year-old, help explain why Europe’s leading lights are queuing up for him.

‘If gossip columns are to be believed, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all circling with intent.

‘In his spare time, he watches clips of Paul Pogba and Kevin De Bruyne to pick up technical tips and takes a similar approach with N’Golo Kante’s movement and positioning. Every summer he goes away to Los Angeles, USA, with his agent to train ahead of the new season.’ 

Ashley Cole outlines management plans

Former Blues defender Ashley Cole has highlighted his desire to go into football management, after getting a taste for coaching with England’s Under-21s.

The former left-back has been with the youth side at St George’s Park since July this year and has learnt from some incredible managers during his illustrious playing career.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Cole put forward his plans for his future in football.

‘I've lived and breathed football and I don't think going into coaching or management should scare anyone,' Cole said.

'It's important that I take it seriously. You've got to have faith and belief in what you are preaching and the philosophy and style in what you want to portray as a group or club, and I don't feel scared to go into that.

'I am raring to go and waiting for my opportunity, making sure I'm ready to go in prepared. I felt it after I went to LA Galaxy (in 2016) and got a deeper role, trying to be that leader in the dressing room but also take sessions, sit in on meetings and seeing the impact I had on the younger players.

'I felt I had to give something back. Coming back to Chelsea was my opportunity to do that. Everybody speaks about having that year off (after retirement) to relax and sit on the beach. I actually got bored after two weeks and missed being on the grass.'

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