In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, TalkSport names two Chelsea youngsters in their best 11 from the first two months of the Premier League season, Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer says the loan signing of Conor Gallagher was a gamble which has paid off well for the Championship club and Olivier Giroud has no regrets over his decision to leave Arsenal to join Chelsea.
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Mount and Abraham in early-season best 11
TalkSport has included Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham in its Team of the Season so far, acknowledging the fine form of the Chelsea youngsters in the first two months of the 2019/20 campaign.
Mount, who has scored four goals and started every game for the Blues in the Premier League and Champions League so far, was included in midfield along with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Leicester City’s James Maddison.
TalkSport described his form as ‘sublime’ and added: ‘Not many expected the 20-year-old to adapt to the Premier League this quickly but he is doing so with ease and Blues fans cannot get enough of their academy product.’
Meanwhile, the broadcasters selected the league’s leadings scorers as its forwards with Abraham joined in attack by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
‘Just like Aguero, the 22-year-old has bagged eight goals this season and his form doesn’t look like its slowing,’ said the report of the Chelsea striker.
‘Against Southampton, he once again impressed with his hold up play and his chipped finish was expertly taken.’
Charton boss delighted with Gallagher’s progress
Speaking to TalkSport, Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has described the loan signing of Conor Gallagher from Chelsea as a gamble which has paid off in a big way for the south London club.
The midfielder was Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Season in 2018/19 but had yet to make his senior debut before he joined the Addicks on a season-long deal in August.
However, the teenager has quickly established himself as a key player for the newly promoted club, appearing in all 11 of their league games so far and providing four goals and two assists.
‘He’s a good player,’ said Bowyer to TalkSport. ‘For us it was a bit of a gamble; he had never been on loan anywhere before and is only 19 so he’s still learning the game.
‘But he’s hit the ground running. Whatever you tell him he does and I just keep encouraging him to get in the box, and things are falling for him at the moment.
‘His willingness and work rate are unreal, so he’s fitted in really well. He’s still learning though – he needs to learn – but he’s been a great addition for us.’
Giroud has no regrets joining Chelsea
According to The Mirror, Olivier Giroud has admitted his decision to leave Arsenal in order to join Chelsea in 2018 was difficult but he does not regret the move and believes it was a step up due to the recent success of the two sides.
‘It was not easy to leave Arsenal for Chelsea two years ago. I loved Arsenal,' said the striker, who scored the only goal in France's 1-0 win over Iceland on Friday.
‘But it was a progression because Chelsea is the English club that has won the most titles, with Manchester City in 10 years.
‘I had competitors in attack – [Alvaro] Morata, [Gonzalo] Higuain, who ended up leaving. I won at the end: I played the final of the FA Cup in 2018 and the [Europa League] final in 2019.
‘Once again, I'm starting the year in a difficult situation. But as my brother says, I have always built myself in the face of adversity. Although I would like there to be less!’