In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Emerson is reportedly close to signing a new five-year deal with the Blues after his strong start to the season, three Academy teenagers could join Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the Chelsea squad for tonight’s Carabao Cup match and former Manchester United captain Paul Ince explains why he enjoys watching the Blues under Frank Lampard.
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New contract for Emerson?
According to TalkSport, Emerson is to be rewarded for his good early season form for Chelsea with a new five-year contract.
Citing a report by Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb.com, the broadcasters indicate the 25-year-old ‘is close to agreeing a new deal with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2024’.
‘The Italy international has impressed throughout the first few weeks of the campaign and has replaced Marcos Alonso as first choice left-back in Frank Lampard’s side,’ states the report.
‘He has started five of Chelsea’s six Premier League matches this term, but was absent for the games with Wolves and Valencia after picking up a thigh injury on international duty.
‘This is a far cry from last season, in which Emerson, who arrived from Roma in January 2018, only played 10 Premier League matches under Maurizio Sarri.’
Chelsea trio could make senior debuts
While Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are set to play for Chelsea for the first time this season in our Carabao Cup clash against Grimsby Town tonight, Goal.com reports another three Academy youngsters could also be called on to make their senior debuts for the Blues.
According to the report, midfielder Tino Anjorin could be given the opportunity to play against the Mariners after his impressive early-season form for our development squad while defenders Marc Guehi and Ian Maatsen are to be elevated to the senior squad as cover for our injured players.
‘Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash sees the Blues face League Two opposition and gives Lampard a chance to rest senior stars and give debuts to various prospects from the academy,’ it adds.
‘Tino Anjorin's good form is expected to be recognised after he scored five times in seven games across various youth levels this season and his style of play has seen him earn comparisons to Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a physically-imposing attacking midfielder.
‘Marc Guehi and Ian Maatsen will be elevated into the first team too as Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri are doubts after suffering injuries in the first-half against Liverpool on Sunday.
‘Chelsea have already involved Guehi in a matchday squad as they cope with several injuries to central defenders. Maatsen, meanwhile, has been getting closer to the first team after travelling to Wolves as the Blues contended with two injuries at full-back.’
Ince prefers watching Chelsea to Man Utd
Former Manchester United captain Paul Ince has said he would prefer to watch Chelsea in action instead of his former club in a website column picked up by a number of media outlets including FourFourTwo and the Daily Mail.
Ince outlined how the Blues have a clearer vision than his former club, who have managed only one win in their last five Premier League games under manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
‘I think of Ole in the same way as I do Frank Lampard,’ said the former midfielder. ‘Two young managers, lacking experience, thrown into two massive clubs.
‘But if you gave me the choice of who I’d rather be watching this season, it’d be Chelsea all day long – and that hurts me as a former United captain.
‘At least when I look at Chelsea, I see what they’re trying to do, the way they play, their identity – they’re pressing high, getting tight and creating chances. They can only get better.
‘Can anybody tell me what United are trying to do? Because I have no idea. They’re so reliant on the young lad Daniel James – who is brilliant, but was in the Championship with Swansea last season – it’s crazy.’