All the latest Chelsea news and transfer gossip during the international break, including updates on the Blues’ hunt for a striker and Mauricio Pochettino’s growing list of injuries
Mauricio Pochettino will be hiding behind this sofa this week before he welcomes his Chelsea players back from international duty – hopefully unscathed and injury free! Cole Palmer and Armando Broja are among a few Blues stars who have returned to Cobham recently due to a few minor issues but – touch wood – nothing significant yet.
The Blues boss will be hoping that the duo are okay with a huge London derby against Arsenal on the horizon. Chelsea will need to be at their very best on Saturday afternoon to stand a chance of securing all three-points – so Pochettino better get Palmer wrapped up in cotton wool.
In other news, the summer transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of life left in the rumour mill. Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen continue to be heavily linked with moves to Chelsea, meanwhile fans await an update from Eden Hazard on his next steps after retiring.
So, with that being said, stay with us at football.london as we keep you up to date on everything you need to know as it happens LIVE from Stamford Bridge.
Is this too harsh?
Todd Boehly has been warned that Reece James is depreciating in value ahead of the January transfer window. The 23-year-old defender was named as the new Chelsea captain in the summer following the departure of Cesar Azpilicueta.
With question marks over James’ growing injury record, ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno has claimed the right-back has no right to be described as Chelsea’s ‘most valuable player’. He said: “By definition MVP is most valuable player and in order to be a player, you have to be on the field.
“It’s not a situation in which I disagree with Sam in regard to the value of Reece James when he’s on the field. But if he is watching from the stands, then he has no use for me. He does nothing for me if I’m a Chelsea player, if I’m part of the Chelsea coaching staff or the front office.”.
Eden Hazard’s brother, Thorgan, has confirmed that the former Chelsea star will not pursue a career in the dugout following his retirement from professional football. The 32-year-old was left without a club this season after Real Madrid terminated his contract a year ahead of a schedule.
As quoted by a recent print edition of the Mirror, Thorgan said: “He is mentally and physically not capable of doing that. And we won’t see him in the dugout as a manager, either. He just wants to spend time with his family.”