Frank Lampard Reveals Why Mohamed Salah Failed to Make the Grade at Chelsea

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has revealed what he thinks caused Mohamed Salah’s spell at the club to end in failure.

Salah arrived at Stamford Bridge from FC Basel with high expectations, but he made only 13 league appearances for the Blues before he was frozen out by Jose Mourinho. He subsequently joined Fiorentina on loan, before completing a permanent move to AS Roma.

Mohamed Salah

Chelsea boss Lampard was teammates with the Liverpool star during his time in west London, and as reported by ?The Mirror, the 41-year-old believes that the array of attacking options at the Blues boss’ disposal was the cause of ?Salah’s downfall. 

“Unfortunately for Mo, it didn’t work out here but it is great credit to him. He went to Italy and then came back and now he’s a superstar,” said Lampard.

“As for his path, it’s hard to compare what might have been. The talent was obviously there.

“At the time, I think we had a lot of options in attacking areas. Number 10s, wingers, and he didn’t get as many opportunities for whatever reason, but yes, you could see the talent was there.”


Lampard was full of praise for Salah and the way he worked on his game after his Chelsea disappointment, helping him to become the superstar that he is today.

He added: ?”But the player that he is now, or that came back to ?Liverpool, I think you have to say huge credit is due. You don’t have to search for anything more than look at Mo himself.

“You have to say what professionalism and work ethic, to leave a club like ?Chelsea is not easy. People then cast you aside and say you won’t make it there. He went on to be the superstar he is now. It is completely credit to Mo himself.”


Lampard’s Chelsea side face Salah and Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, as the Reds look to continue their 100% start to the season.


Danny Drinkwater Nightclub Video Emerges in Latest Damaging Blow to Burnley Loan Star

On-loan Burnley midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who was recently involved in a nightclub brawl, is facing more humiliation after video footage of the incident emerged.

The former Premier League winning star, who is spending five months at Turf Moor on loan from Chelsea, hit the headlines after images of his bruised and battered face emerged at the end of August – the latest blow to an already faltering top-flight career.

Danny Drinkwater

Now, the Daily Star appear to have footage from the incident in Manchester that shows Drinkwater aiming a headbutt at fellow professional footballer Kgosi Ntlhe, who plays for Scunthorpe United.

The video shows Ntlhe initially holding Drinkwater in a headlock, reportedly because the 29-year-old was attempting to talk to his girlfriend. Punches from elsewhere aimed at the Burnley man can also be seen.

In an alleged unrelated incident later in the night, Drinkwater was attacked by six men outside of a nightclub, which resulted in ankle ligament damage, as well as a multitude of cuts and bruises.

Danny Drinkwater

A reported eyewitness told the newspaper: “..they were arguing for three minutes beforehand… this big crowd gathered around and started taking pictures.

“The rumour was Drinkwater had chatted up this other guy’s girl, and the two had it out. He was in a headlock for a bit, but then he broke free and headbutted him.”

The England midfielder was said to be ‘mortified’ by the incident, though ?Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who has been left to deal with the incident by Chelsea, refused to publicly condemn him when asked for his thoughts on the matter.

“They are human beings and people do get in scrapes. He’s old enough and wise enough to know you do whatever you can to try not to get into scrapes but sometimes it happens.

Sean Dyche

“He is part of us. We have to work with him and help him get realigned to where he was and where he wants to be.

“We have talked to him and the rest will remain private.”


6 Times English Clubs Went Above and Beyond (the Rules) to Gain an Advantage Off the Pitch

This beautiful game has been blessed with the mesmeric talents of players such as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But with the light must come the dark, and it’s also had its fair share of scandals to accompany it.

Whether it be tampering or spying, it’s fair to say there have been a fair few immoral measures taken by clubs and individuals alike. 

And following this weekend’s news that Liverpool paid £1m in a settlement with Manchester City after being accused of breaking into their scouting network, this feels like just the right time to delve into some of the more bizarre cases in the English game.

Leeds United (2019)

Ah, Spygate!

In January 2019, Marcelo Bielsa sent a member of his staff to Derby County’s training ground ahead of an upcoming clash between the two in the Championship.

Bielsa has a bit of a history for this sort of thing and the Argentine confirmed that he did indeed send a member to go and watch their next opponents. As a result of his wrongdoing, Leeds United were hit with a £200,000 fine.

Yikes, Marcelo. 

Oh, and the then Derby manager Frank Lampard didn’t take to this very well…

England vs USA (2019)

Phil Neville

The Women’s World Cup saw England in with a chance of going all the way. This, of course, didn’t happen – with the Lionesses eventually being knocked out by the United States in the semi-finals. 

However, there was bags of drama in the build up to the match – notably when two members of the USA staffing team were spotted walking through a private area of England’s hotel. The team immediately denied any spying or wrongdoing, but the controversy was there nonetheless. 

The following day, a man was spotted in the bushes above England’s training facilities. Security chased him but appeared unable to get to him. 

Coincidence? We’ll leave it up to you on that one.  

Liverpool (2013)


Liverpool and ?Manchester City have formed a fierce rivalry with one another over the past few seasons, with the two battling it out for the major honours. 

The pair are set to face off against each other in the Premier League on 10th November and it appears as though there will be another layer of tension and rivalry for the upcoming contest, following the recent news.

The scandal involved three former Manchester City employees who went on to join Liverpool’s scouting network, including the club’s current sporting director Michael Edwards. It was believed that the Reds accessed their rivals’ Scout7 database on ‘hundreds of occasions’ – with ?Liverpool ending up paying £1m in settlement.

You can check out the full story here. 

Chelsea (2005)

…Well if Lampard wasn’t happy about Bielsa’s actions against his old Derby side, then he won’t be a fan of this. 

Andre Villas Boas confirmed in 2011 that he had set up an Opponent Observation Department when working under Jose Mourinho with the Blues. He claimed that he would go out as a scout and visit other training grounds – and said that his work would allow Mourinho to know when an opposition player was at their strongest and weakest. 

Huddersfield Town (2004)

Following the infamous ‘spygate’ incident, footballers began to share their stories. Former Blackpool hero Gary Taylor-Fletcher was one of them who provided an interesting insight into one half-time team talk that was unexpectedly interrupted when he was playing for Lincoln City against Huddersfield in a Division Three play-off semi-final. 

Huddersfield’s kitman was up in the celling before one of the tiles cracked and fell under his weight and he tried to make a quick escape. Taylor-Fletcher later revealed that they didn’t report it ‘because there was not really as big a media coverage back then.’

Nice try, Brooky.  

Sheffield United (2001)

Neil Warnock

The enigmatic Neil Warnock is the centre of this one. Then-Burnley manager Stan Ternent accused Warnock of sending someone to listen in to a team-talk – in a match which ?Sheffield United won 2-0 to leave Burnley unable to reach the play-offs. 

Warnock vehemently denied any wrongdoing and even encouraged Ternent to report him. Whether it was all handbags or if there was truth to it, it’s clear the pair didn’t see eye-to-eye. 


Frank Lampard Admits Making Callum Hudson-Odoi Contract First Priority After Taking Chelsea Job

?Frank Lampard has admitted that he made Callum Hudson-Odoi’s future an immediate priority when he took the managerial reins at Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Chelsea legend revealed he contacted the Blues starlet as soon as he was appointed in July, to outline the significance of the 18-year-old’s role in his project.

Hudson-Odoi was the subject of a transfer tug of war between the west London club and German giants ?Bayern? Munich at the time, with the Bundesliga side (relatively) long-time admirers of the youngster.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

?Chelsea were desperate not to lose the academy product having already sanctioned the sale of talismanic attacker Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

According to reports, Hudson-Odoi was very close to accepting the Bavarians’ offer, but it seems Lampard’s appointment may have played a part in changing his mind.

Addressing the media ahead of Chelsea’s clash with ?Liverpool on Sunday, Lampard said: “As soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware I want him to be part of the plans. The only conversations I had with him were not persuasion, it was how I see it at the club.

“He’s a young lad who has come through the academy here. The club has worked hard with him. He has worked hard to get one foot in the first team. Then it was away from me slightly in terms of the club dealing with the contract itself, but I wanted to make it clear I wanted him at the club because I believe in his talent.”

The new Chelsea boss continued: “Now the five-year contract is signed is when the hard work really starts for him. 

“He has got everything in front of him. We know the talent he has, he has shown his talent on occasions when he has had his opportunity, but I think there is a lot more. It’s pure hard work getting there.”

Lampard insisted the winger – who has returned to full fitness after an Achilles injury towards the end of last season – has the ability to break into his starting plans alongside fellow academy products Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.

Mason Mount,Tammy Abraham

He added: “Hopefully Callum can look at the other younger players around him that are getting their opportunities.

“They have deserved them because they worked so hard in pre-season. That is a nice thing for him to see, and hopefully be hungry for, and now it’s signed and sealed we can put that to bed and get to work.”


Frank Lampard & Marina Granovskaia Back Callum Hudson-Odoi to Justify New Chelsea Deal

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and club director Marina Granovskaia have offered a glowing report on Callum Hudson-Odoi, explaining why he has earned his new deal at the club.

The youngster put pen to paper on a sizeable £120,000-a-week deal at Stamford Bridge on Thursday and, as quoted by the Express, the Chelsea big-wigs have now revealed why the 18-year-old is more than worthy of such a salary.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

“Callum showed last season just what a thrilling talent he is,” Granovskaia said. “We are delighted he has committed to Chelsea and we are all excited about the prospect of seeing him continue to blossom in the years ahead. The club has already been rewarded this season by some brilliant performances from our young Academy graduates.

“And Callum’s new contract guarantees Frank has another outstanding prospect at his disposal.”

The gaffer echoed her thoughts, adding: “I have seen Callum come through and he’s a fantastic talent. He is going to be central for us on the pitch and that is the opportunity in front of him now.

“There are things as a young player that he will want to improve but he can be central to this team and for England. I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward and I want to improve him as a player.”

He ended with an affirmation that Hudson-Odoi can become a true great, explaining: “Callum can show, right here at ?Chelsea, the club he came through the Academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player because I truly believe that.”

As for the man of the hour, he was equally glowing, admitting: “It’s an amazing feeling. It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.

“I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well.

“As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.”