Chelsea Loan Star Mason Mount Defiant Over First Team Prospects Despite Discouraging Youth Stats

?Chelsea loan star Mason Mount has been speaking about his prospects of breaking into the Blues’ first team, dismissing the club’s discouraging amount of youth success stories.

The 19-year-old is one of a number of youngsters contracted to the west Londoners to have been loaned out for the 2018/19 campaign – plying his trade for the time being with the Dutch Eredivisie’s VSB Vitesse.

The Portsmouth-born midfielder has been going along nicely in the Netherlands, making 16 appearances in the league and scoring six goals so far.

Mount has also made his Europa League bow this season which is bound to be a good thing for his swift development, something that the player himself reckons will carry him into the first team at Stamford Bridge.

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He said, via Dutch publications ?NOS: “My goal was and is to make the first team [at Chelsea]. My dad told me: ‘Son, you realise [John] Terry’s the only youth player who made the first team in the last 20 years?’ So I told him: ‘Then I’ll be the next’.”

Chelsea’s neglect of promising youth players over the years has certainly been well-documented, and news of players leaving the club to embark on a loan spell is usually greeted these days with frustration rather than optimism.

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Since Terry, only Ruben Loftus-Cheek has shown any real sign of perhaps making the first team, but it’ll remain to be seen how he gets on with breaking into the first team next season once he returns from his stint with Crystal Palace – especially with the club having signed Danny Drinkwater and most recently Ross Barkley.

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Olivier Giroud Reveals the 2 Reasons He Left Arsenal & Which Clubs He Turned Down for Chelsea

?Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that both the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal and the words of France international coach Didier Deschamps were behind his recent move to Stamford Bridge, but also that west London was not his only choice. 

The 31-year-old made his deadline day move to the Blues from the Emirates Stadium for a fee believed to be around £18m in the hope to revive his season following a string of substitute appearances in north London.

The Frenchman’s lack of game time was expected to prove costly in his bid to secure a place in his national side’s squad ahead of the World Cup this summer, however he now hopes that after taking Les Blues coach Deschamps’ advice to leave the Gunners, that Antonio Conte’s outfit will prove to be the correct choice, despite a number of others also being on the table. 

“A week before the end of the transfer window, I needed to hear his (Deschamps’) opinion”, Giroud told his home nation news outlet ?Telefoot. 

“He didn’t encourage me to join Chelsea. But he encouraged me to change clubs.

“Dortmund were interested but for a loan deal. There was Sevilla and my agent also received a phone call from Roma. But my choice was quite clear and obvious when I knew that Antonio Conte wanted to work with me.

“There are two central strikers at Chelsea. There will be good competition between us.”

Part of the clarity in his decision to leave Arsenal was the arrival of Aubameyang, who, when added to summer signing Alexandre Lacazette, meant that Giroud was expected to be third choice striker for a role where boss Arsene Wenger usually sits one. 

“I had wanted to stay at Arsenal to try my luck even when Alex Lacazette arrived”, he added. 

“The reality is that the coach (Arsene Wenger) wanted to recruit another central striker (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang).

“When he signed, that made three central strikers and that is why I decided to leave.

“It was logical to give my career a new direction. There was a bit of disappointment even if I spent five magnificent years there.

“I could have stayed but I needed a back-up plan. I wanted to stay in the Premier League and Chelsea was a great opportunity for me.”


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Chelsea Reportedly Earmark West Ham Loanee Joe Hart as Potential Replacement for Thibaut Courtois

??Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing ?Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the summer, with the Englishman set to be a replacement for Thibaut Courtois.

According to ?the Sun, the Blues have earmarked the current ?West Ham goalkeeper as a potential replacement for Courtois ?who himself admitted that he could one day return to Spain. 

?Real Madrid have been reported as keen admirers of the Belgian, and with the current Los Blancos squad in dire straits a massive change in personnel is expected in the summer. 

Hart began the season as the number one at the Hammers, however in recent months the Englishman has found himself playing second fiddle to fellow goalkeeper Adrian. Barring a calamitous mistake from Adrian, it is unlikely that Hart will return to the starting lineup anytime soon – which could see the Englishman miss out on a place at the World Cup.

The news of Hart coming in will not please the Blues fans one bit, especially after their activity in the January transfer window. Such players like Ashley Barnes and Peter Crouch were linked to a move to Stamford Bridge in January, which led to fans seriously questioning the actions of their beloved football club. 

Now that Hart is said to be coming in as number one, a backlash is expected from the Chelsea fans, and they have every right to. Chelsea should not be going for a keeper who is warming the bench at a mid-table Premier League side, they should be striving for the best goalkeepers in the world.

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Conte’s Headache Worsens as Midfielder Reportedly Suffers Hamstring Injury Ahead of Watford Clash

Stricken Premier League champions Chelsea could be heading into their match against Watford with yet another player unavailable, with the Telegraph reporting that Ross Barkley has possibly suffered a hamstring injury ahead of Monday’s clash.

The English midfielder joined the Blues from Everton last month for £15m, having gone up to that point without playing a single minute due to serious hamstring issues. And it is still unclear whether this latest injury is related or not.

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Chelsea’s medical staff will assess the player ahead of the trip to Watford in order to determine whether or not he is indeed injured, per the report.

Antonio Conte will be unable to call on Alvaro Morata and Andreas Christensen, while Willian is also in need of an assessment before being thrust back into the squad after suffering a thigh injury last month. 

New signings Olivier Giroud and Emerson Palmieri are described as lacking match fitness by the Italian manager and there’s no telling if they’ll feature.

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The Telegraph are also claiming that Conte is under scrutiny by the club as a result of the many injuries in the squad this season. 

Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Morata have all fallen victim to tweaked hamstrings so far. And it is suspected that his refusal to alter his training methods, given the Blues fixture congestion, could be the reason for the number of problems in the squad.

Of course, the lack of squad depth is more likely to be the culprit, but the Italian’s detractors would rather have it the other way around.


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Peter Crouch Jokes About January Interest From Chelsea and Oliver Giroud Comparisons

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has comically described Chelsea’s latest attacking signing, Olivier Giroud, as the ‘second best-looking target man’ in the Premier League after the Blues completed a deadline day move to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were in the hunt for a target man throughout the January transfer window and had even been linked with a shock move for Crouch. 

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However, the former Liverpool and Tottenham striker confirmed that the rumours were “all speculation” and has praised Chelsea’s decision to sign Giroud from their London rivals.

So there I was, sat at home a couple of weeks ago when my phone started to beep and I heard I was trending on Twitter,” Crouch wrote in a column for the Daily Mail. “I didn’t expect to see my name linked with Chelsea but that was the situation. It was all speculation, I suppose.

“There was never any strong interest. I heard Antonio Conte quite likes me as a player but I was only ever concentrating on Stoke. I didn’t expect anything to happen and, as it turns out, Chelsea have gone on to make a great signing.

I’ve always admired Olivier Giroud. He is France’s No 9, he’s been to the World Cup and the Euros and worn that shirt with distinction. He’s a top striker and maybe he didn’t get as many chances as he deserved at Arsenal.

He was one of the best signings of the window. He is good technically, strong and great in the air. I’d go as far as to say they got themselves the division’s second best-looking target man!”

Giroud could make his Chelsea debut on Monday when the Blues travel across London to face Watford. The 31-year-old has featured against the Hornets five times but has claimed victory over them on just two occasions.

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