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England Under-21s manager Aidy Boothroyd hopes that he gets to see more of Callum Hudson-Odoi, even if it might be wishful thinking.
Loanee's return could prove an asset for Chelsea – Opinion – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Rumours have been circulating that Victor Moses is keen to return to Stamford Bridge in January. The Nigerian is currently on loan at Turkish Super Liga club Fenerbache.
No Turkish delight
The ex-Crystal Palace man joined The Yellow Canaries in January on a 18-month loan deal. However, despite being a regular fixture in the starting XI at the back-end of last season, this season his performances have been few and far between.
This has led to Turkish Daily Fanatik, claiming the wide man wants to head back to West-London during the upcoming transfer window.
Chelsea are currently serving a well publicised transfer ban that leaves The Blues unable to sign players until next summer.
Third time lucky
The Nigerian international joined Chelsea in 2012 from Wigan Athletic. His Blues career started well as he played a huge part in Chelsea’s Europa League success, scoring five times in 10-appearances.
However, the return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge saw Moses shipped out on a series of loans. Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United became temporary homes for the Nigerian.
With his Chelsea career looking all but done, the appointment of Antonio Conte led to Moses returning to the fold. The Italian saw something a little different in Moses, playing him as a wing-back.
Premier League title success followed, and FA Cup glory the following season. Maurizio Sarri moving into the Stamford Bridge hot-seat left Moses back at square one. Sarri-ball didn’t operate with wing-backs and a frustrated Moses soon made the move to Turkey. A return would in effect be a third spell at Stamford Bridge for the 28-year-old.
The report states Moses feels he still has something to offer for Chelsea. Still under contract until 2021, the ex-Wigan winger played alongside Frank Lampard, and The Blues boss is thought to rate him.
Versatility is the key
In all fairness Moses would add versatility to the Chelsea squad. Having started out primarily as a winger, Moses has also been used as a forward.
But would it really hurt to add a someone who is familiar with his surroundings to act as a squad player? His previously mentioned versatility could give The Blues further options. Frank Lampard has not been afraid to switch formations, using wing-backs at times.
Injuries have been an issue at Stamford Bridge this season. Surely Moses could play his part if needed.
Some may feel Moses chances at Stamford Bridge have come and gone. Competition for places is strong, and The Blues could yet cash in when they can when you consider the time left on his contract, and his age.
It is Chelsea away on Saturday, the first game after a bleak international break fortnight and three weeks since the last away trip.
However, despite this Newcastle United can’t shift their allocation of tickets.
I have criticised the daft decisions when Newcastle refused to take the full away allocations for Norwich and especially Leicester.
However, on this occasion you can’t blame NUFC for sending tickets back to Chelsea.
The West London club revealing on Monday that they had extra tickets for sale after returns came back in from Newcastle.
Even despite those returns, the Newcastle United official ticketing website is still showing 218 tickets still for sale, only four days ahead of the match.
People might find this a bit strange, especially when it is a rare 3pm on a Saturday afternoon away game.
However, Chelsea has never been one of the most popular London away venues for whatever reason(s) so that may play some part.
Also, Chelsea have insisted that Newcastle’s away allocation can’t be put on sale to the NUFC general public, only season ticket holders and members.
However, whilst that will stop some and inconvenience many, the simple fact is that the majority of Newcastle away fans at a typical London away game are our supporters living down south, people used to relying on friends/family in the north east (and elsewhere) to get hold of tickets if they themselves aren’t members or season ticket holders.
Price isn’t really a serious issue now for your regular or even irregular away attender, with the £30 cap on away ticket prices. I remember some 25 years ago going to Stamford Bridge when they had put away prices up to an outrageous £25 and they kept going up and up from there, until this recent away price cap in the Premier League.
You can’t get away from the Mike Ashley factor because if it is affecting the attendances at St James Park, why wouldn’t it then affect the enthusiasm for some/many to go to away games.
The owner has drained so much enjoyment and enthusiasm out of supporting our club, there are bound to be casualties (in terms of fans just wondering why they should bother – especially worrying if you then look further ahead if ex-pats aren’t brainwashing their kids into the black and white faith to the same degree).
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Italy boss Roberto Mancini praised Italy’s second-half improvement as they booked their place in the Euro 2020 finals with a 2-0 victory over Greece.
Didier Deschamps admitted France had needed to dig deep after taking another step towards Euro 2020 with a hard-fought win in Iceland.
A 2-1 reverse in the Czech Republic means England have lost their first European Championship or World Cup qualifying match since October 2009.