Rounding up the day’s miscellaneous Chelsea info
The Blues are still working hard in Seattle ahead of tomorrow night’s preseason friendly against the Sounders. If you’re a Chelsea fan living in the Seattle vicinity you’d be crazy not to attend the team’s open-to-the-public training session at CenturyLink Field tonight at 6:00. It’s free of charge!
Player news and rumors today include the possibility of Fulham acquiring Romelu Lukaku on loan for the season. I would frown on that move. After much hype surrounding his signing last season, Chelsea didn’t give the 19-year-old much of a shot. Though he’s below Torres and Sturridge on the depth chart, I’d like to see what he could do. Let’s face it, we still don’t know which Torres will show up this season, so the club could potentially use a tall, strong, hungry striker like Lukaku.
Another 19-year-old, Josh McEachran, is supposedly meeting with Di Matteo this week to discuss his role (or potential lack of a role) in the lineup this season. McEachran is a tricky case because he has tons of potential (his passing and positioning abilities are fantastic) but he’s still green, and it’s hard to see him getting many minutes in Chelsea’s currently stacked midfield. You don’t want to let a guy like that slip away, but how do you incorporate him enough to keep him content while he continues maturing? Loaning him out for another season may be the best option to keep him in the fold while getting him the top-level match experience he needs.
Several news outlets are reporting the deal for Oscar the Brazilian wonder kid has been finalized. Still no official word from Chelsea FC though.
On the rumor front, rumblings have resumed that Chelsea are after Napoli’s striker Edinson Cavani. Could be an interesting move. He certainly terrorized Chelsea’s defense in the Champions League last season. If this deal happens however, my bet is Lukaku will have to pack his bags for Craven Cottage.
Finally, Frank Lampard was a guest on Dan Patrick’s radio show today. It was a fun interview covering an array of topics from Beckham’s Olympic snub to Wayne Rooney’s hair plugs. You can listen to the whole segment here…
What should Chelsea do with Lukaku and McEachran? Does Chelsea need Cavani?