Here are your Chelsea evening headlines for Sunday, 27 September.
Academy players give Lampard something to ponder
There was something ironic about watching Chelsea’s comeback in the 3-3 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Because for all the signings over the course of the transfer window, it was three academy players who rescued a point at The Hawthorns, with Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham all on the scoresheet.
Football.london’s Chelsea correspondent Oliver Harbord points out that there have been question marks, with the new signings such as Kai Havertz and Timo Werner coming in, about where the academy players would fit in.
He writes: “What the comeback draw with West Brom proved was the role the academy players still have to play even with the big spending this summer.
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“Havertz and Werner are obviously still finding their feet in English football, and those who were part of the squad last season will play a huge part.
“And they made sure they didn’t let Frank Lampard forget that yesterday.”
Shearer: Chelsea “nowhere near good enough”
Alan Shearer believes Chelsea’s defensive record away from home must improve if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.
Despite claiming a top-four finish last season, there were question marks over the Blues’ defending as they conceded 54 goals – the most of any side in the top 10.
Lampard has brought in the experienced Thiago Silva on a free transfer and also signed left-back Ben Chilwell.
The former made his Premier League debut in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against West Brom, but made an error as the Blues trailed 3-0 at the break.
“They’ve kept one clean sheet in 21 away games under Frank Lampard and a lot of times Kepa has taken flack for that, rightly so, and he was left out today,…