Chelsea youngsters proving the doubters wrong

first_imgTammy Abraham and Mason Mount have been in great formThere’s an old Irish proverb that says, ‘praise the young and they will flourish’, and Chelsea’s young players certainly deserve some acclaim for their performances in the opening weeks of this Premier League season. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all made their mark in some way so far this campaign, and their achievements in breaking into the first team at one of the league’s biggest clubs speaks volumes of the determination, and quality, of each. Abraham has enjoyed a veritable goal-rush in the first few weeks of the campaign, and his recent hat-trick away at Wolverhampton Wanderers felt like a Premier League coming-of-age for the young striker, who has performed admirably in the Championship in the last couple of seasons. Mount, who excelled at Derby County last season, has brought a youthful flair to Frank Lampard’s attack – his direct and purposeful style causing countless problems for Premier League defences. Tomori, who also spent last season on loan at Pride Park, has begun to find his feet at the highest level, and scored a screamer at Molineux to ensure that his name will be on the lips of Chelsea’s fans in games to come.Abraham has looked the part up frontAfter that 5-2 victory over Wolves, there was a beautiful shot of the three men walking off the pitch together, arm in arm. Afterwards, Abraham gave an insight into their conversation after the game: “We were discussing how we’ve all scored in the same game for Chelsea. We’ve dreamt of that since we were little boys, and we made it happen today.” The success of the Blues’ youth academy products has been heart-warming, and an antidote to the big-money, big-expectation nature of some of the Premier League’s top six clubs’ recruitment policies. The progression of Abraham, Mount and Tomori so far has seemed to teach a valuable lesson that promoting young talent can still yield results at big clubs. While there is a long way to go for those three to fully prove that assertion, the early signs are extremely encouraging. Of course, to view the opportunities afforded to Chelsea’s young players as solely a matter of choice or philosophy would be to ignore other significant factors. The transfer ban currently imposed on the club for breaching FIFA rules over the signing of foreign under-18 players has played a part in presenting first team chances to the likes of Abraham, Mount and Tomori. After losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid in the summer, Chelsea were unable to reinvest that cash in the transfer market, and have had to depend on their returning loanees to bolster the squad.Injuries, too, have played a part. With club stalwart Willian remaining side-lined, that has given Mount the chance to claim a spot in Chelsea’s attacking areas. An injury to Antonio Rudiger has also allowed Tomori the chance to fill in at centre-half.Lampard has shown faith in Chelsea’s youngstersHowever, the opportunity to play first-team football for Chelsea is only that – an opportunity. Abraham, Mount and Tomori have grabbed their chances with both hands and performed at, and beyond, the level required of top level Premier League footballers. They have not shied away from the spotlight, rather they have flourished beneath it, and put to shame other players in the league who have been brought in for millions. Caution must be taken in describing any of those three young players as the finished article. That is far from true, and there will undoubtedly be mistakes and disappointing performances as they develop. What’s important is that Chelsea keep faith in their youth, and although Premier League title odds will cast them as outsiders, it is vital to back their youngsters through thick and thin. As in all aspects of life, we learn through our mistakes, and Chelsea’s young talent must be allowed to learn from theirs. Lampard seems the right man to help them along. Whatever he lacks in managerial experience, he perhaps makes up for with his knowledge of the club, and his knowledge of what it takes to perform at a consistently high level for Chelsea. He is said to be an excellent man-manager, and this aspect will be key in aiding the development of Abraham, Mount and Tomori. While there has been a certain haphazard quality to Chelsea’s performances in the opening weeks of the Premier League season, there are definitely signs that Lampard is sowing seeds of progress at the west London club. Chelsea must afford him time to learn and develop, just as he must afford Abraham and Mount the same. At a club where change has been the only constant over the last ten years, perhaps the time has come to fully embrace youth and lay the foundations for a period of stability. Abraham, Mount and Tomori have proved so far this season that there is value in trusting youth, whether it’s a young player or a young manager. They have shown that trust and faith bear fruit on the pitch, and that future club legends perhaps need not cost millions of pounds. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoTettyBettyThese Are the Best Guitarists of All-time, Ranked. 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Gauteng hospitals get maintenance help

first_img2 November 2012A team of professionals responsible for maintenance of all equipment will now be stationed at four hospitals in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Infrastructure Development MEC Qedani Mahlangu announced in Johannesburg on Wednesday.Mahlangu said the teams – to be stationed at the Charlotte Maxeke and Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospitals in Johannesburg, and the Steve Biko Academic and Dr George Mukhari Hospitals in Pretoria – will include mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as quantity and supporting artisans.“They will be responsible for maintaining all equipment, conducting preventative maintenance, drafting specifications and project scoping,” she said.Progress in infrastructure and maintenanceMahlangu did an inspection on three facilities, including the massive Chris Hani Baragwanath, which is currently undergoing infrastructure upgrades.The inspection at Chris Hani Baragwanath and Charlotte Maxeke was followed by a visit to Zola/Jabulani Hospital in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg, which is due to be completed early next year.The aim of the inspection was to check the progress made regarding infrastructure and maintenance in the hospitals.During her visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath, Mahlangu checked the progress in the building of a new ICU ward, chillers, boilers, lifts and generators.“I’m comfortable. It’s all systems go, especially at the ICU. Doctors resting rooms have been improved and patients would be moved to a new ICU ward on 15 November 2012,” she said.“Out of four boilers, two are working and sufficient to deliver services, the other two, which are currently not working, will be fixed by the end of next week.”Natural gas is also scheduled to be installed and used in the hospitals next year.Monitoring of deadlinesRegarding the problem of lifts not working at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, Mahlangu explained that the problem was due to the shortage of manufacturers but promised to meet with them to find a solution.“I’m pleased we are doing the work and confident that the timelines are there. I will monitor if the deadlines [for repairs and new buildings under way] have been met,” she said.She acknowledged that they have also experienced several challenges in the construction of Jabulani Hospital, with some delays related to the payment of the contractors, but said they are committed to resolving these matters.Earlier this year, the department reached an agreement with the provincial Health Department for minor maintenance functions to be transferred to the hospitals’ chief executive officers in order to address turnaround times.Together with the allocated budget, the CEO’s will be responsible for purchasing material and managing maintenance for minor work under R1-million.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

More exits from Himachal Congress

first_imgIn another jolt to the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, Rajinder Malangar, son of the former Deputy Speaker Ram Dass Malangar, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, along with his supporters, in the Kutlehar constituency in Una.On Thursday, Chetan Parmar, a prominent leader of Sirmaur and grandson of the first Himachal Chief Minister Y.S. Parmar, also joined the BJP. Kush Parmar (father of Chetan Parmar) was a five-time Congress MLA and is still active in the State politics. The family was feeling ignored. Anil Sharma, son of veteran Congress leader Sukhram and a sitting Cabinet minister in the Virbhadra government, had also joined the BJP after being allegedly slighted by the Chief Minister. Prominent leader of Kangra, Major (retd.) Vijay Singh Mankotia has parted ways with the Congress and is fighting independently from Sahapur. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s brother-in-law Vikram Sen and his wife, Jayoti Sen, who is now a BJP candidate from Kusumpati, left the Congress a few days ago. Calling the Congress a sinking ship, sitting Nahan MLA and BJP vice-president Rajiv Bindal organised a welcome function for Mr. Parmar.last_img read more

Stones hurled at MP CM Chouhan’s vehicle in Sidhi

first_imgMiscreants threw stones on the vehicle carrying Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is touring the State ahead of Assembly elections, in Churhat area near Sidhi district, a police official said. Mr. Chouhan was not hurt in the incident, Churhat Police Inspector Ram Babu Choudhari told PTI over phone. He did not give any more information, saying he was busy discharging his duties at a public meeting of the chief minister in the district. Stones were hurled at Mr. Chouhan’s vehicle in Churhat area — which is the Assembly constituency of Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh, Madhya Pradesh BJP spokesman Rajnish Agrawal said.Churhat is about 25 km from the district headquarters. Later addressing a public meeting in the district as part of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, Mr. Chouhan dared Mr. Singh to come in the open and fight with him. “Ajay Singh, if you have strength come in open and fight with me,” he said.“I am physically weak but I won’t be bogged down by your deeds. People of the state are with me,” he added. In a press release, Mr. Singh said no Congressman was involved in the stone-pelting incident. He said his party does not follow the culture of violence. “I suspect that it was a well thought and hatched conspiracy aimed at defaming me and people of Churhat,” he added. Mr. Chouhan is touring the State in a bus modified as a chariot.last_img read more