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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Sharks hold off Avalanche in Game 7, advance to face Blues

first_imgJoe Pavelski had a goal and an … [vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/09/bang_f46da4fd-468d-44c1-b868-8718fdd79024″](CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — The Sharks didn’t need a miraculous comeback Wednesday. They just had to hold on.And after the drama that unfolded at SAP Center two weeks ago, the Sharks had another heart-stopper in Game 7 of their second round series against the Colorado Avalanche.They found a way once again.last_img

Ohio commodity groups staying busy at Commodity Classic

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ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong

first_img“My image of the last match was Gina getting some points with her boxing, and me with my ground game,” she stated “It was back and forth, but all of my team thought I won.”Both fighters have vastly improved since their last match and Yamaguchi is well aware of Iniong’s power.“Gina has a really good right hand she throws, and she is strong and physical. I am better with the ground game and improved more in my boxing skills compared to our previous match,” she said.Yamaguchi is confident enough to guarantee that this time, she will get her hands raised in victory.“It is going to end early. It will be a clear finish by me. It is going to be a knockout,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPSINGAPORE—It may not have been the title match she had initially prepared for, but Mei Yamaguchi’s upcoming bout against Filipino fighter Gina Iniong was something she had hoped to happen again a long time.The last time these two fighters met in 2014, Yagamuchi went home with the seventh loss—a split decision—of her career.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Now the Japanese martial artist  gets a shot at revenge when they clash in ONE: Immortal Pursuit on Friday at Singapore Indoor stadium here.“I was glad that Gina answered ‘yes’ to the match on the Singapore card with me,” said Yamaguchi. “I have always looked for a chance for revenge. It is the perfect moment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutYamaguchi was supposed to challenge ONE Atomweight Champion Angela Lee for the belt, but the Singaporean star met a car accident two weeks before their scheduled title fight.Iniong, a native of Baguio City, was tapped a replacement just 14 days after her last bout in Manila, but she is ready as ever to try to repeat over one of the top Atomweight fighters in the continent. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’ PLAY LIST 01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoSACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMoreno Longo has been sacked by Frosinone.The Serie A minnows announced the dismissal of Longo this morning.Along with Longo, the coach’s backroom staff are also sacked with immediate effect.Frosinone are currently second from bottom of the Serie A table, five points from safety. last_img

10 days agoHarry Redknapp regrets missing out on Liverpool job

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Harry Redknapp regrets missing out on Liverpool jobby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp admits he regrets missing out on the Liverpool job.Former Tottenham manager Redknapp has revealed how he would have loved a chance to stand in the Anfield dugout as the Reds’ manager.”If I had one club I’d loved to have managed it would have been Liverpool. I loved them,” he told the Daily Mail. “I can see them winning the league this year. Give them the title and give it to them now. “I’ve had a big bet and I think the bookmakers should pay me out!” last_img

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Aug. 14———CANADA OUTLINES NAFTA GOALS: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has given Canadians a look at their government’s strategy as it prepares to go nose-to-nose with the country’s biggest trading partner in crucial NAFTA talks. Freeland laid out Ottawa’s core objectives Monday, two days before negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement are to begin. The Canadian list, far shorter than the one released last month by the United States, sets out about a half-dozen goals that involve playing both offence and defence. They include a push for more access to government procurement, improved mobility for professionals and protecting Canadian rights to supply management.———CANADA BRINING FEMINISM TO NAFTA TALKS: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the Liberal government would like to see a chapter on gender included in the new North American Free Trade Agreement. Freeland said Monday the fact U.S. President Donald Trump worked with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on an initiative to support women entrepreneurs is a sign the White House would be open to such a thing. But she also pointed to the gender chapter in the free trade deal with Chile as a precedent-setting example.———2 CANADIANS AMONG DEAD IN BURKINA FASO ATTACK: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says two Canadians were among 18 people killed in a suspected extremist attack on a popular restaurant in Burkina Faso. The incident happened late Sunday when suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the country’s capital. Local authorities say other foreigners killed include two Kuwaitis and one person each from France, Senegal, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, which continued into the early hours Monday.———STUNT DRIVER DIES ON VANCOUVER FILM SET: A female stunt driver working on the movie “Deadpool 2” has died after a crash on a set for the film in downtown Vancouver. Police say the driver was on a motorcycle when the crash occurred on the movie set on Monday morning. Police say they have officers at the scene and investigators with WorkSafeBC, the provincial workplace safety agency, are also looking into the crash. Deadpool, a Marvel Comics superhero, is played by Vancouver-born actor Ryan Reynolds.———RALLY IN TORONTO PROTESTS CHARLOTTESVILLE VIOLENCE: Dozens of demonstrators gathered in downtown Toronto Monday morning to stand in solidarity with victims of the weekend violence in Virginia that killed one woman and injured 19 people. Many of them held signs decrying racism as they stood opposite the American consulate to express their opposition to white supremacists. “White supremacy is terrorism,” one sign said. The gathering came two days after a car plowed through a group of people in Charlottesville, Va., as they were protesting a white supremacist rally. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, is charged with second-degree murder and other counts.———HALIFAX WEATHERMAN FINDS SCORPION IN BANANAS: A weatherman says he got more than he bargained for during a recent trip to a Costco in Halifax after finding what appeared to be a live scorpion in a bag of bananas. Nathan Coleman, a reporter for The Weather Network, said he was unloading groceries when his 11-year-old daughter spotted something squirming in a plastic bag. Coleman said he double-bagged the arachnid and drove to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, where it has been jarred for observation. Costco did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.———SHAPAVALOV RISES IN RANKINGS AFTER ROGERS CUP: An unexpected run to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup has rocketed Canada’s newest tennis star up the world rankings. Denis Shapovalov improved from 143rd to 67th in Monday’s updated ATP singles rankings. The 18-year-old left-hander from Richmond Hill, Ont., introduced himself to Canada last week with an exhilarating performance at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that included a victory over top-seeded Spanish legend Rafael Nadal. He lost to fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in Saturday’s semifinals.———BUSINESSES RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT ONTARIO LABOUR REFORM: A business coalition says the Ontario government’s plan for major labour reforms would have significant side effects that would put 185,000 jobs at risk. The economic analysis commissioned by the Keep Ontario Working Coalition found that Ontario businesses stand to take a $23-billion hit within two years of the implementation of Bill 148, largely due to a minimum wage increase. The coalition said the changes proposed in the bill would force employers to find creative ways to cut costs, such as hiring less and increasing automation.———STUDY INDICATES PESTICIDE HARMING BUMBLEBEE COLONIES: A new study from an Ontario researcher suggests a widely used pesticide is placing bumblebee populations at an increased risk of extinction. Nigel Raine, an environmental science professor at the University of Guelph, discovered that thiamethoxam, a major neonicotinoid found in agricultural crops throughout the world, reduced the chances of bumblebee queens starting new colonies by more than a quarter. Raine said research indicates bumblebee queens that were exposed to the pesticide were 26 per cent less likely to lay eggs to start a colony.———GIRL KILLED IN RESTAURANT ATTACK IN FRANCE: French police say an 8-year-old girl was killed and at least five people were injured when a driver slammed his car into the sidewalk cafe of a pizza restaurant in a small town east of Paris. An official with the national gendarme service said the driver was arrested soon after the incident Monday night in the town of Sept-Sorts. The official said it is unclear whether the act was deliberate. The official was not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.———last_img read more

Inter turn their attention to Rafinha

first_imgInter have accepted Luka Modric is out of reach and turned their attention to Barcelona midfielder Rafinha.Rafinha spent last season as a loaned player at Inter. The Italians wanted to keep him, but were unable to collect the €40 million Barcelona requested in order to make the deal permanent. As a result, he went back to Catalonia and even started in the team’s 2-1 Spanish Super Cup victory over Sevilla last night.After much talk about a potential move for Luka Modric, Inter have finally come to terms with reality. In the search for alternatives, Rafinha is on top of the list (Football Espana). The Brazilian started 12 out of 17 games for Internazionale after coming over in January.Stay focused✔️ pic.twitter.com/T839nXhqmQ— Rafinha Alcantara (@Rafinha) July 23, 2018Barella shows patience as Inter and Cagliari bicker over deal Taimoor Khan – July 2, 2019 Inter Milan are keen on signing Nicolo Barella this summer but it appears that Cagliari are more open to doing business with Roma instead.Nicolo…The deal being discussed at the moment also involves an initial loan, with an option to make it permanent next summer. In a recent interview (Calcio Mercato), Rafinha expressed the wish to continue his career in Inter.“I spent some splendid months at Inter, and I would have liked to continue playing there, I’d like to return there but I am a Barcelona player now.” “My objective is to play, any player would want to play. I don’t know if this will be here or elsewhere but I want to play.”Rafinha Alcantara would be a great addition for Inter Milan (albeit not as good as Modric). The Nerrazzuri have Brozovic, Nainggolan, Vecino and Borja Valero in midfield, but neither of them is capable of playing in an advanced midfield role as Rafinha is.last_img read more

Liverpool lack of killer instinct – Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his team’s lack of killer instinct contributed to their disappointing home loss to Chelsea.The Merseyside club were defeated 2-1 on home soil by Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup ending Liverpool’s run of eight consecutive victories across all competitions.Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds the lead with a lovely acrobatic effort but two goals in the space of 11 minutes, including a brilliant solo effort from Eden Hazard, ensured the Blues would advance to the fourth round draws which takes place on Saturday night.Despite being disappointed with the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt his team should have sealed the win, with Daniel Sturridge hitting the crossbar when the scores were tied at 1-1.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We had the chances to finish it,” Klopp said, according to Sky Sports, with Liverpool set to visit Stamford Bridge for a Premier League rematch on Saturday.”“We hit the crossbar and had a few interesting balls, but they scored twice and we scored only once.”“We knew how Chelsea wanted to play but we gave them too much space and weren’t compact enough. We still had the bigger chances in the first half.”“This is good preparation for Saturday but we have to defend better.”last_img read more

Board Of Fish To Discuss Turbidity Issues With KenaiSoldotna Advisory Committee

first_imgRuffner will be presenting at the Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, March 1. Last week the City of Kenai submitted a letter in response to the Kenai River Special Management Advisory Committees letter to the ADEC, an ordinance will be introduced at the Soldotna City Council tomorrow night to submit their own response as well. Ruffner will conduct a presentation to discuss the Kenai River water turbidity issues. He spoke to the Kenai City Council in January and stated that the proposal to list the Kenai River  is simply asking “are we making water muddier then we should be as associated with boat traffic?” According to Ruffner turbidity happens naturally, and is not “the end of the world”: “Muddy water can be bad for fish, recreation, or if you take that water and use it for drinking. So, turbidity in the river that we have been measuring over the past decade or so is not one of those things that screams that the sky is falling.” The Kenai/Soldotna Advisory Committee meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association building, located at 40610 K-Beach Road in Soldotna.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In addition to the Cities of Kenai and Soldotna, Robert Ruffner with the Board of Fisheries is speaking out regarding the turbidity report released for the Kenai River by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Report: http://dec.alaska.gov/water/wqsar/waterbody/integratedreport.htm.https://dec.alaska.gov/water/wqsar/…/2014-2016-ir-kenai-river-factsheet-final.pdf Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Ruffner-speaking-to-AC-meeting.mp3VmJennifer-on-Ruffner-speaking-to-AC-meeting.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more