12pm Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Ben Chilwell injury updates, Declan Rice latest, David Alaba competition, Emerson loan

CHELSEA moved into fifth position after a comfortable 3-0 win over West Ham.

But victory came at a price with Ben Chilwell limping off early on in the game.

Follow all the latest from the Bridge below…

  • Craig Mahood

    MOTM

    As voted by Chelsea fans. Who else could it have been?

  • Craig Mahood

    ABRAHAM 'PRESSURE' TO SCORE GOALS

    Tammy Abraham has been likened to Roberto Firmino in only being viewed for his goals and not contribution to team, by Gary Neville.

    Neville admitted he was impressed with the Englishman but understands he needs to add goals to his game to get the recognition he really deserves.

    He told Sky Sports: "He’s got to get 12-15 goals, the pressure will come on him when they say Chelsea need a goalscorer.

    "I know they’ve got Werner who can score from wide areas but when the centre-forward isn’t scoring 15 to 20 goals a season, he’ll come under pressure. He’s got to get those goals early in the season.

    "He could be like Firmino at Liverpool, who sometimes gets questioned a little bit for not scoring enough goals.

    "But I don’t think anyone who knows football questions him because they know what he brings to the other two, they get more plaudits and score goals, but he does a lot of the work that supports that."

  • Craig Mahood

    MORE LIKE IT

    Tammy Abraham said last night's double was 'more like it' after ending his own personal goal drought.

    The forward notched two goals in quick succession to settle the result against West Ham.

    He said: "Much more like it. We needed a performance and that’s what we did.

    "My job is to help the team score goals and getting in the right areas. That’s what I did for my team.

    "It’s something you do in the park, getting in the box and getting in the right areas and be ready when the ball lands.

    "As a striker scoring goals gives you confidence. I give credit to my teammates.

    "I need to help the team with either goals or assists, or just being a threat. It's about keep getting goals, keep being in the right place.

    "I have to get in the box in the right areas and be ready and that’s what I was today."

  • Craig Mahood

    CHILWELL UPBEAT

    Ben Chilwell in good spirits despite his injury.

    Scan news to come later today.

  • Craig Mahood

    JANUARY WINDOW DATES

    The January transfer window opens at midnight on January 4 in the Premier League.

    With January 1 being a Bank Holiday, and the 2nd and 3rd being a weekend, the decision was made to open it from January 4th.

    Clubs with have until Monday, February 1, with a full schedule of Premier League games that midweek.

    Both La Liga and Serie A have the same dates as the Premier League for their winter window.

    However, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 will open from January 2 with the same February date for closing.

    WINDOW OPENS AND SHUTS

    • Premier League – January 4 – February 1
    • La Liga – January 4 – February 1
    • Serie A – January 4 – February 1
    • Bundesliga – January 2 – February 1
    • Ligue 1 – January 2 – February 1

    A ROCK

    LAMPS ON SILVA

    Lampard has heaped praise on Thiago Silva after a stellar display in last night's win against West Ham.

    He said: "I remember playing in the Premier League at 36 and couldn't play like he is playing week in week out.

    "I was in and out of the team and could feel it at that stage in my career. 

    "I know he's been a great player for a long time, but the pressures of the Premier League when you've played in France for so long, no disrespect. But he's exceeded (my expectations) probably, but really I shouldn't have been surprised.

    "I can see the quality, the preparation, the desire to win headers and he is very studious about the game. He has been a great addition on and off the pitch."

    LOOKING BETTER

    The Premier League table after last night's win.

    It's looking a lot better for Blues now!

    KEPA OFFLOAD TOUGH

    Ex-Chelsea keeper Rob Green believes Kepa Arrizabalaga is a ‘tough sell’ and Blues would even struggle to offload on loan.

    Kepa has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and is believed to be on something in the region of £170,000 a week.

    And Green thinks they’ll struggle to recoup anything near the £71million they paid for him.

    He told The Athletic: “It’s a tough sell. It’s a numbers thing,” former Blues keeper Green told The Athletic.

    “Chelsea and [their director] Marina Granovskaia are not in the business of losing money.

    “They have an asset which is depreciating greatly but with football clubs in the financial state they’re in, it’s going to be tough to put something together.

    “I’m not even talking just about selling, even a loan is going to be a struggle.

    “The transfer fee and the wages is the biggest obstacle to resolving the situation.”

    • Craig Mahood

      BEN NO-WELL

      Ben Chilwell is set for a scan later today to determine the extent of the ankle injury picked up last night.

      The England international landed awkwardly after an aerial duel and rolled his ankle.

      He tried to play on before eventually having to go off.

      Lampard said last night: "I expect he'll be doubtful for Arsenal. He turned his ankle and tried to carry on but it was too painful," manager Frank Lampard said after the game. 

      "We'll have a scan to try and see how bad the injury is. We'll update after."

    • Craig Mahood

      NO TIMO WORRY

      Frank Lampard says he isn’t worried about Timo Werner after another blank in last night’s 3-0 win over West Ham.

      It’s now nine games without a goal for the former Leipzig man.

      Lamps said: "Yes, I am not worried on that front. Every striker will want to be scoring goals and that's what they ultimately get judged on.

      “That's why Timo was a great acquisition for us because of the level of goals that he has scored for us over the last few years.

      "So, again, I will say it is a player in a new league who needs time to settle. That's not the whole story with Timo, he is getting into positions regularly, scaring them and giving them a problem.

      “At the moment, it is not quite going for him but that moment will change if he keeps working hard and we will see goals from Timo Werner for sure."

    • Craig Mahood

      THE MORNING AFTER

      Some of the best snaps from last night's game.

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      SILVA IS GOLD

      Gary Neville believes ‘world class’ Thiago Silva is integral to Chelsea if they have lofty ambitions this season.

      The former PSG defender opened the scoring in last night’s win over West Ham and showed leadership at the back too.

      Neville said: “He’s clever and the attacking at that corner was absolutely outstanding.

      “If he stays fit and plays all season I think Chelsea will have a good season.

      “I think they’ll finish in the top four.

      “Some of us were intrigued at how he would do in this league, he’s proving that he’s world class.”

    • John Hutchinson

      MORNING, CHELSEA FANS!

      Chelsea are back in the mix at the top of the Premier League after Frank Lampard’s side beat West Ham 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to move into fifth.

      Tammy Abraham’s double after Thiago Silva’s powerful early header sealed all three points for the Blues.

      The striker said: “My job is to help the team as much as possible to score goals, about being in the right area and that’s what I did with my two goals.

      "It’s something you do in the park, getting in the box and getting in the right areas and be ready when the ball lands.”

      It was David Moyes’ 16th visit to the Bridge without a win but for a period in the second half while it was still 1-0 the Hammers looked like springing a surprise.

      Chelsea are six points behind leaders Liverpool and just two points off Leicester in second spot.

      But it wasn’t all good news for Lampard as birthday boy Ben Chilwell hobbled off after just ten minutes.

      Lampard said Chilwell was certainly a doubt for the game against Arsenal on Boxing Day after turning his ankle.

      The former Foxes left-back will be sent for a scan after his 24th birthday ended painfully.

      Before the game, Lampard hailed the rise of British coaches, saying: “The fact we’re seeing British managers do very well is nice.

      “There will be a lot of hard work behind that and if that can inspire younger managers and players now who want to try and become managers in the future.”

    • Josh Graham

      HAMMER BLOW

      Tammy Abraham's double sealed a crucial three points for Frank Lampard's Chelsea.

      Thiago Silva had opened the scoring in the 3-0 win as David Moyes made it 16 visits to Stamford Bridge without a win.

      The Blues move into fifth spot in the Premier League table with the three points from Monday night's game.

      Tammy Abraham bagged a brace at Stamford Bridge
    • Josh Graham

      DOUBLE TAMMY

      Timo Werner plays in Tammy Abraham to make it 2-0 to Chelsea against West Ham.

      It has certainly not been pretty but a scrappy affair has been sealed by Abraham's second after the ball came loose from Christian Pulisic's collision with Lukasz Fabianski.

      3-0 up with ten to play for the Blues…

    • Josh Graham

      BIRTHDAY BLOW

      Ben Chilwell's 24th birthday ended terribly as he hobbled off inside ten minutes with an ankle problem against West Ham.

      It will come as a squad blow for manager Frank Lampard as he approaches a hectic festive run of games.

      And he already has right-back Reece James, 21, sidelined with a knee injury.

      Ben Chilwell had a birthday to forget after hobbling off injured for Chelsea after just ten minutes
    • Josh Graham

      HALF-TIME

      Frank Lampard's Chelsea lead 1-0 at the break against West Ham but they have failed to hammer home their advantage.

      A few chances have gone begging, with the Hammers asking a number of probing defensive questions.

      Thiago Silva's goal separates the sides.

    • Josh Graham

      GOALLLLL

      Chelsea are 1-0 up at Stamford Bridge thanks to Thiago Silva's thumping header after ten minutes.

      It's not all good for the Blues though as left-back Ben Chilwell hobbled off just before the goal to be replaced by Emerson.

      Thiago Silva opened the scoring against West Ham at Stamford BridgeCredit: PA:Press Association

      It could've been two-nil when Mason Mount's teasing ball flashed across the face with both Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner unable to get a finishing touch.

      Former Chelsea youngster Declan Rice had thought he'd put the Hammers ahead only to be flagged offside.

    • Josh Graham

      TEAM NEWS

      Kai Havertz and Olivier Giroud drop to the bench for Chelsea.

      Tammy Abraham and Jorginho come in.

      Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta returns to the starting XI in place of the injured Reece James.

    • Josh Graham

      FAMILIAR FOE

      It's a familiar foe for Frank Lampard tonight…

    • Josh Graham

      MARC MY WORDS

      Former Chelsea captain Marcel Desailly warned veteran defender Thiago Silva, 36, about the threat an injury poses to him.

      Desailly told Goal: "I was scared about him coming at the beginning but mentally he was strong enough to handle his mistake against West Brom.

      "He is a leader, a former captain in Paris, but in France they say he just fell short in the later rounds of the Champions League.

      "Let’s see. He has fitted well in the system and performed but we have to hope he doesn’t get injured.

      “At 36, as soon as you have an injury, it is difficult to overcome."

    • Josh Graham

      LONDON DERBY

      It's a big London derby at Stamford Bridge tonight.

      David Moyes' high flying West Ham are the opponents with kick-off less than two hours away.

    • Josh Graham

      BEST OF BRITISH

      Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has hailed the rise of British coaches, saying 'it can inspire the next generation'.

      The 42-year-old said: "You just have to work as hard as you can to get the qualifications and hope that you can work and be successful to get where you want to be.

      "The fact this is the Premier League here in England and we’re seeing British managers do very well is nice

      "There will be a lot of hard work behind that and if that can inspire younger managers and players now who want to try and become managers in the future, then that’s a great thing as well because it’s nice to have British managers coming through and doing well. 

      "People like David Moyes and Sam Allardyce have been doing well for years and are very experienced managers."

    • Josh Graham

      CUPSET

      This season’s Carabao Cup Final has been put back two MONTHS in the hope of fans being allowed inside Wembley.

      The campaign’s first piece of silverware was due to be decided on February 28.

      But with fears growing that the new Covid-19 restrictions in London and the South East could be in place for months, the EFL announced its showpiece event will now be held on April 25, kicking off at 4pm.

      The EFL explained: “It is the objective of the League to stage the Final with as many supporters in attendance as possible.

      “The decision has therefore been taken to move the Final from its original date of Sunday 28 February 2021 to later in the year.”

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