06132021

Frank Lampard refuses to rule out Billy Gilmour loan/Jumps to defence of Werner following penalty miss


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard this afternoon opened up on a host of topics surrounding his side’s stars, on the back of their downing of Luton Town.

Frank Lampard refuses to rule out Billy Gilmour loan/Jumps to defence of Werner following penalty miss

Abraham shines

The Blues returned to FA Cup action a short time ago, in a 4th-round meeting with Luton at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard’s men of course headed into proceedings as overwhelming favourites to book their spot in the competition’s last-16, despite an altogether hit and miss recent spell of form.

And, when all was said and done in southwest London, advance is precisely what Chelsea managed.

A largely dominant display eventually saw the hosts emerge on the right side of a 3-1 scoreline, to set up a meeting with another Championship outfit, in the form of Barnsley, in two weeks’ time.

Tammy Abraham proved the undoubted star of the show, netting all 3 of Chelsea’s goals, after Jordan Clark had provided Luton with a glimmer of hope with a strike of his own on the half-hour mark.

‘Keep it open…’

Despite his side’s favourites tag this afternoon, Frank Lampard nevertheless opted for a strong starting XI to face Luton, with the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic in from the off.

One of those to have been handed a rare start, though, amid his efforts to regain full fitness following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, was Billy Gilmour.

And the Scottish youngster went on to thoroughly impress, controlling the tempo of the clash from his midfield berth.

In turn, many of a Chelsea persuasion have since called for Gilmour to be handed a more consistent chance to impress by Frank Lampard over the weeks ahead.

The Blues boss, though, post-match, hinted that he has not yet ruled out the possibility of sanctioning a loan departure for the gifted teen this month, despite no such deal looking on the table as things stand:

Another of his side’s stars whom Lampard was inevitably also drawn on by the media on the back of Chelsea’s FA Cup advancement, meanwhile, was Timo Werner.

The German hitman is of course in the midst of a rough stretch of individual form, but was handed the chance to turn things around with a place from the off this afternoon.

Werner, though, went on to struggle once more, even fluffing a late penalty to stretch his barren spell in front of goal to just one strike across the former Leipzig man’s last 15 appearances.

His manager, though, was keen to jump to Werner’s defence post-match, opting to focus on the 24-year-old’s overall performance, rather than his miss from 12 yards:

 

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester United FC 19 11 40
2 Manchester City FC 18 18 38
3 Leicester City FC 19 14 38
4 Liverpool FC 19 15 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 16 33
6 Everton FC 17 7 32
7 West Ham United FC 19 5 32
8 Aston Villa FC 17 13 29
9 Chelsea FC 19 10 29
10 Southampton FC 18 5 29
11 Arsenal FC 19 4 27
12 Leeds United 18 -4 23
13 Crystal Palace FC 19 -11 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 19 -8 22
15 Burnley FC 18 -12 19
16 Newcastle United FC 19 -14 19
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 19 -7 17
18 Fulham FC 18 -12 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 19 -28 11
20 Sheffield United FC 19 -22 5
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 8
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 6
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 6
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 5



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