The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-07-13

Total Football : 19 : 11

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11 The Daily Telegraph Monday 13 July 2020 *** Wilder: We do not shop at Waitrose but it works vidual errors where you end up striving for it.” Jorginho made his first start since football returned from the coronaviru­s pandemic but was outperform­ed by Wilder’s trio of midfielder­s including Ben Osborn, who arrived for £3.5 million last summer and has been given his chance in a four-game unbeaten run. “Everybody keeps saying to me none of the Sheffield United players would get in the Chelsea side, and possibly they wouldn’t. But it’s not all about that at times,” said Wilder. “There are talented boys out there who want to grab their opportunit­y. We’ve picked up a few bargains and we’re not embarrasse­d about that.” David McGoldrick’s two goals either side of McBurnie’s header means Chelsea will have to fight for a top-four place. They have gone two transfer windows without spending – one of them enforced by Fifa’s ban – and players must now deal with the new situation of signings adding competitio­n. “If you want to be a Chelsea player and be in the Chelsea team and squad and fight for the Premier League, to fight in Europe and to fight for trophies, you have to focus on yourself,” Lampard said. “If players come in, that should be the nature of the beast playing for Chelsea. It shouldn’t be a problem for anyone.” While Lampard’s team have the worst defensive record in the top 10, Sheffield’s is among the best and they have an incredible record of not losing a game this season when they have scored first. “Especially in the Premier League, it opens it up because of teams taking chances on you and getting counter-attacks,” Wilder said. “To get the first goal is great, to get a goal in the 93rd minute like we did in midweek is better.” at Bramall Lane By Mike McGrath Sheffield United Chelsea McGoldrick 18, 77, McBurnie 33 Chris Wilder compared his transfers to shopping at a budget supermarke­t after his bargains performed in the areas Frank Lampard is looking to improve during his first summer transfer window. “We shop in a different place to everybody else and it’s certainly not Waitrose,” the Sheffield United manager said. Lampard has already spent £87.5million to bolster his attack, with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, but a defence who have conceded 49 goals this season are a priority. The Chelsea manager was also concerned his midfield failed to move the ball to the wingers after bringing Jorginho back into his team. The answer was staring him in the face at Bramall Lane. Lampard needs a left-sided centre-back to balance his defence and came up against Jack O’Connell, a £500,000 signing from Brentford. Dean Henderson has imposed his presence in goal after Wilder took him from Manchester United’s reserves two years ago. Kepa Arrizabala­ga has struggled for Chelsea and had his feet fixed to the turf for Oli McBurnie’s headed goal on Saturday. “I would love to have consistenc­y in the back four, or back two or three or whatever you want to call it,” Lampard said. “That is what you strive for. Unfortunat­ely this season we have made mistakes and indi- Willian rejects £100,000-a-week Miami move at Anfield By John Wardle those youngsters could have key roles to play in his first-team squad. “I’m not sure it’s about how high the stakes are, it’s about how ready are the boys?” Klopp said. “I never made the comparison of age. The age is one piece of informatio­n from 500 other pieces.” In an entertaini­ng draw with Burnley, two of the trio, full-back Williams and midfielder Jones, slotted seamlessly into a strong line-up and, more importantl­y for them personally, edged towards the fiveappear­ance mark required to qualify for a league winner’s medal. Williams, 19 and a North Walesborn product of the club’s academy, now has his five, while Liverpudli­an Jones, also 19, requires just one substitute appearance over his team’s last three games to join him. Winger Elliott, arguably the most promising of the trio at 17, was signed from Fulham last summer but, with two substitute appearance­s to his name, looks likely to miss out on a medal. “Nothing,” said Klopp when asked what areas the three needed to improve. “Just train with us and get used to different situations.” Williams might have ended his second league start, and Jones his full debut, with victory had it not been for an outstandin­g display from the Burnley keeper Nick Pope. Pope came to Anfield one clean sheet ahead of opposite number Alisson in the quest for the Golden Glove award and, after conceding an Andy Robertson header, could thank Jay Rodriguez’s equaliser for maintainin­g that lead. “I gave Jay a hug,” said Pope, who is level with Manchester City’s Ederson with 14. “The Golden Glove would be something I would tell everyone about. But it really is a team effort.” By Mike McGrath the faces of the franchise after launching in the United States’ top division this year. They have set ambitious transfer targets and Willian would have commanded one of the best packages in the MLS, worth more than £100,000 per week until 2023. Willian, capped 70 times by Brazil, has been a key player for Chelsea in Project Restart, scoring four goals in the past six Premier League games, but is yet to agree a new deal and will now consider his options, which could include staying for an eighth year at Stamford Bridge. He has spoken about eventually going to the US, admitting “it is a goal that I have”, but will look to remain playing in Europe in the immediate future. Liverpool 1-1 Burnley Robertson 34 Rodriguez 69 Chelsea winger Willian has rejected a lucrative three-year deal with Inter Miami in the MLS and will look to stay in Europe. The Brazil forward, 31, is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer, but will wait until the European places for next season are decided before making a decision on his next move, with his preference to play in the Champions League and stay in England. Miami, who are co-owned by David Beckham, were willing to give him a long-term contract, according to sources in the United States, on a free transfer as one of their “designated players” outside of their salary budget. They wanted Willian to be one of It may have been an adage made famous by Sir Matt Busby, an icon of their bitter rivals, but as Jurgen Klopp plans for Liverpool’s title defence next season, it is as appropriat­e today as it was when the late Manchester United manager said it. “If you’re good enough, you’re old enough,” could be hung on the Anfield dressing-room wall, at least as far as the developmen­t of precocious trio Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott is concerned. And if, as is possible, the uncertaint­y of a summer transfer window badly affected by coronaviru­s limits Klopp’s ability to strengthen his title-winning squad,

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