BARK IS READY TO BITE
CHELSEA’S visit to Old Trafford fascinates me.
It’s a baptism of fire for Frank Lampard, especially with a transfer ban that means he has no wiggle room to address problems he’s seen in the squad.
They’ve done well in pre-season, though, and Frank (above) is getting something out of Christian Pulisic and Ross Barkley.
I reckon working under Lampard is the best thing that could happen to Barkley.
If there’s a midfielder he’ll have modelled himself on, then it’s Frank and I’m sure, if he’s going to learn from any coach, then Frank’s the one for him.
Chelsea would have loved to have done more business, though, because they need to replace
Eden Hazard desperately.
And the hole the Belgian leaves in Chelsea’s ranks could sink their title challenge below the waterline before it’s even started.
Yet I reckon Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (above) will be even more gutted about a lack of transfer business.
At least Chelsea have a strong squad, which finished third last season. I don’t think it’s much of a secret Solskjaer wanted far more signings to strengthen a very weak squad.
I’m still not sure what’s going on at United. And I still wonder if Paul Pogba could leave before the window closes in the rest of Europe. If he does, then, even with the signing of Harry Maguire, they’ll be in trouble.
It makes you wonder if the board are still debating whether the manager is a long-term appointment or not.