Chelsea have been linked with a transfer move for one of the Newcastle players that wouldn’t instantly spring to mind.
The West London club are reported to be undertaking a change in transfer policy, under direct orders from Roman Abramovich himself.
The report in The Mail says that the Chelsea owner is concerned at the rapidly diminishing English presence in the team, with John Terry representing the last of the homegrown axis that underpinned the team, with the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Ashley Cole all having ended their Chelsea careers.
The newspaper lists a number of English players that Chelsea have on their shopping list and it is claimed to include Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles.
The young defender hasn’t really been given a proper chance as yet at St James Park but when at Forest he was linked with any number of high profile clubs, including Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Chelsea are said to have looked at Dele Alli, just as Newcastle did, before Tottenham snapped him up. With the midfielder’s form this season and success for England this week, bringing the lack of English presence at Chelsea to the forefront – especially when twinned with their poor form this season.
Gary Cahill represents the most obvious English presence still at Chelsea but with some unconvincing form this season, his place doesn’t look totally secure, leading to the possibility of a team without any English players.
As well as Jamaal Lascelles, The Mail list Saido Berahino, Scott Dann, Jack Grealish and Birmingham’s young winger Demarai Gray as other young players Chelsea are considering.
However, with their usual 30+ players out on loan, will Chelsea still be seen as credible club to join for ambitious young players, if they stand little chance of first team football and instead the prospect of a number of loan spells to try and prove themselves elsewhere at loan club(s)?