Henry Lawrence completed his season-long loan deal to AFC Wimbledon today.
Lawrence will be put straight into contention for the starting lineup.Armando Broja
Chelsea have reportedly rejected several loan advances for Armando Broja. That either means the right offer hasn’t been made or they plan to make him third choice ST next season. (Kristian Sturt)
With Chelsea set to play an unholy amount of matches this upcoming season, a young striker raring to make an impact with a burst of pace and power could be set to feature in League Cup and FA Cup games.
Erling Haaland ‘loves’ playing at Borussia Dortmund and ‘doesn’t seem to want to leave’ this summer amid Chelsea interest. (Jesco von Eichmann)
As of today Dortmund have not received a bid for Haaland. (Fabrizio Romano)
“I was told on 17th July that Chelsea have lined up a £130M bid for Erling Braut Haaland to ‘test the waters’ of BVB which will be offered imminently. However, it is said that the offer would be kept in secret till BVB finish the transfer of Malen so that PSV don’t take advantage of the bid.
The ‘Team Haaland’ as Jan Aage Fjortoft says are tempted by Chelsea’s offer. They see Chelsea as a significant step in improving Haaland’s game with the chances Tuchel’s team create game after game. They are also excited about the financial package Chelsea offers: Haaland can get his wages tripled (£100k/week to £300k/week) while Alfie and Raiola gets €40M which will be settled from personal cheques by Roman Abramovich (this will be accounted outside Chelsea’s transfer budget).
If the bid does get rejected by Borussia Dortmund, then I’m told Chelsea will go in with another bid which will be £130m + £20m add on bonuses. The bonuses include: * £5M for winning PL * £5M for winning CL * £5M for fixed number of appearances at Chelsea * £5M for fixed number of goals scored at Chelsea The feeling inside CFC is that they are confident they will land Erling Haaland this summer.” (CFCNewspage)Ross Barkley
Newcastle also hold an interest in other box-to-box midfielders including Ross Barkley. (The Athletic)
Newcastle also are interested in Conor Gallagher as they search for a new box-to-box midfielder. (The Athletic)
Crystal Palace are ‘optimistic’ of winning the loan race ahead of Leeds United and Newcastle United to sign Conor Gallagher. (Alan Nixon)
Leeds United and Crystal Palace hope to find out next week whether Chelsea are willing to let Conor Gallagher go on loan.
Chelsea view him as part of their long-term plans and are unwilling to sell him permanently, but could sanction a loan to give him more top-flight experience. (Daily Mail)
Chelsea youngster Henry Lawrence is set to complete a loan move to AFC Wimbledon tomorrow.
It will initially be a six month loan but likely be extended in January.
He had offers from Wigan and other teams in the Championship but he will get good playing time at the Dons. (Nizaar Kinsella)
Chelsea are willing to let Abraham go out on loan this summer with a pathway to a permanent deal being on the cards later on.
Arsenal are willing to match the 23-year-old’s wage demands of £125,000 a week as Arteta looks to strengthen his team for the upcoming season. (Daily Express)
Fiorentina are chasing a permanent deal for Davide Zappacosta.
The Viola see Zappacosta as a replacement for Pol Lirola. (Tribal Football)
Giroud today has signed a deal lasting until 2023 at AC Milan and will wear the number 9 shirt next season. (86Longo)
SempreInter have continued their Zappacosta to Inter Milan rumours by announcing the right back is “waiting for a call from Inter”.
Inter Milan and Arsenal have “gridlocked” in talks over Hector Bellerin which opens the doors for Zappacosta to become Inters first choice right back target.
Football Insider reported today the AFC Wimbledon have registered their interest in Chelsea youth starlet Henry Lawrence for a potential season-long loan deal.
At 19 and being a regular starter for the U23’s, the option to send him out on loan for senior minutes has become a suitable possibility.
Lawrence is widely known for his versatility which makes him an exciting prospect who will look to impress whilst out on loan in League 1.
Doubts of the Haaland deal are in full force today as Dortmund make it clear that Haaland will not be involved in a player swap deal.
Dortmund hierarchy have made it clear to the manager that the team should go ahead as normal and should plan with Haaland being in the starting eleven for next season.
David Ornstein on Sky today said “The view from people I speak to around Chelsea is that Borussia Dortmund are not going to sell— I think it’s most likely that Haaland will stay at Dortmund and leave next summer”. Of course next summer all but entirely means we have zero chance in the signing Haaland as the likes of of Real Madrid, Man City and Barcelona will all be in the mix for the Norwegian.
The only semi-positive news coming out around the Haaland deal is that Erling Haaland’s dad Alfie Haaland and agent Mino Raiola are aware of ‘concrete interest’ from Chelsea. (Julien Laurens)
Emerson played for Roma for three years and now it looks like they are interested in bringing the Italian back.
Emerson’s stock is at an all time high due to his part in the successful Italy Euro 2020 campaign when he stepped in to replace an injured Spinazzola.
Chelsea will be looking to cash in on Emerson this summer as funds are being raised for big-money signings.
Chelsea have been unsuccessful in their approach for the young Barcelona left back according to Mundo Deportivo. Balde (just 17-years-old) has decided to sign a new contract after the board see him as one of the Barcelona ‘promising’ players of the near future.
AC Milan and Chelsea were the only two clubs ever firmly interested in the left back but he has decided to stay and sign a new contract next Thursday until 2026.
The rumours only started because Balde was not invited to pre-season with the first team however this was soon fixed after he and his agent voiced their displeasure. Consequently, this means our pursuit of this Barcelona prospect is over.
In another episode of The Chelsea Spot Podcast, Orlando (Host – @0rland1nho) and Paree (Owner – @CFCParee) were joined by Chelsea guru Joe (Guest – JoeTweedie) to discuss last season’s academy success especially with individuals such as Bate, Colwill, Lawrence, Lewis, Livramento. We then also look ahead to next season as to which players should be leaving on loan and who could move up into the 23s permanently.
In another episode of The Chelsea Spot Podcast, Orlando (Host – @0rland1nho) and Paree (Owner – @CFCParee ) talk to Henry Lawrence’s cousin George (@@george_cee16)! The boys talk about Henry as a kid, the setbacks he’s had to go through, scoring at Stamford Bridge with Hudson-Odoi and Reece James, training with the first team and how Zouma helped him, and so much more!
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Chelsea and ‘youth’ are two words which before this season didn’t go together at all, but the arrival of Joe Edwards, Jody Morris and Frank Lampard in the home dugout as well as the transfer ban certainly changed that linkup. As fans have seen the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour all have a proper shot with the first team, the Chelsea academy has never been as popular. More and more Chelsea supporters have been trying to look down the age groups to try and find out who the next ‘talent’ is, and even some of them have made an appearance this season.
Marc Guehi has featured against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, while the likes of Tino Anjorin, Ian Maatsen and Armando Broja have all debuted for Chelsea at some point this season. All four players have such high potential and have impressed when given their minutes, such that the academy players would be working even harder to try and push into that first team. One player who has been in the spotlight recently is Lewis Bate, who made the bench against Sheffield United at just the age of 17 – check out our scouting report of the young English midfielder by my fellow writer Orlando. If it wasn’t for his injury in training with the first team, there is a good chance that Henry Lawrence could have been involved in the squad too. But who is exactly Henry Lawrence, and why isn’t his name being mentioned much?
Just to clear things up, sometimes young players’ name’s being mentioned less can be a good thing. As Pat Nevin said in our exclusive interview, it would be harsh to comment on the ‘next big thing’ from the academy since all it is doing is putting immense pressure on them when the transformation from youth football to men’s football is definitely a huge one. As we have seen with Billy Gilmour, his substitution against Sheffield United wasn’t convincing and led to us dropping a 2-0 lead, and therefore was put under immense pressure from the Chelsea fanbase and was blamed for us losing two points, yet only a few months later he dropped two masterclasses in a week against Liverpool and Everton. Also, like I said, Lawrence had trained with the first team a couple of times throughout the season and has impressed Lampard according to certain reports, and him going under the radar means that he can just do his work and business without being in the headlines.
Enough waffling though, let’s get into Henry Lawrence as a player…
Henry’s name was first brought up properly on social media at the beginning of the season, when he scored a screamer against Brighton at Stamford Bridge for the development team. His curling effort from a tight angle was mainly overshadowed by a Callum Hudson-Odoi assist who received the ball with a great switch from Reece James, yet as I was sitting in East Lower with the fans, I kept an eye on the fullback and the more I watched him the more I was impressed. After the game, I contacted him on Instagram congratulating him on the goal and a really solid performance, and he replied and ever since we have stayed in touch, which also shows a touch of class which not many footballers have the time for.
As the season went on, as I attended more matches at Kingsmeadow and plenty more games were being streamed on The Fifth Stand, I kept an eye on Lawrence more and more and his ability really started to shine, especially in the FA Youth Cup, and personally he has a really strong contention for Academy Player of the Season.
If you know anything about Lawrence, it’ll most likely be that he’s extremely versatile. We joked about it during a chat, but he has played in every single position apart from Goalkeeper some time this season, including striker in pre-season. Shifting from Right-Back to Left-Back, sometimes to Centre-Back in a back three, often as a Wing-Back on either side, originally being a midfielder, and playing on both wings too, Lawrence has played to a top level in each position and shown enough Football IQ to understand the game fully.
With some players, I think having a few positions under their belt can be a negative thing. For example, with players like Trevoh Chalobah and Ethan Ampadu, as much as it is great for them to get minutes while on loan and to experience different positions and roles, for me I would love to see Chalobah nail down the Centre-Back role, and for the Welsh player to stick as a central defensive midfielder, where he is best at for Wales. But with other players, it can work – playing in a few different positions. Players like James Milner has played in multiple positions throughout his career and excelled in each one, as welling as moving between them as he aged. Even Chelsea club captain Cesar Azpilicueta has played in both fullback roles as well as a centre-back in a 3 at the back formation, and I have also seen some extremely dodgy shouts on the timeline saying that he has the qualities to play in defensive midfield! Lawrence can definitely be like one of the latter players, and there isn’t anyone better than Dave to learn from.
Lawrence has recently been compared to Ethan Ampadu, however I’d argue that that’s an easy and lazy comparison to make and that comparisons to Azpilicueta make a lot more sense. It’s not necessarily the style of play which makes them similar, but more the level of consistency. Dave has been named ‘Mr Consistent’ by Chelsea fans all over the world, and every single game he puts in a shift no matter what. Lawrence has shown a high level of consistency over the season and I’d struggle to namy any disasterclasses.
Another way in which you could compare the two is that they both play a nice and simple game, but still a good one. That is certainly a quality which Frank Lampard likes. As Lampard said in a press-conference and Roy Keane emphasised in the Sky Sports studio, Billy Gilmour was just playing a very simple game ‘like the old days’ and was always looking forward, trying to keep the ball moving and being aware defensively. None of the fancy flicks and turns in midfield, nor dancing in celebrations, just simply wants to play the game and help the team score as many goal as possible. Although Henry does have some flair in his locker due to playing in the midfield previously, he’s not the one to always show it and like Azpilicueta plays a simple game and is very composed on the ball.
To round off the article, let’s quickly go through some other qualities. Lawrence has a really powerful shot, as shown by his goal against Liverpool, and really aims to keep it on target. Have a look at his goal which according to my memory brought us level at the time…
His dribbling is also one of his best qualities, but to be honest, I think I could say that for every single Chelsea academy graduate with how advanced the training technically is. He’s not afraid to dribble past a player in defence to create another option, or if it’s to whip in a cross. Arguably his best goal, in his international debut for the England U19’s, consisted of him running all the way from the halfway line, dribbling past three players and tucking it sweetly into the bottom left hand corner.
Obviously with him being a quick player and being able to dribble well, it opens up a lot of opportunities to cross the ball in or make the right pass. So many times you will see him go past a player and cross it in brilliantly into the box, or to beat a few players which opens up a lot of space for the likes of Anjorin and Bate to do the work in front of goal. A few times this season Lawrence has also broken the lines with one simple pass, something which Lampard is looking for more and more.
Finally, it’s the work he does off the ball which really shouldn’t be missed. Defensively the fullback is strong and really isn’t afraid to put in a tackle or go into a 50/50. When moving off the ball, it’s arguably some of the best I have seen. He’s always looking to make an option and really understands what the players around him wants to do. Something which Reece James has done a lot this season is come into midfield in a three at the back formation, and when playing four at the back he’s overlapping a lot more and whipping crosses in. Lawrence is constantly making inward and outward runs and is able to do both pretty well due to playing in so many positions, and for the opposition defender it must be extremely confusing. I think Chelsea Academy guru @chelseayouth summed it up quite well…
I’ve said it when writing scout reports on Gilmour, Anjorin and Bate and I’ll repeat it again. The transformation from youth football to men’s football is very hard and we don’t know how they’ll get on, but the potential is very high and I’m sure he’s working hard to reach that level.
Want to know about my opinion and Orlando’s on other academy players? Have a listen to our podcast we recorded a few months ago where we went through and talked about as many academy players as we could…