- SunSport Reporters
- 6 Dec 2019, 8:25
- Updated: 6 Dec 2019, 8:25
CHELSEA are preparing for managerless Everton after getting back to winning ways against Aston Villa.
Frank Lampard's go-to young guns delivered the goods again on Wednesday, with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham striking in a 2-1 victory.
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OLIVIER GIROUD’S hopes of finding a way out of Chelsea next month are fading – because no-one wants to pay for him when he will be available for nothing in the summer.
Giroud extended his stay at Stamford Bridge for this season when the club were hit with a transfer ban which meant they were short of attacking options.
But since then Tammy Abraham has set the Premier League alight with his goalscoring form, establishing himself as the clear first choice for Frank Lampard.
That has left Giroud, 33, out in the cold having started just twice in the Premier League all season and a long way down the pecking order.
The Frenchman had been hoping to secure a move abroad when the transfer window opens in January, and has been touted to clubs in Italy, France and Spain.
But SunSport understands that although there has been interest in him, the fact he would cost around £5million has put clubs off a potential deal.
CHELSEA have reportedly held talks with Wilfried Zaha's agent over a potential summer move.
As things stand, the Blues are under a transfer ban for the January window and will be eligible to start signing players at the end of the season.
According to the Independent, though, the recruitment process is already underway because Chelsea's director of football Marina Granovskaia spoke to Federico Pastorello to discuss a move for Zaha.
Zaha, who is under contract until 2023, has regularly been linked with moves away from Crystal Palace in recent years since returning from Manchester United.
The 27-year-old came out and said he wanted to play in the Champions League and decided to ditch his agent Will Salthouse from Unique Sports Management in September after a move failed to materialise.
Chelsea are understood to be long-term admirers of Zaha and know the likes of Willian and Pedro are surely nearing the end of their Stamford Bridge careers.
CESAR AZPILICUETA tipped hotshot Tammy Abraham to lift the Premier League Golden Boot.
Chelsea ace Abraham returned from a hip injury on Wednesday to claim his 11th Prem goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
It left the England new-boy behind only 14-goal Jamie Vardy in the top-flight scoring charts.
Blues skipper Azpi said: “What he has done is amazing — and he has the potential to go higher.
“We know we are still in December with a lot of games but with his passion and hunger, he is capable of getting to the top, for sure.
“Vardy is having an amazing season with a lot of goals and Tammy is behind him — so if he is there, it is because he deserves to be.”
Former Villa loanee Abraham, 22, provided a clever chested assist for Mason Mount’s winner on Wednesday — and it his all-round game that also has Azpilicueta purring.
The Spaniard, 30, added: “He is scoring goals but, not just that, he is playing for the team, recovering the ball.
“Against Villa, he made a tackle in our own half that was an amazing effort. He made an assist as well.
“He showed his desire in pre-season to be a striker for Chelsea, he has dreamt about it.
“He got his chance and is making the most of it.”
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK'S injury woes are set to continue well into the New Year in a bitter blow to Chelsea fans.
The midfielder, 23, ruptured his Achilles' tendon in a post-season friendly clash against New England Revolution in May.
And Stamford Bridge chief Frank Lampard has confirmed that Loftus-Cheek has suffered setbacks in his recovery with no timetable set for a return.
He said: “He has had a few setbacks over the last two months. He hasn’t had a new one.
“It is not flying along as we would want. It’s not for the want of trying for everybody.
“For Ruben there is nothing worse, of course, being injured. At the moment we are no closer to him being fit.”