Frank Lampard’s side are currently fifth in the Premier League, three points behind leaders Leicester City.

Chelsea’s biggest improvement this season has been in defence but that’s the area Hasselbaink claims need to be strengthened…

He told Ladbrokes: “A lot of people are talking about Kalidou Koulibaly but he’s 29 years old and would be very expensive.

“I actually quite like the Leicester defender, Caglar Soyuncu. I think he’d be very good at Chelsea.

“Also the defender at Inter Milan, Milan Skriniar – everybody is talking about him, another very good player.

“So there are players out there, but it’s such a difficult position to fill at the moment.”

OK, Thiago Silva is quite old so another centre-back isn’t the worst shout in the world.

Declan Rice as someone to play in midfield and defence may be a better option, but Soyuncu is a good player.

“I like Mason Mount, but maybe somebody to play alongside him. [Kai] Havertz is there, I know, but you want healthy, quality competition in that area. I don’t think Chelsea are far off at all.”

They may not be far off Jimmy, but they don’t need more creative midfielders. They’ve got most of them.

Just about all of the greatest uncapped Premier League players ever were pursued by England. And only four of them were English.

Hasselbaink believes Solskjaer needs a better long-term solution in his Manchester United midfield.

“He’s somebody that that the young players can look up to because he’s won a lot.”

Maguire is oversung, Lindelof is unsung, but the latter needs replacing…

The 427th international break of the season is over. So let’s pose three questions for each of the Big Six.

Son and Pochettino always seemed a perfect pair but his second Spurs marriage is blooming.

Football is taking a roundabout route before it makes its way home, then. Foden is the chauffeur.

Matt Le Tissier is a man with terrible taste in music and food. His book is quite something.

England losing is satisfying in a way that winning simply is not. It fills a much bigger hole.


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