Chelsea transfer news: Davide Zappacosta could be loaned out to ensure Reece James breakthrough

24 Jul

Reece James’ chances of breaking into the Chelsea first-team hinge on whether the club decide to loan out Davide Zappacosta.

James, 19, enjoyed an outstanding 2018/19 season on loan at Wigan as they successfully fought off relegation from the Championship.

James is regarded as one of the brightest talents in Chelsea’s academy
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His performances caught the eye and many feel he is destined to be part of Chelsea’s senior set-up sooner rather than later, and the club want him to be the main back-up to club captain and current right-back Cesar Azpilicueta this season, the Evening Standard reports.

The versatile teenager is currently sidelined after sustaining an ankle injury on England Under-20 duty at the beginning of June, which has forced Frank Lampard to utilise Zappacosta so much throughout pre-season.

The Italy international has two-and-a-half years remaining on his Chelsea contract, but has struggled to hold down a regular place in the team since his £23million move from Torino in 2017.

He has been linked with a return to Serie A, with both Roma and Lazio said to be interested in him.

Zappacosta has struggled for game time since moving to Chelsea

Chelsea plan to hand a new contract to James as they look to build their squad around a core of academy youngsters.

They have already handed out fresh deals to Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek since Lampard took over as manager, while Callum Hudson-Odoi will also put pen to paper on a contract extension before the start of the campaign.

Following On cricket podcast: West Indies vs England, fifth ODI review

3 Mar

The ODIs have wrapped up and the teams have finished with two wins each. Darren Gough and Mark Nicholas bring you all the latest in the aftermath of the fifth and final ODI.

With the ODIs done there is still plenty of action to come with the T20 – so make sure you subscribe to the Following On podcast!

Following On cricket podcast: Root and rum punch

27 Feb

Jarrod Kimber is alongside Neil Manthorp at the taste of spice festival where the rum punch is flowing.

There an interview from Goughie with England batsman Joe Root, while Roger Augustine from Grenada Tourism Authority tells us what makes the island so special.

Following On cricket podcast: Review of the Test series as England lose to West Indies but end on a high

13 Feb

It was a bittersweet day for England as they beat the West Indies in the third Test, but ended the series with a chastening 2-1 defeat.

The talkSPORT team round up a difficult Test tour for England, with Mark Nicholas joined by Darren Gough, Barry Wilkinson, Matt Prior and Steve Harmison.

talkSPORT 2 will bring you live coverage of the five-match one-day series between the West Indies and England, starting on February 20

Following On cricket podcast: Sir Andy Roberts exclusive interview

5 Feb

Cricketing royalty Sir Andy Roberts joins our very own Mark Nicholas to talk all things cricket.

It’s not the first time these two have met on the pitch but this time they aren’t hurling balls at each other… thankfully.

Andy reminisces on what was an outstanding career and gives his take on what makes a great fast bowler.

Following On cricket podcast: West Indies vs England second Test, day three review

3 Feb

It’s gone from bad to worse for England as the West Indies seal victory.

So, just what went wrong?

The hosts took the tough conditions in their stride and left England struggling to keep up.

Darren Gough, Steve Harmison, Matt Prior and Mark Nicholas are down on the pitch chatting to a whole host of cricketing talent after the tourists’ defeat, including Alzarri Joseph, Trevor Bayliss, Joe Root, Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach, as well as the very happy West Indies captain Jason Holder.

Every match of the tour of the West Indies will be LIVE on talkSPORT 2 and you can catch the action by clicking here for the live commentary stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.