Ian Wright believes Chelsea should be considered title challengers after their 4-1 victory over Sheffield United and has named N’Golo Kante as the “vital cog” for Frank Lampard.
The Chelsea boss insists he is remaining grounded despite an impressive display against the Blades which saw them come from behind to totally dominate the game.
Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell put the Blues in front at half-time before goals from Thiago Silva and Timo Werner rounded off the victory.
And Wright, when asked if Chelsea can challenge for the Premier League, told Premier League Productions: “Yes, with what they’ve got.
“But like we said there’s a little bit of fitting the pieces together and I think the goalkeeper [Edouard Mendy], Thiago Silva, [Hakim] Ziyech coming in, [Kai] Havertz coming in, Werner coming in, I think those players and the quality and the standard of those players yes they should be [title challengers].
“But then now it’s about fitting the pieces together.
“For me, playing Kante where he does is going to free up another vital cog in respect of the offensive side of things, because he was everywhere today.
“So once that’s all knitted together and they start to string a couple of wins together which they seem like they’re doing now, more clean sheets I’m sure will come because they’ll be very disappointed with that goal [against Sheffield United] because it was a poor goal to concede.
“But they’ve got everything in the armoury to actually challenge, without a doubt.”
It might well be the biggest weekend of the season so far. The two biggest title contenders finally clash in a long-awaited meeting, but will Leicester or Wolves come out on top? Liverpool also play Manchester City or something apparently.