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Crystal Palace could be getting a real gem from former Wigan Athletic loanee

Crystal Palace is linked with a move for Chelsea star Reece James, as they look to find a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who signed for Manchester United in a deal worth £50 million.

Today at The Football Manc Cave, Dan is going to look at what James would offer Palace.

I was lucky enough to watch James all of last season, being a Wigan Athletic fan. He’s the best player I’ve ever seen at Latics. Consider the fact he joined as a teenager that had never played a competitive match, then left after winning Player of the Year, captaining the side and dominating most of the Championship’s midfield – he did pretty well.

Big props to Palace’s scouts, not a lot of people realise how good James is going to be. I’ve no doubt he’ll play for England within the next 2 years, first-team football is crucial though. I expect Frank Lampard to give him an opportunity to showcase himself at Chelsea, if he does, Palace won’t be signing him. James is already good enough for Chelsea, versatile and just an all-around top player.

What makes him so good?

For me, it’s his attitude off the pitch. He never once thought he was too good for us, you could tell he appreciated what Wigan was offering him, and he loved playing for us. James attended academy matches, talking to our youth players about how they could improve.

On the pitch, he was just a different level. Strength, pace, set-pieces, tackles, passing, he’s got the lot. A joy to watch. He could play anywhere on the pitch and do a job. I hope for his sake, he chooses whatever is best for him. All he needs is first-team football, and he’ll fly to the top in no time.

Cocu must do these 3 things immediately at Derby County

Derby County has appointed Phillip Cocu as their new manager on a four-year deal, following Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea.

The former PSV and Fenerbache boss has been without a job since last October, after being sacked by the Turkish club.

Derby identified him as a manager that would carry on that attractive, attacking style that Lampard adopted last season. The Rams were very enjoyable to watch, quick in transition and scored 69 goals last season.

I look at three things that Cocu must do ahead of August 3rd…

Phone Lampard & arrange some loan deals

You could argue that Derby’s three best players last campaign were Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Harry Wilson. All three were loans from Chelsea and Liverpool, because of the Lampard connection.

Without that trio, their side looks bare in terms of real ‘match-winning’ quality. To get promoted out of the Championship, you need two or three top attacking players, that can score 15+ goals each. I imagine Mount and Tomori will be fighting for their place at Stamford Bridge. However, I’m sure Lampard will find a couple of youngsters to help Derby out.

More of the same

Let’s not forget Derby lost narrowly in the play-off final. Lampard wasn’t sacked or failed, losing him isn’t a massive crisis. He’s built the foundations of a very good side. If they sign the right players for the style, they’ll be fine next season. Cocu isn’t walking into a side lacking quality, or without an identity. If Derby plays as they did for the majority of last season, with a few extra signings, they’ll do well. My advice would be, don’t over complicate things. You were brilliant last season, and could quite easily be in the Premier League, don’t make unnecessary drastic changes.

Build the side around Jack Marriott

If there was one criticism of Lampard I had last season, it was his minimal use of Marriott. For me, he’s one of the best strikers in the Championship. A natural goal scorer, fox in the box. He didn’t start in any of the play-off matches, unbelievably. Marriott came off the bench at Elland Road and scored two to help Derby reach the play-off final. Again, he was on the bench. The super sub came on and scored, however, it was too little too late as they lost 2-1. He must be Derby’s number nine next season, he scores for fun.

The perfect appointment under the current circumstances for Chelsea

Chelsea has appointed club legend Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year contract, following the departure of Mauricio Sarri to Juventus.

I think this is the perfect appointment under the current circumstances. The Blues have a two-year transfer ban, which will presumably halt any plans to mount a serious title challenge for the next few seasons.

The new manager needs time, trust from the fans and has the ability to blend youth into their current crop of quality players. Chelsea fans will certainly give Frank time to adopt his own playing style, and appreciate his efforts to give youngsters an opportunity to become legends like himself.

Chelsea arguably has the most promising set of English youngsters in the country. Fikayo Tomori, Reece James, Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus Cheek, Callum Hudson Odoi, Tammy Abraham – I expect Gareth Southgate to be at a fair amount of games at Stamford Bridge next season, put it that way.

We’ve already seen how good Loftus Cheek and Hudson Odoi are on the international stage, while the other four mentioned were absolutely superb in the Championship last season. Lampard will have to play them at some point, they won’t let him or Chelsea down. This transfer ban could be a blessing in disguise, these youngsters are so talented and sometimes there’s no need to sign multi-million players, give your own an opportunity.

It’s an exciting time for Chelsea supporters. Lampard will give everything to bring success back to Stamford Bridge, playing an attractive, attacking style. Derby was brilliant to watch last season, quick in transition, had flair and were a real danger to any side.

Good luck Frank, he’s got the job of his dreams, probably earlier than expected, take it and play Reece James – you’ll be sound.

2 Chelsea youngsters Lampard needs to give more playing time – Agree?

Chelsea has opted for the ‘club legend in management’ strategy in Frank Lampard, what alterations can we expect for the Chelsea side?

Last season, despite the ups and downs and misbehaving goalkeepers for the London blues. Maurizio Sarri managed to get his squad to 3rd place in the Premier League, he won the Europa cup and got runners-up in the League Cup.

However, Sarri was regularly criticised for his squad selections and foreseeable substitutions, making his Chelsea side somewhat predictable to any side they faced.

As club legend Frank Lampard steps in, just as when club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped into Man Utd, fans expect more decisions to be made that demonstrate a love and passion for the club they support, this includes harnessing the youth.

Jose Mourinho was criticised at Manchester United for not giving playing time to their youth players, even in competitions such as the League Cup, and Sarri was criticised for similar sins.

Here are two players that we should see a lot more of in Stamford Bridge now that Sarri is gone and Lampard is in…

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Yes, you saw this coming. Sarri was under heavy scrutiny for not giving Hudson-Odoi, 18, more first-team action last season, as he only appeared in 10 Premier League matches. According to reports, players including Hudson-Odoi were considering a move away from the club before Lampard was appointed manager, but are now happy to stay in the blue and fight for Lampard’s Chelsea vision.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Being 5 years senior to Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek did see more action under Maurizio Sarri, however, it is still argued that he was not seen enough, having 24 Premier League appearances last season. Under Lampard, we should see Loftus-Cheek appear heavily throughout next season, possibly featuring in almost every game provided he remains injury-free. Loftus-Cheek is much more of a fan-favourite than Jorginho and we could see the Italian snubbed to give the Englishman more of a role in the club.

Under Lampard, we should see Loftus-Cheek appear heavily throughout next season, possibly featuring in almost every game provided he remains injury-free. Loftus-Cheek is much more of a fan-favourite than Jorginho and we could see the Italian snubbed to give the Englishman more of a role in the club.

Who is favourite for Derby County to replace Chelsea bound Lampard

Lincoln boss Danny Cowley is the early bookmakers’ favourite to replace the departing Lampard. The deal for Lampard to return to Stamford Bridge is expected to be completed this week.

Since news broke yesterday that Derby had formally granted Chelsea permission to speak to Lampard, the bookmakers’ have priced up his predecessor with personal terms unlikely to be a problem. “Frank, you have the opportunity to manage Reece James, deal or no deal?” “Deal”.

Cowley is a young, ambitious manager seemingly destined to manage at the highest level. He has two promotions on his CV, from just three seasons at Lincoln. He built a side that played attractive, expansive football and they blew away League Two with ease last season, winning the division by six points. Cowley would inherit a talented squad at Derby, and one that would suit his style of management. It’s an appointment that makes perfect sense, he deserves his opportunity to test himself in the Championship.

Other names on the potential list of replacements include Darren Moore, Steven Gerrard and Gary Rowett. Moore was harshly sacked from West Brom when sitting in fourth spot last season, does he play the ‘easy on the eye’ style football that Derby is looking for though?

Gerrard seems to be building something special at Ibrox and looking to really challenge Celtic for the SPL title, while a return to Pride Park for Gary Rowett seems unlikely. Although his sacking from Birmingham came as a real shock, he struggled under the pressure at Derby and Stoke previously, when gifted the opportunity to sign big money players.

It’s looking like a nightmare few weeks for Derby. A play-off final defeat, their three best players last season returning to their home clubs and now Lampard is off.

Richard Keogh player-manager to save the day?

THE LOWDOWN: Who Is Supposed Man Utd Target Elif Emas

The rumour mill will continue to throw names out across the crazy season AKA the summer transfer window. One name that has cropped up recently is Fenerbahce’s 19-year-old midfielder Elif Elmas.

Having been linked with Man City and Tottenham also, it seems on the surface that the Macedonian international is somewhat of a hot property in the Super Lig. However, despite having played 10 times for his country already at his tender age, and featuring 16 times in the starting line up for Fenerbahce – Emas is not a name that will get the Manchester United fans licking their lips.

With no real stand out strengths in his game as of yet, the midfielder can play in a number of positions in and around the midfield. His main position seems to be defensive midfield, however, he has been played in a more forward role and out on the left-hand side.

Elmas found the net three times last campaign but, is by no means a Frank Lampard type of player. Elmas like to play short passes as he looks to link defence to attack, in spite of this, this part of his game needs improving alongside his tackling ability. Especially if he is to carve out a career on the defensive midfield role.

Currently valued at 6.75m, it speaks volumes for his projected talent. In all honesty, United would do well to avoid the Macedonian youngster going off the above, and search elsewhere across Europe. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems hell-bent on bringing young talent to Old Trafford, nevertheless, they need to be the right one and be able to shine under the Red Devils spotlights.

Man Utd fans, who do you think the Red Devils should go for?

Could Scholes Have The Same Impact As Lampard and Gerrard At Oldham?

It shouldn’t surprise anybody these days to find that allegiances are quickly broken in football depending on results on the pitch. A rookie manager who against all odds finds himself thrust into the limelight after a string of wins can so easily be cast aside and past successes are forgotten after one bad result.

That appears to be the current state of affairs down at Boundary Park. Most of the news about the next manager of the club seems to be concocted from wild (no pun intended) rumours and the latest betting odds, neither of which can claim to be accurate or based on any element of truth.

One fact that is well known and beyond doubt is that current favourite for the post, Paul Scholes, is a big Latics fan and has been suggested for the job on previous occasions. It was always been gratifying to see Scholes at Boundary Park when he had a free Saturday, but whether he’d be as warmly welcomed as the new manager remains to be seen.

He was apparently interviewed for the post in the past but has since taken up an interest in Salford City and owns a 10% stake in the club. That has led to a possible conflict of interest which may have to be resolved given that Salford might well be in League Two next season.

People will inevitably look at the success of Frank Lampard at Derby and Steven Gerrard at Rangers and wonder whether such a high profile name as Scholes could have a similar impact. What is abundantly clear is that Gerrard and Rangers have home support and associated income averaging just below the 50,000 mark, furthermore, Derby average 27,000 at Pride Park. It would be interesting to see if either of them could work the same magic on Oldham’s average of 4166.

For Gerrard and Lampard, their goals are European qualification and promotion to the Premier League respectively, whilst whoever takes the reins at Boundary Park is faced with attempting to revive a club that has been in terminal decline for the best part of 25 years. Scholes may well believe that his past playing career at the highest level and his contacts within the game would place him in an excellent position to take up the post, however, there has been a desire for some time to appoint a manager with a proven record and plenty of experience.

Like many who have passed through the revolving managerial door at Boundary Park, Scholes does not possess a great deal of managerial experience. He is rather dour in comparison with the media-savvy Gerrard and Lampard and faces what possibly could be the greatest obstacle of becoming an Oldham Athletic manager, which is getting the supporters to forget his long association with the much-reviled masses at Old Trafford.

Add to that the rumour that owner Abdallah Lemsagam is currently the only person involved in signing players, and you have a job which would be a poisoned chalice to even the most desperate of job seekers.

United Fans Are In a Busby to Fergie Era, Is Failure To Be Accepted?

Another morning, another feeling of frustration overcomes the Manchester United fans, following defeat to Frank Lampard’s Derby last night.

The Red Devils, as per usual started well scoring within the few minutes of the match. A few chances later in the first half and the game should have been all but put to bed, with United fans feeling differently this morning.

However, what seems to be a growing theme with this Mourinho side is that they can start well, but seem to fall off as the match progresses.

We have seen it twice in the space of a week against Wolves and Derby last night.

Talk of Jose Mourinho losing the dressing room, his battle with Paul Pogba for control over Old Trafford and reported rift with chairman Ed Woodward is not making United the invincible outfit they once were.

Many Reds point out on a regular basis of the United Way. As United fans, it’s time to realise that, that era in the Premier League is over and it’s time to move on.

After Sir Matt Busby, United’s following 17 years were in total, bleak. A couple of cup wins couldn’t mask over the failure of success to the point United were relegated.

Fergie was our era’s Busby, and it may not be 17 years until another one-of-a-kind manager comes along. However, until that point, defeats and performances like recent times under Mourinho and the previous two managers – not that they have to be accepted – moreover, that’s the way of life at Old Trafford.

Fergie was an incredible man manager and his ability to win what he won, or even matches with a team that many fans scoff at was an unbeleivable trait. Something United are missing and will be until the next Busby/Fergie comes along.

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