Eight to return to Cobham, 27 to remain in Ireland
As Head Coach Frank Lampard revealed last night’s 1-1 draw against Bohemians, the plan was to reduce the number of players in the current training camp – set in place before Lampard’s appointment – to a more manageable total than the 35-man squad that is currently in Dublin.
And that plan has commenced.
Today, seven of the initial 21-man squad that flew out to Ireland last Friday are returning back to Cobham. These seven, along with Izzy Brown from the second batch of players who only arrived this past Monday, will continue to work on their fitness – with the players then either returning to the youth/development squads, head out on loan or leave on a permanent basis.
According to reports, the eight players to leave are the following:
• Lewis Baker
• Izzy Brown
• Trevoh Chalobah
• Conor Gallagher
• Marc Guehi
• Lucas Piazon
• Dujon Sterling
• Ike Ugbo
The likes of Chalobah, Gallagher, Guehi and Sterling will undoubtedly stay at the club for the forseeable future, with Baker, Brown, Piazon and Ugbo expected to move on.
With these eight players leaving, this now leaves 27 players in Dublin, ahead of the second friendly of the pre-season campaign against St. Patrick’ s Athletic on Saturday.
The 27-man squad for Saturday’s game is as follows:
• Goalkeepers – Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero, Jamie Cumming
• Defenders – Marcos Alonso, Ethan Ampadu, César Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Emerson, David Luiz, Ian Maatsen, Fikayo Tomori, Davide Zappacosta, Kurt Zouma
• Midfielders – Tiémoué Bakayoko, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Billy Gilmour, Jorginho, N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovačić, Mason Mount, Kasey Palmer
• Forwards – Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud, Kenedy, Pedro
What is surprising to see – in a good way – is both Ian Maatsen and Billy Gilmour both being kept on for the game at the weekend after putting in good performances last night. After the St. Patrick’s game, the two youngsters will be leaving the training camp and return to Cobham.
Also, with both Willian and Christian Pulisic being on extended breaks after playing in the CONNEMBOL Copa América and CONCACAF Gold Cup respectively, Kasey Palmer has been kept in the first-team squad and will be travelling to Japan for the matches against Kawasaki Frontale and Barcelona.
Willian, along with Antonio Rüdiger will not be making the trip to the ‘Far East’, but Pulisic could meet up with the squad in Asia, which would be a nice bonus for Lampard.
As for the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – the injured trio will continue their rehabilitation in London.
Pre-season has well and truly begun.