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2016 03 21 Retrieve

[on Harry Kane] Kane has matured into a top quality striker. I can’t think of too many strikers in Europe better than him at the moment

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[Tony Cascarino hails Kante is like an empty crisp packet in the park] N’Golo Kante’s energy is extraordinary but he offers so much more than fitness. It’s the way he darts around the pitch, he’s like an empty crisp packet in the park, flying around all over the place. Lampard hasn’t moved him back into a solely defensive role, Kante was still pushing up the pitch and pinched the ball on the halfway line for Chelsea’s opening goal. Yes he’s brilliant when your team is camped on the edge of their box but he’s great higher up the pitch too, as his ability to read an opponent is superb. People don’t realise how important tackling is in attack as well as defence

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Tony Cascarino believes the likes of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount would not have got a look in had those at Stamford Bridge been able to sign players] When we had the ‘Class of ‘92’ at Manchester United we applauded them for bringing all these young players through. Fergie (Sir Alex Ferguson) was very fortunate to have such a group of players coming through at the same time.

I’ve always been frustrated of Chelsea having so much success in the youth system but never having that conveyor belt of bringing those players through into the first team. Tammy was one of a good number of players who probably wouldn’t have been in the team if Chelsea had a transfer budget. They probably wouldn’t have been anywhere near the first team, Tammy would have gone on loan somewhere else.

So let’s give Lampard some credit here because he has got choices at Chelsea, their squad is big enough not to play these young players. Olivier Giroud could easily have played at centre-forward [against Wolves]. At the start of the season it probably would have been Giroud first choice, Michy Batshuayi second and Tammy third, but Tammy has become the number one choice in a matter of three games. That’s credit to him but also the manager, because Frank has chosen to make that decision. Then you’ve got Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi waiting in the wings and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who is older than the others but you’d like to think he’ll play a lot this season.

I’ve always thought it would have been such a mistake to have had all these great academy players and them not to have some sort of say in Chelsea’s future in the next five years, so I’m delighted.

2019 12 02 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo has a similar instinct to Liverpool forward Sadio Mane] “One player I mentioned, Djenepo, the lad in midfield for [Southampton]. He’s a handful and he did brilliantly for the equaliser for Danny Ings. He’s got that Mane in him where you just don’t know what way he’s going to go. He’s going to run at you, he’s going to do this little jinking movement and it’s very hard for a defender to know where he’s going to go, which side, left or right

2019 12 09 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has described Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as ‘out of order’ for reacting angrily towards Joe Willock in the Gunners 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton last Thursday] There was an incident with Willock on Thursday night where he takes a bit of stick from Aubameyang, which I thought was totally out of order. Aubameyang berated him. Willock’s a young kid coming into the game. It was totally out of order

2019 12 11 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the ‘laziest player’ at Arsenal] Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored last night but he really hurts Arsenal with his poor attitude. People talk about his goalscoring record - and it is indeed very good - but he needs to be a team player. Last night he was just letting opposing defenders head the ball away without even making a challenge. Along with Mesut Özil, he is the laziest player in the side. His work ethic for a senior player is bordering on disgusting

Last week against Brighton & Hove Albion he remonstrated with Joe Willock, his young colleague when he should be encouraging him. He would be the first one out of the club if it was up to me

2019 12 19 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea player Tony Cascarino advices Arteta should sell Aubameyang] The biggest challenge he will face is dealing with the senior players. I remember when Ron Atkinson came into Aston Villa, he said to me immediately: ‘I have agreed a fee with Celtic for you’.That is how Arteta should approach it, starting with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi.

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Tony Cascarino says Chelsea couldn’t believe that Arsenal were so eager to sign David Luiz in the last transfer window] When Arsenal bought the Brazil defender in the summer for £8m I know that Chelsea’s reaction was: ‘Wow, they’ve taken our poorest defender’. You have that familiar image of him chasing after a forward who has got behind him: opponents always know that the 32-year-old will give them space by wandering out of position. He is a fine footballer who sprays the ball around well but for a player with so much experience his defending is not good enough

2020 01 20 Retrieve

[Tony Cascarino says Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard is not yet certain what his strongest starting line up is] I’m not convinced he totally knows who is his best XI. [Callum] Hudson-Odoi’s been in, Willian’s come in, [Christian] Pulisic has come in. Mason Mount has been in and out the team, Reece James has played…

If you look at the centre-halves, he’s had [Kurt] Zouma and [Fikayo] Tomori. But [Andreas] Christensen played alongside [Antonio] Rudiger yesterday? There are four centre-halves and it could be any two! And you’re not really sure that they’re his best two.

And Christensen – you were not really sure if he was going to play a part at all because a couple of weeks ago Frank Lampard said he might actually go and play elsewhere. So it’s a really weird scenario where Lampard does not know his best XI

2020 01 23 Retrieve

[Former Blues striker Tony Cascarino admits that the PSG frontman has the pedigree, but is aware that there are no guarantees in the transfer market] If you can get him, he’s available and he can come at the right price, yes. Cavani has scored unbelievable goals for PSG, he always gets chances, every time I’ve watched him he gets chances to score. You don’t want to bring in people who are going to unsettle it slightly, but, if it works for the club, yes it’s a really good deal. What we’re seeing in this market is that loan deals are more realistic than buying players at the moment

It would be a gamble [to sign Cavani]. I think they can just move it around slightly. I’ve never quite understood why [Olivier] Giroud has been cast aside so quickly. He did brilliantly for Arsenal and he came to Chelsea, and he wasn’t the no.1 choice but then became the no.1 choice – and he leads the line for France. I think it’s strange that he’s been pushed aside. Tammy [Abraham] did really well and has become the No.1, but he’s now had the dip every young player has, and Chelsea should have always prepared for that

2020 02 26 Retrieve

[Tony Cascarino has criticised Lampard in the wake of a damaging Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich] It’s an awkward one with Frank, because we have had words before. Not bad, but I had a phone call and things were said. If I’m being brutally honest, I’ve always found Frank to be a little bit spiky with some of the things that you say, and you can be complimentary but Frank takes it slightly the wrong way. I’m not convinced by his management at times this year, because I do think it’s an easy excuse just to go youngster, youngster – he’s changed that team a hell of a lot.

[Cascarino also weighed in on Lampard’s decision to drop £72 million ($93m) goalkeeper Kepa in favour of Caballero, insisting the Spaniard hasn’t been shown enough ‘loyalty’] I don’t like the Kepa issue. He deserved to get dropped, but keeping him out of the team – I’m not so sure that’s a good decision. You have to show loyalty to players sometimes, even after a bad game. But it’s happening all over the pitch, everywhere has been changed, everybody has been changed around. It’s really hard to guess Chelsea’s XI and that tells you in some way that Frank is spinning plates around his team

[Cascarino went on to express his belief that the Blues will have to spend in order to start improving again] We’re giving him the benefit of the doubt because he’s new to this role of a Premier League manager and Chelsea have been in a very difficult situation where there’s been a lot of change and no buying power. But what I see, just look at the games they’ve lost, the amount of games they’ve lost and the goals against column – that tells you a big story, that they can’t defend very well. I can’t see [how that can improve] unless you buy new players, but you’ve also got to look at your system

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Tony Cascarino sees similarities between a Stamford Bridge prospect and a Premier League great who enjoyed a stellar career at Old Trafford] He was thrown in the deep end and absolutely swam, he didn’t have an issue at all. In the first 15 minutes, he just set the standard for the game, just getting on it, having that inner belief and dictating the pace of the midfield. Without wanting to go over the top, because I’m as guilty as everybody of doing this and getting excited about what you see, but I remember Keane being very similar at this age.

Roy Keane demanded the ball, he was a fearless footballer. When I first saw him at Nottingham Forest and then when he got in the Ireland squad, Roy just enjoyed having the ball, he demanded it, ‘give me it’. Billy Gilmour did that. Roy was tenacious and Billy Gilmour showed that as well last night

Keane was a little bit older when he first came over from Ireland, but if I’m comparing that to what I’m seeing from an 18-year-old, Roy had that tenacity in his game where he just wanted the ball and never shirked anything. That’s what Gilmour did last night

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[Tony Cascarino says Chelsea are getting a Michael Owen-like frontman in Timo Werner] He predominantly likes to play on the left, but he’s quite versatile. His outstanding feature is his pace; his pace over 10 yards is extraordinary, lightning quick […] Michael Owen-like. He tries to get on the back of defenders all the time and comes in off the left to try and get the goals in. He gets a lot of one-on-ones and he’s a real handful. But there is a lot of improvement to be made; I don’t think he’s the most technically gifted. When I’ve watched him I’ve always thought his touch is a bit off for someone who has so many goals. But there is a real danger player in there, and I think Lampard wants goals from more areas in his team.

[Cascarino added on Werner edging away from long-standing links to Liverpool] Most players want to be guaranteed a starting place and Timo Werner probably got that guarantee from Frank Lampard where he is going to play, and he’s going to play a lot of games. I think that’s very important for Werner because I’m not sure he’d get in front of [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah or [Roberto] Firmino [at Liverpool]. We don’t know if one of those will be sold, but obviously Klopp wouldn’t want that to happen; he’d want to keep all three. And I think it’s a case he’d have to fight for a place just to get in that team

2020 06 20 Retrieve

[Tony Cascarino says Arsenal would be better off with Southampton striker Danny Ings leading the line than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] When you look at Aubameyang’s numbers, they’re extraordinary. But when you compare him to a player like Roberto Firmino for Liverpool, has hasn’t got the goals say the likes of Luis Suarez and Fernando Torres did, but he does far more for the team. Danny Ings is like that, too, for me. He’s done this all season. Let’s not forget, Ings’ career has been wrecked by injury and he’s come back and looks so good, he just leads the line brilliantly. He’s a consistent threat, even when the team isn’t playing well he’s still trying his socks off