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Chris Sutton
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Desc A gifted goalscorer and Premier League title-winner at Blackburn, Sutton was your quintessential out and out No 9. Never as big a hit on the international stage as he might’ve been but his domestic achievements more than justify his place here


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Club as Player Blackburn Rovers
  Celtic FC

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] He was a phenomenal finisher, and didn’t miss much. He had really low backlift on the shot, but such power in the shooting

2017 04 15 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton criticises Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat by Crystal Palace] This is a manager who’s managed ‘The Invincibles’, and he’s managing ‘The Invisibles’ now

2017 04 21 Retrieve

[Ugo Ehiogu: Former England defender dies after suffering cardiac arrest] Ex-Blackburn, Chelsea and Celtic striker Chris Sutton‏

2019 02 26 Retrieve

[Celtic ‘very reluctantly’ grant Rodgers permission to speak with Leicester] Neil Lennon looks like he’s back in at Celtic… Brendan Rodgers off to Leicester… surprising timing for Brendan to leave now and not in the summer…

2019 03 26 Retrieve

[Real Madrid should be targeting Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling over Chelsea star Eden Hazard, says former England striker Chris Sutton] You have to say that Raheem Sterling is now world class. If you were Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, surely you would want to buy him over Eden Hazard?

2019 06 29 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says Kieran Tierney should be insulted by Arsenal’s bids for him] Kieran Tierney should be insulted by Arsenal’s bids for him. Celtic and Scottish football should also be seeing disrespect in what the Gunners are offering. Yet again I’m having the same argument I’ve been having year-on-year since Virgil van Dijk was inexplicably allowed to leave Celtic for a fee of £13 million in the summer of 2015. Nothing has changed. English clubs believed then they could get away with transfer market murder and they still do.

Fair enough all clubs start low in a bidding process but £15m for Tierney smacks of disgusting contempt. Not just for Celtic and Scottish football but for the boy. If I were Tierney I would be wondering if they really rated me at all given the figures which are flying around south of the border. Manchester United are paying £55m to land Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. Leicester are looking to get about £70m for Ben Chilwell if he goes. Both of those boys have had roughly one good season each in the English Premier League and that’s the fees? Are you trying to tell me that Chilwell is a four times better player than Tierney? Or that Wan-Bissaka is three times as good?

[Sutton added on Arsenal’s efforts to lure a highly-rated prospect away from Parkhead on the cheap] Whatever way you look at it and however you see the level of the Scottish league, it’s nigh-on impossible to get to a final figure of £15m. It’s mocking Scottish football. It’s scornful to Celtic and disrespectful to the player. There is a halfway house here. Arsenal think they can get Tierney for around £20m. Wan Bissaka has gone for £50m. That means the meet in the middle figure should be at the £35m mark. And, if Celtic accept anything significantly less than that for Tierney during this transfer window, then they have been insulted again just as they were over the sale of Van Dijk.

2019 08 09 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton is full of hope that Tammy Abraham will be given the chance to shine as the club’s new No. 9.] If you talk about Abraham and the No. 9 jersey and myself and the No. 9, I had the additional issue of going for big money. The same happened for Fernando Torres, Shevchenko, Morata and others. When you have a big fee, you are expected to have a goal return. Abraham doesn’t have that. That’s evident. He has been nurtured and developed. There will still be an expectation on him to perform, but the fact that Chelsea hasn’t laid on big money for him might help.

It only takes you so far. Chelsea have aspirations but maybe just not as big as in previous seasons due to circumstances. When you are competing with Giroud and Batshuayi, that is a healthy competition. If I am honest, I think that most people want to see Abraham develop. As a young player at Chelsea, you will be looking at it and saying we are going to get an opportunity. It didn’t happen under previous managers so maybe this is a turning point or it seems to be a turning point. Giroud is in his 30s. For Batshuayi, he did enough last time for Chelsea fans to have faith in him, but I think Abraham is the favoured one. Batshuayi with something to offer, too. The likes of Aguero at Manchester City is someone you would take over any of the Chelsea strikers, of course. Abraham has been shown faith in terms of being thrown the No. 9 shirt, which has burdened a lot of players, myself included and other Chelsea No. 9s. Frank rates him highly and he is going to get this opportunity

[Sutton thinks that his former club are set for a battle for fourth place once again] Do I think they can challenge Manchester City and Liverpool? Absolutely not. I think there is a rung of four clubs: Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United who I think will be fighting it out for the other two places in the top four again. They are not going to compete for the title if we are honest, but Conte won it from 10th, which is amazing stuff. Hazard did carry Chelsea last season, whether we like it or not. Third place and Europa League, people will say Sarri did well, but things weren’t right there. There were always murmurings behind the scenes. There were questions whether the players liked the manager. There was the Kepa Arrizabalaga incident. It never seemed like the manager was going to be there long term. It seemed to be one of the worst-kept secrets ever when he left.

Now, because of this situation and the transfer embargo, Chelsea have to go again. I think that there will be patience for Frank. He has taken Jody Morris with him. Chelsea fans will probably accept that they aren’t going to compete for a top-two place this season. That still doesn’t mean that they can’t perform strongly and fight for a place in the top four. I think it is a season for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era where I don’t look at Chelsea as a team who can seriously challenge for a title

2019 08 27 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham’s early-season form could warrant an England recall for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers] I thought Chelsea were very good. You talk about England and I think the interesting one is Tammy Abraham. I know it’s early days but I thought he was very good. When you think of England strikers you’d say shoo-in Rashford and Kane but then you start to think. Could Abraham push Callum Wilson? Yeah, I think he could. Frank Lampard seems to have great faith in Abraham, getting the nod over Giroud. I was impressed with Abraham at the weekend. It’s a big season for him and the fact that he has Frank’s backing, good mobility and no doubt he took both goals fantastically

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says England now boast European football’s best front three] England may have a house made of straw at the back, but at least they have their big bad wolves up front. Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford will strike fear into any opponents at Euro 2020. You will not find a better front three in Europe. France perhaps come closest. Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe are superstars, but between them is Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, who struggles to get a game for his club. You’d take Kane over him any day. Germany had Timo Werner, Marco Reus and Serge Gnabry lead their attack in a 4-2 loss to Holland last week. Even if Leroy Sane was fit, that would still not excite me as much as England. The Dutch use Memphis Depay up front and Kane beats the former Manchester United man every day of the week. Ryan Babel plays alongside Depay and he isn’t close to Sterling, Rashford or Jadon Sancho.

In a 2-1 win over Romania, Spain’s attack was Paco Alcacer, Dani Ceballos and Rodrigo. Good players, but not better than England. And no disrespect to Bernardo Silva or Joao Felix, but I see Portugal as a one-man band - they’re all about Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored four in Lithuania on Tuesday. Gareth Southgate’s task now is to build a brick wall at the back. As good as his attack is, England cannot rely solely on Sterling, Kane and Rashford to huff and puff their way to Euro 2020 glory

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says Manchester United and Arsenal would struggle to finish above FC Celtic and Glasglow Rangers in the Scottish Premiership] Premier League football at its very best … On that performance? No. I think they’ll improve and probably invest in January, whether there’s top players available… Teams like West Ham, if there’s ever a chance of getting in the top four this season is it. Top-six for Manchester United should be OK but that won’t satisfy these clubs with the money they’ve spent. It’s got to be top four

2019 10 08 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says Christian Pulisic would not have been targeted by Chelsea had Frank Lampard been making recruitment calls] He has to prove himself. Frank Lampard has no agenda against him, he’s picking the best possible team to win games of football, that’s his job. He wasn’t Frank’s signing, of course. With [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount coming to the fore, he’s going to have a major issue getting into the starting line-up. I really do think that. I don’t see a way in for him at the moment.

Fifty-eight million, a lot of money to spend and it would be interesting to ask Frank now if he would sign him at this moment in time if he hadn’t signed him before? The answer to that, I think, is pretty obvious - he wouldn’t. But, there’s a reason Chelsea spent the money on him, he’s still a young man and got enormous talent, he has to go out and show it. It’s good for Frank in terms of strength in depth.

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says Harry Kane is no flat-track bully and will eventually break Wayne Rooney’s all-time record to become England’s greatest-ever goalscorer] Watch out Wayne Rooney, because Harry Kane is coming for your record. At 26 years old, it is hard to see the Tottenham Hotspur striker not writing his name in history as England’s greatest-ever goalscorer. With his ruthlessness and knack for making mincemeat of the minnows, he has to be a shoo-in to beat Rooney’s total of 53. It would be unfair to brand Kane a flat-track bully, and I wouldn’t call him that because he offers so much more, but he loves facing inferior opponents. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course. I’m glad we can sit here and talk about how much he loves scoring against them than not scoring! Kane on Sunday equalled the record for most goals in a calendar year for England, joining George Hilsdon in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927 on 12

Look at who his goals in 2019 were against. Four against Bulgaria and four against Montenegro, two nations currently ranked joint-61st in the world. Two against Kosovo, ranked 114. Two against the Czech Republic, ranked 43. He has not been in the best form for his club but started this week on 28 goals for his country and finished it on 32 - just 21 shy of Rooney. Given the volume of games and the opponents he will face in the years that follow, I cannot see Kane passing up the opportunity to make that record his own.

The only thing that might stop the Spurs striker is himself, if he gets injured. Or possibly if someone like Tammy Abraham can somehow succeed in forcing him out of the starting line-up. Yet Southgate clearly trusts Kane. It was interesting on Sunday how, given the changes made by the England boss, he kept him in there. Maybe Kane is asking his manager to play him. Maybe he is already eyeing up that record himself. I like that ambition if so. As a striker, Kane wants to score, score then score some more, and it’s difficult to see him stopping any time soon as long as the supply line is there

2019 12 09 Retrieve

[Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton expressed his surprise at the decision to drop Lacazette] That is a huge call. Alexandre Lacazette scored against Brighton and I think he is a great footballer who leads the line well, it’s a big call. But fair play to Freddie Ljungberg, he is doing it his way and picking the players he wants to pick

2019 12 11 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says Frank Lampard may have discovered a future Chelsea captain by allowing a number of academy stars to step up to the senior fold] There’s been a lot of admiration for what Frank Lampard has achieved at Chelsea this season. The pressure is off on the basis since the early 2000s in the Abramovich era, everyone always expected Chelsea to be in the hunt for the Premier League title. He’s achieved great things with the younger players, the likes of Abraham coming through, Mason Mount playing well, Reece James has been excellent. It bodes well, and they’re an exciting team to watch. They’ve got a manager that has total faith and belief in them, and at the start of the season he gave Abraham an opportunity over [Olivier] Giroud and [Michy] Batshuayi, he’d seen him and trusted him and you can only give him credit for allowing players like him, Mason Mount and Tomori to make that step up. If the players at their age are showing early signs of being able to consistently perform at a high level in the Premier League, then there’s no reason why one of them couldn’t become a Chelsea captain

Top four would be a good season for Lampard. Frank would want the top four and I believe he would see that as a real success. If Chelsea even ended up finishing 5th, and the likes of Tomori, Mount and Abraham had an extra year’s experience in the Premier League it would still be a successful season for Frank Lampard. It’s all about the Champions League though, that’s the expectation of the club

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says Odsonne Edouard is worth £40 million] Odsonne Edouard is worth £40 million. He’s the best striker Celtic have had since my old sidekick Henrik Larsson left. And, if the club do manage to win a ninth-straight title and then have the cherished tenth to shoot for next term, surely Celtic should rip his current contract to bits, offer him virtually whatever he wants and plead with him to give them one more year in an attempt to make history

Assessing some of the transfer fees which are being bandied about for average players, the rate of inflation and the premium which is added to the cost for top-class strikers, I genuinely believe £40m is a realistic sales figure.

There’s no middle club needed. The days of Virgil van Dijk needing to prove himself at Southampton before getting to Liverpool are gone. Moussa Dembele to Lyon and Kieran Tierney to Arsenal are proof of that after the Dutch defender did their groundwork.

Edouard has got almost everything. At the age of 22, there is a decade at the highest level waiting for him. In all honesty, the time will probably be right for him to go in the summer. He looks to me as though as he is already ready for the step up to one of Europe’s big leagues

2020 02 14 Retrieve

[Odsonne Edouard: Celtic’s unstoppable force could soon be starring in the Premier League] Odsonne Edouard’s the closest thing to Henrik Larsson I’ve seen

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[Chris Sutton says Bayern Munich were in a different stratosphere to Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 clash] It’s one to forget for Frank Lampard. They were just outclassed. They defended resolutely first-half, but they struggled to get out and you felt it was coming. Bayern Munich were just in a different stratosphere. It was an absolute mauling for Chelsea. We can sit here and pick the bones out of Chelsea but Bayern were so good. Manuel Neuer wasn’t worked in the second half and the 3-0 scoreline flatters Chelsea. Chelsea are not at the same level. It was a really harrowing night for Chelsea and Frank. They’ll have to regroup and hope they get the first goal in Munich. Can you see a way back for Chelsea? I don’t want to be too negative but absolutely not

What impressed me about Bayern Munich was their desire to get the ball back. There are no prima donnas in this side. If you were Liverpool you wouldn’t want to face this side in this form. I think Bayern Munich can do what they did tonight, on their day, to absolutely anyone. I think they are that good. There was a negativity around Bayern at the start of the season but they are gaining confidence week by week. They are just going to go from strength to strength. They don’t seem to have a weakness

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[former Celtic striker Chris Sutton says Odsonne Edouard is like Van Dijk & destined for the very top] The French striker is going to the very top just like Van Dijk and he’s been sensational. The striker can do everything. He links the game, he makes runs, he creates and he is a quality finisher. Edouard really assumed the mantle of responsibility as [Neil] Lennon chased the nine last season and delivered in emphatic style for his boss and team.

Dutch defender oozed class from the minute he settled into life at Celtic. The centre-back often strolled through matches. Able to step out from the back and play in the midfield as well as score brilliant free-kicks, Van Dijk was destined for the top and that’s where he’s ended up as a Champions League winner

Outstanding in the left-back role from the moment he was given his opportunity during the Ronny Deila reign. Tierney was outstanding going forward, had boundless energy and was tigerish in his tackling and defending. His strong bond with the club also made him a huge favourite among the supporters and a must-pick for the position

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Lampard under pressure after Werner & Ziyech deals] I think he has done a good job and answered some of the people who questioned whether he deserved to get the job. Arguably, Frank went into the first big job of his managerial career at the perfect moment

They had a transfer embargo to deal with, expectations were massively diluted and Lampard had time to get used to the job and the fact that Chelsea are sitting in the top four of the Premier League is a testament to the job he has done. Now, after the money that has been spent and the quality of the players that have been signed, there will be a very different pressure for Frank to deal with next season. That is the nature of the business we are in. There will be pressure when you are at a big club and the big question for Frank will be can they close the gap between Liverpool and Manchester City, who are quite a distance ahead of them at the moment. Those two teams are the benchmark at the moment

There are a lot of big teams still left in the FA Cup, so it will be tough for Chelsea to win it. They also have a tough game against Leicester on Sunday as even though they have had a slow start since the return to action, they have players who are capable of hurting Chelsea. It will be a tight game and it could go either way