Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves dies aged 81

By Sports Desk September 19, 2021
Former England and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves has died at the age of 81.

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    Thomas Tuchel is adamant Romelu Lukaku will make a significant impact for Chelsea upon his return from injury, but insists the Blues must be patient with the striker.

    Club-record signing Lukaku has netted four goals in 12 appearances since returning from Inter for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.

    But, the Belgium international has missed the past month with an ankle injury.

    He returned as a late substitute in the weekend draw with former club Manchester United, and could start against Watford on Wednesday.

    Tuchel has no doubt of the quality that Lukaku will contribute to the Blues' cause when fully back up to speed.

    But the head coach insists that for now, patience with the 28-year-old is a virtue.

    "We showed with him and we showed without him that we're capable of scoring and capable of winning," Tuchel said.

    "I think it's a process of adapting in both ways; the team will adapt to him and he will adapt to the team.

    "The most important thing is that he becomes fit and gains fitness and a physical level that he can start for us. The rest, I'm pretty sure will take care of itself.

    "I'm absolutely convinced and have zero doubts that he will have a huge impact on our team once he's back.

    "He's pushing every single day and pushing everybody to try to be out on the pitch again. He tries to convince us that he's ready to start. 

    "We gave him some minutes [against Man United], which helps him psychologically and this is very important, but he is determined and trains on a very high level. 

    "Once we have the opinion that he's fully fit, I think he's ready to go and contribute what he can, which is a lot.

    "We still believe that he can make the difference for us but at the same time, we will be patient."

    Tuchel is also hopeful it is only a matter of time before Andreas Christensen signs a new deal with the club.

    The defender, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, has made 13 appearances for the Blues in all competitions this term.

    "We think we can have good news about Andreas," Tuchel added. 

    "I understood the club wants the same, the player wants the same, the coach wants the same – to stay – and that’s why we need the commitment and can continue.

    "We've been waiting a long time now for confirmation. 

    "He tells us that he loves Chelsea, that he wants to stay and play a big part. He is a big part of a big club. I think he's a perfect fit and I hope that he's not done yet here. 

    "He can still develop and be a big, big player. We want the commitment and hopefully, we get it."

  • Lukaku will have a huge impact, but we will be patient – says Tuchel Lukaku will have a huge impact, but we will be patient – says Tuchel

    Thomas Tuchel is adamant Romelu Lukaku will make a significant impact for Chelsea upon his return from injury, but insists the Blues must be patient with the striker.

    Club-record signing Lukaku has netted four goals in 12 appearances since returning from Inter for a second spell at Stamford Bridge.

    But, the Belgium international has missed the past month with an ankle injury.

    He returned as a late substitute in the weekend draw with former club Manchester United, and could start against Watford on Wednesday.

    Tuchel has no doubt of the quality that Lukaku will contribute to the Blues' cause when fully back up to speed.

    But the head coach insists that for now, patience with the 28-year-old is a virtue.

    "We showed with him and we showed without him that we're capable of scoring and capable of winning," Tuchel said.

    "I think it's a process of adapting in both ways; the team will adapt to him and he will adapt to the team.

    "The most important thing is that he becomes fit and gains fitness and a physical level that he can start for us. The rest, I'm pretty sure will take care of itself.

    "I'm absolutely convinced and have zero doubts that he will have a huge impact on our team once he's back.

    "He's pushing every single day and pushing everybody to try to be out on the pitch again. He tries to convince us that he's ready to start. 

    "We gave him some minutes [against Man United], which helps him psychologically and this is very important, but he is determined and trains on a very high level. 

    "Once we have the opinion that he's fully fit, I think he's ready to go and contribute what he can, which is a lot.

    "We still believe that he can make the difference for us but at the same time, we will be patient."

    Tuchel is also hopeful it is only a matter of time before Andreas Christensen signs a new deal with the club.

    The defender, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, has made 13 appearances for the Blues in all competitions this term.

    "We think we can have good news about Andreas," Tuchel added. 

    "I understood the club wants the same, the player wants the same, the coach wants the same – to stay – and that’s why we need the commitment and can continue.

    "We've been waiting a long time now for confirmation. 

    "He tells us that he loves Chelsea, that he wants to stay and play a big part. He is a big part of a big club. I think he's a perfect fit and I hope that he's not done yet here. 

    "He can still develop and be a big, big player. We want the commitment and hopefully, we get it."

  • Former England captain Alastair Cook signs Essex extension until 2023 Former England captain Alastair Cook signs Essex extension until 2023

    Former England captain Alastair Cook has penned a two-year extension with Essex.

    Cook, who is England's all-time leading run scorer in Test cricket, signed an initial three-year deal with Essex following his international retirement in 2018.

    Since then, the 36-year-old has played an integral role in the county's successive red-ball titles in 2019 and 2020, first the County Championship followed by the inaugural Bob Willis Trophy.

    Cook registered 172 in the first innings in the latter success at Lord's to offer Essex an early lead against Somerset, ending the campaign as the leading run scorer in the competition with 563 runs at an average of 56.30.

    But Essex endured a tough season the following campaign, failing to qualify for Division One of the County Championship, while it remained unclear whether Cook would renew terms.

    Cook, however, has decided to continue playing for at least the next two years.

    Upon signing his new contract, the opening batsman to Essex's in-house media: "I have really enjoyed my cricket here at Essex since my international retirement.

    "We are lucky to have a fantastic dressing room and great coaching staff, led brilliantly by Anthony McGrath, and I'm looking forward to what is hopefully another successful couple of years."

    The left-hander made 161 Test appearances, racking up 12,472 runs at an average of 45.35 as he holds records as not only England's most-capped red-ball captain (59) but also for the most centuries for his country in the longest format (33).

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