Paper Round: Drinkwater snubs England, Lampard open to replacing Emenalo

Paper Round: Drinkwater snubs England, Lampard open to replacing Emenalo

09/11/2017 at 23:52Updated 09/11/2017 at 23:57

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has snubbed an England call-up whilst Frank Lampard is open to replacing MIchael Emenalo at Stamford Bridge. It's Friday's Paper Round.

Drinkwater snubs England with youngsters set for call-up

We start with The Mail, who are one of many papers to lead with the back page of Danny Drinkwater turning down a call-up to the England squad. Drinkwater reportedly did not feel ready to play and that decision could cost him his place at the World Cup. With so many injuries Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Solanke and Demarai Gray are all pushing for call-ups.

Paper Round's view: It seems pretty harsh to drop Drinkwater from England thinking given the injury problems he has had so far this season. Is this just Southgate making convenient excuses?

Lampard open to replacing Emenalo

In The Mirror there are quotes from former Chelsea man Frank Lampard who refused to rule out the possibility of taking over from Michael Emenalo at Stamford Bridge. Emenalo has handed in his notice at Chelsea and the Blues are reportedly undecided on whether they will appoint a new Director of Football or just share out the tasks amongst other senior figures. Lampard was full of praise for Emenalo and didn't rule out taking the role.

Paper Round's view: Emenalo is an extremely divisive figure amongst Chelsea fans but it's hard to deny the good work he did in terms of transfers, even if some sales have to be questioned. Replacing him would be a huge first step for Lampard, possibly one he's not ready for.

West Ham could sell Arnautovic

Sticking with The Mirror it is reported that West Ham are happy to sell club-record signing Mark Arnautovic with new manager David Moyes given the green light to offload any players he feels is under-performing. Selling Arnautovic could also help Moyes fund some signings with Harry Arter, William Carvalho and Lamine Kone all mentioned as possible targes.

Paper Round's view: Arnautovic is that type of player that he will always be inconsistent but when he turns it on he can be a real game changer. However if West Ham can recoup a fair amount of what they paid, plus offload his wages then it may give them greater room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.

Man Utd handed injury boost

Finally in The Mail, Manchester United have been handed an injury boost with Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and MIchael Carrick all set to return after the international break. Pogba has missed the last 12 games whilst Carrick and Rojo have featured in just one match between them. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been increasing his workload but is still training away from the main group.

Paper Round's view: This is big news for United, more Pogba than the other two. He's so crucial to making them tick and they missed him badly during the defeat to Chelsea.