The decisions over who to include in Chelsea’s squad heading to Japan later on Monday is going to be a hot topic.
Some players like Billy Gilmour might have been expected to return to the Cobham youth teams now a full retinue of first teamers has turned up, but his impressive showings, as praised by Lampard, may mean he gets an surprise callup to the Far East.
Other names could also be potentially included after impressing in Ireland. We saw Danny Drinkwater leaving training early this week, with some suggesting it was to complete a loan move. If he or any others go in the next few days, there may well be space for other impressive characters in more shallow positions. Conor Gallagher is one who springs to mind, should Drinkwater or Tiemoue Bakayoko depart shortly.
Unfortunately for all of them, unless the club has really planned ahead, the visa situation will make it very difficult to get them out there. Perhaps we can
We will find out later today, but like a TV game-show, anyone who makes it to this next stage will be in with a very good chance of winning a squad place this season