Ian Wright rates Chelsea's Premier League title chances after Sheffield Utd win

Ian Wright insists Chelsea should be considered title challengers following their 4-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday.

Frank Lampard’s side went behind early on at Stamford Bridge following David McGoldrick’s opener in the ninth minute but Chelsea were 2-1 up by half time after goals from Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell.

Thiago Silva and Timo Werner scored in the second half rounded off Chelsea’s victory, which has put Frank Lampard’s side third in the Premier League after eight games.

And Wright, who won the Premier League title with Arsenal in 1998, believes Chelsea are capable of mounting a credible title challenge this season.

The former Arsenal striker also believes N’Golo Kante will be a ‘vital cog’ in helping Chelsea’s attacking players flourish.

Asked if Chelsea can be title challengers this season, Wright told Premier League Productions: ‘Yes, with what they’ve got.

‘But like we said there’s a little bit of fitting the pieces together and I think the goalkeeper [Edouard Mendy], Thiago Silva, [Hakim] Ziyech coming in, [Kai] Havertz coming in, Werner coming in, I think those players and the quality and the standard of those players yes they should be [title challengers].

‘But then now it’s about fitting the pieces together.

‘For me, playing Kante where he does is going to free up another vital cog in respect of the offensive side of things, because he was everywhere today.

‘So once that’s all knitted together and they start to string a couple of wins together which they seem like they’re doing now, more clean sheets I’m sure will come because they’ll be very disappointed with that goal [against Sheffield United] because it was a poor goal to concede.

‘But they’ve got everything in the armoury to actually challenge, without a doubt.’

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