Wright makes Chelsea Premier League title declaration after Sheffield United win

Ian Wright claims Chelsea have firmly established themselves as Premier League title contenders after their win at Sheffield United.

The Blues fell behind early on to David McGoldrick's opener at Bramall Lane, but recovered to run out dominant 4-1 winners.

Tammy Abraham and Ben Chilwell netted in the first half to give the visitors the advantage heading into the interval, while Thiago Silva and Timo Werner grabbed late goals to seal the victory.

The result leaves Chelsea third in the Premier League with four wins, three draws and one defeat – a 2-0 loss to champions Liverpool – from their opening eight games.

Wright has been impressed by the Blues' summer recruitment and, when asked if Chelsea are title contenders, 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 [challenging for the title].

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"But then now it is 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."

After the international break, Chelsea travel to mid-table Newcastle in the Premier League before a trip to Rennes in the Champions League.

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