Chelsea are preparing to tie down Tino Anjorin to a new contract as Frank Lampard looks likely to include him in his matchday squad to face Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup.The 17-year-old sees his contract expire in June 2021 but Lampard’s appointment has shown there are opportunities for academy stars and he is keen to continue at the club.Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash sees the Blues face League Two opposition and gives Lampard a chance to rest senior stars and give debuts to various prospects from the academy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Anjorin’s good form is expected to be recognised after he scored five times in seven games across various youth levels this season and his style of play has seen him earn comparisons to Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a physically-imposing attacking midfielder.Marc Guehi and Ian Maatsen will be elevated into the first team too as Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri are doubts after suffering injuries in the first-half against Liverpool on Sunday.Emerson is understood to have suffered a repeat of the muscle strain that set him back while on international duty with Italy.Chelsea have already involved Guehi in a matchday squad as they cope with several injuries to central defenders. Maatsen, meanwhile, has been getting closer to the first team after travelling to Wolves as the Blues contended with two injuries at full-back.Billy Gilmour has already made his debut this season in the Premier League against Sheffield United and he renewed his contract shortly after that appearance.Anjorin will join the likes of Gilmour, Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Guehi and Jamie Cumming in signing new contracts this season.Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have been playing in the Under-23s for the past week and they are all set to mark their first-team returns in the match against Grimsby.Unlike Anjorin, James will permanently train with the first team this season and he is also in line for a new contract in the coming weeks.Lampard has insisted that he will lean heavily on the Chelsea academy in the 2019-20 campaign and that the faith in youth is not because of a FIFA-imposed transfer ban.”They have to show they deserve to be in front of other players,” Lampard said of his academy stars on Friday. “At the moment, it’s nice because they are showing that. They are all coming together.”We have got Callum and Reece James playing in the Under-23s tomorrow [September 21]. We have a game in the week that they can certainly play a part in for the Carabao Cup. So they have been out. Ruben we know more about as he is a little bit older.”He has always been searching for more games which he was starting to get before he got injured. I think we have that right in front of us and hopefully there will be more beneath that.”Billy Gilmour and Conor Gallagher, who is doing brilliantly on loan at Charlton, and others, I don’t want to leave others out. The door is open but they have to go through it.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TORONTO — North American stock markets weakened on Friday as traders soured to the latest U.S. jobs figures, and the Nasdaq was hammered on falling technology stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index closed 9.11 points lower to 14,393.10, while the Canadian dollar ended 0.48 of a cent higher at 91.07 cents US.The declines were even steeper on Wall Street where investors took a mostly negative stance on the March jobs data, which they had hoped would show a steady recovery after emerging from an intense winter season.The Dow Jones industrials slid 159.84 points to 16,412.71, and the S&P 500 index gave back 23.68 points to 1,865.09.The Nasdaq fell 2.6% to close at its lowest level in about two months, falling 110.01 points to 4,127.73. Tech stocks were the major drag, as influential names like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon all moved lower as growth momentum that’s played out in the sector this year started to lose steam.Traders have been looking for reassurance that the U.S. economy is solid, but despite key economic data throughout the week that pointed to reasons for confidence, the indexes haven’t followed suit.The U.S. Labor Department reported that American employers added 192,000 jobs in March, which fell slightly short of consensus predictions of about 195,000 and was lower than February.“The recovery is perhaps not as strong as one would hope, but the revisions to previous figures suggest that the overall results are quite positive all the same,” wrote Desjardins senior economist Francis Genereux in a note.Overall, employment growth helped back up opinions of a recovery in the U.S. economy, but that sentiment was fuelled by a positive revision to numbers for January and February. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7%.The employment figures couldn’t to shift perceptions about where the Federal Reserve is headed. During the past few months, the Fed has been reducing its monetary stimulus amid mounting evidence of a sustainable economic recovery in the U.S.All in all, the U.S. jobs report provided “further evidence that the economy is rebounding from the chill of an unusually severe, stormy winter,” wrote CIBC World Markets senior economist Peter Buchanan in a note.Domestic jobs data got a better reception, as Statistics Canada said 43,000 new jobs were added in March.The increase eased Canada’s unemployment rate down a tenth of a point to 6.9% — matching a post-recession low — but most of the gains were in part-time positions and the vast majority of the new jobs went to young Canadians.“I tend to not see that necessarily as a great sign for the Canadian economy,” said Kevin Headland, director of the portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management.“It is positive because we are creating jobs, especially for the youth, but not very high-quality jobs.”As enthusiasm surrounding the U.S. economy subsided, gold prices moved higher. June bullion gained US$18.90 to US$1,303.50 an ounce, while May copper was relatively unchanged at US$3.02 a pound.Oil continued to trade above US$100 a barrel with May crude settling 85 cents higher to US$101.14 a barrel.Shares in Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) climbed nearly 27% after the company said results for the first quarter will be better than expected. Improved revenues and lower costs will help earnings remain in-line with the same time last year, the airline said.The new outlook erases a $15 million to $30 million shortfall that the company had initially anticipated in the period. Air Canada stock rose $1.54 to $7.30.