At his pre-match press conference, Chris Hughton delivered the team news ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup tie, spoke about the record signing of Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge and assessed the threat posed by Barnet.
Team News: “He [Sidwell] tweaked his back two days before Leicester, and we thought he’d be okay for Saturday. He’ll be fine, but won’t be involved on Tuesday. Glenn got a whack on his ankle, but we think he’ll be okay and it doesn’t look like anything dramatic.
“There will be a couple of young players involved, and they will be Jayson Molumby and Aaron Connolly. They’ll both be involved in the game on Tuesday, and Jayson has a good chance of starting.”
“With Izzy, sometimes when you do a hamstring, if it’s a grade two, it can be up to six weeks. It’s certainly not that severe. They’ll [Chelsea] continue to work with him this week and we’re hoping to have him back after the Watford game.”
Signing of Jose Izquierdo: “He brings pace and if I look at his record over the past few seasons, he’s also someone that scores goals.
“He works hard, plays predominantly on the left-hand side, and what he does give us is a real offensive threat and pace on the flanks. He is someone that can play off the front too. It’s also about his ability on the ball.
“What we’ve had with Anthony Knockaert on the right-hand side, and with the likes of Solly March and Jamie, it gives us pace on the flanks. Jiri Skalak is a different type of player, but Jose is certainly one that gives us pace on the flanks.”
Test from Barnet: “What we’ve seen so far is that they’ve been very good and gone about their business in the right way. But we also have experience of how difficult these games can be going back to last season.
“They have been very good defensively and what a lot of teams have done at this particular moment is play with a back three, which can go to a back five. They’re very athletic, well drilled and it shows by their results so far.
“They’ve all been tight games, even the one at Crewe, which was a defeat, it was only by a single goal. They’re an organised team and are playing in a structure that is hard to break down. But we’re at home, and have got to use the spaces where we can and use the opportunities that we’ve got.”