Carlton Cole hopes Tammy Abraham will take his big opportunity to impress as Chelsea’s No.9 after Frank Lampard made the decision to start the 21-year-old as his main striker against Manchester United.The Blues were defeated 4-0 at Old Trafford but there were positive signs as the likes of Abraham and Mason Mount showed glimpses of their potential.Like Abraham, Cole was an academy graduate at Stamford Bridge but struggled to get opportunities in the first team with Didier Drogba, Hernan Crespo and Eidur Gudjohnsen all competing for a first-team spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? 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? Lampard was also a team-mate of Cole’s and he has given a chance to a host of academy players as the Blues aim to cope with the transfer ban imposed on them by FIFA.And, as a result of that ban, Cole is hopeful that Abraham takes the opportunity he feels he never had in west London.”I wish I was coming through at Chelsea with a transfer ban,” Cole told Goal at the finals of the #BetRegret Cup, part of the nation’s largest safer gambling campaign. “This is an excellent chance for Tammy Abraham.”When I was out there, I was fighting for my life. Hopefully, these boys from the youth team can grasp this chance to make a good account of themselves.”They have to have the desire to realise what a big chance this is. I would have loved this chance when I was back there. Can you imagine if I had an opportunity like this? I never had that. You need a run of games to show what you can do.”You will see that these boys will definitely get their chances, the next question is, will they take it? For Tammy, he knows this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I hope he will take his chance. He is a good player. He still has a lot to learn but where’s the best place to learn it?“Under someone who believes in you and who thinks you can do well for him. The thing is that Lampard also has no choice but to believe in him. He is in a win-win situation, Abraham, but he must believe in himself.”He has to do something for Chelsea by the end of the year. This is a big stage. He was brilliant at Aston Villa but this is a promotion. This is the big time.”Cole went on a series of loans at Chelsea before signing for West Ham in 2006 to begin his most productive spell in football. He earned international recognition during his time with the Hammers and has returned to the club as a coach for the Under-18s side.Manuel Pellegrini splashed the cash to sign Sebastian Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer and Cole is confident that the Frenchman is capable of being a bit hit in the Premier League.”From what I have seen of him so far, I think he is a top, top player. I think Manuel Pellegrini has bought very well there,” he added.”I think he can fill the void that we have been having over the last couple of years. Andy Carroll hasn’t been fit to play.”He would have been our main go-to guy to hold up the ball and bring others into play. We were missing that. We know we have a focal point of attack and we can build off him. We have other players like [Manuel] Lanzini, [Pablo] Fornals is a great signing and prospect.”Jack Wilshere is like a new signing. Declan Rice will keep improving and Mark Noble spurring on the boys. So listen, we are looking good. Our defence is not too shabby as well.”Cole was speaking from the final of the #BetRegret Cup, part of the UK’s largest safer gambling campaign . Teams from across the UK have been battling it out throughout the summer, which culminated at the national final at Powerleague Shoreditch on August 4. Bet Regret is that immediate sinking feeling you get when you place a bet you know you shouldn’t have, for example when you’re bored, drunk or chasing losses. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
MONTREAL — Grocery store chain Metro Inc. says the construction of its first automated distribution centres are unrelated to its efforts to offset added costs from Ontario’s rising minimum wage.The Montreal-based company said it will eliminate about 280 jobs starting in 2021 as part of a $400-million overhaul of its Ontario distribution network.The company said the move to modernize and automate its network will mean the loss of about 180 full-time and 100 part-time positions.“In our industry we’re always looking at ways to become more efficient to lower pricing, but we have been talking about this for three years since I joined the company and well before anybody said anything about minimum wage,” Carmen Fortino, division head at Metro Ontario, said.The announcement follows comments by Metro in August that it would study automation as it looked to cut costs in the face of the Ontario government’s plan to raise the minimum wage next year.Metro has six distribution centres in Ontario including four in Toronto and two in Ottawa that employ a total of more than 1,500 workers.It said the existing Ontario distribution network dates back to the 1960s and no longer meets the needs of its business.“We see a lot of opportunities in the province and we wanted to make sure that we were going to be in a position to be able to grow but support our stores in a cost-efficient manner and add some flexibility to the way that we service our stores,” Fortino said.The company plans to modernize the operations in Toronto between 2018 and 2023 by building a new fresh distribution facility and a new frozen distribution centre. The old fresh food warehouse will close and be dismantled while the frozen space will be used for non-perishable groceries.Metro has no immediate plans to automate its six distribution centres in Quebec, including the latest built five years ago in Laval.However, further upgrades in other Ontario centres are eventually possible, said Fortino.“Technology changes so quickly I think you have to keep an open mind to everything.”He said the existing Ontario network built up through a series of acquisitions no longer has the capacity and technology to meet the needs from a proliferation of products, including ones that serve ethnic communities.Fortino said the goal is to supply stores with better on-time deliveries, offer more different types of products and use systems that keep produce fresher, while also reducing costs that hopefully can be passed on to customers.“The whole experience for a customer should improve,” he added.Metro looked at automated systems around the world, including the latest technology in Europe, before settling on a system supplied by Witron, a German-based company described as a worldwide leader in order-picking systems for retail and industry.Although Metro faces competitors with automated distribution centres, Metro is just entering the field.With technology changing so rapidly, Fortino said he’s happy that the company has taken the time to study its options.Before the new facilities are built, however, the company will acquire a modern automated facility in Varennes, Que., with the closure of its purchase of pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the modernization of Metro’s distribution network is consistent with the company’s “measured and methodical approach to improving efficiencies in the business.”