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26 Jul 2018 20:51:53
Apparently Bernard has agreed to join us on a free after leaving Shakhtar - apparently.


1.) 26 Jul 2018 22:30:03
is he any good?

2.) 26 Jul 2018 23:36:38
A squad filler - although it would seem a fair few teams were interested.



09 Jul 2018 23:38:42
BIG NEWS! Jorginho's mum / possible mum / someone who says they're his mum on Instagram / someone who say's she's his mum on Instagram AND who he follows / a hacker who has set up an account got Jorginho to follow them and is now claiming to be his mum - has followed Chelsea on Instagram.

Hope that cleared up the Jorginho story for you!

Obviously he is singing for Chelsea.


{Ed033's Note - Which song is Jorginho singing? :)

1.) 09 Jul 2018 23:59:43
"Mama Liked the Roses" by Elvis Presley.

2.) 10 Jul 2018 08:58:35
It is his mum and his sister's official accounts which can only mean one thing. Good signings for the ladies team I think!

3.) 10 Jul 2018 11:25:11
It doesn't add up that Chelsea's looking to bring in Jorginho, Seri and Golovin into the same squad. Unless something has changed or something's missing.

4.) 10 Jul 2018 11:49:25
Mama we're all crazy now.

5.) 10 Jul 2018 13:23:00
Well Seri looks to have gone to Fulham. Maybe the Jorginho rumours have substance. However, I feel we will settle for Golovin in the end only.

6.) 10 Jul 2018 15:31:28
Tying Jorginho into a financial package with Sarri allows Abramovich not to lose face - so I think this rumour may have legs.

7.) 10 Jul 2018 16:38:07
Been a while Miss Darren Wood, how are you? Good to see you.

8.) 10 Jul 2018 16:44:26
DiMarizio stating that Seri is heading to Fulham. That would mean that Jorginho deal might happen.

9.) 10 Jul 2018 22:50:14
Good work J. Funny post.



10 Dec 2017 10:34:13
After only a handful of games Bakayoko is being written off and unfairly compared to Matic.

Matic wanted to go, he was going wether we signed Bakayoko or not. The press, and pundits, seem to think we signed Bakayoko and then decided we didn't need Matic anymore. Bakayoko has struggled in some games but not many players hit the ground running during their first Premier League season, certainally not when their as young as he is.


1.) 11 Dec 2017 19:59:45
Very good shout J. The problem with Bakayoko seems partly down to concentration also the fact he has come from the French league which is nowhere near the pace and intensity of the premiership. He has shown some quality and a lot of strength. So I think play Drinkwater who is premiership ready and feed Bakayoko in.



16 Jul 2017 13:13:39
Don Balon in Spain are reporting that we are looking to sign Yannick Carrasco from Atletico Madrid.

Would be a signing that I'd love to see but can't see it happening, what with their transfer ban.


1.) 16 Jul 2017 13:42:56
Old news pal.

2.) 16 Jul 2017 16:04:38
Ed- how credible is the news of Chelsea looking to sign Y. Carrasco?

{Ed018's Note - I'm unaware of any interest in Carrasco from Chelsea. Seems like about the last position we need to worry about strengthening at this point}

3.) 16 Jul 2017 17:27:08
Thanks Ed.

4.) 16 Jul 2017 18:27:46
Ed018 he can play through the middle too can't he? Signing him along with someone like (my personal preferred striker option) Belotti would add a lot to out attacking options.



13 Jun 2017 09:23:31
Fresh links to Insigne, apparently as a replacement for Hazard - should he join Real Madrid.

I wouldn't want him at the expense of Hazard but I do really like Insigne - real live wire of a player with great touch and movement. Adding him and/ or Bernardeschi to our attacking options would be a lovely bit of business.

Having said that everything points towards Insigne, and thankfully Hazard, staying put this summer.


1.) 13 Jun 2017 10:31:23
Don't really rate Insigne myself.

2.) 13 Jun 2017 10:43:23
If Hazard leaves we will go for Douglas Costa.

3.) 13 Jun 2017 12:50:15
Bernardeschi for me should be a top target, we have to accept Hazard could go this year and if not now then it is probable he will leave next season, for me Bernardeschi has a lot on his locker and is an ideal replacement he is young and apparently Florentina need money and the guy has 2 years left on his contract in today's market getting this guy for £35-45 million would be extremely smart business.

Ed do you no if we have spoken to Florentina in regards to Bernardeschi? they probably wouldn't want to sell but would be a nice addition.

{Ed002's Note - Bernardeschi is in talks with another side.}

4.) 13 Jun 2017 20:38:28
Is it Juve that is in talks with Bernardeschi, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Yes.}

5.) 13 Jun 2017 22:06:11
Thanks for the reply ED002, real shame you can see why there interested though looks a good player.

6.) 14 Jun 2017 08:04:33
Thanks for that, Ed. Juve will get Orsolini and Schick already, do they really need every flippin Serie A player? Disappointing if we lose out to them : (.

7.) 16 Jun 2017 05:09:56
So Juve are going for Costa and Bernadeschi after already finalising Cuadrado. Are we any chance at all for Sanchez?




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17 Nov 2018 15:51:41
The January transfer window is really not that far away now and, with things going better than most anticipated, the club have some decisions to make. Here's a few thoughts I have on where some of these decisions should land.

Ampadu either needs to added to the 'loan army' or replace the possibly outgoing Cahill. With qualification from our group secured he is one of a few who should see significant mins in out last Europa League group games, but, in my opinion he is the most advanced and pro-ready of our young players and he needs more mins on the pitch. I think a club like Brighton would be a positive place for a loan.

Hudson-Odoi, whilst also at the top of the quality chart for our young players, should stay with the squad and learn in training. A season behind Ampadu in his progression and still having so much to learn from training with Hazard etc. let's get him to the point where he is comfortable with his role in the team before unleashing him next season. Him, Hazard, Pusilic and Pedro (for experience) would be a potent attacking group to pick from!

As far as incomings are concerned, I really do hope there is some truth to the Pusilic rumours. It would be ideal from him to join in January and learn now for a solid start to next season. The only other thing we need right now is a striker, but I would expect the club to hold out until the summer before addressing this - although I think Wilson could be a nice addition.

In other news - how good did Jay DaSilva look for the u21's the other night. There is no reason this boy can't replace Emerson for next season. I can see him and Reece James as our future full-backs for years to come.


1.) 19 Nov 2018 11:35:08
Aina was our future right-back for years to come only a short while ago!

2.) 19 Nov 2018 19:08:01
Having a very good season at Torino right now, but I don't think there was really a natural situation for him to break into the side -our fullbacks were far too strong at that time.

I also think James and DaCosta are better players than he was at their age.



21 Oct 2018 12:35:50
A few views on our season so far.

Overall things are going better than I thought they would, we're unbeaten and there is reason for optimism. However there remains a couple of obvious problems within the squad that need to be addressed.

Hazard is in the form of his Chelsea career, yesterday he had a poor game and I do think that it was a case of him having an ineffectual game than Man Utd making him ineffectual. I think all signs are that he will sign a new contract that will make him a top earner in the league which, as one of the best players in the league, he deserves. Now, for every action there is a reaction and Hazard being in the form of his life means we will lean on his talent; yesterday showed that we can't simply reply on him. The right side of our attack and, more importantly, the striker position need to be addressed in January. Federico Chiesa is a very talented young player that I think we should definitely be looking at as a long term solution for the right side of our attack (please no more Moses) . As for a striker, from a purely footballing perspective, I would love to see Icardi replace Morata and/ or Giroud - however this is extremely unlikely. Finding a top class striker in January is nearly impossible and this could be our undoing this season.

I believe that we have the best midfield in the Premier League. Jorginho has fitted seamlessly into the role that he played at Napoli and Kovacic looks a real player, however Barkley is getting better and better and will really give him a run for his money. Ideally I would like to see Loftus-Cheek get some minuets but he will really need to prove he is good enough for this team (something I now doubt) . I don't always see the need for both Kante and Jorginho to be on the pitch, especially at home against "lesser teams" who tend to sit back. There should be opportunities for Loftus-Cheek when he returns to fitness, the rest is really up to him.

Defensively I still think we need to look at left back, Alonso is playing well but still thinks he is a striker at times. There was one point yesterday against United where he was caught up field in the six yard box when we lost possession, United quickly switched the play meaning Hazard had to rush back and bring Rashford down, conceding a dangerous free kick and earing himself a yellow card. All because of Alonso's lack of tactical awareness. Emerson isn't the answer to this problem, personally I would look to Ben Chilwell at Leicester despite him just signing a new contract.

Reece James is having a great loan in the Championship, heir apparent to Azpilicueta at right fullback.

Christensen wants to go? Let him go, he is a good defender but the club don't need to set a president of bowing to pressure from 22 year olds and their dads.


1.) 21 Oct 2018 16:51:00
Reece James should be given a chance next season. Azpi been poor and he could displace him.

2.) 21 Oct 2018 18:11:35
I think Reece-James will be a given a squad number next year as I think Zapa will be leaving but I will not be writing off Dave just yet.

3.) 21 Oct 2018 21:19:56
Azpi is our captain, and for me one of the most important Chelsea players of past 5 years.

4.) 21 Oct 2018 23:29:52
Doesn’t matter if he’s not playing well in a new position he should be replaced or challenged. Every position needs two good players for each spot.

5.) 22 Oct 2018 12:39:53
Reece-James will probably get a squad number next year and that will be to replace Zappa!

Surely as supporters we can’t be giving up on Dave after a few average games?

Most players have bad spells. Some fans would just sell those players without giving them a chance to recover their form!



24 Sep 2018 14:39:33
This is controversial, I understand that but - is there a place for Kante in this team, and should we look to sell him for a lot of money?

Here's my thoughts, we are bossing games from a possession percentage and territorial sense. Kante is playing most of his football in the final third, the need for him to cover a back four simply isn't present. Kovacic and Barkley have a clear role that suits them, Jorginho is excelling in his role - the same can't be said of Kante. Would someone like Fabregas or RLC be a better third man in the team? They'd certainly offer more guile and creativity.

Kante would be the first name on the teamsheets of 95% of teams in the world - should he still be there for our team and our new stlye of football?


1.) 24 Sep 2018 15:03:24
Here’s a thought if Kante and Jorginho are both best at holding why not play 4-2-3-1 instead of 4-3-3? That way they’re both sitting back and we can play Barkley or Kovacic as the no.10.

2.) 24 Sep 2018 16:41:27
It’s not so much about formation though king frank, there really wouldn’t be much difference at all.

3.) 24 Sep 2018 19:05:07
Kante presses and wins ball back high and covers ground, it’s just a goal threat. I like Kovacic but if we had just one player from middle 3 who could play that final ball or goal then there would be no kante talk. maybe just trying to swap kante and Jorginho?

4.) 25 Sep 2018 14:18:26
Kante is underused in the system and to be frank Sarri doesn’t play with a DM at the base. Kante is not spectacular in spraying passes like Jorginho nor really good in picking players ahead. He is no Hamsik either to score goals from the midfield. Going forward you will see very less Kante on the pitch.



02 Sep 2018 03:47:10
Hands up if Alonso is currently proving you massively wrong 🙋‍♂️ (my hand is up) .


1.) 02 Sep 2018 13:37:18
Weird - I was thinking after the match that I would have to change my negative opinion of Alonso - he looked World Class yesterday (still needs to improve defending though! ) .



19 Aug 2018 09:20:44
Some observations after two games.

It's natural that the press will be all over Kepa because of his price tag, as they were after Arsenal's first goal, but his seven year deal is a clear indication that a fair part of the record fee was based on potential. He will make mistakes.

David Luiz is too unreliable to play in a back two, Ampadou and Christensen are the future - and I'm not talking the distant future.

Forget England, our midfield has the potential to be the best in Europe. Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic as a starting three is balanced and has a bit of everything other than maybe the amount for goals you'd like to see. Barkley and RLC are great offensive options to have on the bench - this midfield looks great and will get better.

Speaking of RLC. I know Sarri said after the Arsenal game that he wanted two wingers on the bench, and would want two midfielders in other games, but RLC can play there. He's a better option there than Moses - surely Moses won't keep him out of the matchday squads much longer?

Morata scored! I really would like to see him prove me, and his other doubters, wrong and bang in 20+ goals this season - I'm fully behind him as a supporter. But the jury is still out.

Hazard is going to tear up trees this season. Resting him these first two games was the right move by Sarri. Looking forward to seeing him from the start soon, most probably with the captains armband.


1.) 19 Aug 2018 10:38:56
It’s clear for me that Loftus Cheek just isn’t as good as we want him to be. barkley gets ahead of him and his not on bench. plus Cesc will be back so probably Barkley and Loftus left out, Barkley covered a lot of ground and pressed well. would Loftus do that. is it his game to press like that, I’d have kante Jorginho Kovacic as mid and bench would be Barkley and CHO instead of Moses., but remember there a lot of Europa games so Kepa will get more time. and personally I think he may of done better for first goal but I would blame him and his passing and composure was brilliant, Ampadu Christensen Loftus CHO Giroud Cesc Zappa will get playing time and league cup and early FA Cup so they will get time. What I will say and it’s not a negative about too 4 but the Europa league would be on par with top 4, think we really need to win that. So much competition and no easy games in league, morata will be firing now and will put little bet on that he gets a brace v Newcastle never Sunday.

2.) 19 Aug 2018 11:43:59
I’m not sure how I will feel if this happens this week but both Tammy and RLC could be sent out on loan.
Also Drinkwater but If I’m honest, I’m not fussed what happens to him.

3.) 19 Aug 2018 17:05:04
Drinkwater really needs to go, for himself as much as anything. Letting the other two go would leave us very short of a couple injuries happen.

4.) 19 Aug 2018 18:20:07
I agree J but I just can’t see Tammy or RLC getting many mins.

It’s too late really for RLC to go out on loan to Premiership team but I guess he could go to a European side but that’s probably doubtful.

Hudson Odoi call also strugg le to get games as things stand as well.

If we keep on winning it becomes harder to give these players Premiership playing time but I guess they can play all the cup games!




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24 Oct 2018 18:40:23
Off the striker subject Ed but have you seen much of Chiesa? What's your thoughts on him? Looks a great prosepct to me.


{Ed001's Note - I have seen him 3 or 4 times this season, though not 100% concentrating on the games. Personally I really like him, and noticed a couple of times when I was glancing at the games that he stood out.}



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29 Jul 2018 13:23:31
The stories have all come from something the secret footballer put on Twitter. He's saying that the club will be sold to Jim Radcliffe for £2bn - the papers reported that a similar offer from Jim Radcliffe had been rejected around the time when the visa rejection had taken place.

He's also stated that Roman's taken residency in Jersey, making a £30m offer to buy a house there to relocate after the sale.

First off this Secret Footballer is a snitching rat who shouldn't be trusted, secondly it's on Twitter and when a story originates from Twitter it's fair to say that it'll be trash.

Oh, he said Pusilic to Chelsea is nine tenths a done deal too - on twitter.




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26 Jul 2018 23:36:38
A squad filler - although it would seem a fair few teams were interested.




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20 Jul 2018 09:08:31
I don't think the knee injury was seen as being that bad. Liverpool still wanted to do the deal but at a lower price due to the potential risk, Lyon wouldn't re-negotiate the price and they both walked away.

I suppose we'd be negotiating with that knowledge, be in a slightly stronger position.




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15 Jul 2018 14:54:26
I'd definitely rather stick with Morata and Batshuayi than sign Higuain.

His name keeps coming up, I don't think there's a proverbial snowballs chance in hell the we'll sign him, but the absolute best option for us, if we adopt the same system as Napoli, is Dybala.

Play him in a similar role as Mertens and he'd be amazing.





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19 Nov 2018 19:08:01
Having a very good season at Torino right now, but I don't think there was really a natural situation for him to break into the side -our fullbacks were far too strong at that time.

I also think James and DaCosta are better players than he was at their age.




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07 Nov 2018 17:50:28
I think Obi Mikel is a great shout. Was at the club for a long time and played in some big games. I also think its easy to forget just how good a striker Hasselbaink was for us, I'd take an in form Hasselbaink in our side right now!




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27 Oct 2018 23:46:45
I think both Kante and Jorginho have to start, I think there does come a point in some games though where both don't have to be on the pitch together.




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24 Oct 2018 18:42:48
Icardi had about 9 touches in the whole of the recent Milan derby - but one of those touches was the winning goal. He is a great goalscorer but my only question would be is he involved in the game enough for a Sarri game?

I'd be happy with both, but lean towards Icardi.




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23 Oct 2018 06:29:21
The just regurgitate things from other untrustworthy internet sites.

Hudson Odoi is one of the best young talents the club has, and I really want to see him break into the first team. But he is still only a 17 year old lad, he's at a top club with a new manager who won't be taking any risks at this stage of the season.