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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?



10 Jun 2017 09:53:31
The Bakayoko deal seems to have progressed a bit more in the last 24hrs. Talk in France on a fee agreed and the player traveling from Nice to London today.


1.) 10 Jun 2017 10:06:44
yeah i just read the same chelsea to announce it next week the bookies now have him as 1/ 3 odds on to sign.

2.) 10 Jun 2017 10:39:47
still want MENDY!

3.) 11 Jun 2017 01:08:12
Good addition be harsh on alonso if we signed mendy who i think defensively is average going forward he's a beast.



23 May 2017 05:56:49
Seen a few links to Lanzini over the last couple of days. Is he a player Chelsea are looking at this summer Ed?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach by Chelsea.}




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19 May 2018 08:58:12
Has anyone watched much of Mount at Vittese this season. I know he has got rave reviews, and there's talk of fitting him into the first team squad next season.

From the bits I've seen of him he looks like he could develop into a very good deep lying midfielder, the type of player who dictates the game with his passing (see Jorginho at Napoli), could ultimately take over from Fabregas when his contract ends.

What are peoples thoughts?


1.) 19 May 2018 09:47:48
Yeah that’s a great shout more mobile than Cesc but who isn’t 😂 and technically very good remember watching him lots for the youth team we really do have a lot of fantastic youths with the right nurturing could save us millions in the transfer market.

2.) 19 May 2018 10:01:02
A midfield three, in a couple of years, of him, Kante and Loftus-Cheek is exciting.

3.) 19 May 2018 10:36:09
Add Ampadu into that mix as well and we could be sorted for a good few years.



18 May 2018 18:18:02
Who would you rather start up front at the start of next season - Morata or Batshuayi?

Thumbs up Morata.

Thumbs down Batshuayi.

I'm thumbs down.


1.) 18 May 2018 20:04:08
I prefer Morata for next season but I have this fear (though i could be wrong) that Morata will demand to leave Chelsea for another club (maybe at some point in the future- probably when he hits top form (just like what Courtois is doing now; though his reason is family proximity) . For that reason I will prefer Batshuayi cos I want players that wanna stay long-term at the club- not those that will wanna leave at some point. Like I said earlier my fear could be wrong.

If Morata wants to leave, the club should sell him now; rather than keep him only for to want to leave later.

2.) 18 May 2018 21:47:42
I’d say Batshuayi to give him another go. Morata and Courtois seem to want out and its disrespectful. Michy has a massive connection with the fans and seems to love the club, it’s not often you get that these days and it’s lovely to see. Batshuayi will score goals it’s just his actually game I didn’t like before he left on loan but give him a chance he will take it. If we could sign Bailey and started next season with Bailey, Bats and Hazard as the three I would be happy with that.

3.) 18 May 2018 19:48:04

4.) 18 May 2018 23:18:07
Miss Darren Wood, you seem to be certain that it's going to be Lewandowski, I guess its the second time you've said Lewandowski. Why do you think its going to be Lewandowski or do you know something that we don't know?



14 May 2018 20:44:40
I've watched Napoli a few times this season and I think that, given the appropriate time and resources Sarri could build something decent at the club. This is the sort of team I'd potentially like to see us play under him next season.


Courtois wants to be in Madrid, I don't begrudge him that his family is there, and he doesn't seem to have too much affinity for Chelsea. Oblak is a top quality keeper, one of the best in Europe - surely the two moving each way makes some sense.

Azpilicueta - KOULIBALY - Rudiger - BERTRAND

Maybe, just maybe Azpilicueta will get his chance to play in his natural position for next season! Not left-back, not centre-half - right-back! Ruddier has been our best defender this season and I don't think Christensen is ready to cement his place in the starting 11. Koulibaly is a beast, would form an intimidating centre-half partnership with Rudiger. I don't think Alonso is defensively sound enough, but can see him going to one of the big Spanish two as a squad player. Bringing Bertrand home ticks a lot of boxes.

Kante - JORGINHO - Loftus-Cheek

Kante, yet again our player of the season (copy and paste for next season) . I hope, really hope that Loftus-Cheek gets on the plane to Russia and then on the pitch. He's looked quality for Palace this season - don't moan about him looking lazy, he's the sort of player you have to set free and just let him do his thing and he's very good at it too. Jorginho is the composer of the Napoli side, he is absolute class and controls the pace of games; he would more than replace Fabregas. If I could sign one player this summer it'd be him.

ZAHA - Giroud - Hazard

I was tempted to go full on fantasy here and put Icardi in up top, but i actually believe we'll stick with Giroud and Morata next season - hopefully bringing Batshuayi back into the mix too. Giroud offers more than Morata. I think Hazard will stay, mostly because Madrid will sign Neymar but he has to perform better - Sarri should bring out the best in him. Zaha would, for me, be a very good singing; a direct aggressive dribbler who makes things happen and scares defenders.


1.) 14 May 2018 21:19:56
I’ve not watched them is Sarri one for giving youngsters a chance as that imo is what we need most from a manager as some of our youth I feel could more than make up the numbers in the first team squad for a few of the ageing players I’d like out.

2.) 14 May 2018 21:45:21
I like slot of this but my opinion, if we going into new year with 30 odd year old target man ( however good his link up play is ) we are bang in trouble again. Loftus Cheek should be a regular but for a starter we could get proven quality and zaha again sometimes lack that end quality, I’d go with that line up maybe Skriniar from inter, but love koulibaly, I like Jorginho who can control game, unlock teams and work horse, maybe savic of lazio who is a pogba Esque player and him and loftus could rotate with europa league etc, and up front morata will be more settled and with new manager may benefit from attacking / possession football but player like icardi, ; options of icardi morata giroud would be great, but I 1000 % believe the only silver lining of europa is our young players will get time garuanteed, could have a fringe team for early stages of loftus Van Ginkel and Mount.

3.) 15 May 2018 06:06:55
Oblak, Alderweireld, Milinkovic-Savic and Bailey would be my main targets although unlikely. Loftus-Cheek should definately return as a starter im abit worried Koulibaly might have a bit of Mangala about him.

4.) 15 May 2018 10:01:05
Koulibaly is a billion miles better than Mangala.

5.) 15 May 2018 10:59:26
Watch all serie a games do you?

6.) 15 May 2018 11:19:05
Who does that? I don't need to watch all Serie A games to know his better than Mangala though they may be similar in body stature.

7.) 15 May 2018 12:47:57
Would rather give Morris a chance then.



10 May 2018 17:19:54
Before yesterday's draw we had hope for top four, a fools hope, but still hope nonetheless; that all seems to have gone now.

You can't help but wonder if yesterday's team selection was Conte dropping the mic on the board before he walks, or is thrown, out of the door. A message to the board that, as he's told them, the squad isn't good enough to rotate. I don't really think he'd sabotage a game like that, it's his reputation too, but Moses had actually hit some degree of form, Cahill had solidified the defence since coming back in, Hazard and Giroud were playing well together and it was a MUST win game. If it wasn't sabotage then it was incompetence.

There's been a little bit too much incompetence this season. Last season Conte talked about the coach being a tailor, fitting the system to the squad like a well made suit. Unfortunately in more than a few games this season our squad have been walking into our weddings wearing shorts and sandals. The system that worked so well last season has been found out, either by high pressing (vs. more adventurous teams) or very deep defensive lines (vs. teams like Huddersfield) . Conte's inability to counter these systems has been our downfall this season.

There are undoubtedly going to be big changes at the club, and with the world cup only a few short weeks away and the window closing ealier we should see them sooner rather than later. Now it's just time to sit back and look forward to another fresh start.


1.) 10 May 2018 19:55:16
I should imagine within 48 hours of the last game we will know about those that are up for sale and Conte's position and 'possibly' any transfer requests going in with the shorter window/ World Cup this year.

2.) 10 May 2018 20:37:02
You make a good point J. Conte has spent all season moaning but his reputation is now under increasing question. I don't see him walking into any top jobs now, he has been found out tactically and that goes back to the FA Cup Final last Season. I think he wants a pay off and maybe a year off, he looks broken to me and probably needs it. To drop Moses, Cahill, Hazard and Giroud in a must win game when all 4 had been playing well was stupidity beyond stupidity.

3.) 10 May 2018 21:08:39
G8: Good to see we are singing from the same song sheet. Unbelievable decision bordering on irresponsible. Even YOU must have been distraught watching last night?

4.) 10 May 2018 22:14:22
He definitely wants the pay off, and he'll get it soon.

This is two clubs he's openly complained about, whilst still under their employment, now. Bad coaching aside, I'd imagine that's raised a red flag with prospective future employees.

5.) 11 May 2018 09:22:36
It was bordering on irresponsible and I actually think he is inept now. I think it was ED01 who quite rightly pointed out that he is tactically weak when we appointed him. Others like RDM, a club legend who won the Champions League and FA Cup have been outed far quicker and I think with the players we have a change of Manager last December when he was moaning would of seen us finish top 4 comfortably.

6.) 11 May 2018 11:32:12
G8: I agree absolutely irresponsible given the points we needed to exert pressure on the two clubs and there is not doubt he has tactical shortcomings although with the players he feels he needs I think his 'tactic' works well. There are many who detest Mourinho both Chelsea and non-Chelsea fans but he is one of a few who can change tactics per match and/ or during a game and get the desired result. I would like him to stay another season because this constant lack of continuity is not doing the players and club any good at all and we also need that enthusiasm he generated last season on the touchline. If we change the manager he will want players he likes and there will be existing players he doesn't and it creates a massive upheaval; also, we must remember, tactics aside, the players have not covered themselves in glory. Next week according to reports we will find out what is happening and then we start all over again.



30 Apr 2018 23:10:54
Ed001, I can only repeat what others have said and thank you for your involvement on this page. Makes for a much better experience.

I'd be very interested in your view on Eusebio Di Francesco, who we've been linked to. I don't see him joining us, or leaving Roma at a but think he's good coach; did a great job at Sassuolo.


{Ed001's Note - Thank you very much J.

EDF does appear to be a very good coach, though he is another one who would need tactical help, as he showed against Liverpool that he can be out-thought. Anyone who has watched Liverpool play knows that there are two particular things that you don't do against them and he did both, and he did it purely because it worked against Barcelona. That to me is very similar to the way Conte operates, so I am not sure that there is much point in swapping one for the other, apart from freshening up relations between players and coaching staff.}

1.) 01 May 2018 07:32:27
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, the only negativity I've seen around him is for his refusal to change tactics. It's definitely Conte's biggest downfall, and senior players have obviously pulled him up on it too.

Funnily enough EDF did switch things up for the second leg against Barca, which caught them by suprise. It'll be interesting to see how he approaches this second leg, although even the best coaches only have so many rabbits in their hats; and I can't see Liverpool not getting at least one away goal.

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed.}




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08 May 2018 10:05:01
I think he's top class, but can't see him fitting in without a couple of high profile exits.




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14 Apr 2018 07:48:45
Buying Richarlison over the promotion of Hudson-Odoi! The club don't need to hit the ground running next season, the club need to start building solid foundations for the next ten seasons. Hudson-Odoi will be a massive part of that, and he is very much ready.

Richarlison has faded away this season and is hardly the finished article.




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14 Apr 2018 07:41:26
Moses is one of the most overrated players I have seen.

It became a fashionable thing for pundits to say how good he is, and how Conte's coaching turned him into a star last season. What does he do well? Defensively woeful, can cross, terrible in one on one situations, and doesn't score many goals.

Yes he works hard, and we did miss him when he was injured. But the fact that we missed him says more about the club, and our first team squad, than it does about Moses.




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12 Apr 2018 19:43:44
The other factor is that in order to qualify for next seasons Youth European Cup our kids will likely have to win it this season. He's our best, most influential, player at that level so he will definitely be kept fresh for that. I'd keep him for the youth cups and maybe FA Cup semi.

My only hope is that he doesn't get a pointless loan next season.




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11 Apr 2018 22:04:53
C1955 makes a great point. I don't want to see Pedro come on and underperform any more this season but I think winning FA Youth Cup and Euro Youth Cup will be more important for him than a couple of meaningless EPL games.

Stands a great chance to show he's one of the best at his age in Europe.





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19 May 2018 10:01:02
A midfield three, in a couple of years, of him, Kante and Loftus-Cheek is exciting.




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19 May 2018 07:05:48
Sell Morata, sign Martial as a central striker. Martial, Giroud and Batshuayi fighting it out for that role.

Sign Bailey to replace Pedro in the squad and have Hazard, Willian, Bailey and Hudson-Odoi fighting it out for the wing positions. With Martial available to cover here too.

Those two signings actually make some sense.




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18 May 2018 18:15:49
My ideal is Sarri but is be more than happy with Jardim.




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17 May 2018 20:58:36
Problem is we shouldn't be looking at trying to force squares into circle holes. We need to either have a feeling that Bakayoko will come good and look the £40 million player we thought we were getting, or go out and find a top quality midfielder who can compliment Kante.

Don't get me wrong, having squad players who can fill multiple roles is a must in modern day football, but it isn't the solution for filling a position of real need.




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14 May 2018 17:24:25
No - his footballing ideas didn't develope with the times.