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04 Jan 2018 12:19:39
Looking at the betting odds on January window, seems that Ross Barkley most likely ie odds on in betting signing. Not quite a De Bruyne then - oh that we still had him! RB a gamble? Still early days, and bookies offer perhaps some faint hope for us getting Vidal or Sandro. or Mahrez and, even more remotely but for me most excitingly, Aubemayang (who of these would you most want? ) .

But despite all the paper rumours, perhaps not much will happen. Anybody got any news?
Happy New Year to all, and especially to the Eds including that long term favourite of mine and many others so sadly plagued by fake CFC fans on this site the legendary Ed002. But input of all Eds (including Eds 1 and 18) hugely appreciated.

JBS

1.) 04 Jan 2018 13:57:45
Happy new year to you mate. Not necessarily transfer news but apparently Courtois said he is close to sign a new deal at the club! . Also stated he encourages Hazard to sign as well and expects him to. Personally that beats any transfer we could make this window if it happens. I said a while ago Courtois is more replaceable than Hazard but there is no doubt he is world class, the performamce last night was one of his best in a Chelsea shirt. It's obvious to see the areas we need to improve in. I'd expect a new striker and a midfielder like Barkley. A lot of people have underrated Barkley, I'm pretty sure he's created the most chances in Europe for players under 22 which is very impressive. Dream window for me would be Sandro, Auba, Vidal and maybe Mahrez. Realistically Mahrez, Barkley and any decent striker to play with Morata or just to help add some goals from the bench would be great. But this is January and we know how hard it can be to get quality players without paying ridiculous sums so we'll have to wait and see.


2.) 04 Jan 2018 15:29:03
Thanks LondonBlues90. Good news if TC signing and encouraging EH to as well. Both absolutely key players, near impossible to replace and keeping them essential for CFC going forward. EH has been sparkling of late, TC some fantastic saves esp. in some big games. So yes, not just a matter of who we bring in but who we can hang on to, though a dream window would be welcome! If Barkley could rediscover early, slightly like AFC's Wilshire, form he might indeed be the bustling, strong and creative mf additionthat (with Vidal too?! ) would strengthen us where we need it, but also help grow our home grown/ English component in squad.


3.) 05 Jan 2018 23:04:19
i think that it is for midfield players for this window guys. (maybe even for 2 windows)


 

 

 

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04 Jan 2018 10:04:43
Just about recovering from double blow of AFC late equaliser and key miss of even later CFC winner that we deserved and would have handily consolidated our top four position. Hard to take, and posting this partly about sharing the pain/ need for therapy! .

Will admit that my language was ripe last night! A great game for neutrals perhaps, but am still replaying what might have been though was obviously an exciting game! . Apart from our misses, one of our massed defenders should surely have been watching/ closing down Bellerin to prevent clear shot - pity that Alonso's superb overall performance slightly spoiled by his weak/ tired defensive header that fell so kindly for Bellerin though.

Of course Morata should have scored at least one of his chances, but agree with others that his link up play, speed and positioning generally excellent and he must surely start scoring more with his feet!

Overall I felt that Bakayoko had another poor game and we are/ were missing another sufficiently dynamic mf to accompany NK.

JBS

1.) 04 Jan 2018 11:25:42
Agree with everything you just said JBS. Last night felt more like a defeat than a draw, with the chances we missed and Arsenal's late equaliser.

But on your last point on Bakayoko, and I know I keep raving about Vidal. But if we could sign Vidal, he would be perfect in our midfield next to Kante. For one Vidal would add goals from midfield, I know people say he's too old blah blah blah. But he could be a great player for us for a couple of seasons. He would offer so much more to what we currently have.


2.) 04 Jan 2018 12:50:34
You might well be right Bobby23, Vidal could be very good next to NK and one of better (in sense of being more possible as well as proven) signing prospects in this January window. Not too many really good/ experienced players will be available - and the squad clearly does need strengthening further as we and Antonio know only too well with all the competitions we're in. Just wondered whether you have seen much of him much lately and been impressed? I've not personally watched much of him at Bayern, but did when he was at Juventus and he was hugely impressive esp. 2012-14 period. Must be big chance that Conte would get best out of him.


3.) 04 Jan 2018 14:34:54
Agree with the above - last night I came away miserable because we didn't win (when I think of all those times that I would have been elated to draw at Highbury! ) . I have to ask: why is Conte sticking with Bakayoko?! Bakayoko offers little or nothing to our game - it's like playing with 10 men; he's not great in the tackle; he's not that quick; his 1st touch is horrendous; he gets caught in possession alot; I can't remember him heading the ball; his composure in front of goal is non-existent. The only thing going for him is that he is only 21 and might improve! And we have sold de Bruyne, Mata, Matic, Ake, Oscar, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, John Swift, Romeu, and Thorgan Hazard while we have RLC, Lewis-Baker, Izzy Brown, Mario Pasalic, van Ginkel, on loan - I would suggest that all of those are as good as Bakayoko and most are better. Drinkwater has to start ahead of Bakayoko (and hopefully we sign Vidal) .


4.) 04 Jan 2018 14:44:07
I think are weak link is fab. just terrible. no desire to defend. at least bakayoko gives it ago. he's still young and again his first stint in the prem again faster league hasn't got the same amount if time he had in the French league.


5.) 04 Jan 2018 14:34:54
Agree with the above - last night I came away miserable because we didn't win (when I think of all those times that I would have been elated to draw at Highbury! ) . I have to ask: why is Conte sticking with Bakayoko?! Bakayoko offers little or nothing to our game - it's like playing with 10 men; he's not great in the tackle; he's not that quick; his 1st touch is horrendous; he gets caught in possession alot; I can't remember him heading the ball; his composure in front of goal is non-existent. The only thing going for him is that he is only 21 and might improve! And we have sold de Bruyne, Mata, Matic, Ake, Oscar, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, John Swift, Romeu, and Thorgan Hazard while we have RLC, Lewis-Baker, Izzy Brown, Mario Pasalic, van Ginkel, on loan - I would suggest that all of those are as good as Bakayoko and most are better. Drinkwater has to start ahead of Bakayoko (and hopefully we sign Vidal) .


6.) 04 Jan 2018 19:46:22
Wheely are you having a laugh a lut fabregas mate? Yesterday he solely passed the ball for at least 3 goals sadly neither Morata/ moses or bakayoko could take it. All 3 of them yesterday played really poor.


 

 

25 Nov 2017 19:35:57
Positives: was another fantastic performance by Dave, Hazard fantastic first half, and Kante was Kante.

JBS

1.) 25 Nov 2017 21:40:43
Thought drinkwater done well, first league start.


2.) 26 Nov 2017 10:24:32
Will be interesting to see the team and shape Conte puts out against Swansea?


3.) 26 Nov 2017 16:20:48
Agree totally on Aspi - he has been phenomenal this season - why does no one ever tip him for PL Player of the Year! (ps and he should be captain) .


 

 

02 Oct 2017 20:57:16
The situation we are experiencing right now was predicted by many of us - ie squad too thin re. quality to compete in EPL and ECL, and especially short on striker options. WE played Atletico away on Wednesday, and won (and played v well), while City (with huge quality squad) played Shaktar on the Tuesday at home and could win at a stroll. NO wonder we were stretched on Saturday. But to have no really experienced/ trusted replacement for Morata when his hamstring tightened was an accident waiting to happen (though surely Bats should have come on), and we have been light in striker options for some time. We might have good run in ECL, but hard pressed to do so while challenging in EPL I'd think.

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18 Aug 2017 12:24:33
Am trying to remain positive but all the media noise about CFC at the moment, and some realities like the ludicrous DIego situation, is pretty depressing. Rumors today of even Willian, that apparent model of a good professional an decent man, being uncertain about his future. Meanwhile endless reports of us (supposedly) having one bid after another rejected while Matic is hailed by all and sundry as the last piece of the United winning EPL puzzle, astonishment at how we could sell him to a rival at a price made to seem ow by recent (esp City) deals.

WE need some good results on the pitch soon (ideally starting with Spuds on Sunday) and a quality signing or two to lift all the negativity. THis would hen be followed by return of our injured/ banned stars (although Eden out until end of September apparently) .

Otherwise it will take some inspirational jokes from site members. Having said that, things can turn bad pretty quickly for a club, but also good again, as we saw last season after that AFC game. at the Emirates.

JBS

1.) 18 Aug 2017 14:00:41
This will make you laugh JBS.
West Ham Supporters think that are going to win the league! '


2.) 18 Aug 2017 17:14:23
Thanks Tom B that helps!


 

 

12 Aug 2017 21:24:18
Was at the game today, as perhaps were several others, so you can watch all the movement players make that can be missed when camera tracking them. Bats was very disappointing a) because his hold up play was so poor (Costa so good at this), particularly needed when you are down to ten men; b) his movement off the ball in general poor, Morata providing a dramatic contrast in this respect. So in first half, apart from some typical Willian runs and a few good passes from Fabregas, we posed almost no threat up front once Cahill self-destructed. Second half, once Morata on, we we were far more threatening but sorely missed Hazard and or Pedro and/ or much else to offer from bench. So yes we are thin and need more signings and with Spurs up next his is a worrying start that will have pundits endlessly recalling the season before last and suggesting this will be a repeat. Let them be wrong!

JBS

1.) 12 Aug 2017 23:45:01
morata looked a real player when he came on.


 

 

 

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08 Jan 2018 10:36:47
We can only hope, and this job offer from RA to AC has been rumoured just can't remember the source.

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04 Jan 2018 15:29:03
Thanks LondonBlues90. Good news if TC signing and encouraging EH to as well. Both absolutely key players, near impossible to replace and keeping them essential for CFC going forward. EH has been sparkling of late, TC some fantastic saves esp. in some big games. So yes, not just a matter of who we bring in but who we can hang on to, though a dream window would be welcome! If Barkley could rediscover early, slightly like AFC's Wilshire, form he might indeed be the bustling, strong and creative mf additionthat (with Vidal too?! ) would strengthen us where we need it, but also help grow our home grown/ English component in squad.

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04 Jan 2018 10:40:50
Thanks for then heads up on this!

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21 Oct 2017 23:18:49
We need other dynamic and creative option/ s in midfield. When Kante not there we don't have someone sufficiently energetic and good in the engine room, capable of box to box play, and/ or more attacking dynamo. a Lampard in his pomp and/ or a Kevin de Bruyne - de Bruyne must now count as one of our most regrettable sales in recent times.

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29 Aug 2017 08:34:33
£30 mil. a joke in current market; when willing (! ) he is one of the top five strikers in world and we are weaker without his physical presence up front.

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14 Jan 2018 20:06:17
Seems as though right now that the only possible addition - on loan - beyond the bit if a gamble with RB (given recent injury) would be Andy Carroll. Of course he can offer strength in the box, EPL experience etc but I think that this is a key moment for the club - top four place at stake, but also sense of our future ambitions and whether latter might help persaude TB and EH to sign new contracts. So absolutely agree we must make every effort to strengthen squad and breathe life into ECL and EPL campaigns by signing likes of Sanchez (would be huge for us) with his proven quality. Him and EH in same side!

We desperately need someone to help add greater menace to our attack.

Disappointment with CFC form of alst couple of weeks made greater by watching what those ex-CFC players Salah and De Bruyne have brought to LFC and MCFC in terms of attacking flair and penetration, and we may well be in serious danger of not making top 4 if our dip in energy and form continues.

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13 Jan 2018 16:55:11
Bakayoko terrible again, but hardly alone this time. A tired looking and unimaginative performance by all. Just increases the need for a couple more signings this window to freshen things up and add some creativity/ help for Hazard who can'y be on song every match in long season.

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13 Jan 2018 12:07:37
We must surely compete with Manchester clubs for Sanchez by putting in v competitive bid. He may be 29, but wonderful player and work rate, free to play in ECL, and to have him and Hazard in same team would really bolster our attacking threat. Had wanted him before he went to AFC.

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04 Jan 2018 12:50:34
You might well be right Bobby23, Vidal could be very good next to NK and one of better (in sense of being more possible as well as proven) signing prospects in this January window. Not too many really good/ experienced players will be available - and the squad clearly does need strengthening further as we and Antonio know only too well with all the competitions we're in. Just wondered whether you have seen much of him much lately and been impressed? I've not personally watched much of him at Bayern, but did when he was at Juventus and he was hugely impressive esp. 2012-14 period. Must be big chance that Conte would get best out of him.

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02 Jan 2018 14:39:18
Problem is not just who you want but who you could actually get.

So would like Vardy too, but Leicester v unlikely to sell in January and many other CFs would like are ECL cup-tied or just not going to be sold by their clubs now eg DYbala.

Having said that would try for Aubameyang as seemed to be a possibility of a sale there and is proven talent although not the youngest at 28.

Or, and this will be controversial on here I expect, possibly Gabbiadini from S'ton as back up for Morata. Still quite young (26), Conte has worked with and likes him, and might get MG back to skillful best (we saw a bit of this last season) .

Still think MB could come good for us though - esp. if playing off another cf.

JBS