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14 Jul 2018 18:14:01
Ed001, I just wanted to ask whether you know of Chelsea trying to sign another winger/ wide attacking player?

Pedro isn't starting caliber, and Willian has shown disrespectful behavior towards his coach (Conte) and is seemingly happy with a potential move to Barcelona if you believe reports. Then there's also Eden possibly leaving for Madrid :- (

Surely Chelsea are trying to sign some attackers? Have seen almost zero rumors. Malcom seems to be available for a decent price (around 40m perhaps) but I've heard of no interest from Chelsea.
Have you perhaps heard anything regarding the attacking spots?


{Ed001's Note - I can't say I have heard of anything concrete mate. Sorry.}

1.) 14 Jul 2018 18:33:45
Hmm that doesn't sound promising :- ( Thanks anyway, Ed, it was worth a shot. Better prepare for another season of Pedro/ Willian starting.

{Ed001's Note - I doubt it will be like that, even if it is, Sarri's style of play should get more from them. However I would expect at least one to arrive.}

2.) 15 Jul 2018 10:34:59
And now it's looking likely Eden will leave. Man, this is not going to end well.



17 Apr 2018 23:12:20
Ed001, obviously our season hasn't gone as planned. A big reason, at least according to me, is our lack of a good partner to Kante in midfield. Bakayoko has struggled to settle down since about New Year's. He had some excellent performances earlier this season, but the bashing of fans and pundits seems to have destroyed his confidence. Hopefully he gets back to his good form after a summer of working on his game away from the spotlight.
Drinkwater's been a waste of money as he's been injured more often than not, and even when fit he hasn't been good enough.
Cesc just can't play in a midfield 2, and it hurts me to see him start every week.

So for this summer I really hope Chelsea target another CM. There are a couple that look really good, but haven't gotten the hype yet. That means that maybe we could get them for something like a reasonable price. Obviously I'd love a guy like Kovacic, Soler, Milinkovic-Savic or some other young star, but I don't see Chelsea getting involved in bidding wars for that type of player.
So here are a couple I wonder whether Chelsea has taken a look at or are interested in:

- Lucas Torreira: Napoli certainly interested. A young combative mid with good passing and technique.
- Emre Can: out of contract in the summer. And while I doubt he'd be interested in Chelsea over clubs like Juve I think he'd be a perfect partner to Kante. Tenacious and good on the ball, I really like him.
- Fabian Ruiz: enjoying his breakout season at Betis. A left footed midfielder with excellent technique (he's Spanish, so duh), good dribbling and looks quite happy to put in a shift defensively. I haven't seen a lot of hype surrounding him, so perhaps his price would still be reasonable.
- Morgan Sanson: he's having a pretty good season at Marseille. I know a lot was expected of him a couple of years ago, but then he had the bad injury. He seems to be back to his best form. Perhaps a bit more attack minded than the others, but I think he's a very interesting player.

So Ed001, do you know of any Chelsea interest in any of these (or other) CMs? I'd greatly appreciate it, as lord knows Chelsea needs another good CM (and they need to get rid of Fab and his wages) .

Furthermore, I hope life is treating you well, Ed. Wishing you all the best from afar!


{Ed001's Note - from what I have been told there is interest in Torreira, though it looks like he will be the subject of a bidding war.

Sanson is someone that club have looked at for a while but I don't believe he is seen as the one for this role.

I don't know regarding Ruiz.

As for Can, it is difficult to know yet, until Prem teams can make offers to him. I do know he has been told there are a number of Prem teams interested in him, but I do not know which ones. Though I am 99% sure one is Man City. He certainly believes so.

Seri, Kondogbia, Brozovic, Andre Gomez and Doucoure are all ones that have been looked at. Though I would not be surprised to see van Ginkel being finally given a chance, as the club wants to start making use of the players they have out on loan.}

1.) 18 Apr 2018 06:34:08
Good day Ed; it could be Seri (the Ivorian) . Brozovic too isn't bad too if he comes in for Fabregas (cos he his younger, stronger than Fabregas and the game of a good creative central/ attacking midfielder- one that can play next to Kante) .

Ed; how true is the story of Seri waiting to know the manager will be next season before he can agree to a move to Chelsea?

Ed; does it mean that the club hasn't taken any look at Kovacic? He's such a good player.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know how true that is, perfectly possible though as he is looking to move, though I don't know of any current move agreed. He nearly moved in January to PSG but Ben Arfa, who was meant to go the other way in the deal, refused to consider any deal. I believe Ben Arfa was concerned about the quality of kebabs outside of Paris.... PSG still hold an interest in Seri though.

Madrid have a fair amount of interest in Kovacic to choose between, I believe Chelsea just do not want to get into a bidding war for him.}

2.) 18 Apr 2018 06:47:45
Hi Ed;
* with these names that you listed- does it mean that some midfielder (s) will leave the club this summer?

* if YES, will it be Bakayoko and/ or Drinkwater?

{Ed001's Note - the club are certainly very open to offloading Drinkwater. He is seen as a huge recruiting mistake.}

3.) 18 Apr 2018 07:07:45
Great input ED01 and really appreciated. Good to see a post from you Jackson as well, always a good read. I would like to see more of our loanees given a chance next Season and van Ginkle alongside Kante looks a good possibility.

{Ed001's Note - Chelsea have been looking into how to integrate them into the first team due to having so many move on and turn into players that should have been kept. So I would expect a number to actually get a chance over the next couple of seasons.}

4.) 18 Apr 2018 07:33:31
That is good news as far as I'm concerned. Why keep paying out on bang average players when we have some very good loan players. I would like to see Kenedy given a chance as a forward as well rather than a wing back which was never his position.

5.) 18 Apr 2018 13:23:42
Nzonzi would be great fit, depending on formation as he doesn’t really score or assist but can control a game.

6.) 18 Apr 2018 20:30:05
Thank you for the reply, Ed :) I like the part about loanees perhaps being given more of a chance. The likes of Van Ginkel, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Ampadu (not a loanee but a young guy), Sterling and Hudson-Odoi all quite clearly have the talent to play for the 1st team. So I wouldn't mind seeing those get a shot.
Either we buy top class talents/ players, or we use the talent we have on our books already. I just want us to stop buying average players like Drinkwater and Barkley. That's the type of acquisition we have to avoid. Ampadu could've gotten all of Drinky's minutes this season and we wouldn't be any worse off.

About Sanson, I figured he wouldn't be looked at for that role. A bit more attacking, but if we're moving to a midfield 3 perhaps he wouldn't be a bad buy at all.
Torreira appears to be a no go then, if there's going to be a bit of a bidding war. And on Can, his wage demands would probably be through the roof as well since he's on a free.

And Ed001, if you don't know Fabian Ruiz you should really try to catch a Betis game or two. He's looking like quite a fantastic midfielder. Reminds me a bit of a left footed Andre Gomes at Valencia.

{Ed001's Note - I do know who he is, I mean I don't know if Chelsea have interest on him. I will ask my parents to find out, they know some staff at Betis so might be able to find out something.}

7.) 18 Apr 2018 21:53:46
Brilliant bit of info again Ed001 👌🏻.

{Ed001's Note - thank you.}

8.) 18 Apr 2018 22:59:11
Haha okay, sorry about the faulty interpretation in my part.

And that'd be great! Even though Chelsea probably aren't interested, it'd be fun to know which clubs are.

{Ed001's Note - no worries mate, I should have made it clearer.}

9.) 19 Apr 2018 06:26:23
Thanks Ed; for your response.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

10.) 19 Apr 2018 06:41:49
This has been a good thread and indicitive of why I started coming on this site many moons ago. Great input from ED01.

{Ed001's Note - thank you.}

11.) 20 Apr 2018 00:47:41
Lucas Torreira is indeed a good player.



12 Feb 2018 22:18:04
Ed001, might not be Chelsea related, but going to ask here anyway as it relates to one of my favorite players right now.

I love Icardi as a striker. There are very few players that can match his intelligent movement and anticipation, and even fewer can match his finishing. He's absolutely sublime at scoring goals, and I've got no doubt he'd be a fantastic buy for any top club.

Now for the question. Ed002 stated that 2 clubs were/ are interested in buying Icardi. Real Madrid appears to be one. Ed001, would you happen to know who the other club is?
I remember a couple of summers ago (might be 2 years ago) that Ed002 said that Icardi was Chelsea's preferred striker target. I didn't get why at the time, but I've started following him since then and it's bloody obvious to me now :-P That's why I'm asking, could Chelsea be that other club interested in buying Icardi?

We desperately need some more quality in attack, that's for sure. So if you could help me out on this one I'd really appreciate it. Thanks, and have a good one, Ed001.


{Ed001's Note - I believe that they are still interested yes, but it is Juventus I think are the other team as they spoke to his wife (who his agent) on a number of occasions about buying him. I agree with you he is a sublime player but he can be a bit of a problem for the team behind the scenes. There are a lot of reasons why Inter are a mess, but he has been one of the biggest dressing room problems all along, even before he stole his teammate's wife.}

1.) 13 Feb 2018 06:41:29
Hmm I was hoping he had improved on that part (character) since he's been made captain? Shame.
And do Juve really need to hoard all of Serie A's best players?! They're going all Bayern on their league, buying the other clubs' best players.

I appreciate the reply, Ed. I don't pop by that much anymore since I've started working. But still very thankful for all your knowledge and wisdom over the years.

{Ed001's Note - congrats on the job mate, far more important to earn your living after all. I hope it goes well for you.}

2.) 13 Feb 2018 12:16:27
Been working for exactly 3 months now. It's been a tough transition from university life :-P But it is interesting, and it funnily enough it gives perspective. I'm much calmer when watching Chelsea these days. Even when we're getting clobbered by sides like Watford and Bournemouth I'm not getting all worked up. Getting a job made it easier for me to accept that in the end Chelsea winning or losing won't change much :-)

Thanks, Ed! I'll try to pop by every once in a while. You guys remain the football legends ;-)

{Ed001's Note - give it another 3 months and the footie will become more important as it will be the escape from the grudgery of having to earn a living for a change ;-)

3.) 13 Feb 2018 15:27:19
Congrats Jackson may you be blessed with many happy hours in your job. Edo01 Thx for the hard work mate. really impressed with all the comments latelly and welcome back Edoo2.Give them Hell if the stalkers come with crap. Having happy thoughts about Chelsea giving it all in the last couple of matches of the year. Crunchtime is now. I for whould be hapoy with a top 4 finish and think that we will do so.

4.) 13 Feb 2018 21:38:43
Hahaha thank you!



29 Dec 2017 08:51:00
Bad news for Chelsea it seems. Apparently Eden's father has confirmed that Eden has rejected our offer of a contract extension and wants to wait and see whether Madrid will get involved for a summer move.

Losing Eden would break my heart. He's one of the few players that seems to play to enjoy himself and entertain the fans. Not all focused on stats etc. like many others. There's no one that could replace him. Truly, I'd be devastated if he leaves. And for the first time ever, I have to say it doesn't look good :- (.


1.) 29 Dec 2017 10:49:24
Tbh if it happens then there is nothing we can do and we will have to accept losing a world class player.

But given how much Neymar went for then it should be easy mathematics for real madrid. Are they willing to pay that sort of fee? In any event, I would take Isco and Asensio as minimum requirement with any deal.

2.) 29 Dec 2017 11:10:26
Hazard is just shy of 27, signing a new contract with us now is cementing (as much as is possible) the best years of his career with us. This is probably the most significant decision of his career and it is only natural that he would keep his options open. He might not get a chance to sign for Real again.

He is probably one of only two (including Kante) irreplaceable players in our squad, but if he does leave (like Lampard, Drogba etc. ) then the show will go on.

3.) 29 Dec 2017 11:40:48
Exactly. Big decision for Hazard and for our club. Do we look to sell for a big fee now? Or do we let him see out his contract by which time he will be 29, 6 months shy of 30. Who knows real interest may go away by then and he may eventually commit himself to us.

4.) 29 Dec 2017 15:20:14
Yeah I know. If he signs an extension then he's tying himself to Chelsea for the rest of his prime. I'd love nothing more! I just can't think of a player that could replace him.

5.) 29 Dec 2017 21:55:42
Sorry but Azpi is irreplaceable as well.

6.) 29 Dec 2017 22:45:30
Errrm with terry drogba ivanovic Cole Lampard cech all left in last few years azpi is one of the few “ leaders “
We have left. Somebody who would play striker or GK if asked and give 100%, literally the most under appreciated players we have ( with Courtois ) hazard is superb but with his money we could add threat to left AND RIGHT, Courtois we could in throaty replafe with oblak who is similar standard, conte harder to replace but replacing a highly consistent and dedicated leader I don’t think we can replace, LB RB CB WB.

7.) 29 Dec 2017 23:53:13
Hazard out, Sanchez in while you hide time finding a longer term replacement? Hazards great but there are times through the season you carry him. For the right money I don’t think he’s ve all that big a loss to you guys.

8.) 30 Dec 2017 00:29:52
leon bailey of leverkusen could be 1 to snap up if your not talking about crazy money . look at salah another 1 who came an went an coming back to haunt us like lukaku de bruyne an salah all at 3 of our title rivals sickening to see us continuing to let us leave all these stars go through the gap. buzzing christensen has stepped up for us finally youth been given a run an taking the chance . rlc for me is too lazy . ampadu an musonda clarke salter maybe are the 1s wed like to push next.

9.) 30 Dec 2017 09:20:57
Really want to see Clarke Salter get a decent loan, maybe one of the promotion chasing Championship clubs. If you read some of the comments JT has made about the lad it's clear he has a very bright future.

10.) 30 Dec 2017 14:03:22
just because jt said nice things don't mean he's going to be a star how many nice things werw said about many youg talents who have all came an gone. its up to him to show he's good enough in training an when he gets a chance. david luiz might be out the gap what u guys think.

11.) 30 Dec 2017 20:26:11
Agree with some of the above. If Hazard and courtois want to go, then there is no point standing in there way. It’s then about getting the right money. If they go to Madrid then Madrid have a few players they could throw into the mix, as long as sick note Bale isn’t one of them.
So it’s now a waiting game, hopefully if they are going we will do our business early in the summer window so the new players get a proper pre season.

12.) 31 Dec 2017 00:24:52
true its just so important for us if we sell hazard or tibo we need to replace them with elite players like a griezman or dybala etc.



13 Dec 2017 15:05:43
Ed001, would you happen to know which English club has held talks regarding Asensio? I think I've read Ed002 stating that it isn't United, nor Arsenal, and not Pool either. So I'm guessing City or Chelsea. And between those two, I'd say Chelsea is more likely as City have a wealth of attacking options already :-P

If you can help, thanks a million. If you can't, no worries :) I haven't been thinking about transfers too much up till now (started my first job a couple of weeks ago, and I must say it's a pretty efficient distraction from all things Chelsea haha), but over the past week I've started to realize that we're halfway through December, and the January window is getting closer. Hoping for Sandro for sure, as he's awesome, plus Alonso can't keep this up for a whole season.


{Ed001's Note - I believe you have it spot on with it being City regarding Asensio. They were certainly very very keen on him and Pep loves him.

As for Alex Sandro, you might have to settle for someone else now PSG have joined the party.}

1.) 13 Dec 2017 15:33:28
Oh crap, no it seems I got it wrong then regarding Asensio :-P I thought it would've been Chelsea! Silly me, I should've known.

And man, if Sandro ends up leaving Juve and doesn't join Chelsea I'll be so pissed. Push for him all summer, he wanted to leave as well, and then when they might let him leave he'd join another club? That's just cruel. I swear to God, PSG and City (and United) are ruining the whole transfer market. They just barge in, offer double whatever you offer, and end up getting the players.

{Ed001's Note - the question is, do you join them or carry on as you are?}

2.) 13 Dec 2017 15:51:18
Carrying on as we are leads to a sustainable and healthy organization. Problem is, carrying on as we are will lead to 0 titles in my opinion. Our squad is good in my opinion, and it needs only about 3 major buys to make it outstanding:
- Milinkovic-Savic or Goretzka --> basically all action midfielder that is both good on the ball and can influence the game defensively.
- Sandro --> top class left wingback (I like Alonso a lot, but sometimes you just need that burst of pace and athleticism on the flanks to create chaos) .
- Asensio/ Martial/ Brandt/ Dybala/ Isco/ Fékir/ . --> a top class attacking option to play opposite Hazard. Hazard is absolutely world class, but we've never had some to pair him with that is close to him in ability. We need that in order to not be overly reliant on Eden.

Defense otherwise is just fine with Christensen playing like an absolute stud already, and Zouma still out on loan. RLC can also come back to reinforce the CM options if Conte prefers a 352 or 433 even (basically 3 man midfield) . And Tammy's impressed me, so he can come back as well if we want another striker.

But there's the issue. Guys like Sergej, Sandro, Asensio, Dybala, Isco. we won't get them as we won't get into a bidding war with the state-backed clubs (PSG and City) and United. We'll never get them, and have to settle for Willian/ Pedro/ Drinky level players. All good, solid players. But just not top class. I don't know what the right move is, sticking to the plan or just go balls out in the transfer market. I guess sticking to the plan could lead us to moral victories at least ;-)

{Ed001's Note - building a team like that can still win titles and other trophies, which brings in extra income, which can be invested to buy better players. The problem is you have wasted so much on just making money with signings that the club has forgotten that they should be buying players to win trophies.}

3.) 13 Dec 2017 16:09:55
I don't know if you can still build a title-winning team like that, Ed001. In order to improve to the top level in European football we don't need further good players, we need more special players. Guys like Kante, Eden, Courtois, Christensen. They're special. We need more of that. But I fear that with the way prices have gone up we just won't be able to get those. Pool are going to get 100m + for Coutinho? That's just mental. He's a good player, but he's not top class for me. If that kinda player is worth that much, what price would a guy like Sergej require?

Chelsea won't get those players I fear. Unless we get them just before they break out, but with unproven players you never know how they pan out. We could of course trust our own special youth players, but then we seem hesitant to do that as well (though Conte seems to have taken a liking to young Ampadu) . It's frustrating. But through it all, I'll obviously keep supporting the club, whatever decisions they make. Just sucks to see guys like Ousmane Dembele, Dybala, Mbappe, Neymar all moving to other big clubs that are willing to spend huge money.

{Ed001's Note - that is the point, you have the youth players but you aren't using them. You have the ingredients but instead of putting them in the pot you are taking the easy route of slinging a ready meal in the microwave.}

4.) 13 Dec 2017 16:42:24
I suppose we started all this when abramovich took over. Just paid silly money to get the players we wanted, this of course attracted the Middle East big money, who have no qualms about paying what Is needed to get what they want.

5.) 13 Dec 2017 17:07:01
Love the analogy, Ed :) and I agree. However, not many of our youngsters are as special as Christensen. RLC and Tammy might be. Dujon Sterling is a guy I'd give a chance as wingback as well if we can't get Sandro in January. Tailormade for the position, and if anyone's got a burst of pace it's him.

{Ed001's Note - and Kenedy looks a decent back up too, it is time for the club to trust them as back ups, at least. You have a first choice player for every position, so you can take that little bit of risk as they are only a back up.}

6.) 13 Dec 2017 18:00:30
That "ready meal" ED01 has one the premiership title twice in the last 3 years! Lol.

{Ed001's Note - yes but it is always short term fixes that mean the ingredients you have already are going off. Ake, De Bruyne and so on. While you are doing ready meals, the Manchester clubs have hired chefs and given them their pick of fresh ingredients to cook with. How long can you compete with that?}

7.) 13 Dec 2017 20:53:00
To be fair, I think Chelsea have got themselves one of the best chefs as well. But you're right, he hasn't got the luxury of being able to pick out the finest ingredients and seasonings. Too expensive for us :-P.

8.) 13 Dec 2017 23:40:10
Ed001, I'd be shocked if he went to PSG. They already have FFP problems, plus Yuri as backup and Kurzawa. Surely Kurzawa wouldn't be happy with a bench role?

{Ed001's Note - he probably wouldn't be but they do not see him as good enough in the long term.}

9.) 14 Dec 2017 03:37:32
Who is Sergej? You’ve named them alongside some of the best players in the world but I have absolutely no idea who Sergej is?

{Ed001's Note - Milinkovic-Savic, top class midfielder who can play as a holding mid, central mid or attacking mid. He is very reminiscent of Matic at his best but turned up to 11.}

10.) 14 Dec 2017 10:02:38
Fine player.

11.) 14 Dec 2017 10:03:42
Mateja Kezman is his agent.

12.) 21 Dec 2017 22:43:24
Haha a chelski fan moaning about being outspent. Brilliant.




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10 Aug 2018 22:43:47
Ed001, got a question on Eden. Chelsea in the past have shown a willingness to allow players to move on that really want to leave.

Now everyone's been saying that Eden desperately wants Madrid, but if that's true then I doubt he'd still be at Chelsea. Would you happen to know whether Eden was pushing for a move? Or was it more that he's certainly open to playing for Madrid, but that he's happy at Chelsea as well?

Thanks for the hard work on the site, man. Much appreciated.


{Ed001's Note - Madrid never bid for him, so he never had much choice mate. He would jump at the chance to join them and spent the summer dropping hints about it.}

1.) 11 Aug 2018 08:24:16
Hmm just as well then. If they're not that interested he might as well sign that shiny new contract at Chelsea.

Cheers, Ed :)

{Ed001's Note - exactly mate, but Madrid still have time to come in, their window is open.}

2.) 11 Aug 2018 09:42:29
on that ed . I doubt chelsea will sell now knowing they can't a replacement in
(but I could be wrong)

3.) 11 Aug 2018 09:17:36
I think with the Courtois deal we’d of told them not to bid hazard, his not available and a bid would only unsettle him and the offer would be refused anyway.

{Ed001's Note - from what Ed002 has explained it was more that they didn't want to lose Asensio.}

4.) 11 Aug 2018 11:29:06
We've demanded Asensio in every potential deal.

5.) 11 Aug 2018 23:18:43
Isn't it time that TBO shut the f*** up in his 'Come and join me' to Eden.

I also read that as well as being a figure of intense dislike in West London, he ain't going down too well in Madrid. Atletico fans are on his back for joining Real and the Real fans are on his back for his childish anti-Real rants while at Atletico. Hey ho, you can't win them all!

{Ed0333's Note - a few clean sheeets and the fans will be singing his name. Football fans are fickle.

6.) 12 Aug 2018 09:50:30
Surely Madrid know that Eden's potential price has just gone up even more after the PL window has shut. Maybe a deal in advance for next summer then?

I like the fact we want to include Asensio in any deal they make. That would make sure we get our replacement for sure.



05 May 2018 19:46:53
Congratulations to the youth team on another remarkable season. They blast Arsenal 7-1 over two legs to get the Youth Cup, and today won in very convincing fashion against United in the competition's final.

Hudson-Odoi looked a level or two above United's prodigy Angel Gomes. We've got an astonishing talent on our books, people.
Reece James in defense never looked troubled, and he's had an exceptional season also captaining the side.
Dujon Sterling is already a top class athlete, and pretty damn good footballer as well. Tailor made for the wingback position, and I'd argue he should've been given chances instead of buying Zappacosta in the summer.
Billy Gilmour is another big big talent. Not true academy bred as he was bought from Rangers last summer, but still has great potential.
Today was played without two of our most fantastic talents as well, as they were without Trevoh Chalobah and Ampadu.

Some fantastic talents are coming through right now. We need to use them.


1.) 05 May 2018 23:24:44
Let's not forget that Billy Gilmour is only 16 and he's playing well enough to be called up for the Scotland U-21s.

2.) 06 May 2018 09:09:08
You have to remember that most of our youth players are big and strong and powerful runners BUT when they hit their 20's everyone else are their physical equal and suddenly the game is something totally different. Loftus-Cheek is a great example of someone who was very powerful in his youth days and then he suddenly finds he is playing in more organised football and everyone is as big and powerful as him. All those mentioned above I endorse as real potential but they need to be nurtured not continually told how great they are and of course they are only 16 to 18 years of age. Few of the so called 'stars' that have been mentioned over the years have gone on to set the footballing world alight for one reason or another.

3.) 06 May 2018 12:13:24
I would like to give a shout-out to Mason Mount who could surpass all of the others. The future's Blue.

4.) 06 May 2018 19:17:33
Yea MDW, Mason Mount has done really well this season at Vitesse (winning their POTY award), I pray he remains humble, patient and hardworking. I believe Chelsea has great plans for him and Hudson Odoi.



30 Apr 2018 18:47:32
Ed001, saw your quick post on Loftus-Cheek on the Pool page. I know you thought of him as lazy at the start of the season, but do you still think so?

I've seen him play a bit this season and seems to me like he's doing his job for the team in defense as well as attack. Hodgson's said the same as well, that his off the ball work has improved a lot. I'd say the loan was a great success.


{Ed001's Note - he has improved but he is still too lazy for a Klopp team. He doesn't do a press type work ethic at all.}

1.) 30 Apr 2018 20:24:20
Another year of successful loan move to Crystal Palace or another club would make him very ready for Chelsea. He will improve more. I don't support rushing him back next season. Good player.

2.) 30 Apr 2018 21:12:07
1 good game and praised by everyone and questioned why not in chelsea side,
Has 5 average game sthat drift by him and nothing’s mentioned as to this is why he isn’t in chelsea side, think chalobah is head and shoulders above him personally,

3.) 30 Apr 2018 21:33:19
He's been quite good in every game I've seen him play for Palace. Not as flashy as Zaha, but a very important player for them.

And that's my bad, Ed. I didn't know you meant "for a Klopp team". I thought you meant in general. For Klopp I agree. He won't do the rabid pressing necessary. But at Chelsea in a 3 man midfield? He'd fit in Just fine. He May may not be Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, but he's not 100m worse. Kante, RLC and a guy like Torreira would be a golden midfield 3.

{Ed001's Note - sorry yes I was specifically referring to him with regard to Liverpool. The question asked about whether I thought he would be a good buy for them.}

4.) 01 May 2018 10:52:16
Yeah that was my bad, Ed, I didn't read the context of the question thoroughly.

{Ed001's Note - no worries it is easy to do.}



28 Mar 2018 20:57:37
Rafa Honigstein reporting that Marina Granovskaia was left impressed after meeting with Tuchel.

Make of it what you will, but Honigstein is pretty good when it pertains German news.


1.) 28 Mar 2018 22:16:19
Yes, he also said that he'd fit PSG well and that PSG were less likely to go for Conte.

Honestly, I'm lost on the whole thing.



26 Feb 2018 21:31:27
Ed001, got another question for you if you're around and aren't sick of my questions yet ;-)

It's about our dear Eden. Ed002 has repeatedly stated that Madrid want to take Hazard in the summer. And knowing Chelsea, if Eden makes it clear he'd like to leave then the club will probably be open to dealing with Madrid as they have shown in the past they don't want to keep a player against his wishes.
Now we've seen guys like Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Neymar and Mbappe (next summer when he gets bought officially) go for over 100m. Eden is clearly a better player than Ousmane, Coutinho and Mbappe in my opinion, at least right now, and they all went for around 140m. Also in the past, I think I remember one of the Eds saying that Madrid baulked at the price for Pogba.

I just wonder, if they couldn't pay 100m + for Pogba, how do they expect to pay for Hazard, who should go for more than what Coutinho or Dembele went for? Do you see them using one of their players to send the other way (I'm thinking Asensio or Isco for example as they'd replace some of the things Hazard does)?

Ed002, I apologize for bringing finances into this. However, I'm not looking for any specifics regarding money. Just wondering whether Madrid will expect him to be priced at a reasonable sum (say below 100m) or whether they'd be willing to let go of Asensio for example in order to drive the price down.


{Ed001's Note - they are looking to sell a number of players to raise cash.}

1.) 27 Feb 2018 10:08:11
Hazard will sign a new contract and stay at Chelsea Jackson.

2.) 27 Feb 2018 10:33:12
Who's your source G8? Are you certain or is it a hunch?

3.) 27 Feb 2018 11:52:22
He read it in the daily mail!

4.) 27 Feb 2018 13:35:00

5.) 27 Feb 2018 19:04:54
Would they be willing to sell Casemiro? Personally think his one of most underrated players in football.

6.) 28 Feb 2018 21:34:54
Thanks for the reply, Ed :)

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}




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28 Jul 2018 09:54:20
Oh this sucks. Vecino is no more than decent. Spending money on him would make for a new Drinkwater scenario.

Talk about an uninspiring target.




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15 Jul 2018 10:37:03
Ed, do you think Chelsea would push to include Asensio in any talks over Eden? Surely Asensio wouldn't like spending another season as a non-starter, and Chelsea would need a top talent to replace Eden.


{Ed018's Note - I feel like it’s been mentioned somewhere on here in the past that Asnesio has been part of the discussions Chelsea and Real Madrid has earlier this summer when discussing Hazard.}



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15 Jul 2018 10:34:59
And now it's looking likely Eden will leave. Man, this is not going to end well.




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14 Jul 2018 18:33:45
Hmm that doesn't sound promising :- ( Thanks anyway, Ed, it was worth a shot. Better prepare for another season of Pedro/ Willian starting.


{Ed001's Note - I doubt it will be like that, even if it is, Sarri's style of play should get more from them. However I would expect at least one to arrive.}



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24 Jun 2018 20:47:58
Sarri's said the transfer market is the refuge of the weak anyway. So if it's Sarri I guess he won't mind :-P.





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19 Aug 2018 21:46:40
I'd have him on the bench for most PL matches, as he's a nice X factor to throw on late against tired defenses. And he should start early cup and Europa League matches for sure.
That should be plenty of playing time for an 18 year old (I know he's 17 right now but will turn 18 in October or November) .




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12 Aug 2018 18:08:12
Not unpopular for me. I'd love Laca. Very good striker, and we'd be lucky to have Auba starting against us next weekend instead of Laca.




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12 Aug 2018 09:50:30
Surely Madrid know that Eden's potential price has just gone up even more after the PL window has shut. Maybe a deal in advance for next summer then?

I like the fact we want to include Asensio in any deal they make. That would make sure we get our replacement for sure.




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11 Aug 2018 08:24:16
Hmm just as well then. If they're not that interested he might as well sign that shiny new contract at Chelsea.

Cheers, Ed :)


{Ed001's Note - exactly mate, but Madrid still have time to come in, their window is open.}



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05 Aug 2018 10:31:28
Hahahah good one, Matt! If this isn't a joke, then congratulations :-)