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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.

Jackson

{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.


 

 

03 Dec 2017 15:04:24
Ed001, I'm going to ask you as I know Ed002 has stopped posting on here and I respect that decision.

So I was wondering whether you know of any plans at Chelsea regarding Alex Sandro. He's been dropped for some important games this season, most recently against Napoli (just this weekend) . And apparently he's been well below his level of the past 2 seasons.
Could we see Chelsea moving for him in January again? Alonso can't play the whole season like this, getting minimal rest. So we need another wingback/ fullback for that left side. And we know Chelsea wanted Sandro. Now it seems Sandro isn't completely happy at Juve (not signing a new contract there and not playing at his best) . Do you think Juve would be willing to deal in January?

Thanks for any info you could provide us with, Ed001. I think I speak for everyone on here in saying that we would greatly appreciate some news on Chelsea.

Jackson

{Ed001's Note - I know both Chelsea and Sandro would like to make the deal, Juve are the only sticking point and they are in a bit of a mess this season so might be happy to make a deal. I don't know what they are thinking though, so I can only guess on their side from the info I have. There are quite a few issues behind the scenes there, it really would not be a surprise if Sandro was allowed to leave.}


1.) 03 Dec 2017 16:40:30
Thanks for the update, we do miss 002 thou and 99% us appreciated his insight. We know it’s not gospel as things can change so quickly with targets players etc so let 002 we want him back.


2.) 03 Dec 2017 17:14:19
Thanks for that, Ed001. I appreciate you taking the time to reply :)
A January deal would probably be difficult as they'd likely want a replacement. But it's good to read that Sandro wants a move as well.

{Ed001's Note - he wanted to leave in the summer and things are difficult at Juve this season, as has been shown by their results, so it is little wonder he wants out.}


3.) 03 Dec 2017 17:22:59
Thank you Ed.


4.) 03 Dec 2017 18:45:04
Imagine how much he’d improve us. I’d love us to sign Alex Sandro. The only other were lacking then is just goals from midfield really.

{Ed001's Note - maybe buy the Benevento keeper for late goals?}


5.) 03 Dec 2017 22:49:45
well the trolls have proved themselves to be useless, having failed to provide any information in ed02s absence. They cannot criticise ed02 because they are as much use as a bar of chocolate in a sauna.


6.) 03 Dec 2017 21:40:16
Nah Ed001, we'll just get either Goretzka or Sergej :-P I'm a fool for hoping.

{Ed001's Note - you never know mate, but I would have thought Drinkwater could add goals, he scores a few and I would expect Bakayoko to do so as well once he settles in.}


7.) 04 Dec 2017 06:25:16
Both are regularly getting into good positions when we're playing a 3 man midfield. Just the finishing touch's been lacking :)


8.) 04 Dec 2017 08:07:30
Sid1; please give it a rest, I think the quarrel is quite enough.


9.) 04 Dec 2017 08:13:37
I think Drinkwater is better in midfield at this moment than Baka. Maybe after a season in the Prem Baka will show more skill on the ball infront of goal. our mid is awesome at the moment. Adding Loftus next season we will be stronger.


10.) 04 Dec 2017 15:08:36
Real seem to reluctantly be open to selling Asensio, we should definitely try to get him if we can.


11.) 11 Dec 2017 19:46:04
Good player.


 

 

19 Jul 2017 19:46:40
Props to the club for getting Morata in so swiftly. Excellent work and we know have 2 quality strikers to work with this season: Michy and Morata.

Now please help me out, Ed001. Matic has been training individually and has not gone with the club on tour, so he's probably going. Chalobah's sold. We've only got 3 central midfielders right now, of which 1, Bakayoko, will be injured to start the season. So it's basically Cesc and Kante. Are the club looking to sign another midfielder (Goretzka or Kovacic maybe? ), or will they use Baker or Pasalic as a 4th option? It's a real area for concern, and I sincerely hope you can help me out.

Anyways, great job on the pages. I hope life is treating all of the Eds well.

Jackson

{Ed001's Note - I expect one more to come in, though I would personally like to see some of the youngsters given the chance.}


1.) 20 Jul 2017 07:15:57
Depends on how Conte rates them I guess. I like both Pasalic and Baker, though Baker might be a little too weak defensively to start in a midfield 2. HIs quality on the ball is undeniable however. Pasalic could do a job in there I'm pretty sure. He's got those Lampardesque late runs into the box to score off of. I'd be happy with either or both staying this season, provided Conte trusts them.

Do you know of any particular players the club are looking to get this summer then? There aren't many good midfielders available for decent money, and like you said I'd rather see a young guy get a chance over a middling player.

{Ed001's Note - I don't right now. It is difficult to keep track of every club unfortunately, sorry.}


2.) 20 Jul 2017 08:44:59
I understand, Ed. Thought it was worth a shot asking you. No worries :-) We'll find out in the coming weeks I guess. If Baker and Pasalic are loaned/ sold then the club surely have another CM signing lined up.

For now I'll just be hoping we can somehow use Matic to maybe facilitate a Sandro buy from Juve. He still hasn't signed an extension with Juve, so it doesn't seem like he wants to stay there at all costs.

{Ed001's Note - that would fill the left side but empty the middle....}


3.) 20 Jul 2017 09:20:28
The way I see it, Matic is on his way out no matter what happens right now. The individual training, him not going on tour. There must be a move on the cards for him. And I've just seen a report that Pasalic might be joining Spartak Moskow on loan (under Conte's former technical director Carrera), so either Baker is staying as 4th choice midfielder or we buy a new CM. And with Conte not trusting Fabregas in some games, I have a hard time believing he'll trust Baker in CM.

If we get Sandro at least that's the wingback positions sorted out. If we then get another CM (so hoping for Kovacic or Goretzka) then our squad is looking really good.


 

 

13 Jul 2017 22:33:33
Chalobah apparently set for a medical at Watford and will sign a 5 year deal with them. Nate leaving makes me incredibly sad as I believe he's a very very talented midfielder and we'll rue the day we let him go. He's Chelsea through and through.

I guess this means Matic will stay then. This transfer window is starting to annoy me. Big time.

Jackson

1.) 13 Jul 2017 22:43:57
agreed mate! fuming, we are selling players quicker thn we are bringing thm in. losing homegrown players too.


2.) 13 Jul 2017 22:45:16
Matic will go still.


3.) 13 Jul 2017 22:47:15
To be honest I'm starting to wonder what the club are playing at! What's the point in ploughing money in to a youth academy if you're just going to sell every kid who comes through showing signs he could actually get in the team. I mean let's be honest, he can't be much worse than Matic was last season, the guy can barely run. We're going to regret not giving Solanke a chance, he'll be top scorer for Liverpool next season. Chalobah is a massive loss. If we're being genuinely serious, Loftus-Cheek could have the season of his life next year, win the PFA player of the year (that's a joke by the way) and Chelsea would still sell him, just because that's what we do! I've had enough it's pathetic. If I were Mason Mount I'd start fishing for clubs now. We're becoming a joke!


4.) 13 Jul 2017 22:48:50
I'm sure the club will continue to sign quality players during this window but I am very disappointed that Chalaboa and Ake have been sold. Two players with a big future and I'm convinced they will play many times for their respective countries.


5.) 13 Jul 2017 22:55:57
Give them 2 years and we'll sign them back. Ahh champions but this window is doing my head in. Selling the wrong players in my eyes. Nate and Nath should of stayed.


6.) 13 Jul 2017 23:01:30
If both Matic and Chalobah leave then who the hell are we going to bring in? We'd only have Kante, Cesc and Bakayoko as CMs. That's definitely not enough, especially since Bakayoko will miss the first few games of the season because of his injury.


7.) 13 Jul 2017 23:11:33
NO Chalaboa buyback clause. I know we were over a barrel with just one year left on his contract but he has been at the club since he was 10. This is all madness. Christensen will be sold before the window is closed.


8.) 13 Jul 2017 23:18:32
Could Ross Barkley be an option? Or would Everton price him out of a deal?


9.) 13 Jul 2017 23:23:19
Keep your knickers on boys the chelsea will move on id be shocked if chalobah ever turns out to be a top class player he's decent i think ake is much better and would of suited us . chalobah made up his mind when we went and brought bakayoko an can u blame the lad he wants to play football week in week out i hope he does great things at watford always liked him.


10.) 13 Jul 2017 23:40:04
Guys let's be realistic. To be playing at Chelsea you must be top class.

Unfortunately some of the youngsters that are being sold are not as good as the ones that are being purchased. I appreciate the argument that 'game time' will make them batter, however, at Chelsea it's about results. I don't doubt that 1 or 2 may bite us in the future.

Unfortunately the days of norturing a youngster who then can be be integrated into the first team seems long gone. The pressure is high at club like Chelsea. Conte knows what he is doing or would have given more of a chance.


11.) 14 Jul 2017 01:15:17
You could also look at it anthor way as sad as it is we've lost these lads were getting them out and they should be playing week in week out there the future of england and they need to be playing for an elite team such as we are you cannot throw kids in who aren't absoulutley exceptional i think chelsea have done the best by them and not the club itself and in a way that merits respect and who knows if they do make it someday they will come home.


12.) 14 Jul 2017 15:14:10
I think it's all very strange - is Alonso better than Bertrand? Is Rudiger that much better than Ake? Is Rudiger better than Christianson? Was selling Troare and not really pushing for Solanke necessary especially now that we only have Bats up-front? Did we really need to sign Caballero when we have Jamal Blackman? Lukaku? De Bruyne? Now Zouma - why buy Rudiger when we have Zouma? In my opinion, John Swift, Dom Solanke and Nat Chalobah will all play for England as will RLC. Supposedly we didn't buy Dle Alli because we thought that RLC was a better prospect - maybe he is - but we'll never know unless we BLOODY PLAY HIM! Rant over and out.


 

 

06 May 2017 14:40:58
Ed002, I've seen you mention on the Everton page that it's likely that Zouma gets sold or loaned this summer. Are there clubs that have already enquired after his availability? And would the club prefer to loan him or would they be happy to move him on?

Personally I'd be gutted to see Zouma sold. He was our best CB before his injury and it'd be a damn shame to see him blossom somewhere else instead of at Chelsea.

Jackson

{Ed002's Note - There is interest from Galatasaray for a loan and Napoli may become interested in a sale again. Chelsea will be open to a loan or sale.}


1.) 07 May 2017 10:11:57
If we were to sell him, I feel like it would be a good idea to avoid previous mistakes and put in a buy-back clause. We all know how overpriced proper CBs are nowadays, so assuming he'd realize his potential elsewhere, he would be ridiculously expensive to get back otherwise.


2.) 07 May 2017 10:28:43
I'll try to get ready for that disappointment then, Ed. Thanks for the reply.


 

 

 

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24 Sep 2017 14:07:27
Good win yesterday. Unsurprisingly we looked much more in control after the introduction of Fabregas and Hazard. Stoke were applying pressure, but apart from lofting balls in the box from set pieces they didn't really create anything. I think that's a testament to our defensive play as Stoke really possess a lot of quality attacking players.

One thing though. Crouch's tackle was a bad one. Easily as bad as Luiz' last weekend, and might've even been worse. How come it's mainly our players getting sent off for that type of challenge though? Cahill and Luiz were rightly sent off. But Crouch only gets a yellow? Same with Gueye's tackle on Cesc, Dier and Vertonghen's tackles against us. Where are the red cards when opposition players perform similar tackles?

I know there's no campaign or anything against us. But it is baffling how our opponents don't seem to get punished the same way as we do.

Jackson

1.) 24 Sep 2017 15:40:43
Agree totally, Jackson. I would say that Crouch's tackle on Fab was worse than Luiz - and Mark Hughes is going on that Alonso should have been sent off!
Also, Match of the Day didn't show the Crouch tackle and didn't even mention it in the post-match discussion. But it's lovely Peter Crouch, isn't it?! Crouchie and his robot dance - don't want to talk about one of the most disgraceful fouls of the season - not our Crouchie - disgusting bias.


2.) 24 Sep 2017 17:16:23
Every win is a good win especially when you win 4:0 away, it has to be good win.
I don't who and who, but both Manchester clubs have 3 points more than us. But that's not a problem. The problem is that both clubs are impressive and confident. If we end up in top four this season that will be huge success. Simply competition is more difficult this season.


3.) 24 Sep 2017 17:49:03
Let's believe that there's no campaign against us but from the way pundits are analysing and criticizing Chelsea this season, u can't completely say that there's no campaign against us (cos its sickening and boring) . I just hope the referees aren't caving into the pundits criticisms of and making it worse for us on the pitch.

A lot of the pundits don't want Chelsea to win the league but I guess we will prove them wrong. 😜.


4.) 24 Sep 2017 18:06:38
Trouble is we have had this conspiracy theory for few years. We do come off worse. I didn't see crouch tackle but I think back to vertongans tackle. However the players we have had sent off deserved it. All we ask for is consistency. The interesting ones will be when we come up against city and Utd. See how we are treated then. Personally I think it is more about we have problems with 3 poss 4 referees.


5.) 25 Sep 2017 09:37:30
The standard of refereeing in the Prem is truly awful.
Mike Oliver is the only above average referee and the executive who manage the referees never put forward any reasons for the poor standards and lack of consistency that go on week after week.
If the club, manager or player complain they are given a fine. The standards won't rise unless they except valid criticism and work on a plan to improve their standards!


6.) 25 Sep 2017 14:05:25
We need video evidence - a video ref would have taken 1 video replay to see that Crouch should be sent off - 30 secs at most.


7.) 25 Sep 2017 16:41:17
Video referees are a must for severe tackles and penalties nothing else or the game will lose its flow. Rugby is somewhat different being a stop, start game.


8.) 25 Sep 2017 18:17:16
Miss Wood the video ref has been used in rugby for many years and yes it does disrupt the play a bit but if they allow play to continue for advantage reasons till it stops and then go back to check the footage. It will be giod for the game in my opinion even if it counts against us it still doeant matter cause foorball promotes fairplay.


 

 

17 Sep 2017 15:30:59
Olliver was Arsenal's MOTM today. Pathetically biased display by a supposedly neutral factor in the match. Their CBs were allowed to do anything they liked to Morata. Morata fouls a guy once and complains a bit and gets booked. Kolasinac complains and doesn't get booked because it'd have meant him having to go off.

Luiz' red was deserved as it was reckless and dangerous, but I do understand the frustration that probably led him to doing it as Arsenal got away with damn near everything yet we kept getting called for the tiniest of fouls.

After the sending off Hazard was looking like actually storming breaking away on the counter and there weren't many Arse defenders back. Olliver quickly blew his whistle for an imaginary foul.

And the best part is that Olliver and his team will not come under any scrutiny and won't have to do any explaining as the red was the correct call and he handed out a couple of yellow to Arsenal players at the end when it didn't really matter anymore. It'll seem like he was fair and consistent, which is a load of BS.

Conte got it wrong with the starting XI as both Rudiger and Bakayoko should've started. But Olliver really gave us little chance to score today by letting them foul Morata over and over.

PS: Fab was just bad, as was Willian.

Jackson

1.) 17 Sep 2017 15:51:23
Couldn't agree more, one of the worst jobs I've seen in a very, very long time. And I usually think he's one of the better refs - no more! Fab didn't have a good day no, but he came close a couple of times after short corners, and please don't forget THAT pass to Pedro, which should've been an early 1-0.


2.) 17 Sep 2017 15:51:54
Thank you Jackson, Conte starting eleven was wrong.


3.) 17 Sep 2017 21:52:03
Oh come on just because we didn't win don't blame the referees. We weren't that good and Morata threw himself to the floor at the littlest of contact.


 

 

16 Sep 2017 18:04:30
Ed001, if you're around. I remember you giving an honest (and pretty negative) assessment of RLC's loan to Palace. What do you make of the first few weeks for him there? Palace have been dreadful, and not a single goal scored is diabolical, but RLC is looking like an electric player so far.

Your view? :)

Jackson

{Ed001's Note - so far he has done fairly well, but he still lacks that willingness to track back that has cost him his place at Chelsea. I think the change to Hodgson will help him, as Roy will drill the team over and over on how to defend, how to get into shape, to get back quickly etc. That is what he is missing, so this could be the making of him.}


1.) 16 Sep 2017 19:11:49
Totally agree ed001. That has been my opinion re RLC. I feel he has a poor work ethic and think he may have been a victim of his own success. He has done well but sometimes strolls around with no urgency. I know he has that languid style of play but if he wants to have a career at Chelsea he needs to step it up.

{Ed001's Note - I think you are spot on mate. Shame that a player of such ability does not see that hard work is also a skill.}


2.) 17 Sep 2017 07:58:45
Attacking wise he looks like a monster in the making though. You're probably right regarding his workrate, but I do think he can do a job defensively. Playing him as an actual midfielder instead of an attacker would help him probably in that regard.


 

 

02 Sep 2017 09:41:06
It's weird. The press are mostly hammering Chelsea for a so called "bad"/ "underwhelming"/ "disappointing" transfer window. Apparently Chelsea didn't do rubbish right while United had a ridiculously good transfer window, Pool had a wonderful summer and Spurs did really well too.

Why are the media so desperate to try and cause unrest and tension regarding Chelsea? Always with the "Conte will be furious/ disappointed" reports. Sure, we didn't get Alex Sandro. He's one of the best in the world and already playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Tough break that. Ox rejected us in favor of his boyhood club. Good on him that he can play for the club he supported as a kid. Probably his dream.
But Lukaku rejected us? Sure the press, and United fans, like to believe it. But multiple trustworthy sources have said we didn't even lodge a bid (including our own Ed002). I'd bet all my money on it that he'd have joined Chelsea if we came to an agreement with Everton. He didn't reject us at all.
Same with Llorente. Spurs had a deal with Swansea while we didn't. That's not him rejecting us, that's him joining the club he was allowed to join. Again I'd have bet good money on it that he'd have preferred to work with Conte again.
I don't know what to make of Barkley's situation though. Such a weird thing :-P He probably failed a medical or had 2nd thoughts about moving clubs while injured for such a long time. You don't do a medical unless you have a deal with the club. Jake Cohen has confirmed as much (very knowledgeable character regarding football business) . Apparently he's said he'd reassess in January, and it's very possible he'll move to Chelsea then. Again, didn't reject us.

Now on to what Chelsea did accomplish. Rüdiger, a German international CB that's still only 24 with plenty of room to improve. He's a massive upgrade on Terry. We brought back Andreas Christensen, one of the best young CBs in Europe for the past 2 seasons. If he wasn't ours already Barcelona or Bayern would've bought him for at least 35 million or something. Another excellent addition.
Zappacosta: I'll admit I haven't watched him play live, but Serie A watchers have stated he's one of the best fullbacks in Italy. Strong runner, good positionally in defense and with a terrific cross on him. There's a reason Belotti scored so many headers last season ;-) I'm very excited to watch him play. Conte apparently knows him well, which is a very good thing.
Drinkwater I'm not as excited about, but he's not bad. Pretty good defensively, strong, can put in a tackle, has some dribbling and a pretty good pass. He's a good all-rounder to have in midfield and will make up the numbers in midfield. A good squad player who will do what Conte tells him to do.
Bakayoko: well we all know him, don't we? A beast in the making in midfield. He's incredibly strong, harries opponents on the ball and has the ability to go on bursting runs forward. He only turned 23 last month, so he's still got plenty of learning and improving to do. But I sense he'll be a huge player for us after a couple of weeks/ months. Opponents won't look forward to going up against Kante-Bakayoko in midfield.
Morata is a fantastic young striker, and he's already shown he's got the quality to be one of the best in the Europe. He hasn't had to carry a team as the leading striker though. So we'll have to wait and see how he copes with 90 minutes week in week out. So far, so good.

All in all I'm happy with our summer. We brought in some real quality and got younger in the process. Good business that. The media don't really know what they're talking about.
Our squad isn't at the level of United and City, but that's not because of this window. It's because of their huge spending in recent years. We should definitely be in the mix for top 4 this season.

PS: Caballero is a very good back up GK for us. Again a good move by the club.

Jackson

1.) 02 Sep 2017 10:07:02
We shouldn't be in the mix for top 4, after winning the league we should be title contenders.


2.) 02 Sep 2017 10:26:03
Fantastic post Jackson but we will be Premier League Champions again!


3.) 02 Sep 2017 10:56:52
Good post Jackson😁.


4.) 02 Sep 2017 11:14:44
Jackson, that is probably the best post I've ever read on this site and there have been some good'uns over the years. Completely sums Our situation up perfectly in terms of the Clubs transfer window.

I've looked at Our teansfer dealings in comparison with the other top 6 sides and I actually think We have done aswell if not better than any of them in terms of what the Club actually needed. Ofcourse We could have added a few more but Our squad is very adaptable with players more than capable of playing a number of different roles to a good standard.

My only gripe would be not signing another option up top, I am concerned that Batshuayi is not the Man to hang Our hat on should Morata suffer an injury or serious loss of form but We spent good money on Him so have to put Our faith in Him regardless. Still another body as an option would have made this a very good transfer window for Me.

KTBFFH!


5.) 02 Sep 2017 13:00:46
Agree, Blue_Nose, Llorente going to Spurs bummed me out a bit. He would've been a good striker to have as he can score goals. However, I'm a fan of Batshuayi and I know he has the quality. Decision making is his issue though, as he seems too eager to impress Conte and all too often he favors a shot over a pass to an open teammate.

I think we had a better summer than City for example. They added some good players, but all of them are really attacking. Now I know that's Pep's game, but how much does Bernardo Silva improve a team that already has David Silva, KDB, Sane, Sterling, Jesus and Aguero? Walker and Mendy are good buys though, I've give them that. But they still don't have another real CM and will have to hope that Gundogan can get and stay fit.

United's window wasn't that impressive, but they didn't need much anyway. They just needed a couple of pieces, which they added, and more importantly they needed some acquisitions of previous seasons to start firing. Clear title favorites in my eyes.


6.) 02 Sep 2017 14:50:44
I think You and Me are singing straight from the same hymn sheet Jackson.

I think Batshuayi has His weaknesses but He has the attributes to make a very good striker and at the end of the day when You shell out £30+ Million on a player, You have to trust Your investment.

City have clearly improved in the fullback positions which they needed, so fair play to them for that but their best defender is a walking injury waiting to happen and there is little protection in front of an already questionable back line.

I agree UTD are favourites as they have the strongest squad througout overall, they have players that can both play and dig in when required, they have a very good Manager that will have properly evaluated the squad and in Lukaku I think they have a flat track bully to help turn those frustrating draws into more wins.

I know lots of people are frustrated at players allegedly rejecting Us but I feel that word is misleading and thrown out there to cause controversy.

I think the only player You could argue rejected Chelsea if reports are to be believed is Oxlaide-Chamberlain because We submitted an offer but He prefered another option and let's be honest if He did join whilst He gives good versatility, where does He play?

Everyone will have their own views on the state of the squad, who should start and who should make the bench but let's say for arguments sake We go into the Arsenal Match with:

GK: Courtois
CB: Rüdiger
CB: Luiz
CB: Azpilicueta
LWB: Alonso
CM: Bakayoko
CM: Kante
RWB: Moses
AM/ WF: Hazard
AM/ WF: Pedro
CF: Morata

BENCH

Caballero
Cahill
Zappacosta
Drinkwater
Fabregas
Willian
Batshuayi

Can anyone say that's a poor matchday squad, really?

I for one am very excited for the Season ahead.

KRBFFH!


7.) 02 Sep 2017 18:31:03
Don't be surprised if Drinkwater becomes starter over Bakayoko.


8.) 02 Sep 2017 20:01:43
Jesus Christ Jackson! Upgrade on Terry? Find dictionary FGS!


9.) 02 Sep 2017 21:48:14
Drinkwater start over bakayoko? I swear to god everything you post on here you're just 🎣
The only times that may happen is if we've got a massive champs league game mid week and we're playing a bottom half team in the league on the weekend.
All players fit and if we stick to the 343 then bakayoko starts every time over Danny drinkwater.

I wouldn't be surprised to see more of a 352
Looking summit like this.
T-Bo.
Dave, luiz, plus 1
Moses, bakayoko, drinkwater, kantè, Alonso
Hazard
Morata
In the tough away games.


10.) 02 Sep 2017 22:45:19
What was wrong with what I said, antibot? I don't understand your point regarding a dictionary.


11.) 02 sep 2017 23:28:01
jackson calling rüdiger an upgrade to john terry is silly. terry is chelsea legend and rüdiger is just talented central back who cannot be an upgrade to jt in any circumstances.
everything else that you have wrote- well done jackson fully agree with you!


12.) 03 Sep 2017 08:26:59
Jackson is right. Rüdiger is an upgrade. Regardless, Luiz watch JT's replacement.


13.) 03 Sep 2017 08:28:30
Well, we'll just have to agree to disagree on Terry then. Massive presence in the locker room and one of the very best (if not the absolute best) CB in the PL era. But he hasn't been mobile enough for a few seasons now, and in order to play him under Jose we had to sacrifice a lot (sitting way too deep in defense, having our midfield cover way too much space etc) .
In the locker room he can't be replaced. But on the pitch? Without a doubt Rüdiger is already a much better player right now. Also, there's no shame in that for Terry as age has just caught up with him.


14.) 03 Sep 2017 08:29:14
So have you changed your mimd Antibot?

I thought you'd said nothing but negative about this window?


15.) 03 Sep 2017 14:31:48
I'd be an upgrade on JT as he is now! So Rudiger is definitely an upgrade on the JT of 2016/ 17. As for Drinkwater - I think you'll all be surprised at just how good he is - a definite starter over Baka this season as Baka gets used to the demands of the Prem.


 

 

20 Aug 2017 19:56:51
What a defensive performance that was. Amazing work by the team, especially Christensen, Luiz and Kante. They locked up the middle against a strong Spurs team.

Just a note, but how do Spurs get away with rubbish tackles all the time?! Dier should've been off immediately for that 1st half tackle. That was more dangerous than the Cahill tackle from last week.
Vertonghen's "tackle" (if you can call it that) deserved a red as well. That's just nasty and dangerous.

It's incredible how dirty and rough they are in defending, yet guys like Alli fall over whenever the wind blows in the stadium. Ref kept giving them the softest of FKs as well. Luckily we dealt with the FKs and corners extremely well.

Jackson

1.) 20 Aug 2017 20:34:23
Went to the game as always today and I've just got home and watched the game again on TV.
A few things spring to mind how did Spurs finish with eleven players?
Also watching the recording the most used name by the commentators and the so called match experts was Matic!
I think I'm correct in saying he no longer plays for us and certainly doesn't play for Spurs!


2.) 21 Aug 2017 17:28:21
I was getting annoyed wth that. Matic was an average player for us and £40m is a steal. Bakayoko was much better in that game than Matic was all last season. It's only because we sold him to a rival that everyone is making a big deal about it.


 

 

 

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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.

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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.

Jackson

{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.}


 

 

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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.

Jackson

{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.}


 

 

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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 ;-)

Jackson

{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.}


 

 

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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.

Jackson

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14 Dec 2017 07:35:33
On the United page Ed002 has commented that Sandro has made it clear to his agent which club he wants to join. Could be Chelsea still. PSG wanted Bakayoko as well, but he wanted Chelsea. And voila, it's Chelsea he joined. Same with Kante.

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10 Dec 2017 20:47:44
Very happy that it worked out! Excellent initiative and congrats to all participants :)

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10 Dec 2017 09:28:16
He wasn't even bad yesterday in my opinion. It was a tactical switch when we needed a goal. He was better than Fab in the first half, but we needed a goal so Fab stayed on (and continued to not add anything to our match) .

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10 Dec 2017 09:27:23
Honestly, De Bruyne is a whiney prick that looks miserable the first moment things don't go his way. I'm not mad we sold him as I really don't like him. Very good player when on form, but whines way too much.

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10 Dec 2017 09:25:16
Don't want Aubameyang, but Sandro would be outstanding! Again he was dropped to the bench for a big match last night vs Inter. Both the coach and player are clearly unhappy right now. Let's just push for him next month and make everyone happy.

Plus Bailey. The guy said in an interview at Genk that he envisioned himself playing at Chelsea in a couple of years' time. That was his goal. So let's just get him as well.

Jackson