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01 Aug 2020 14:37:57
Good news, Chelsea fans! It appears the club have been able to recruit a very highly rated Dutch striker from Stoke, Mohammed Sankoh.

Born in 2003, there are reports that he joins Chelsea this summer. I know little else about him, but it appears he's held in high regard.


1.) 01 Aug 2020 18:34:22
He's a baby.

2.) 01 Aug 2020 20:45:37
Seeing as he's born in 2003 he's either 16 turning 17 or 17 already. So hardly a baby. Really don't understand that comment. If you mean he's one for the youth team, then obviously yes. But he's highly rated and joining Chelsea, so still good news.

3.) 01 Aug 2020 21:48:17
Jackson - Every report I’ve read rates him very highly. I share your enthusiasm on this one. Another coup for our youth recruitment if true!

4.) 01 Aug 2020 22:02:57
Sounds like a very good bit of business.

Thanks for the information Jackson.

5.) 01 Aug 2020 22:49:48
You're very welcome, Tom. Happy to be able to bring some news for once :-)

6.) 02 Aug 2020 11:36:21
I think he is on the list of top young players that Ed002 gave on the European page.

7.) 02 Aug 2020 12:06:37
Hi Jackson - yes, it's good that we're attracting the best-rated kids - but the point that I was making is that a great player at 16 doesn't translate to a great player at 20 (see recently: Islam Feruz / Lucas Piazon / Alex Kiwomya - all of whom were going to be the next 'superstar') .

8.) 02 Aug 2020 13:33:00
I get that, though I doubt you'll find many people that genuinely thought Kiwomya would be a great player. He was more of a sprinter than a footballer.



14 Dec 2019 08:49:22
Ed, would like your opinion on this if you have the time.

Lots of rumors again crediting Chelsea with serious interest in Zaha, potentially even for a January move. Prices being quoted are in the ballpark of 70 to even 80 million.
Now to me, Zaha is a good player for a counter attacking side, but nowhere near worth an amount over ca. 40 million. I don't get it.

So my question. What do you think Chelsea see in Zaha that would translate to a higher level, where not every attacking move would flow through him like at Palace.
Do you believe he could be a good player for a team with top 4 aspirations?



{Ed002's Note - It is a player Lampard wants - others are against it.}

1.) 14 Dec 2019 10:55:14
Wow interesting, i thought he was a club target and lampard didn't really want him

ed a lot of rumors from different sources now saying chelsea are interested in sancho, is there any truth or interest thanks.

{Ed002's Note - There is interest but the price is putting them off.}

2.) 14 Dec 2019 11:03:25
Oh that's exciting, he's the type of player we should be targeting imo, does lampard want sancho? And is there an chance of a january move for him thanks

Also any chance of other names we are looking st for wing positions if you can, appreciate it alot.

3.) 14 Dec 2019 11:06:36
Oh I had hoped we had learned a lesson ) :

4.) 14 Dec 2019 12:29:04
Lampard wants to improve the team - zaha is better than Pedro and Willian, my worry is it’s 70-80 million of our budget when there’s other younger players, 50-60m would be about right but to palace his worth a lot more and that’s my problem with a move for zaha.

5.) 14 Dec 2019 12:29:36
So we are interested in Zaha BUT the Sancho price is too much? But it is not much more than the Zaha price for a player who is much younger and much more promising.

{Ed002's Note - It is a lot more.}

6.) 14 Dec 2019 12:41:01
Heard reports they want €140m Its worth paying that much though as he's 19 and world class potential so could have him for many years aswell and sort that position out tor years.

7.) 14 Dec 2019 13:44:42
I can understand the club finding Sancho's probable price as too much. Probably over 120 or even 150 million would be needed, and he's already shown some signs of diva behavior turning up late for meetings and practice etc. Not sure I'd like him for the prices being quoted.

It's going to be a bidding war, and I'd rather not go to war financially with United. They can blow everyone out of the water anyway.

That said, I hope the club decide to only go for Zaha if the price is reasonable. It'd be good if they could get Frank the targets he likes, but it has to be reasonable. And Zaha at the prices talked about is madness. There should be much better value for money in the market than that.

Chukwueze for example, whom I've read might be available at around 65 million or something (just a ballpark) . Another interesting option would be Salzburg's Hwang Hee Chan. Looks an excellent player, and would be an interesting one to replace Pedro.
Or if Juve are willing to sell him, Bernardeschi. Another excellent player whom a lot of people have seemingly forgotten about a bit.

8.) 14 Dec 2019 13:45:10
Also, thanks a lot for that reply, Ed :) Interesting to read it's very much Lampard who is interested in him.

9.) 14 Dec 2019 19:53:37
some of you are saying spend 100+ million on a 19 year old, it's worth it. the problem is he 19! and no experience in the premier league. yeah he's been good but he is no better than CHO imo. Zaha may not be world class but he is a very good player with plenty of experience and still young. and as someone said he is an upgrade on pedro. he can play down the middle also.



29 Nov 2019 21:23:32
Reports coming out of Italy that a deal with Inter for Giroud is close to being completed, for a January move.

Will be interesting to see whether the club would also sell him midway through the season if they can't bring in any replacement.
Now I know he's played almost no minutes, so a replacement wouldn't be necessary. However, it would be risky as an injury to either Michy or Tammy would leave us with just 1 striker option.


1.) 02 Dec 2019 14:04:11
Giroud wants/ needs playing time IF he is going to make the France squad for 2020 Euro's. Judging by his sluggish display against West Spam we are not going to miss him too much. But we really do need a replacement and if we can't sign players is there anybody else currently in our yoof system?



07 Sep 2019 22:24:33
Sources hinting at following Chelsea targets, when the ban ends I suppose.

- Jadon Sancho
- David Neres
- Ben Chilwell
- Nathan Ake
- Moussa Dembele (Lyon striker)

I don't see the top level ability in Neres. Highly skilled technically, but I don't think he's got enough about his game other than tricks and dribbling.

Sancho would be a dream, but let's not kid ourselves here. We won't get him. Too expensive, and will probably have his pick of clubs when he decides to leave.

Chilwell I don't see the need for as Emerson's showing how good he can be. Hard to see Chilwell coming to be a backup, or us spending the money that'd be needed to get him on a rotation player.

Ake I'd only be a fan of if he's brought in as a DM. As a CB I think he's just not good enough for a team with CL aspirations. But as a DM I still think he can be really good.

Finally Moussa Dembele. He'd be one of my top targets as well next summer. We'll need a new striker with Giroud and Batshuayi probably both leaving, and Morata as well to Atletico permanently. He's a very good all around striker, and together with Tammy he'd make for a very good strike force.


1.) 07 Sep 2019 23:08:09
You’ve just copied carefree youths post off twitter at least credit him 🤔.

2.) 08 Sep 2019 08:33:15
I didn't mean to disrespect him :) indeed, CarefreeYouth is the one that posted this, and he usually knows his stuff. I don't have twitter, but his account is probably one of the 2 or 3 I sometimes check.

Didn't mention his name as I didn't want him to get stick on here for being a twitter source (as sometimes info from twitter gets a bit ridiculed on these sites; often with reason, but I do trust CarefreeYouth) .

3.) 08 Sep 2019 08:35:12
Having reread the post, I see how it could have came across wrongly, but in no way did I intend to pass this off as my information. I have never tried to do that, and won't start now as I simply don't have access to such information.

Have to wait till everything is reported like most of you!

4.) 08 Sep 2019 11:47:02
Bit of chatter in today’s press that Chelsea are putting feelers out in respect of transfers for January, in other words some are suggesting the ban will be reduced to one window.
If, and a big if that is the case, I would not be at all surprised if there were to be one probably two incomings but to facilitate that several would leave likewise leave.

As for the players listed in the OP.
Sancho. Time will tell but I personally believe if CHO can be tied down and regains fitness he has as much potential as Sancho.
Chillwell is interesting and has the benefit of being HG. I personally like him as a player .
Neres. Don’t know a lot about him but not too sure the sort of position and indeed the type of player he is said to be is an area where we need to be looking at as a priority.
Dembelle. Yes please.

5.) 08 Sep 2019 18:06:35
Don’t worry pal you haven’t committed a crime your just passing information on.

6.) 08 Sep 2019 18:35:53
no idea why were are always linked to ake, no better than anything we have. Neres is lightweight and wouldn’t cope, Chilwell is good but why spend the money when Emerson is doing very well, and sancho anc dembele are must haves but would never leave in January.

7.) 09 Sep 2019 13:54:33
While I hope and believe our ban will be reduced to one window, I just can’t see us signing many, if any, players this mid-season!

8.) 10 Sep 2019 07:11:13
Dembele is a name that keeps getting mentioned on here and has been for a few years. Is he really that good? Have never really had the chance to see him play :)



20 Jul 2019 08:25:25
Ampadu on loan to Leipzig then it seems.

No easy assignment, but then he's an exceptional young player and pretty versatile, so there's merit to the decision. I'm happy they've decided to really challenge him.

He's going to play at a high level (including Champions League), under one of the best young coaches around (Nagelsmann) and in a competitive team that plays good football.

I'm really excited to see him get to work there, and I must admit I'll be a bit of a Leipzig fan as well this season.

Good luck, Ethan!


1.) 20 Jul 2019 10:35:00
A reason to watch German football ahead of others for me.

Good luck Ethan.

2.) 21 Jul 2019 21:53:01
With the depth Leipzig have a centre half this seems pretty clear that the club intends to develop him as a defensive midfielder.




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01 Aug 2020 20:50:58
Well that was disappointing. Kante not fit to start, Azpi pulling up injured, Pulisic injured early in 2nd half, Willian out. On top of that we get an atrocious ref (I refuse to believe the game would be fixed, so let's just assume Taylor is a piss poor ref as he's the same guy that called a foul on Alonso after he got clattered by Gazzaniga in our PL match against Spurs before VAR intervened) . It was always going to be hard to win like that.

Still gutted. I don't think we brought enough to win it today, just a shame the manner in which we had to lose. If Pulisic doesn't pull his hamstring when in on goal, it might well be a goal and our star winger still playing. Instead it's our star winger injured and no goal. Fine margins, and they decide the outcome of matches.

Congrats to Arsenal I suppose, though I don't think they were particularly brilliant themselves. If it's full strength Chelsea vs Arsenal with a decent ref then I think we come out the winners. Alas, hopefully next season.


1.) 01 Aug 2020 20:59:23
We can still win the Champions League Jackson! Hahaha!

I do think we have got a lot to look forward to next season.

The players we have signed and the ones we will sign can only make us a stronger team.

I would, like a lot of other posters, get the club to sign someone who can coach our defensive unit.

2.) 01 Aug 2020 21:42:41
Yes much to look forward to though I fear it will not be ECL trophy this season! On ref issue am also not usually into conspiracy theories though would certainly make an exception for the Norwegian ref who turned down those three clear pen shouts when we were knocked out by Barcelona and Didier rightly went berserk at end. But do wonder why the FA made Taylor the first ref to be given a second FA Cup final and especially when his first one was AFC beating us (and Moses sent off) in 2017. Is he currently the top rated or what explains the choice?

3.) 01 Aug 2020 21:57:43
I may well be making this up but I think the head of the referees who’s name I can’t remember is regarded as pretty awful.

Maybe the problem of our refereeing standards are down to him?

Or maybe I’m just being a bad loser!

4.) 01 Aug 2020 22:27:23
Well, there's starting to be a theme with Taylor refereeing Chelsea matches. He missed Son's stamp on Rudiger, the Gazzaniga karate kick on Alonso, Lo Celso's stamp on Azpi, Maguire's kick in Michy's crotch, booked Willian for diving after Bruno Fernandes fouled him in our home match against United, and he also missed a blatant handball by Alexis Sanchez in our FA Cup final against Arsenal 2 or 3 years ago, a handball through which Alexis was able to score.

A huge, match altering mistake of a decision doesn't seem to be far away whenever he's the ref for a high profile Chelsea match.

5.) 01 Aug 2020 22:54:33
Interesting details Jackson, thanks for them, and hadn't realised Taylor the ref for all of these.



23 Jun 2020 20:40:20
Hi Ed002, read something interesting posted by you on the United page.

You said United would not be allowed to profiteer from exercising a 1 year option on Pogba, to still be able to sell him next summer (summer 2021). Pogba would then have a claim on the money.

That's the first time I've heard something like this. Does Pogba then have a claim on the full amount, or only a percentage? That would be similar then as the situation if Chelsea sell Giroud this summer, after having activated a 1 year option a couple of weeks ago? Or is it different still?

No worries if you don't want to get into that stuff. Just surprised to read that, as I've never heard anything of the like.

Stay safe!


{Ed002's Note - It is different, in that Giroud agreed a one year extension but profiteering itself is not allowed.}

1.) 24 Jun 2020 06:08:01
Ah I think I see what you mean. Giroud actually agreed to it, while with United and Pogba the decision is the club's, unilaterally.

Thanks for that, Ed.



21 Apr 2020 08:57:06
So, my fellow posters. I've seen on Twitter (I know I know, Twitter is full of absolute BS, but hear me out) that our one-time friend Alfredo Pedulla has reported some news related to Chelsea.

Apparently he's reported (going off of a translation here as I don't know Italian) that Sarri wants Jorginho and that Jorgi boy would like the move if possible. Sarri also wants Emerson apparently, which is something we already knew of course due to the information provided by Ed002.

While I laud Jorginho for his attitude and he does seem a great teammate, I just don't think he fits the PL game. It's not his fault, but his athleticism is lacking so much. And we do have a lot of midfielders already. I would sell him if possible to Juve, so I hope it's not just Sarri wanting him, but also the club there.

What do you guys think? Ed001, feel free to chime in as well :) always appreciate your views.


{Ed001's Note - as I have said many times here, I just don't think he suits the Prem. The pace is too much for him, especially in the role he is used in. He was the wrong player bought and should be sold. I just don't see what he offers that anyone else wouldn't in the same position. His passing is not incisive from that deep because he does not have the vision, so he ends up just keeping play ticking over.}

1.) 21 Apr 2020 10:08:56
We're in full agreement, Ed. I'm thinking we'd be quite a bit more solid and better with someone else playing at the base of midfield. It was only 2 games, but Gilmour's passing sped up the play and took out defenders, finding his teammates in space. It's just something I see very rarely from Jorginho.

I hope Lampard shares the same opinion, and I hope Sarri manages to convince Juve to buy him (though I doubt Juve would be willing to deal) .
If I were to choose, and assuming Jorginho is sold, I'd either give Ampadu a chance, or get Ndidi/ Partey/ Soumaré (depending on what happens with Ampadu) .

{Ed001's Note - or Saul? Personally I would go with Ampadu myself and save the money. This is the time to be cautious with spending.}

2.) 21 Apr 2020 10:39:56
We're good in midfield.

If we can sell him and reinvest is potentially a good move.

Jorgi is decent though and does not deserve the treatment he gets on here.

3.) 21 Apr 2020 11:01:54
Earlier in the season we saw Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante playing together. The later two are our best two midfielders, but the trio just didn't work. We'd often win the midfield battle from a possession sense, but lack creativity and struggle to break teams down.

It might have been something that was enforced, due to injuries and suspension, but the penny did seem to drop with Lampard re. the midfield. Forced to play Mount deeper alongside Barkley gave us more creativity, something that Loftus-Cheek offers with a goal threat. Gilmour sitting deeper offered the same as Jorginho, with a little more, whilst he only has single digit starts he appears the future of that position. It's hard to imagine that Kovacic can't perform this role to at least the same standard as Jorginho.

As you say, in games where we need more defensive awareness Ampadu coming back makes sense. Kante playing over a more attack minded player makes sense in a lot of games too.

What I'm getting at is I don't see where Jorginho fits into this midfield moving forward.

{Ed001's Note - nor me mate. It was an odd signing in the first place, you never needed him and he was not the key to Sarri's system, as he seemed to believe. It was the ones in front of him that made it work.}

4.) 21 Apr 2020 12:00:23
Saul is pretty much the gold standard of midfielders, Ed001. But I think there's about as much chance of Chelsea signing Saul as there is Chelsea signing me! :-P.

{Ed001's Note - yeah maybe.}

5.) 21 Apr 2020 16:20:42
I think when we signed him we were all pretty excited, we were looking forward to "Sarri-ball" and he was seen as a key part of that. Also, Pep was very keen on him, son the conclusion was that he must have something about him. Fact is he's very good at what he does, but what he does doesn't work here - and neither did Sarri.

It seems to me we're pretty set in midfield, even if Jorginho leaves. As you say spending needs to be cautious, whenever clubs can spend again. A focused transfer plan is more important than ever.

Ed, do you think the big (£100m +) potential moves such as Mbappe, Neymar, Sancho etc. will be possible now or delayed by at least a year?

{Ed002's Note - Some transfers will wait and some won’t. Clubs with other expensive priorities will need to prioritise.}

6.) 21 Apr 2020 17:23:28
Thanks Ed, makes sense.

7.) 22 Apr 2020 12:05:06
Ed 001 do you think that Ampadu is good enough at this stage to replace Jorginho without any further replacements being brought in at that position?
I myself think Kovacic is a better option for the role that Jorginho is used it - which I actually find pretty hard to describe - so I would agree that Ampadu would be a nice alternative to Kovacic in that position. Gilmour too.
I'm just wondering if what you meant was using Ampadu as first choice for Jorginho's role, and if you think that he's good enough already. It's not exactly easy to judge his current level as he hasn't been playing much this season - which is a concern.
One more thing about Ampadu - I think he has a tendency to be a reckless quite often. He's made some nasty tackles in his short career, and I as a Dane especially remember a tackle that he made for Wales on Kasper Dolberg, where he might as well had broken Dolberg's leg!

{Ed001's Note - he just needs experience, like Gilmour, which they will get if they are the cover for Kovacic. Play them in the cups and the lesser games, play Kovacic in the bigger ones and they all get plenty of gametime.}

8.) 22 Apr 2020 14:12:22
In regards to that tackle Emil previously in the game dolberg had left a late one on Ampadu so I think he was just getting his own back 🤣.

9.) 22 Apr 2020 16:27:14
Yeah Ampadu takes no rubbish from anyone. Dolberg did him dirty earlier in that match, and Ampadu got him back. He shouldn't do it, but I don't mind him showing some fire either.

Every time I watch him he simply looks at ease. His maturity really is beyond almost anyone his age that I've seen. I'd bet quite a bit of money on him doing very well for us if used in a defensive midfield role.



08 Apr 2020 14:13:14
Ed002, just a request and no worries if you don't think it's relevant to do right now.

Further down the page you provided a list of potential GK targets and gave a quick update of where the club are at regarding the GK position.
Now I think I'm not alone in thinking the CB position should be improved upon. Would it be possible to provide a similar post for CB as you did for the GKs?

Again, no problem if not. Stay safe!


{Ed002's Note - Right now we are not consider CBs on this page.}

1.) 08 Apr 2020 16:14:27
Duly noted, Ed. I won't ask again then in the near future.




15 Mar 2020 15:45:13
Ed001, got a hypothetical question for you if you're around.

Reports surfacing regarding Bellingham, and that 4 clubs are intent on paying what is necessary to acquire him in the summer. Those clubs being: Bayern, Dortmund, United and Chelsea.

Now if you were Jude Bellingham's father or mother, which club would you advise him to choose and why? I'm curious to read :-)

Obviously myself I would want him to choose Chelsea, but I think Dortmund would be the wisest choice for him at this point. What do you reckon?

Thanks, and take care. Even more now with the current pandemic.


{Ed001's Note - that is a tough question, though I would immediately rule out Bayern as they are not the best at bringing through youth players. I would also rule out United because they are not the best at letting players leave who want to leave, if things don't work out. They are acting ridiculously in the Pogba situation, which suggests it would be difficult if it all fell apart.

That leaves a straight battle between Chelsea and Dortmund. While staying near home might seem like a good thing, personally I would worry what would happen in the future. Until this season, when they were under transfer restrictions, Chelsea have tended to just farm youngsters out on loan. A year or two here and a year or two there is not good for development, you don't get emotional depth that way. You can't put down roots, make good friends etc.

So I would also think Dortmund were the best option. They have a long history of bringing through players, developing them and then selling them on when the time is right for both parties. There is a good chance he could stay there a few years to develop as both a person and player, while also learning a new culture and experiencing a different lifestyle. Then he could move on when he is ready and, if he has worked hard and improved the way he could, a huge money move would beckon to the club of his choice.

Dortmund would be putting it in his hands as to how his future goes. The others would mean taking a big chance on the club's direction and putting it out of his own hands.}

1.) 15 Mar 2020 16:19:20
Fair enough, Ed. I would agree on Bayern from what I can tell.

Regarding United, your point seems to be a valid one. De Gea is obviously another one who wanted to leave, but wasn't allowed to. And as you said Pogba's been wanting out for a while and they've so far seemingly refused to cooperate. On top of that I don't think they've been the best at bringing through young players, apart from under Van Gaal. Some of their brightest attacking talents of the last few years, Chong and Gomes, have hardly played. And while I understand it's not always possible to give enough chances to the young players, in that case you at least need a plan for them that will give them those chances elsewhere.
I know you're not the biggest fan of Chelsea's loan system yourself, Ed, but in recent years it's seemed to me that they've been more careful in picking out loans for players, and we've had some more successful loans. So from what I can tell there's at least a pretty good plan for younger players, even if it may not always be ideal.

So in my mind I would also choose between Chelsea and Dortmund, and as I said in the original post Dortmund seems like the optimal choice when not looking at it with the bias of a Chelsea fan. Your point about them probably being willing to let him move on when the time is right is also a very good one. I just hope United's money doesn't sway him that direction.

Thank you for the reply :-)

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate and I do agree that Chelsea's loan system can work, I just think it is a silly system to loan players out. Teams should not have these huge squads, it is why the leagues have become so unbalanced and top heavy. Added to that, there are moves to reduce the number of loans allowed gradually, so the loan system will have to be altered. Which is a big worry if you are a youngster looking at joining a big club.}




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02 Aug 2020 13:33:00
I get that, though I doubt you'll find many people that genuinely thought Kiwomya would be a great player. He was more of a sprinter than a footballer.




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01 Aug 2020 22:49:48
You're very welcome, Tom. Happy to be able to bring some news for once :-)




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01 Aug 2020 20:45:37
Seeing as he's born in 2003 he's either 16 turning 17 or 17 already. So hardly a baby. Really don't understand that comment. If you mean he's one for the youth team, then obviously yes. But he's highly rated and joining Chelsea, so still good news.




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27 Jul 2020 10:00:05
Hmm Zakaria is a top player. Understandable though that we'd only go for a player like him if Kante were to leave.

While I love Kante, he has been injured a lot this season. You start to wonder whether his all action playing style is catching up to him. If so, replacing Kante with Zakaria wouldn't be a bad move.




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14 Jul 2020 16:58:00
Not going to happen.





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06 Aug 2020 12:04:42
Got a spare 100m lying around as well? ;-)

The main CB target appears to be Rice. I'd be just fine with that. Really good player, and would add some presence on the pitch in terms of leadership as well.




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06 Aug 2020 09:07:59
Get the first goal and anything is possible. But with our troubles in defense, coupled with injuries to some key players, I think it's safe to say we won't be able to do it. No big shame though, Bayern are quite frankly the strongest team in Europe right now it seems.

I only hope we avoid more injuries.




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04 Aug 2020 15:08:37
Having been a good player in the past doesn't necessarily mean you'll be a good coach though.

Think of we do get a new face for the coaching staff it should probably be one with some experience to help Lampard.




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01 Aug 2020 22:52:59
I agree, Eli. Don't think we were good enough today to win a cup, but the manner in which we lost is painful.

Hopefully we can get something done for one or both of Zakaria and Rice, plus give Ampadu a chance. Get some presence and leadership on the pitch. And even though Ampadu and Rice are very young, they've got that in abundance.




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01 Aug 2020 22:27:23
Well, there's starting to be a theme with Taylor refereeing Chelsea matches. He missed Son's stamp on Rudiger, the Gazzaniga karate kick on Alonso, Lo Celso's stamp on Azpi, Maguire's kick in Michy's crotch, booked Willian for diving after Bruno Fernandes fouled him in our home match against United, and he also missed a blatant handball by Alexis Sanchez in our FA Cup final against Arsenal 2 or 3 years ago, a handball through which Alexis was able to score.

A huge, match altering mistake of a decision doesn't seem to be far away whenever he's the ref for a high profile Chelsea match.