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16 Jan 2019 21:43:55
Is it just me or do you guys agree that after how exciting this window seemed to be going a few weeks ago, we seem to have reeled in quite a bit and slowed down?

Is this an indication that perhaps the transfer ban may not come into effect until after the summer now? I would think if we were facing a ban, a striker younger and/or more in shape than current higuain would be being talked about, unless the club is placing a lot of faith in someone like Tammy Abraham for next season, with Morata seemingly on the way out, that would leave us with two ageing strikers, which I’m not sure would be such a good thing when you also consider the age of our current starting wide players.


1.) 16 Jan 2019 22:29:52
Can’t see anything happening re ban for a while yet. Ed002 I know you said Chelsea haven’t yet been charged, but do you think they will be?

{Ed002's Note - Of course.}

2.) 16 Jan 2019 23:01:28
wel wev just signed a proven goalscorer so its not all doom and gloom.

3.) 16 Jan 2019 23:13:52
Rowe, it always surprises me that supporters of football clubs expect and desire signings should be done on the first few days of any window.

We certainly got out of the blocks quickly this window with the signi of Pusilic.

Unfortunately we can’t just expect to buy a player from a club without that club having first secured a replacement. Generally our club would behave in a similar way.

I do think that’s we should be selling some of our loan army and also squad players who are not getting games.
These players require no need for us to sign cover. Although, we may, as in the past, regret some of those sales.

4.) 17 Jan 2019 01:11:54
Can someone fill me in? Ed? What are we being banned for? Illegal approaches to younger players and payments to families?

{Ed002's Note - The issue was that Chelsea took a player and used him without registering him.}

5.) 17 Jan 2019 08:09:40
Yeah, that is sort of what I was thinking Tom, a few people like Moses and Cahill I thought would be out now (though I know they are cover and homegrown so not taking up spots), I’m just thinking that if the ban does come down in the summer (not sure how likely Ed thinks this is? ) that this window is our last chance to sign players for an entire season and and we have loaned a 31 year old out of shape Higuain (and admittedly a young, potential star in Pulisic, who excites me! ) .
We lack goals and have an ageing forward line (especially as Morata seems to be onnthe way out, and I would be worried if we didn’t not address this.

6.) 17 Jan 2019 13:48:37
Roweycfc: I agree with your worry about Higuain and because he is not as fit as he could be we certainly need to hang onto Giroud as there is a chance he will only last half a match; we also need to get the crosses in with both players. I have seen Pulisic three times this season and if he's picked next week against Hannover 06 I will see him again. He is only potential, nowhere near the finished article and I prefer him down the middle because he is quick and has a nice touch; less effective on the wing. 'If' we keep hold of Hudson-Odoi and with Pulisic we add so much pace, something we have been lacking recently BUT Bayern friends are adamant they will sign him!

7.) 17 Jan 2019 15:51:11
Thanks Edward2.

8.) 17 Jan 2019 17:12:55
Ed 002
Do you think the ban will start before the next transfer window?
Or would the club be more likely to appeal to give them the chance to sign and sell a few players?
Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - What ban?}

9.) 17 Jan 2019 18:47:32
Sorry I thought you meant the club would receive a transfer ban for the incident you mentioned.

{Ed002's Note - No, there have to be charges and replies to those charges, etc., etc.}

10.) 17 Jan 2019 18:58:38
Thanks Ed 002 .

11.) 18 Jan 2019 10:45:35
Even if the club were to receive a ban I can only imagine that they would then appeal, as with other cases like Barcelona etc. Therefore the ban would come into place in the window after.



28 Dec 2018 15:51:17
Just wondering if anyone knows if Chelsea will be acting during the January window under the assumption that we have a transfer ban coming? It might mean selling a few more players than we would usually do mid season and perhaps buying a few younger players than we have done for a few years, perhaps loaning them back to their current clubs until the summer?


1.) 29 Dec 2018 00:19:44
Without Ed002, we are running blind. But the Sharkopod did reveal:
A lot of clubs have spoken to us about multiple players.
Seems RLC will be staying.
Cesc might go to Monaco permanently.
Gladbach approached about Christensen again.
We're on of many clubs interested in Jean Clair-Taibo of Toulouse.
Drinkwater to Fulham seems possible.
This is why people need to respect Ed002 more, the Sharkopod was gold dust.

2.) 29 Dec 2018 02:57:17
Well reportedly personal terms agreed for Pulisic for the summer!

3.) 29 Dec 2018 08:37:17
Thanks for sharing the summary RJ28P

I agree with your comments about Ed002. We are the only losers on this one!

4.) 29 Dec 2018 11:34:32
Thing is, Ed002 could give us a whole lot of info and it could change within a week. He’s also not correct 100% of the time no one is, so just follow BBC sport and Sky sports, they’re the most reliable sites.

We need to move on from the ed2 stuff, he’s not helping end of. We have Ed001 anyway.

5.) 29 Dec 2018 11:57:33
Ha ha bbc sport and sky sport report things just before they happen. Ed02 posts accurate stuff about who we are looking to sign way before anyone else. Need ed02 back as soon as possible . And he posts stuff on the latest position at that time.

6.) 29 Dec 2018 12:52:11
I know sid but he’s not going to help us again we need to move on. Is the abuse on this page really worse than the United and Liverpool pages. I doubt it.

7.) 29 Dec 2018 19:15:16
Sky sports just trawl Twitter and make stuff up for Sky bet. The BBC gossip column is just guff from papers.
If you want proof, Google Liverpool, Sky bet, Franck Ribery.

8.) 29 Dec 2018 23:33:39
Obviously the gossip section is dross, I’m talking about the main page lol. Just wait for real confirmation because even if we’re yold were interested in a player it may never happen.



20 May 2018 14:26:28
I’m not sure about you guys but the more I think about what some players are saying about defensive football but also needing better players I can’t help but wonder if Conte has said to them, “we are playing the way we are because we don’t have the personnel to match top teams with attacking football” if that is the case, I think he has a point.

I’ve been seeing fans in a lot of places saying we play boring football and have done since the days of Carlo or whatever, but I genuinely thought we were a joy to watch last year.

This year our midfield’s deficiency has meant we have needed an extra body in there to prevent us from being overrun repeatedly, and has meant we have had to change the style of play to be a bit more conservative, but I would not be surprised personally if Conte did stay, we signed a few key players and the football becomes much more like last season to the one just gone again. Watch me proven wrong in 10 minutes when Conte is sacked now haha.


1.) 20 May 2018 15:16:53
Rowey, if Conte did say anything like that to the players, he might of well have said 'We have to play this way cos you lot are crap'! So, no, I don't think he said that. Also, this is basically the same team minus 2 who romped away with the League last season.

Also, you say that our midfield is deficient but we have the best midfielder in the country in Kante.

Conte's whole history as player and manager is one of defensive football; he played and managed at Juve, with Italy, and now at Chels in exactly the same way. He doesn't know how to attack. And that's the reason that he must go.

2.) 20 May 2018 17:12:44
He said something along the lines of 'the only way CHelsea could have won the FA Cup was by playing defensive because he doesn't have the players otherwise'

3.) 20 May 2018 17:38:29
For me Conte must go, I tend to agree with most of your views on him Miss Darren Wood.

I Can't bare to watch the same defensive dross next year, it's hard to watch. Fair enough we won the FA Cup, but that sort of tactics in this day and age isn't ideal. We have the players to be more expressive regardless of what Conte says that he doesn't have the personnel.

It's clear he has lost the dressing room. Cahill, Fabregas and Hazard said nothing positive lamenting his defensive tactics at the end of the triumph. Willian crossed him out from a picture. Rudiger said the same a month or two ago after the West Ham draw and got dropped. David Luiz experienced the same and has never returned.

A manager is important but unless you buy a defensive players then under Conte they will be unhappy. For me you can replace a defensive coach, but it's harder to replace top players.

Lol who do you replace Conte or a gang of players like Hazard, Tibo, Fabregas, Willian, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger etc. We let go of Costa because of his issues with Conte and we still ain't replaced him. I wonder what Drinkwater, Barkley, Batshuayi, Emerson etc think of Conte. Have they been given a fair chance? Baka was a different player at Monaco last year, how do we know That Conte's tactics are not suited to him. He was a beast last year in an attacking team. However Conte wants him to be more defence.

Conte out!

4.) 20 May 2018 20:30:45
Punting aside posters views on our so called present style of football, for me it’s about a manager being able to manage.
All players who aren’t picked should be angry. We have players like Willian, Cahil, Pedro and Cesc who have reached an age when they want/ demand to play.
If they want to leave then as far as I’m concerned, so be it. I will be happy to give Kennedy, Hudson Odoi, Mount, RLC and others being given a chance.

We have made some strange signings this season but Conte managed to win a Premiership after we finished mid table. This season we haven’t played well but still managed to win another pot under his management.
So, for me I would rake a period of manergerial stability rather than continued so called player power!

5.) 20 May 2018 21:01:23
We need stability a manager that gets told he’s got time to intergrate the youth loan players and build for the future we have quite a few 30+ players that need moving on for some younger players.

6.) 20 May 2018 21:15:59
Watching Chelsea player of the year awards my word we have some brilliant young players we have got to start using these lads the club really needs stability a manager that’s gunna utilise these boys because we could really have the class of the 90’s like United.

7.) 20 May 2018 21:36:07
I agree and have done for a long time I think I was the first to say it here well before Xmas and got dogs abuse for it
Conte has to go why
Substitutions weird
Not willing to adapt to lesser teams
Negativity to board
Negativity to transfers
Negativity to players falling out with loads of them
Way he treated Costa if true plus luiz
Enough said.

8.) 20 May 2018 22:20:55
I’ve said I believe Conte should stay and we should look to stability in our management and got slaughtered by some on this site.
I also said Conte would see out this season and got slaughtered.
I was convicted he would be our manager next season but a recent event has given me some doubts.
If Conte is to staying and I still hope he is, then he and the club have to sort out his contractual term asap.

9.) 20 May 2018 23:52:08
I completely forget, his substitutions alone are completely crazy. Amount of games we are trailing and he doesn't use a substitution until 75th minute or so. Even yesterday, we are winning 1-0, players like Fabregas and Giroud were shattered. He doesn't put on any fresh legs and when he does he takes off out best player Eden Hazard. If Man Utd had scored in stoppage time then we practically would have have lost in extra time based on that substitution alone. Yesterday's whole game plan was based on a long ball for a Giroud to flick and hazard to dribble as much as he can and wait for reinforcements.

Tom B, I appreciate your comments regarding stability, however Conte ain't the man for it mate. To much negativety around the man.

10.) 21 May 2018 06:29:17
I agree with some I think Cnte has to go. But I also feel he is working with what he’s got. If the likes of pedro, willian, Beyoncé, drinkwater and others were playing well then yes they should have being played. But pedro in particular is just running around like a headless chicken. Bartley and drinkwater are just a Yard too slow, no pace. We all know willian on his day is a world beater but he doesn’t have regular days like that.
I don’t think at the moment we have the players to go head to head with teams. As for the long ball to Gironde. He’s the first striker we have had in a long time who can challenge for a header.
All in all it’s not been a great season but there will be a lot of comings and goings in the summer let’s see what next season brings.

11.) 21 May 2018 12:29:30
Love the idea of Beyonce playing for us ;)

12.) 22 May 2018 11:41:11
We bemoan the make-up of our midfield, but to read between the lines and make a good guess, it would appear that Luiz has been ignored due to a spat with Conte. I agree that the manager is THE boss, but to ignore a player (who could have slotted in next to Kante, is better that Cesc for defensive duties and is just as capable of playing defence-splitting long balls) just because of personal differences, seems to be a total and childish waste of an available talent.



15 Jul 2017 10:20:57
Do we know whether we are still in for Sandro or not? Saw something from Sky Italia that we had our final bid turned down, just wondering whether this is the case? He's a true world class player. In other positions I'd be perfectly happy with our plan B targets, but I honestly see Sandro as such a step up over anyone else we may get for the position that I'll find any other signing tough to get excited over.


1.) 15 Jul 2017 10:55:53
It seems that Juventus is very reluctant to sell Alex Sandro.

2.) 15 Jul 2017 11:55:28
Reports suggesting a deal may be difficult now they've let Bonucci join milan.

3.) 15 Jul 2017 14:27:01
Juventus never intended to sell Sandro.

4.) 15 Jul 2017 21:44:24
As others have said, with the selling of bonucci and their club continuing to screw around I find it highly unlikely.



10 Jun 2017 09:50:17
I have a mate who keeps telling me that Chelsea won't sign anyone until our new kit deal with Nike officially starts, as Nike don't want players to be unveiled holding up the old Adidas kits (or want their new kits to be present in the unveiling of players rather than club scarves or whatever).


1.) 10 Jun 2017 10:06:40
So will we complete deals before the adidas contract ends this month then announce the player or players next month? Or will we only start bidding for real from the 1st of next month?

2.) 10 Jun 2017 10:09:25
we can sign them an unveil them later if that's true, the adidas deal expires the end of june, players report back for preseason on the first of july unveil them then.

3.) 10 Jun 2017 10:43:17
What I've been saying all along. 🙄🙄🙄.

4.) 10 Jun 2017 15:11:32
So we wait until all our targets have signed with someone else and we're left with the crumbs no one wanted? Players will be signed but maybe not unveiled until july.

5.) 10 Jun 2017 15:34:10
ive never known any other teams who change sponsors having to anything like this, its all nonsense we will sign players same as other teams in the past, same as we did going from umbro to adidas.

6.) 10 Jun 2017 19:19:40
I think maybe we will sign then unveil at the start of July? This is the first window to open before the end of June, right? If so, this wouldn't have been an issue when we swapped to Adidas.

{Ed002's Note - The transfer window is closed.}

7.) 10 Jun 2017 21:03:24
Pretty sure it opens 1st July so if the Nike deal comes into place on the same date or before then it's not going to cause any problems with signing and unveiling players.

8.) 11 Jun 2017 02:25:52
According to various papers and Sky Sports it opened on the 9th for English Clubs to register players? Obviously if they're all wrong I'll shut up, but it's what I've been going on is all.

{Ed002's Note - You may want to go and read the limitations of that.}




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02 Aug 2017 17:57:27
I totally get that it's a massive fee and completely get that the club maybe just can't compete financially for that type of transfer, but if this Neymar to PSG deal goes through I think that will be the end to any chance of us signing any similar truly world class and highly marketable players like him for the considerable future (not that I was holding my breath anyway) as all players in that bracket will have similar fees demanded for them.

Not being negative as I still think we can get quality players and compete for top honours, but seeing someone like him moving to the French league shows that there really is only one thing that some players really care about. At least it's not China and we can still see him play against top teams in the CL.


1.) 02 Aug 2017 18:33:23
Im not joking and I know we've spent big on morata but that's due to fee's being over board but the Torres deal I think has made us so much more cautious when going for players, we done £50m and he was a flop. ( some might say )

2.) 02 Aug 2017 19:33:46
I've said this before but nowadays I feel we go for the good players and don't get me wrong, Kante, Luiz etc are very very good players. But the top top players we don't look to anymore, whether that's the actual case I don't know but from the outside that's how it looks. We used to be linked with all these top players (neymar, bale and so on) . Since the Torres signing things seem to have changed with the way we target players.

3.) 02 Aug 2017 21:59:56
I feel Hazard, Costa and Kante when we signed them were all truly top players, so I'd have to disagree with you there bobby, but players worth much more we don't even get linked to really anymore, I'll agree there.

4.) 02 Aug 2017 22:07:05
The year before Utd signed Pogba, we pushed really hard for him and I believe we got quite close but Juve didn't want to sell. Last year we pushed hard for Griezmann but his behaviour put us off. A couple years before that we were interested in Reus (before his injuries) but his issues put us off. And we also held talks about signing Messi a few years ago but in the end he didn't want to leave.

Whilst the fact that we didn't sign any of the above may be disappointing, the club has indeed tried to sign the sort of superstar players you're talking about. And it's mostly been down to either personal issues or the fact that the clubs/ players changed their minds and decided to stay.
I wouldn't fault the club for it. The fact that we're seemingly willing to spend nearly £60m on a Left back, should indicate that the club will pay world record fees for top tier players.

5.) 03 Aug 2017 12:07:41
We've registered our interest in Mbappe and Verratti - the problem is not that we don't try for them but that, if either Barcelona or Real are interested, the player wants to go to them (can't really say I blame them! ) .



02 Jun 2017 10:58:35
Is it looking like Chelsea will have any deals sorted before the window opens (the 10th of June, right? )? I always like when we get deals done early, it really seems to signal intent.



1.) 02 Jun 2017 12:02:15
Yeah signals intent and also helps if the manager can have a full preseason with the players, signing players after the league starts is tough on the players and is a tad desperate.

2.) 02 Jun 2017 14:22:51
And chelsea seems to like delaying deals.

3.) 02 Jun 2017 20:19:32
I just hope they listen to Conte's needs and not what someone else thinks is a 'good buy' like Cuadrado, Rahman, Saleh, Hector and Co.

4.) 02 Jun 2017 20:23:23
Delays could be down to other teams/ players/ agents/ matches/ etc. Why does it mean Chelsea are delaying deals? Would make no sense.

Also, the Nike deal hasn't kicked in yet, so why would they want a new player to parade around in an Adidas shirt that we won't be wearing? All little things add up.

5.) 02 Jun 2017 22:22:03
Much more concerned with the ideal player rather than the ideal timing.



31 Mar 2017 15:49:50
Hey fellow Chelsea fans!
I've been thinking for the past month or so, since we were drawn against united in the quarter finals how much I actually want us to lift the FA cup come May.

I obviously want us to win everything available every year, but this year especially it's been too long since we won the FA cup in my opinion, and with no european distractions this season it seems the ideal time to hopefully secure another one.

I'm fondly remembering the late 2000's when we seemed to win it every other year, and I'd love a return to those days!

What are your thoughts on the competition?




11 Jan 2017 12:37:21
I think of all the players Ed mentioned in the Sharkopod the one I'm most excited by us having interest in is Bernadaschi (or however that is spelled haha) seen him play only once or twice ill admit, but he seems to be ideal for that right forward position. Would be great to have an attacking player with a good left foot, and his definitely fits the bill from what I've seen. Seems to have a good shot on him. Really struggling to think of the last one we had. There mush have been someone since Robben, but I'm struggling to recall one.

Anyone seen any more of him than I have that could add to my observations?


1.) 11 Jan 2017 14:04:24
Bertrand Traore is a left footed attacker with a good shot actually. So I'd prefer giving him a shot.
I haven't seen Bernardeschi play though, and Youtube comps are worthless in assessing a player's level.

2.) 11 Jan 2017 15:13:25
I understand what your saying but I think our approach should be 1st team 11 only now. We have squad depth in every position (Aina, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Willian, Boga, Musonda, Bats, Abrahams etc) .

If we want a WB it should be Alaba/ Aurier, CB Van Dijk, CM Verratti or Bakayoko, Wing Dembele or Greizmann and ST Dybala.

We have a lot of fringe players leaving and being sold in the next 6 months i. e. : Ivanovic, Mikel, Oscar, Terry, Van Ginkle etc we will have the funds to be in for the class of player mentioned above.

3.) 12 Jan 2017 02:54:00
Gotta be honest Jackson, I'm embarrassed to admit, I forgot BT. He's at Ajax this year, right? I haven't really heard much about him, hope he's doing well.

The issue I have with the players that you listed, Zouma, is that none of them are left footed, which other than Bertie, I don't think any of our young forwards who are nearing the age where they may realistically begin getting significant minutes are. That's why I think Bernadeschi could be great. Plus, Griezemann and Dybala going from things ed has said aren't worth holding our breath over, and apart from those guys I'm really struggling to think of a left footed player who is of a level significantly better than what I saw in my (admittedly brief) view of Bernadeschi.

4.) 12 Jan 2017 14:11:36
I agree with Zouma89 on this. We've good depth and great potential in our squad. If we are going to add to it then we should be looking for players at the top of the game.



06 Nov 2016 00:43:01
Great result today! got to be honest I was a little worried for our attacking prospects this season after no real first 11 signings further up the pitch than Kante (who I also didn't realise was so good going forward too! (Also think Bats will come class in a few years, so not complaining about that signing) ), but this change in approach gives us so many options in attack.
We have players everywhere and width I've not seen at Chelsea since Damien Duff. I'm loving it, great to watch!
My only criticism is that the bloody international break has to come now 😂.


1.) 06 Nov 2016 10:29:38
Agree the international break has come at the wrong time.

2.) 07 Nov 2016 19:39:14
Came at the wrong time last time too, right after 3 wins on the bounce and then we go 3 without a win.




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17 Jan 2019 08:09:40
Yeah, that is sort of what I was thinking Tom, a few people like Moses and Cahill I thought would be out now (though I know they are cover and homegrown so not taking up spots), I’m just thinking that if the ban does come down in the summer (not sure how likely Ed thinks this is? ) that this window is our last chance to sign players for an entire season and and we have loaned a 31 year old out of shape Higuain (and admittedly a young, potential star in Pulisic, who excites me! ) .
We lack goals and have an ageing forward line (especially as Morata seems to be onnthe way out, and I would be worried if we didn’t not address this.




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11 Jan 2019 08:11:57
I’m just (completely unsurprised) but sad that the one Dybala rumour I heard last week seems to have not picked up any momentum : (.




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05 Jan 2019 19:23:44
Just for a second imagine being at a level where you look at Eden Hazard and go, “oh, well he would be OK I guess. ” Who is the first choice then Ed? Neymar or something?




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09 Jun 2018 19:23:35
Personally, I feel Roman is the best owner in world football. He really gets what it means to be a fan, is what it feels like to me. Seeing how animated he gets watching us play is really special. Wouldn’t change him for any other owner, even if they were 200 times richer than Roman, it means nothing in times of FFP anyway. Don’t really care about nationalities of owners or whatever, Roman is ours, a true blue.




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17 Feb 2018 13:05:54
And Dier played for Sporting for a couple of seasons before Spurs bought him too.


{Ed001's Note - he was a Sporting youth product, but he did spend a season on loan at Everton while with them.}




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11 Jan 2019 12:52:46
Cheers Adam.




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11 Jan 2019 08:02:56
I’m stuck a work all day, won’t be abel to listen until tonight. Anyone able to sum up anything Chelsea related in there?




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31 Aug 2018 18:59:54
Very disappointed to see Tammy heading out on loan, feel like even if Villa get promoted the best he can hope for in terms of using it as a stepping stone to the first team is they take him on loan again next year and he can get a look in at Chelsea after that.

Still, hope he has a great season for them-shame there’s no JT there for him to play with this year.




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24 Aug 2018 00:16:27
I really think Essien has to be one of my all time favourites, but the fact that I’m struggling to pick one maybe suggests I’m thinking Kante.




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04 May 2018 18:19:24
My main issue with your current posts is that Kenedy has started doing well because people have stopped playing him as a left back which he obviously is not. Bringing him back for that role would be a total waste.