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15 Dec 2018 08:56:59
Hi Eds, thanks for all the insight you give us, really helpful. Do you think / know if there's any truth in these Wilson rumours? He's doing well for Bournemouth, but the way teams defend against them is a lot different to how they do against us. Will he be able to cope with the parked buses etc.


{Ed001's Note - according to Bournemouth you are one of 8 Premier League teams that have been tracking him this season. So I would think there is some truth to it.}

1.) 15 Dec 2018 14:17:02
Thanks for the quick reply Ed! I reckon if we want him enough, we'll get him. Hopefully not at the expense of loaning them someone like RLC. Could be like the days of Remy, just hopefully with less injuries.

{Ed001's Note - might do Loftus-Cheek good to spend a few months there playing regularly?}

2.) 15 Dec 2018 15:29:29
I think RLC will be needed, this season. And in think he'll be a starter next. He's found a role and he's learning it at Chelsea, that's clear IMO.

3.) 15 Dec 2018 16:17:49
Call me scarred from Lukaku and Ake, but I fear one more loan for RLC and that'll be him done here.

4.) 15 Dec 2018 18:08:32
I’d be happy with that. Wilson is 24 / 25 big strong rapid and homegrown, and come summer if we got a big name in he would be able to get time in Europe and cups, ed, do you know the right winger forwards were interested in.

{Ed001's Note - off the top of my head I don't know who is still a target. You have shown interest in a few, such as Pulisic, and looked at a few, such as Lozano (took me ages to think of his name then, nearly ended up with 'the Mexican lad playing in the Eredivisie' as I can't think for the life of me which team he is at - old age!!), but I have no idea which are still of interest. I am pretty sure you have decided against Bailey now and I would think Pulisic is of more interest now he is struggling to hold down a place and looking for a move, but that is all I can think of. This is when I wish I had access to a database like Ed002 does, so many times I thought about starting one, but never maintained it when I did. Plus so much of what I am told I can't keep recorded, when the reasons for a player moving are personal (ie their wife has told them to move after they were caught dipping their wick elsewhere). Sorry babbling now!}

5.) 15 Dec 2018 18:41:10
Lazano was very good at World Cup, good option and would be a lot cheaper than Pulisic, big fee for a player who isn’t a starter but I do like him; I think we’d all appreciate you having your own database and ifmkatikn on players as unfortunately Ed002 has had problems sharing.

{Ed001's Note - Pulisic isn't a starter because he is looking to leave and is not signing a new deal.}

6.) 15 Dec 2018 19:32:27
Oh I see, I had it the other way round, his not starting so wants to leave rather than he wants to leave so not starting.

{Ed001's Note - I think most people did. If Dortmund had not played so well, I think he would have been back in the side anyway, but they can afford to leave him sidelined when they play like this.}

7.) 16 Dec 2018 01:17:30
Cheers ed!

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

8.) 16 Dec 2018 21:49:21
Ed, do you think Pulisic would suit Sarri's style of football? From limited viewing, Pulisic looks more like a dribbler type, a guy that advances the ball through his dribbling. But Sarri likes his teams to play more pass and move football. So doesn't seem like a natural fit.

Do you think he could be a good option opposite Hazard? And bonus question, what's your opinion on Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu?

{Ed001's Note - well Hazard is a player that advances the ball through dribbling and he fits perfectly. In the top end of the pitch, you need variety. Pulisic is an excellent player who, all things being equal, mesh really well.

I have only seen a few flashes of Hudson-Odoi, sub appearances where he has not had time or opportunity to properly make an impression. However, he does look to have something about him.

Ampadu I think is excellent. Has the ability to be a world class player in either central defence or defensive midfield. What I like about him most is his intelligence and assuredness. Every player makes mistakes, it is how they respond to them that makes a big difference. He just gets on with it, without being phased at all. He is not in a position where he can really chase back 50 yards to make up for it, like a forward, so he has to just get on with it and he does that.}

9.) 17 Dec 2018 21:24:52
Thank you for that, Ed. Seems like you have the same view on Ampadu as I do.




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25 Dec 2018 09:15:38
Merry Christmas eds!


{Ed002's Note - Thanks, enjoy your holidays.|




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04 Mar 2019 15:43:54
There's no reason why we should have to keep outside of the top 4 to do that. You could argue that the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Kurt Zouma, Reece James are all better than players in the squad already. There's no doubt that bringing in some of these players would bring some character into the team.




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28 Feb 2019 23:15:49
Would love to see Zouma, James, and Tammy in our squad next season.




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26 Feb 2019 10:13:02
Do you know what the plan seems to be with our current CBs? I'm guessing Luiz, Cahill, and Zouma will all leave?




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31 Jan 2019 13:42:08
His 'change in approach' should be simple: drop the players with poor-attitude and consistency and give some others a go. for example, give CHO a chance ahead of Willian and/ or Pedro; Christensen instead of Luiz; Emerson instead of Alonso (he needs more than just the ones start against Bournemouth) ; and RLC instead of Kovacic/ Barkley.




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31 Jan 2019 10:26:39
Well said. Agree entirely. There's something incredibly wrong with the mentality of our players. Even Hazard. If PSG are coming in for Willian, I'd let him go. And in the summer, we should look at offloading Pedro and Luiz.

The likes of Christensen, Ampadu, Zouma, RLC, CHO, and even players like Aina, need to be trusted. They've come through our academy. They'll have a passion for the club.

I know that Zouma and Ampadu were bought young, and not academy players, but they have more fight and passion than most of our players now - only Rudiger seems to have any welly.





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