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10 Aug 2022 08:59:55
A question for ED02 if I may, do you think Chelsea might try to sign Ronaldo?

G8

{Ed002's Note - I wouldn't think so.}


 

 

08 Jul 2022 18:14:23
Looks like Sterling and Ake will join the pre-season tour. I expect both signings to be announced shortly.

G8

1.) 08 Jul 2022 20:59:47
I honestly feel disappointed that the replacement that Chelsea has for a top player like Rudiger (at LCB) is Ake, I hope we know what we are doing.


2.) 09 Jul 2022 04:50:22
Ake is a good player and ticks a lot of boxes for what we need. He might not be the glamour signing we want but he could be exactly the signing we need.

Saying that I do expect us to get at least one more CB, a rb (possibly LB depending on departures) and a couple of attacking players. The window still has a long way to go - id rather we get what improves the first team and squad as a whole rather than spend 100 mil on a glamour signing like we last summer. after all the upheaval going into this summer a bit of steadying the ship is just what we need.


3.) 09 Jul 2022 06:20:03
Although I'm not in favour of signing Ake, perhaps TT has seen something in him that he has personally asked for him. Perhaps like when we brought back Moses.
Anyway I think the quoted price is a bit ridiculous.


4.) 09 Jul 2022 08:00:25
why do you think Ake is RUDIs replacement?


5.) 09 Jul 2022 08:02:57
I feel Chelsea has a clean slate to rewrite some wrongs (in certain positions in the team) at the moment, there are better available and younger CB options out there that are available to us in the market- are they expensive? Yes (as they should be cos they are quality) . CB is one key position that any team that wants to compete must have the right personnel in- no right thinking manager or team penny pinches or start thinking cost cost cost when they sign a centre back, what is mostly paramount in their mind is getting the right QUALITY.

If Boehly wants brand; it’s important to note that quality and longevity builds brands; how he (Boehly) starts will be important. Personally, I think Ake is not the kind of centre back that will take Chelsea to Eldorado, is Ake a good player? Of course he is but bringing in Ake to replace a top defender like Rudiger is a downward move- not an upward move; and what we need to be great again under Boehly are upward moves. Please we are Chelsea- let’s act like a successful club sometimes.

Please I subscribe to upward moves and in a situation where we can’t get the right (upward) personnel for any position, we should stick with what we have or look to our quality academy/ young players (at least for the time being) . For instance, I would rather Chelsea sticks with Levi Colwill this season than buy a player like Ake.


6.) 09 Jul 2022 08:34:43
Wheelycfc; what do you think Ake’s role in the team would be if not a LCB (left centre back) in a back-3 or in a back-4? I can only remember Rudiger played as a LCB under Tuchel at Chelsea and Ake played as a LCB in a back-4 at City

Ake = LCB; Rudiger LCB (under Tuchel at Chelsea) .


 

 

26 Jun 2022 09:23:23
Maatsen leaving on a permanent deal.
Kounde now going to Barcelona.
Todd working very hard to get Dembele and Sterling, maybe both.
TT wants DeLigt, with Timo keen to go to Juve.
Anyone got any other snippets?

G8

1.) 26 Jun 2022 10:37:23
I’m still hoping Kounde and De Ligt will both be joining.

You missed out Broja going to the happy hammers and us offering £50mil for Rice as part of the deal.

Can’t wait for the season to start.


2.) 26 Jun 2022 12:06:26
I personally hope we sign Kounde and get that over the line 1st.

I'm not holding my breath over the De Ligt transfer, especially with the other clubs being Juventus. We've been messed around in the past by this club, they always want too much or raise the bar in the fee when the agreement is close.


3.) 26 Jun 2022 13:36:50
Chelsea will sign player they can not the player some of us want.


4.) 26 Jun 2022 14:00:28
Very true antibot but we are allowed to have dreams and preferences!


5.) 26 Jun 2022 14:18:21
I should have added, although I may have preferences, I’m not that fussed who we sign!


6.) 26 Jun 2022 16:53:51
Juve are trying to rip us off as are Sevilla we should just walk away. Tom, well I care very much are who we buy: I have to watch them. Frankly rather than waste money on the misfits. want aways and has-beens we are linked with we should go more or less with what we have. Make a big bid for Fofana, keep Maatsen bring in that French lad to back up Reece and buy a world class keeper- I ‘d be happy with that. I am bored to death with this transfer rubbish that is circulating.


7.) 26 Jun 2022 17:43:56
Jimbo, we can’t control it, so not worth worrying about it.

I didn’t want Lukaku but we still got him.

The club is never going to make every fan happy with its signings!

Also it’s just as important what players aren’t at the club next season and again, not every fan will be happy.


8.) 26 Jun 2022 19:57:28
I think we will still get Kounde. Barça are not very flexible financially.

I have also seen rumours about us being interested to sign Rice this summer. Not sure if there is any substance to it.


9.) 26 Jun 2022 21:10:03
Ashk, no matter how much debt they have, Barca find ways to get players particularly if they get Dembele off their books. The Rice season has started, he won’t be going anywhere this season, West Ham have time on their side.


10.) 27 Jun 2022 00:23:13
I agree with TomB, everyone has their own preferences. I’d have signed Haaland last summer instead of Lukaku, but still gave him the benefit of the doubt, and actually was convinced by him for the first 10 games tbf. No signing is going to make every fan happy, and the club is definitely not going to be trawling this website to find who to buy ? we can’t affect who we sign, and I’m certainly not going to be riled up by whatever the press or Twitter link this week. I’ll judge signings (prematurely initially when they sign) but also allow them the season to see how it turns out.


11.) 27 Jun 2022 01:19:22
It was impossible to sign Haaland last year.


 

 

11 Jun 2022 21:12:21
A question for ED02 if I may, If Chelsea part company with Kepa would they sign a replacement or give Baxster a chance?

G8

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea have a number of young goalkeepers and are looking to add another.}


1.) 11 Jun 2022 22:15:20
Thanks ED02, much appreciated.


 

 

27 May 2022 15:14:48
Chelsea will continue playing a back 3 next Season, Kounde will come in and play on the right side, can also cover Reece at RWB. 1 other CB will come in on the left.
A forward will come in as well providing the club can sell one or maybe 2 of Werner, Pulisic or Ziech.
TT will look to integrate 3 or 4 loanee's including Connor G and Maatsen. Levi C will be given a look as will Broja in pre-season.
Ed02 has kindly given us a good insight into who will not be coming in at midfield so unless 1 of Jorghi or Kante was to leave I don't see that being a priority.

G8

1.) 27 May 2022 16:40:43
Kounde has never played RWB in his life.


2.) 27 May 2022 16:41:43
What do we think of kounde silva chalobah with colwill back up and James can play in back 3? I worry silva will be playing less games and we would need experience in the back,


3.) 27 May 2022 16:44:59
Long list of players leaving this year though or possibly heading out the door.

Kepa possibly
Rudi going
Christensen going
Dave going
Alonso probably heading off with Dave and christensen
Kanté possibly
Jorge probably
Ziyech possibly
Pulisic possibly
Saul won’t take up option so going
Werner possibly though it looks like club want to keep him
And Lukaku could well be off.

Even if we Intergreate mattsesen broja Connor myambu we still are going to need two cbs a back up rwb a midfielder and possibly
Up to 2 or 3 attacking players could be a lot of business in a short amount of time.

I suppose the way to view it is TT is going to get to build a team the way he wants be interesting to see what happens.


4.) 28 May 2022 09:53:59
Neither had CHO, Pulisic or Ziech James. TT is an elite level manager and capable of adapting skills. Kounde has played at right back before so rather than buy an expensive right wing back to play back up to Reece James Kounde will be utilised if needed.


 

 

 

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07 Aug 2022 20:37:14
Did Chelsea win yesterday? at our bogey ground? The first win there following 4 straight defeats?
Thought so.

G8

{Ed018's Note - exactly.}


1.) 07 Aug 2022 20:47:48
Wow how many times is that going to work we were awful yes 3 points but if we play like that will not make top 6 but yes really good post.


2.) 07 Aug 2022 20:51:27
G8, did you watch the game?

{Ed018's Note - give it another week before we start knit picking. I know there are some issues that need sorted but let’s see what happens. I’ll take those 3 points and move on}


3.) 07 Aug 2022 21:09:55
Results first and last couple week are what’s important. I’d say there’s 34 games in between were performed should improve, that said the performance wasn’t great but it was a win at a ground we drop points too, they must improve but it’s points on the board,

FFS IM SOUNDING LIKE G8 lol.


4.) 07 Aug 2022 21:17:08
Ed from what I've seen we have a lot of work to do and by what I have seen from TT, he won't change much. So I expect the same passing and position game like we have seen the past season and half. I'd be very surprised if we change the way we play significantly.
But yes, 3 points is always good no matter how you get it. Especially at the start of the season.


5.) 07 Aug 2022 21:18:38
Three points was the most important thing but it wasn’t pretty and it hasn’t been easy on the eye for months.

I know it’s work in progress for some players but as my mates said after the game yesterday “the game against the spuds is important, it will be about the performance as much as the result”.

These are away season ticket holders, hardened fans who have seen it all. They are fed up at watching “boring” football.

I pointed out that time was needed for new players and owners to settle in but that isn’t there argument. It’s about our style of play!


6.) 07 Aug 2022 21:54:28
We were that awful that we won the match.


7.) 07 Aug 2022 22:00:40
Ed018, you’re right too early for nit picking but what worries me is that we are the same as the latter part of last season. TT gives the impression that it’s nothing to do with him and it’s all down to the players. Okay regardless of what happens in the Spurs game, the next five fixtures after are:Leeds, Leicester, Southampton, West Ham and Fulham. All games we should win. So even if we lose to Spurs we should have 18 out of 21 points. There’s positive for you!


8.) 07 Aug 2022 22:08:31
Yes we were that awful but yes we won the match and that’s what really matters.


 

 

26 Jul 2022 21:03:01
So if all the rumours were to be believed we would of signed Ake, De Ligt and Kounde at the back. Instead we sign Koulibaly plus one or maybe two to come. I'm very happy with Koulibaly. Kounde at 5 ft 10 worried me as a CB in a very physical league.

Raphina would of come in but we got Sterling. Maybe both would of arrived but for me, Sterling is pure class. I think we can do better than Raphina.

Sometimes these things work out for the best. 5 weeks of this window to go and I don't find it frustrating as some do (we are all different and all entitled to our views) .

I find it exciting and looking forward to seeing our squad on the 1st September. It also gives the youngsters, like Levi and Conor and Broja more opportunities to impress TT in training.

Just my spin on it.

G8

1.) 26 Jul 2022 22:01:57
I think what bothers some, mainly me, is the timings, club clearly trying and it’s not as easy as we’d like to think. Yes window is open for another 5 weeks but season starts in less than 2, wanted few more bodies in and squad getting to know each other and getting settled.


2.) 27 Jul 2022 00:17:02
We are Linked to Fofana would have taken him over every other CB target we had this season.


3.) 27 Jul 2022 08:26:10
I'm not worried too G8. I think we need to sort our squad and I know that it takes time. With a few more signings especially in forward and central midfield, we will be able to compete.
There is still time left and I think things will be fine.


4.) 27 Jul 2022 13:36:47
We’re lacking a central defender. Fofana was my choice sorry if I’ve reiterated it enough but I’ve wanted him since the start ? I’m actually coming round to getting Ronaldo for a year on loan. He knows where the goal and is great backup.


 

 

24 Jul 2022 21:21:35
Let's get this out there now. I never ever want to see a player in our royal blue Chelsea shirt who doesn't want to be wearing it and is hankering after a move elsewhere. I want proper Chels. players fully committed to the cause. Players who will sweat blood for the club. Players like Drogba and Cech from years gone by. Homegrowns like JT and now Reece and Mason.
I'm so glad that geezer from Leeds didn't join us and I shall be equally glad if Kounde joins Barca.
Lukaku was trouble and Todd and co sorted it. Looks like 3 or 4 others need shifting on ASAP but when on the wages Chelsea pay it might not happen overnight, frustrating but reality. I get hatred from some on here for my positive opinions but really couldn't give a toss. Let's see where we are at the end of this transfer window and indeed the season. I would say we finish top 4, close the gap on possibly the 2 best sides ever to grace the premier league and pick up our usual once a year trophy.
Half full as usual.

G8

1.) 24 Jul 2022 21:46:25
G8, you and I often disagree and I still think you’re wrong about Lukaku, it hasn’t been sorted they have just kicked the can down the road. However, you are dead right about that Leeds bloke and the Sevilla one. I don’t want players who don’t want to play for the club, they can take a running jump. There is certainly no hatred from me, I like your optimism and love for the club. All the posters love Chelsea, we just have different opinions on certain issues. I enjoy reading peoples posts and responding, that’s what the site is all about. Things look gloomy now but who knows what the season holds: probably another bumpy ride but I love the drama of being a life long Chelsea supporter.


2.) 24 Jul 2022 21:57:35
Long time reader, first time poster, all time blue. Agree with your post G8, you talk a lot of sense. Trust TT and judge at the end of the season. Until then, I will support my team as always and believe we can beat anyone on our day, but the players must care and want it too! If they come, great. If they go elsewhere, so do we.

Come on the Chels!


3.) 24 Jul 2022 22:02:33
Drogba wanted to leave after a year and wasn’t keen on moving in first place, he said this himself, and
You keep saying Todd sorted lukaku, we paid £95m and he went back to where he wanted to a club that wanted him on loan with NO obligation for £9m, it’s not good from chelsea POV, brilliant from inters, Todd will show his fight now cos we need to get some top quality business in asap,


4.) 24 Jul 2022 22:36:07
Thanks for your comment sdblue and also Jimbo.56, we all love the club and express our opinions differently. Bottom line is we want to move forward. Matt, sorry mate, you do my head in, always slating everything the club do.


5.) 25 Jul 2022 01:14:16
I know I do your head in, I just call it out for what it is. However much I love our club I won’t be blinkered and biased and head in the sand, we’ve had terrible pre season with other teams playing more games us, two weeks before season starts and our manager is using words like “ desperate need of quality “ and “ not ready for season “ lol we have maybe 10 players who we can’t seem to get rid of because wages and TT is 4th manager in a row to call out attitude of players, have an opinion and not biased chelsea blinkered happy smiley everything’s amazing attitude when it’s not the case,


 

 

23 Jul 2022 21:35:39
I think we will go as strong as we can Tonight against Arsenal.
My guess would be.

3-4-3

Mendy

Chalobah
Silva
Koulibaly

James
Jorginho
Kovacic
Chillwell

Mount
Havertz
Sterling.

G8

1.) 23 Jul 2022 22:26:04
I would like to see this as id imagine this will be our starting XI against Everton. Kante will probably come off the bench as he’s missed pre season in the US.


2.) 23 Jul 2022 23:49:49
Jay, pretty sure that the game vs Arsenal is still in the states. So as far as I’m aware Kante still will not be available.


3.) 24 Jul 2022 16:52:20
I meant come on against Everton in the first game cech mate. Hasn’t played much pre season so I doubt he’ll start.


 

 

19 Jul 2022 14:26:33
Been a lot of banter on here about the likes of Broja and our other young players so a question for ED01 if I may?
Which ones, if any, do you think are good enough right now to remain as part of the squad to go into the new season?

G8

{Ed001's Note - Ampadu and Gallagher. Sterling and Anjorin are possibly as well, which might explain the lack of move for right-back cover, as maybe Tuchel sees Sterling as providing it? Colwill, maybe and I did think Maatsen was a definite but he has been sent out on loan. The one I don't see making it for sure is Gilmour. He has got worse since joining and has shown no signs of making the steps needed to make it.}


1.) 19 Jul 2022 15:21:54
Thanks ED01.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}


2.) 19 Jul 2022 16:59:53
Thanks Ed001. Sterling doesn't appear to be on the US tour though, which is weird if he was going to be right back cover for the season ahead. Maybe he's injured?

I thought Gilmour looked a real special talent when he broke into the first team a couple of seasons ago – a game against Liverpool in particular, I think, when we were in a bit of a slump generally but where he looked head and shoulders above our other players at the time. I think his regression has been due to bad management.  Norwich was not a good loan decision by the club (we hardly ever seem to pick the right loan destination, which is either bad luck or incompetence)  and fear he could look to leave to try and reignite his career.

{Ed001's Note - that is a very good point, regarding Sterling and one I didn't realise. I am a bit out of touch as I moved home and only just got the net back today. I am not convinced Gilmour is all that good, he had a great game against Liverpool but it was the exception rather than the rule. Every time I watch him, he looks off the pace and weak mentally. He just doesn't look like he has the attitude to kick on to me.}


3.) 19 Jul 2022 17:58:20
Regrettably, I agree with Ed001, yes Gilmour had a few good games for us but then suddenly people went overboard about his potential. I did previously draw an analogy with Josh McEachran who was touted as a future top class player, I hope it goes better for BG. At present he is not good enough for Chelsea. He needs a loan with a coach who can bring on young players.


4.) 19 Jul 2022 20:19:39
Thanks for your input again Ed001. I hope your move home went well! Did you go to Southeast Asia, or am I making that up?

Gilmour always looked excellent to me when I saw him play for Chelsea. He seemed to add some real thrust we were missing at the time. At Norwich, however, he was awful every time I saw him. It must be hard to get there and then have to start again (see also Ruben Loftus Cheek, who I'm convinced would have been a solid starter now were it not for his career-derailing injury, and CHO) .

I sometimes wonder whether some of these young guys getting snapped up into top clubs' academies might sometimes get broken by the process – they think the work is done, and then it just seems like another mountain to climb when they aren't taken care of properly by those clubs. The mentality needed to make it as a pro at the top level is a little crazy. I do wonder whether clubs could actually save themselves quite a lot of hassle by investing more into the process of taking care of players' minds, so it's not such a crapshoot – it's a ridiculously small number who make it through, after all – and feel that a club that can do that, or one that specialises in rehabilitating players rejected by top clubs (slightly like what Brentford have been doing) will find a fair amount of success that way. It just doesn't seem right that so much talent falls by the wayside.

Interesting comparison with Josh McEachran Jimbo. I remember the game in the CL when Ancelotti played both him and Gael Kakuta in midfield, and I was abuzz with excitement as he was a very tidy player. Never seemed to grow, unfortunately. These sliding doors moments. I remember when Conte brought on Charly Musonda when we were a goal down, and he controlled a ball on the chest in the area before firing only barely over the bar. Always what could have been. Ed001, you'll know it well from the excitement about Rhian Brewster before everything went south.

{Ed001's Note - yes mate, Philippines and it went well. It is a nice area with lovely people.

I agree on Loftus-Cheek, his injury really stopped him from being a top player.

You are right about the process breaking a lot of young players, but that's because these clubs are not learning lessons. They are wasting their time buying these players, because if they are willing to make a move at that age to a club that is not the one they support, it means they are the wrong kind of personality to make it. They are, whatever anyone may say to the contrary, choosing the money, and those chasing the money have little left to chase once they get the big salary that comes with moving to a big club. Better off leaving them to develop at smaller clubs and then buying them when they are ready to step up. Yes they cost more then, but it is less than is currently being wasted on all these failed players.}


5.) 19 Jul 2022 21:17:30
I think what ED01 has perfectly highlighted is that only 2 or 3 are ready now. Very easy to say this youngster or that youngster should be part of the squad. Attitude is so important, the 2 lads mentioned, Ampadu and Conor did very well on loan and are now knuckling down and are prepared to challenge for a start, backing themselves. I hope Levi does the same. Broja has reminded me of Solanke and Lewis Bate who thought they could demand a starting place, look at them now! TT and the other coaches, particuarly the loan development people will have extensive knowledge of all these young players and will be feeding that into TT. This is a top table football club not mid table development club. And yes, I agree, mistakes will always happen but more than one party will also determime who stays and who goes.
Once again ED02, thanks for your input.


6.) 19 Jul 2022 22:14:46
Where did you go in the philippines ed? I just got back from there on saturday visiting my girlfriends family etc and travelling around.

{Ed001's Note - I am in Metro Manila mate.}


7.) 20 Jul 2022 02:21:01
Ahhh okay, that’s one of the one places i didn’t spend much time, her family are in Butuan city on the island of mindanao. I hope that you are enjoying your time there. There is a buffet restaurant in manila called vikings near the mall of asia. I would highly recommend it if you haven’t been all ready!

{Ed001's Note - I am not near that area at the moment, so I haven't been out there, but if I get a chance I will try it. Thank you mate.}


8.) 20 Jul 2022 10:54:11
I thought that about gilmour from day 1 ed002 glad you have backed it up to small quite slow as well.

{Ed001's Note - sometimes being small can be a good thing, particularly in midfield, as small players will often be more aggressive to make up for their lack of size. But he doesn't seem to have that tenaciousness needed. There were quite a few times last season when I watched them when he looked to just give up and throw the towel in. He was still doing the movement, but it was like he was just trying to look like he was giving it all, rather than he actually was. I am not sure if I am explaining this very well, sorry! It has been a long couple of days trying to catch up with all that happened over the last week.}


 

 

 

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07 Aug 2022 11:00:36
Ziech does offer something a bit different and we could of done with him on corners and set pieces yesterday. I would like to keep Werner but looks like he will be off. CHO needs to play in his best position and Pulisic needs to add an end product.

G8

 

 

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23 Jul 2022 21:28:33
Thanks ED02, much appreciated.

G8

 

 

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23 Jul 2022 20:57:04
Sorry to trouble you ED02 but is there any interest in Fofana from Chelsea? Having read the posts I have not seen any link whatsoever.

G8

{Ed002's Note - Yes, he is on the lengthy list of CBS Chelsea are interested in.}


 

 

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23 Jul 2022 15:54:56
Really enjoyed reading the above posts from ELI and Jackson.
Thanks Guys.

G8

 

 

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20 Jul 2022 21:38:16
It doesn't work like that Matt. Calm down and chill. It will all work out mate. Todd and TT know what they are doing.

G8

 

 

 

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13 Aug 2022 21:08:10
I agree with your line up Ash but like ED says, I would like to see CG start in place of Jorghi.

3-4-1-2

Mendy

KK
Silva
MC

James
CG
Kante
Chilly

Mount

Kai
Sterling.

G8

 

 

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10 Aug 2022 09:02:44
I would be happy with that team as a starting line up. With 5 subs now available it gives more flexibility and let Broja run their CB's ragged and bring Havertz on to win us the game.

G8

 

 

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03 Aug 2022 22:26:25
Great post Cat and well backed up by
Jay08 and Tom B.
The negative sisters, Matt and Jimbo will always pounce though as they knock their heads every morning getting out of bed the wrong way. ?.

G8

 

 

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03 Aug 2022 07:32:24
Great post Jay08, so nice to read a positive stance on what TT and Todd are trying to shape. The future does indeed look good.

G8

 

 

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29 Jul 2022 15:17:59
You don't wind me up Matt, after all this is a banter site and of little signifacance in the great scheme of everyday life.
I do find your constant slating of the club a little sad though.

G8