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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.



14 Jul 2018 18:14:01
Ed001, I just wanted to ask whether you know of Chelsea trying to sign another winger/ wide attacking player?

Pedro isn't starting caliber, and Willian has shown disrespectful behavior towards his coach (Conte) and is seemingly happy with a potential move to Barcelona if you believe reports. Then there's also Eden possibly leaving for Madrid :- (

Surely Chelsea are trying to sign some attackers? Have seen almost zero rumors. Malcom seems to be available for a decent price (around 40m perhaps) but I've heard of no interest from Chelsea.
Have you perhaps heard anything regarding the attacking spots?


{Ed001's Note - I can't say I have heard of anything concrete mate. Sorry.}

1.) 14 Jul 2018 18:33:45
Hmm that doesn't sound promising :- ( Thanks anyway, Ed, it was worth a shot. Better prepare for another season of Pedro/ Willian starting.

{Ed001's Note - I doubt it will be like that, even if it is, Sarri's style of play should get more from them. However I would expect at least one to arrive.}

2.) 15 Jul 2018 10:34:59
And now it's looking likely Eden will leave. Man, this is not going to end well.




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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.}



18 Feb 2020 07:11:28
Ed001, as a neutral observer, what did you make of the ref and VAR spectacle last night?

The Giroud Offside was in theory correct. It's stupid that they call of goals for marginal offsides that have no impact on the action, but that's how it's been called all season so no complaints there.

But Zouma's goal should have definitely stood I thought. Either it's a no call or it's a penalty as Azpi got pushed first. So if a push is a foul then it's a penalty.

Maguire kicked out and didn't even deny it afterwards. That's a red card in the first half.
Zouma yellow was perplexing to me. All ball. Martial just landed badly, but the tackle was clean as ever.
And lastly the yellow for diving. Sure, he went down. But I've seen them given as fouls as Bruno stuck out his leg clumsily. Yellow was definitely harsh.

So wondering if I'm too biased or whether it really was as bad as I felt.

United really do have a talent for winning games when not creating anything of note. It's something we desperately lack.


{Ed001's Note - it was terrible last night that VAR got those two big calls wrong. How anyone could say that the kick from Maguire was not a clear and obvious, blatant red card I do not know! The nonsense made up about he was worried about him falling on him, come on, that is not an excuse to kick someone in the knackers. And he did it with enough force to move Batshuayi as well. You could visibly see he moved backwards. Has to be a red.

I also thought the initial push was on Azpilicueta and if you are going to give a push there, well I don't know how you can not see he was pushed first. That should have stood. It would have been nonsense to go back and give a penalty, just let the goal stand.

I actually thought it was an excellent tackle by Zouma, but referees know nothing about playing the game and judge those kind of challenges as reckless. A poor decision but I can see why he chose to book him.

The problem with the booking for diving is that Willian went down looking to make it worse. He threw his arms forward clearly hoping he would get a pen. Again I can understand why the ref saw it as a dive. I do agree with you that it was harsh, Bruno left his leg there and Willian had to avoid it, which makes it a foul. It might well only be classed as an indirect free kick, but Bruno certainly impeded his progress, even if contact was not made. It is one of those that refs will give one way one week, the next they give it the other. Harsh but not totally unreasonable.}

1.) 18 Feb 2020 09:10:25
I agree 100% with your analysis Ed.

The ref was poor and VAR is worse.

{Ed001's Note - I still can't get over how the VAR can not see that as a red. I get the ref missing it, he can't see everything and he would probably have looked away by the time it happened, but how can VAR not see the deliberate movement of his leg? VAR has turned out to be a waste of time. None of the things it has been brought in for have actually happened. It was supposedly being brought in to stop all the pulling and pushing in the box during setpieces, but now you can push an attacker into someone else and win a free kick! During the Liverpool game, van Dijk was rugby tackled by their defenders at every setpiece, but no penalty was ever given. On one of the corners, two players combined to rugby tackle him to the ground, but still no decision, even though it was easy to spot. But they can spot someone's foot being an inch too far forward on an offside! It is not what VAR should be for. It should be to make the game better. It is not doing that.}

2.) 18 Feb 2020 09:14:03
Luck is important but we still have to be a lot better than what we are witnessing and not just yesterday.

3.) 18 Feb 2020 09:23:00
Agree 100% Ed001. Taylor lost the grip on the game after the Maguire incident.

4.) 18 Feb 2020 09:45:24
VAR has been poor all season so I won't bother complaining about it. I'm not surprised one bit, however the comedians in charge yesterday need to be briefed about their officiating performance. They can't keep getting await with it.

More importantly, I'm more disappointed by our team performance. At the moment, we come across as a team that will create chances but will not score, however the first or 2nd opposition attacks lead to us conceding which is baffling. This is a concern because the two most important aspects are wrong which is a worrying combination.

Ed1 what do you reckon Lampard can do to sort this issue out? He comes across as very busy in his own ideas and may not be seeing simple fixes. What are your thoughts mate?

{Ed001's Note - first off, he should have given Giroud more game time. That is a much needed experienced head who can help the younger players through a game and help them keep their composure when it is not going right. He also scores goals. Not at the rate of some, but he adds a significant goal threat and occupies defenders, creating more space for others.

By playing him as the main front man, you immediately have someone to actually head the ball when you cross it in. There is no real aerial threat otherwise, especially if it is Batshuayi up front.

Secondly, you need more bodies getting into the box when it is wide. Most games you have just two getting in there. Usually one of the wide attackers is out either crossing or supporting the man crossing. The other is usually hanging round on the edge of the box, rather than getting in trying to get on the end of something. The other wideman should be in there as well or the opposite side full-back. One should hold out wide and one should get in the box. You have three midfielders, one sometimes gets in there, but that should be happening on every attack, one gets in there. Two holding around the edge of the box to pick up the bits and pieces is plenty.

It is just about risk to be honest. You have to risk more bodies in the box and take the chance on leaving more space for a break. Too much emphasis on ball retention leaves too many bodies outside the box to ensure you can get loose balls.

With the defenders you have, I think it would be worth the risk, as they are good at one-on-one defending, they can handle that. It is deadballs you struggle to defend. I don't see many teams who are going to cut you apart on fast breaks, so long as no one getting forward neglects their job defensively. Which is why Alonso could be a problem imo, he would do the attacking job but suddenly forget how to sprint when defending. To help it, dropping Kante back five yards, so he is on the edge of the box covering, when he plays, would make a massive difference. It is no wonder, to me anyway, that he is suddenly picking up lots of injuries when asked to play further forward. He now has to run much further to get back into position when the ball is lost and he was already covering so much ground it was bound to be too much to give him that little bit more to do.

You do need to ensure someone else is there to cover Jorginho, as his weakness is recovery pace to help on the breaks. But give him that cover, either Kovacic or Kante being alongside him, and he can get around the edge of the box and start hitting some shots from dangerous areas. He can strike a ball, so why not let him get in a position to do so?}

5.) 18 Feb 2020 10:26:15
Excellent views Ed1. I always like reading your analysis which I find very sensible. Thanks mate, really appreciate it.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate.}

6.) 18 Feb 2020 12:45:07
If you and quite a few other people can see the problem why do you think the management team are so blind to at least a few soloutions/ alternatives?

{Ed001's Note - because we all see things differently. They are looking for ball retention as a priority. I think ball retention is good, but I would not have it as high a priority as they do. I would go for more risk. It is not my head on the line if it goes wrong though, so it is understandable the risk/reward factor is seen differently by those who have got their heads on the line.}

7.) 18 Feb 2020 13:27:09
The first part of the equation that needs attention is our defensive shape which is often verging on chaos .
How we can have conceded 12 more goals than a promoted team (Sheff Utd) is scandalous.
Any team that plays counter attacking football know they are in with a good chance of scoring.
We don't have the players to outscore our opponents very often so creating a solid defensive base is a must.
Interestingly at no level in the club has the defensive side of the game been developed rather possession and out scoring the oppo.
This is very much Morris's approach at youth level.

8.) 18 Feb 2020 20:38:21
Thanks for that reply, Ed. Basically agree with every word.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

9.) 19 Feb 2020 04:15:53
Nice Post Ed.

VAR is killing my enjoyment of the game. I just can’t see the benefit. If you’re just trading one refs judgement for another’s, that’s not value-add. If you’re making calls that could ONLY be seen in super slow motion or in frame-by-frame analysis, then why even have the side judges and linesmen? I would be sooooo happy if we went back to human refs and goal line technology.

VAR is a solution in search of a problem.

Regarding offsides and VAR, generally, I wish they’d change it to be more like the forward pass rule in the NFL: as long as any part of the player is even with the defender, then it’s on-side. This will result in more scoring and feels truer to the spirit of the law, which is to keep players from cherry picking the defences. Giroud’s off-side call? It was a good goal.



16 Feb 2020 17:43:01
Ed001, was wondering what you make of the full time promotion of Gilmour to the senior squad.

I'm assuming it means he'll play no more development team matches or youth matches. But I'm not sure that would be the wisest course of action. I can't see him getting many matches in our midfield this year, especially based on the little opportunities Lampard has given him. So wouldn't it be best then to let him continue play youth matches?

Was just wondering how you view this situation :) In any case, hope life is treating you well.


{Ed001's Note - it just means he trains full time with the first team. He can still play for the under-23s etc. That is a good thing for him as he needs to get used to the physical side of adult football.}

1.) 16 Feb 2020 20:58:25
Ah gotcha, I thought it implied he wouldn't be playing U23 football anymore, with the way they officially announced it.

But in that case it's good to know. He should indeed play adult football. Kid is several classes above youth football at this point.

{Ed001's Note - no, first teamers still play in the under-23s. It is a way of keeping match fitness up for fringe players or regaining it for recuperating players.}

2.) 16 Feb 2020 21:36:48
Cheers, Ed. Will be interesting to see how his development gets managed.

{Ed001's Note - the hardest bit will be managing him as he grows physically into a man over the next couple of years. It will affect his coordination etc, as his body changes, so he will be extremely inconsistent with his touch. Depending on how late he matures physically as well. Some people can grow late, some mature early. When he hits that period, which is the one we often see with youngsters who suddenly seem to lose their way after a breakthrough, he will need to be carefully managed to ensure the fans don't turn against him etc. It can affect their confidence and that is the time when they are in most danger of throwing it all away. They have so many distractions, are already wealthy by 22, so they can be tempted by those around them.

In that respect it is a good thing to get him in the first team, where the right influences are around him. People like Kante would be an incredible influence, the kind of player he will no doubt look up to and hopefully want to be like in terms of professionalism, effort on the training pitch and clean lifestyle.}

3.) 16 Feb 2020 22:07:11
That's actually one of the things I've not really given any thought before, Ed and you make a really good point. In other words, really interesting read as always, thanks for the effort!

4.) 17 Feb 2020 07:20:10
McEachran comes to mind with that description by Ed.



02 Jan 2020 13:18:35
Hi Ed :) best wishes for the new year. Hopefully it treats you kindly!

Got a question related to transfers. But not so much incoming transfers, but more with regards to players perhaps being loaned in January now.

The youth team are out of the UEFA Youth League, and the first team is out of the Capital One Cup. So far we've kept some very promising youngsters on the fringes of the first team, e. g. Gilmour, Anjorin, Guehi. Would you perhaps know whether Chelsea are looking to loan some of those youngsters out to gain some experience in adult football. The ones I mentioned are clearly very highly rated and talented, but it's hard to see them getting many minutes in the first team at Chelsea. So perhaps a loan for one or some would be something to look at for the club?

No worries if you don't have the time or just haven't heard anything. Was simply curious :)

Hope you have a good one!


{Ed002's Note - I am not sure that the club have plans to offer any of these players for loan, but there are offers on the table to buy Guehi.}

1.) 02 Jan 2020 13:53:32
Hmm I hope we don't sell Guehi just yet. He looks like he has the lot to become a very good defender.
Just out of interest, are the clubs that want to buy him in Premier League as well?

{Ed002's Note - SOuthampton as a replacement for Vestergaard is one.}

2.) 02 Jan 2020 14:31:11
Wow, that would be a good move. Hassenhuttl seems like a terrific coach, and I just like Southampton as a club. They've got a pretty good squad and are now performing like I thought they could.

Now if only they'd be willing to take him on loan instead of buying, that could benefit all parties. A loan for a year and a half instead of just the 2nd half of this season would give them more incentive to play him then.



26 Oct 2019 13:55:21
Ed001, got a question if you're around and have the time :)

Kante has been injured for damn near all of this season. Maybe it's just a run of bad luck, or maybe all that playing time and his energetic style is catching up to him and he's feeling the effects of that. He's also coming up on 29 years old, so not the youngest anymore.

Now without Kante I feel our midfield is way too light on defensive minded players that can put in a shift. We're missing Bakayoko in my opinion (who's again playing well on loan at Monaco apparently), with his physicality and defensive ability in midfield.

My question, if Kante were to continue to struggle with injuries, which midfielders do you think can provide something similar? Who do you think we can add to give us more defensive presence in the absence of Kante?

Cheers, man. Hope you have a good one.


{Ed001's Note - Thomas Partey, Lucas Torreira, Wilfred Ndidi - all three of them would provide the energy you are missing.}

1.) 26 Oct 2019 17:26:30
I like those mentions, Ed! :)

Partey would be amazing as a holding mid or box to box, but I doubt we'd get him. Probably no interest, and even if there was it'd be difficult to get him off of Atletico.
Ndidi I love personally. I have since I saw him at Genk. Ndidi is a guy I would love to root for.

Another guy that's caught my eye this season is Sander Berge. An immense presence in midfield and excellent on the ball as well.

{Ed001's Note - good shout Berge. Atletico would have to sell if the money is enough, they can't afford to reject big offers.}

2.) 27 Oct 2019 00:57:59
Obviously I love Kante and think he’s phenomenal but if he spends most of this season out with niggling small injuries then I’d perhaps consider accepting a massive offer next summer. He’ll be 29 at the end of the season and whilst he’ll still have at least 3 years left at the top id worry about the sort of impact the injuries will have on his game.

Still a long way to go but it is something to consider imo.

3.) 27 Oct 2019 06:42:55
I would suggest one to look at Conor Gallagher as well.




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22 Mar 2020 16:33:56
Feed him Reece's and Ziyech's crosses and he'd score goal guaranteed. He's one of the most lethal finishers I've seen.




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21 Mar 2020 18:40:43
Of course we do have quite a few mids already in the first team squad. Jorgi, Kante, Barkley, Mount, Kovacic, Ruben and now Gilmour who's shown he definitely belongs there.

We'll see indeed.




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21 Mar 2020 18:08:26
Well I'm already happy that they wouldn't be disappointed. That'd be bad.

Cheers, Ed. Hoping to see both Ampadu and Gallagher back at Chelsea next season.


{Ed002's Note - We'll see.}



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21 Mar 2020 17:42:27
Would perhaps be good to keep this in one thread.

I also have a question, but not necessarily transfer related. It's about Ethan Ampadu. Would surprise me if you know this, Ed002, but no harm in asking I suppose.
Do you know how the club view his season on loan at Leipzig? Everyone knew it was a challenging loan destination from the start, but working with top class players and under one of the best up and coming coaches in football is also beneficial for a young guy like Ampadu. Sadly he hasn't gotten much time on the pitch for them, which I suppose is understandable as Leipzig have got some top players, especially at CB with Upamecano there.
Basically what I'm asking here is, do you know whether Chelsea are disappointed with how his season went, and would thus look to send him back on loan next season? Finally getting him some consistent time on the pitch wouldn't be a bad thing of course, but the few occasions he does get to start I've always gotten the impression that he's simply ready to feature for Chelsea as well.

Massive thanks also for answering questions on specific targets too. I'm sure we'll see many of the popularly mentioned targets pop up on here, e. g. Onana, Sancho, Dembele.


{Ed002's Note - Nobody will be disappointed - but they would have preferred more game time.}



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21 Mar 2020 17:42:53
I love Kante, but would think about an offer of money + Valverde.





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31 Mar 2020 16:31:26
Fair enough, Ed. Thank you for the reply :) in the end we'll see how everything pans out.




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31 Mar 2020 15:33:10
I may be pushing my luck here, so no worries whatsoever if you prefer not to give any names. And I hope you don't mind me asking.

Just trying to sketch the situation. It's likely both Willian and Pedro will move on this summer, for various reasons. So that's 2 attackers leaving in that case.
Ziyech is coming in, and it appears the club would very much like to add Sancho as well. However, with the numbers being thrown around and mentions of Sancho being offered a wage of up to 400k (probably starting over 200k and rising depending on performances, which is still extremely high for a guy his age) by United he'd be silly not to choose them over us if possible. That type of money doesn't come around often and I wouldn't blame him for choosing United over us in that case.

So basically what would be interesting for a lot of people on here to know, and certainly for me, is which other "wingers" (attackers that aren't pure strikers in essence is what I'm getting at) the club has a strong interest in and would look to buy if Sancho does not join Chelsea.

Perhaps it's also a case of not buying for the sake of it and they'd look to have depth in the form of Loftus-Cheek/ Mount shifting up to the attacking spots, since we do have a lot of midfielders already.

I myself would absolutely love it if they'd look to bring in either Ferran Torres or Ihattaren, but I realize those are probably just pipe dreams.

Thanks in any case!


{Ed002's Note - As I have said (a short while ago, I am not going to start giving long lists of players. I have explained the situation with Sancho and it is not a matter of a choice for the player.

In respect of Mohamed Ihattaren (AM/RM/RW), as has been previously explained, at the end of 2018 five clubs were invited to watch MI including Chelsea, Barcelona, Olympique Lyon, Benfica and Manchester City. Chelsea have a chap who does look at players on their behalf in the Nederlands but without asking him I don't know if Chelsea have continued to watch the player in to this year.}



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25 Mar 2020 21:36:13
It's a sad thought but I think it's the general nature of humans. So many people seem to love being hostile towards others, especially through an internet platform where nothing can seemingly hurt them.

It's a true shame.




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25 Mar 2020 12:58:27
Think Ed said he wouldn't do a full list anymore as it leads to too much abuse. Which is a very sad thing, both because it actually leads to abuse which is just inexplicable, and because we're all simply happier when reading Ed's list. Alas.

Mentioned we could ask him regarding specific players though. Hope this helps.




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23 Mar 2020 20:32:10
No need for Rice if you've got Ampaduuuuuu! :-)