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

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

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

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

Stay safe!


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

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

Thanks for that, Ed.



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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

{Ed001's Note - yeah maybe.}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Again, no problem if not. Stay safe!


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

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




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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for the reply :-)

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



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.




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06 Jul 2020 11:35:33
You just have to root for Van Ginkel. After all the injury malaise he's been through he never gave up. Top character.




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27 Jun 2020 19:54:25
Loaning Callum would be a dumb move in my opinion. He's plenty good enough to play a part for us, and I'd imagine the people at the club feel the same. Hence the big contract as well.




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10 Jun 2020 21:54:23
Does it really matter who that third party is? Only the result of negotiations matters to us I'd think :-)




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10 Jun 2020 15:57:36
One thing that could work in our favor over Bayern is that Voller hates doing business with Bayern! :-P
Can imagine him preferring a sale to Chelsea over selling to Bayern.




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08 Jun 2020 16:14:30
Eli, you're probably right. I misinterpreted it :)

Sorry for the unnecessary question, Ed!





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11 Jul 2020 15:56:15
Fully agreed. If you don't work, you shouldn't play. Can only hope the added competition of guys like Ziyech, Werner and maybe Havertz will get him in line.




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11 Jul 2020 13:57:25
Sounds like somewhat of a lost cause then. Looks the most talented kid that's come out of the academy (that I've seen) . Shame he doesn't have the character and discipline then to make all Chelsea fans proud.
Pff this is bothering me more than it should, but yet I can't help it :- ( Thought we finally would've produced a world class attacker of our own. Wasn't meant to be I suppose.


{Ed002's Note - He is young and needs to work hard in training otherwise he will need to look elsewhere.}



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11 Jul 2020 12:33:21
That is extremely disappointing then, Ed. Kid had the world at his feet if he could simply apply himself and try to be the best he can be. He has the talent to be one of the top wingers in the world. If he's not showing a good attitude then he's throwing all that away and is destined for a subpar career, disappointing himself and his fans in the process.

Can I ask, Ed, have the attitude issues been going on for a longer time, or is it a recent phenomenon? I hope someone can get in his ear, shake him up and make him see sense in any case. Still only 19, so definitely not too late. But he needs to get it right asap, or soon it could be too late.

This is one of the most disappointing pieces of news I've read in a while. Utter shame. Seems like there's some sort of curse on our best talents. Callum a devastating injury and then attitude issues, Ruben a horrible injury just when he was playing like a top class mid, Gilmour now injured for 3-4 months just as he's been getting more and more minutes. I'm sad now.


{Ed002's Note - It is the character Jackson.}



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04 Jul 2020 09:46:43
Let's all be Madrid supporters and hope they win the title at least!




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03 Jul 2020 06:00:37
Seen a good one elsewhere if United fans are being annoying.

You know how they like to see Ole is special and a good coach as Lampard hasn't beaten him yet? Well, now Moyes has done the double over us as well. So by that logic Moyes is excellent too! ;-)


{Ed0666's Note - How Moyes is a premiership manager is beyond me. I’m really not sure what his purpose in life is.