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11 Jan 2020 09:38:20
With Pedro's sale been ruled out by Lampard it seems as if we may be doing very little business this window. Feel like a backup ST may be the only purchase we make and i don't have a clue who that may be. Felt the CB position would be another area we were going to improve by going for Ake but it doesn't seem as if any of the CB's are moving on until at least the summer.

So you'd think that'll rule him out. All i can say is if this were to happen i wouldn't be too happy but it was clear our top targets weren't going to be available in January and i'd rather wait and get them in the summer than waste money on our 3rd or 4th options.

My worry though is that we need CL football to get them, and with United seemingly getting Bruno Fernandes and our need for a creative mid i fear we'll miss out on top 4 which would be costly to our business in the summer. Of course i've learnt not to take what players and managers say about transfers too seriously so we may do more than i think.




01 Jan 2020 23:45:49
I wonder how many teams in previous years would have been in the top 4 with 36pts after 21 games. I'd argue very few. We've been very fortunate that our rivals are having a titanic season when we're having a rollercoaster season. Hopefully we take advantage of it and recruit a couple of good attackers to push us on because sooner or later i see Spurs or even Arsenal getting back on track and going on a run.

I don't expect Sancho or Werner in January, but Isco and M.Dembele are achievable for me and both would help massively. And it wouldn't effect a move for Sancho in the summer either. As long as we get a creator and serious competition for Abraham i'll be happy.


1.) 02 Jan 2020 05:24:39
I always think 76 points (2pts average per game) guarantees Champs league qualification. It looks to me as if 70 points should be enough this season.

I like to think of myself as a very positive person but the way we are playing It’s going to be a struggle.

It’s up to Lamps and the other coaches to find the solutions. It won’t be easy but if we do secure a top four position, I will be very happy.

2.) 02 Jan 2020 10:01:42
I agree LB90. We are extremely lucky that our direct rivals haven't been performing.

that being said we still have not replaced Hazard who would have more than likely dragged us through games such as Brighton, west ham, bournemouth.

It's been clear that Chelsea had a plan to deal with the ban and allow Frank to blood in the youth then go from there should the ban be lifted.

I trust Frank and the board to bring in what we need in January ( apart from the LB position) to have us kick on for the remainder of the season and hopefully secure top 4.

I definitely can see us signing Jadon and two new strikers this month.

As for the LB position, do we not have anyone up and coming from the youth knocking on the door? I'm loving the look of the right side with James and Lamptey!

3.) 02 Jan 2020 10:10:23
Maatsen is very good and highly rated. I think he could step us and we should sell Emerson and Alonso.

4.) 02 Jan 2020 19:03:36
Yeah i rate Maatsen very highly but i don't see him being involved with the 1st team for a few years. We've overachieved in my eyes haighton because of our situation, but hopefully we take advantage of our rivals poor seasons since there won't be a better opportunity to get top4. And 70pts will definitely be enough i reckon Tomb, wouldn't surprise me if 65pts is enough.



16 Dec 2019 18:50:19
Via Matt law who's fairly reliable for Chelsea news, Chelsea's forward shortlist for January is:
Sancho (did say he likely won't leave in January)

Sure they'll be more to come but those were the names mentioned. Personally the only one that makes sense there is Zaha. Werner, Dembele and Sancho are through in the Champions league so i doubt their teams would want to sell. Chukwueze is an exciting young player but would need time, and i doubt he could give us that creativity we desperately need right now. Same with Bailey but for me that ship has sailed. Zaha's the only one there for me that's do able and could offer what we need to a certain degree.


1.) 16 Dec 2019 20:00:14
Exactly LB90, I couldn't agree more mate.

2.) 16 Dec 2019 20:14:04
Zaha is pacy, strong and is adept at dribbling the ball. He has been inconsistent over time but at a big club that may change.

I probably sound like Zaha's personal advocate.

3.) 16 Dec 2019 20:29:51
I get your point London blue do you not think Boga would be worth a shout then go all out for Sancho in the summer?

4.) 16 Dec 2019 21:49:06
Maybe Danny but i'm pretty sure we have no interest in him. Money wise he wouldn't be much of a risk but considering we need somebody to come in and make an instant impact, we don't know whether Boga could offer that so quickly. Where as with Zaha i'm more confident he could.

I agree shak in a better team where he'll have the ball a lot more as well as the extra motivation of playing for a big club again i think he'll perform. For me his inconsistency has come down to playing in an average side as well with his mentality not being the strongest due to him wanting to leave for a while.

5.) 16 Dec 2019 22:51:07
some good points there pads and although im not zahas biggest fan he can definetly offer us a little bit of extra flair that end of the pitch especially in a tight game he could make a difference.

6.) 16 Dec 2019 23:40:27
Guys have a watch of Zaha's goal today vs Brighton. Absolutely immense.

7.) 17 Dec 2019 18:31:16
Agreed guys. Great views.

Zaha has got that ability to create something out of nothing or score an absolute scorcher to bail out in tough games. Unfortunately, this is an area we are lacking at the minute.

8.) 18 Dec 2019 02:57:32
Zaha has talent but crys and moans a bit too much for my liking . And final product is also lacking, I still have doubts about zaha . We need better.

9.) 19 Dec 2019 13:42:29
Player we should go for is Zyech.

10.) 19 Dec 2019 14:17:43
Fair enough Dareryk. It's all about opinions and I'm sure there are many other who share your opinion too mate.



27 Jun 2019 16:12:19
Interesting couple of days for Chelsea!. Lampard to be announced soon, Jay Dasilva moving to Bristol city, Juan Castillo with a U turn and may sign a new contract and now we're close to signing Kovacic. I expect Castillo's decision would likely be due to Lampard and Morris's arrival and the new supposed direction we're going in. Would like him to be involved next season, ideally i wanted Dasilva but i don't blame him for leaving and no doubt Castillo has bags of potential.

Excited to see him during pre-season if he does sign the contract. Emerson and Castillo as our fullback options sounds pretty good to me. As for Kovacic i like the move, i know a lot of people don't rate him but personally i think he's a solid player. Plus we're playing a lot of games next season and for £44m which includes the bonuses is a fair price. Also seems like Reece James didn't need surgery on his ankle and his recovery's going well, music to my ears that.


1.) 27 Jun 2019 17:29:26
As always great post LB90. Things are looking optimistic.

2.) 27 Jun 2019 21:47:03
That they are. This season has got me excited already. Think we will finally see our youth players get the chance they deserve. Plus, Lampard and Morris (though not the most experienced) is one of the most exciting appointments in the Roman era.

3.) 28 Jun 2019 14:22:53
Yep, could be a good week.

Lampard and Morris in.

Hudson-Odoi and Castillo (by all accounts Alonso wants out so Castillo could get an opportunity) sign long term contracts and Kovacic signs permanently.

All of a sudden we have a squad jam packed with young talent (Ampadu, James, Castillo, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham etc. ) and there's a clear path to the first team squad for those in the youth set up and out on loan.



06 Jun 2019 23:42:37
Given Marina a fair bit of stick over the last couple of years, some unjustified as well but she deserves huge credit for the way she handled this transfer. Especially if the full rumoured fee is true and the £40m add ons are easily achievable. £130m for Hazard given the circumstances is a very good deal, hopefully when we can spend it we'll spend it well.


1.) 07 Jun 2019 07:53:48
Very good deal for Chelsea. It's never nice losing your best asset but from a financial perspective she done really well.

Personally, I don't think losing Hazard will affect our future aspirations too much. I can see the team now playing as a unit rather than looking for the special Hazard everytime. Near the end of last season we were so reliant on him. Maybe everyone contributes now.

2.) 07 Jun 2019 12:09:24
Totally agree Shak, we are bound to miss his brilliance and ability to change a game or win us it with one bit of skill but hopefully we will set up as a team less reliant on him to always bail us out.

3.) 07 Jun 2019 14:06:34
Completely agree Shak. I think the integration of our youth would play a huge part in that "team mentality/ unity" with a Lampard/ Morris/ Terry appointment.

Some positive signs regarding Abraham too!




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12 Feb 2020 18:11:13
Verbal agreement with Ajax for Ziyech, €45m fee to be agreed. Personal terms not done yet but likely to be in the next few days. via telegraaf.... wow! That came out of nowhere. Truly hope this doesn't mean no Sancho but this is great bussiness. An experienced attacker who guarantees goals and assists, not to mention a dead ball specialist. Chelsea fans should definitely be excited over this, a left footed forward is something we've needed for a long time. But as i said if it means no Sancho i'll be gutted, he can play as a CAM too so maybe it wont. Guess we'll find out soon enough.




31 Jan 2020 23:19:58
Feel for Lampard, i'm sure he knew this was a possible outcome but when he makes it clear on numerous occasions that he needs better options upfront to not get anyone is hard to accept. If we finish out of the top 4 nobody should be calling for his head, he's overachieving with this squad and i'm sure he knows that too.

I understand from the boards perspective of not wanting to overspend on players that aren't their top priority which is why i'm not overly upset but it now means there's no excuse for the board in the summer not to bring in big names. If we fail to get them because we missed out on top 4, that's on the club and not Lampard.

I'd hope and expect a massive clear out in the summer to raise more funds making money not an issue when trying to sign players. We have this seasons budget and players like Barkley, Batshuayi, Bakayoko, Ruidger, Alonso, Moses and Drinkwater will hopefully be sold rather than being loaned out.

Our issue will be convincing players to join if we're not in the CL, and if that means possibly having to pay more in wages then hopefully we'll do it. We're still 6 points clear though and i know Lampard and the boys will give it everything they have to get top 4 so let's hope they come through.


1.) 01 Feb 2020 00:48:20
Who are all the big names and sell rudiger lol
Leicester are way above us maybe we will sign all there big names.

2.) 01 Feb 2020 01:25:57
Agree on all them players as well as Emerson and for me Jorginho (as I’ve mentioned good player but not premier league quality holding midfielder) and we should also be getting the £50 million Morata money as well. Problem is we’re that poorly run now we won’t sell them players they’ll be loaned as usual.

Clubs come to Chelsea for freebies now. With the likes of Rudiger, Alonso, Emerson, Barkley, Bakayoko, Batshuayi, Jorginho, Willian and Pedro out the door for me we should have about 200 million plus with the Morata money but we won’t sell we’ll just loan.

3.) 01 Feb 2020 01:46:10
Love this post LB.

4.) 01 Feb 2020 08:24:39
What have Rudiger and Barkley done wrong? Strange, strange posts!



30 Jan 2020 22:21:55
Truly hope something can be done for our and Girouds sake. It'd be very harsh to keep Giroud and potentially ruin his chances of going to the Euros since he's been nothing but a great professional ever since he's arrived. Although if the player we were to bring in is clearly no better than Giroud i'd rather try him as our 2nd choice ST.


1.) 31 Jan 2020 08:34:53
I would really be a shame if he cannot get a move, which he really seems to want. Especially since he already seemed a bit hesitant to stay before the summer where we exercised our option to extend his contract.

He will not go down in history as our best striker, but he sure did play a huge part of us getting into this season's Champions League as first seeded.
I'm not one who really follows the academy, but isn't there a guy called Broja who's supposedly really good? Do you think he would be an adequate backup for Tammy and Michy if Oli gets to leave?



25 Jan 2020 20:01:00
Deserved win. Should've been up by 3 or 4 at half time and it gets rather boring how often we're saying it but nothing will change until we bring in new attackers. Tomori and Zouma were great, dealt with the crosses and set pieces brilliantly. Only negative was how often Barkley, Pedro and Alonso kept giving the ball away. All were very wasteful and gave Hull a couple of very good counter attacks, something we simply can't do against Leicester. Hope Mount's ok too, think he needs a rest considering the amount of games he's played already!.




24 Jan 2020 17:30:43
Ruben back training with the 1st team, soo happy to see that. Don't expect him to be involved until after the winter break and i don't see him getting back to his best this season either but i still believe he will play a big part in our top 4 race.





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20 Jan 2020 23:47:57
Ed said a couple of posts down Cavani wants Atletico and they're working on a deal so i wouldn't look much into it. Things can change obviously and i'd definitely take him but i don't expect anything to happen.




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09 Jan 2020 17:09:40
Glad he's hopefully going to be protected and stay out for the season, especially since the crap Odoi's been getting because he's struggled since coming back from a similar injury. Would rather Ruben stay out even if he's fit and give him the summer and pre season. As for replacing him if by next season nothing changes and he's still getting injured then yes, i think we need to look at getting in a replacement. But our midfield is hardly a priority in the market atm so he'll be given time.




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05 Jan 2020 20:20:49
Would be a decent signing but think Ed said we're not interested so i'll take his word for it. We definitely need a new ST tho, Michy's a great character and Giroud has been a brilliant professional but both aren't good enough to push for Tammy's position. That was pretty evident today.




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03 Jan 2020 22:15:05
Doesn't matter mate, they're not selling in this window.




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02 Jan 2020 19:03:36
Yeah i rate Maatsen very highly but i don't see him being involved with the 1st team for a few years. We've overachieved in my eyes haighton because of our situation, but hopefully we take advantage of our rivals poor seasons since there won't be a better opportunity to get top4. And 70pts will definitely be enough i reckon Tomb, wouldn't surprise me if 65pts is enough.





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14 Feb 2020 19:24:58
Huge news for us. Wasn't too confident that we'd get top 4 but after this news if it's true that top 5 gets CL we have a great chance. Next two games are massive, get through both with at least 4 points with Ruben coming back we're in a great position.




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13 Feb 2020 20:17:01
I think it definitely would have affected our bussiness for other areas if we went for Sancho. Seems like a Sancho deal could very easily go over 200m when you include everything which is just outrageous. We have too many positions to strengthen and i'd much rather use our budget for multiple positions than use soo much on 1 player. Can very easily sign 3 or 4 top quality players with the money it'd take to sign Sancho. Ziyech is a great start though, brilliant player. Surprised he wasn't snapped up in the summer tbh.




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12 Feb 2020 20:24:07
I'm just going by the valuation that's been reported for a while now, if that fee is light years away from his cost then i'm glad we're looking elsewhere. I definitely didn't know the club had big concerns over the deal so since that's the case again i don't blame them.




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12 Feb 2020 15:53:31
Gutting and it definitely stings but i understand it. Hope we can get a couple more quality signings with Ziyech. Spending 120m on Ziyech and a couple of other quality players other than all on Sancho makes sense and hopefully we spend it on the right players. Ziyech is a good start. Appreciate the clarification Ed002 (:


{Ed002's Note - "120m" what? You are light years away from the cost of Sancho and probably don't understand the conceners the club has.}



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02 Feb 2020 00:51:29
He was decent but i'd like to see him on the left more often. I understand him and Reece can link up well on the right but you take away the option for him to cut in and shoot. End product isn't great yet so i wouldn't expect him to be banging in goals every game but i think he'd definitely look a lot better.