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02 Jul 2020 21:03:50
Ed002, are Valencia interested in Kepa?


{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant what is happening in that respect. He is part of the defence so there is no point explaining about any discussions.}

1.) 02 Jul 2020 22:28:39

2.) 02 Jul 2020 23:05:03
Is he Brazilian, who does he play for?

3.) 02 Jul 2020 23:08:12
Lol J.



14 Jun 2020 21:15:44
Ed002, can you tell us about any possible interest in Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Batshuayi, Baba Rahman, Lewis Baker and Victor Moses?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed from what I said before.}



09 Jun 2020 07:00:19
Ed002, are there any new youngsters the club have looked at since your last list?
A lot of them like Bruno Guimarares, Giovanni, Jesus Reinier, Matias Godoy and Bryan Fiabema have already moved to Chelsea or elsewhere.


{Ed002's Note - Very few younsters have been playing in recent months so no.}



08 Jun 2020 17:34:34
Ed002, are Chelsea interested in Gerson of Flamengo?


{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath. He was on a list of three or four Brazilian players Chelsea were asked to look at by a scout a while back. A scout for Spurs has been pushing for the club to take Gerson as an Ndombele replacement should they need to.}



27 May 2020 21:32:07
Ed002, are Chelsea still looking to sign a ST despite Giroud's extension? Or will they just focus on signing a winger?


{Ed002's Note - Chelsea would like to add a striker and are willing to let MB leave. There remains an outside chance that Giroud could yet leave if another player came up and he had an option as a starter.}

1.) 28 May 2020 13:14:19
I’m hoping the stories of Leipzig not accepting a penny less than the release clause for Werner are true and we have one less competitor in getting him, hopefully there not negotiating as there annoyed with way LFC acted towards player,

2.) 28 May 2020 14:38:30
As good as Werner is if he wants Liverpool then leave him
go there. Don’t want any player at the bridge who used us as 2nd choice but that’s just me.

3.) 28 May 2020 14:56:47
Does he really want Liverpool thou, surely he knows he’d be squad players, his not getting ahead of there front 3.

4.) 28 May 2020 16:58:43
He would start and Firmino would drop back and play the 10 behind him I think with Salah and Mane out wide and two holding midfielders behind. It also gives Klopp the chance to rest one of the three and rotate. He would get plenty of games.

5.) 28 May 2020 19:25:34
I think the argument regarding forgoing players whose first choice isn’t your club is awfully petty and shortsighted. Most non-English kids don’t grow up dreaming of playing for Chelsea and if they say they do it’s likely lip service. We’ve had countless examples of guys coming here and giving their heart for the badge with affinity for other clubs such as hazard. I also don’t think that it’s realistic to fit Werner into that squad without someone exiting and that the squad wouldn’t get unsettled. The first time a big game comes up and one of the four is on the bench the cracks will start to show.




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10 Sep 2020 22:04:29
Ed001, Chelsea appear to have a lot of young, talented CBs at the moment in Tomori, Ampadu, Guehi, Sarr, Mbuyamba, Levi Colwill etc.

What are your thoughts on them?


{Ed001's Note - that was not ideal last season, as it made them a bit erratic. The arrival of Thiago Silva should help guide them and allow them to develop into top class players. Though I do think it will be only a couple that will probably make it with Chelsea as a defender. Ampadu, for example, will probably move into midfield. There is a lot of quality there, but they can't all play and going out on loan just puts off the inevitable when a decision is made on which to keep.

The weakness with Tomori, for example, is his positional sense, something which Thiago Silva does not lack. Playing them together could be the making of Tomori.}

1.) 11 Sep 2020 08:05:54
I agree but I think Tomori is going on loan : (.

{Ed001's Note - so do I. Which is a mistake in my opinion. The loans make the club money, but they are not really conducive to building a cohesive team. It is making it so you have to have a constant turnover of players to compete at the top, when you should be able to just tweak a winning team to keep it competitive. Sometimes you are better making less money in return for long term stability in the squad.}

2.) 11 Sep 2020 12:37:53
I agree. Shame really . especially to Everton when I don't think he is
guarantee game time.



05 Sep 2020 22:02:02
Ed001, are Rice and Ampadu similar type of players? If so, how do they stack up against each other?


{Ed001's Note - not really. Rice likes to get on the ball and drive forward, or make runs around the edge of the box, as well as break up the play. Ampadu looks smoother, more of a playmaker who will spray passes around when I have seen him. He doesn't look as keen to get more involved forward, which is probably down to him having played so much at centre-back. Rice's game is evolving, I am sure Ampadu's will too if played in midfield more regularly. They actually look like they could make a good pairing to be honest.}

1.) 06 Sep 2020 10:24:31
Very good analysis, really spot on.

{Ed001's Note - thank you obs!}

2.) 06 Sep 2020 11:28:01
Ed001, from what you have said, Ampadu suits the holding role more while Rice would be a bit more Kante-esque. Right?

{Ed001's Note - a little, yes. Rice can play the holding role, but he would just play it more like the way Liverpool do, where the holding mid has the freedom to get involved in the build up play and break forward when the moment is there. He doesn't just drive forward constantly, he does pick and choose his times. It does restrict him if you do not have someone alongside him who is capable of dropping in to cover. Whereas that would not really be an issue with Ampadu, so yes in that regard he does suit it more. However, if the team is working well together, there should be no problems with Rice playing there.}

3.) 06 Sep 2020 14:02:15
Interesting ED001 that is exactly the type of combination that would offer a base for the creative players we have to express themselves and worry less about defensive duties.
It would also mean we would be stronger at set pieces and give the CB and FB a bit of cover from counter attacking teams.

{Ed001's Note - exactly mate, though you are not really short of options in midfield anyway.}

4.) 06 Sep 2020 18:36:06
We have too many currently but not the right mix for me unless Ampadu is in the squad and it might be a bit early for him given the lack of game time last season.
I would like to see Kante and a player like Rice or Ampadu.
Realistically it will probably need to wait until next season which is fine as 3rd is the goal this season and reduce the gap to maybe 10/ 15pts to the champions.



30 Aug 2020 17:56:02
Ed002, is there any update on Emerson's future?


{Ed002's Note - You are asking the wrong person.}



24 Jun 2020 20:57:03
Ed001, with the difficulty of getting a good CB this summer, either due to price or unavailability, what do you think of Chelsea signing Declan Rice for the CB position?


{Ed001's Note - wouldn't you be better just using Ampadu? I don't see the point in spending money for the sake of it, much as I like Rice as a player.}

1.) 25 Jun 2020 09:39:00
Why not both, ey? ;-) Ampadu plays DM, Rice as a CB. Can definitely work. Sadly I think Lampard will persist with Jorginho in midfield. Can't wait for the day we stop getting bullied in midfield.

{Ed001's Note - I was hoping Lampard would stick with the Kante/Kovacic midfield with Mount or someone in front of them. That works well. Do you not think Rice is a better midfielder than defender?}

2.) 25 Jun 2020 12:10:00
Totally agree ED01, no point whatsoever going for Rice when we have Ampadu. I also agree that Kante looks so much better in a more central position alongside Kovacic or perhaps even Gilmour who I actually believe is going to be a very special player. Mount or Ruben or Barklay or Kai H in front of Kante and Gilmour would be my preferred midfield with Ziech, Pulisic and Werner in front of them.

{Ed001's Note - Gilmour has so much potential.}

3.) 25 Jun 2020 13:57:54
I haven't seen enough of Rice at CB to say really. He does look very good in midfield.
I'd also be fine playing Rice in midfield and then Ampadu at CB haha :p
Would love if our deeper midfield options for next season would be: Kante, Kovacic, Gilmour and Rice/ Ampadu. Ideal mix of on ball ability and defensive ability.

4.) 25 Jun 2020 17:17:24
It would be interesting to see the percentage of games Rice has played at CH.

I rate him highly and I raved about him when last at The Bridge. I’ve always thought midfield players can make good central defenders. It helps if they have the physical attributes.

{Ed002's Note - He hasn't played CB for two years.}

5.) 25 Jun 2020 18:06:19
Thanks for the information Ed. Much appreciated.



05 Jun 2020 21:40:08
Ed002, do Chelsea have an interest in Said Benhrahma? Also, do they still have an interest in Nathan Ake?


{Ed002's Note - Priorities don't include either player.}




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07 Sep 2020 11:53:41
Ed, will we make a move for a DM if either is sold, or do we need both to be sold?


{Ed002's Note - It depends on players sold - so if Kante and Loftus-Cheek were sold a replacement would be sought.}



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05 Jul 2020 22:44:02
Well, there are a lot of whispers that he is joining Čukarički. Uncertain whether it's a loan or permanent. Thanks anyways, Ed.


{Ed002's Note - He only has a season to run on his contract. There has been interest from Serie B in the past as well. Perhaps I will have time to chase it up later in the week.}



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05 Jul 2020 22:18:46
Ed002, hearing that Pantic will go to a Serbian club. Will it be a loan or a sale?


{Ed002's Note - Partizan we’re saving they cannot afford the fee and asked Chelsea to release him a year early. Chelsea proposed an interesting option but that did not suit Partizan. There is interest from other sides in Serbia and Romania but I am not aware of anything concrete at this time. I have not enquired after him for a couple of months.}



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02 Jul 2020 14:14:03
People say sign this player and sell that player like this is a video game.

I don't know if fans realise this, but these are actual human beings involved, not some bloody objects.




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01 Jul 2020 17:54:25
No. It just means that it is their own story.





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06 Sep 2020 11:28:01
Ed001, from what you have said, Ampadu suits the holding role more while Rice would be a bit more Kante-esque. Right?


{Ed001's Note - a little, yes. Rice can play the holding role, but he would just play it more like the way Liverpool do, where the holding mid has the freedom to get involved in the build up play and break forward when the moment is there. He doesn't just drive forward constantly, he does pick and choose his times. It does restrict him if you do not have someone alongside him who is capable of dropping in to cover. Whereas that would not really be an issue with Ampadu, so yes in that regard he does suit it more. However, if the team is working well together, there should be no problems with Rice playing there.}



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02 Jul 2020 14:16:47
Ed001, what I don't understand this, whose exact fault is it that our defence is so bad?

1) Is it the quality of our CBs?
2) Is it because of Kepa?
3) Is it because our midfield fails to screen the players (as in Jorginho)
4) Is it because Lampard doesn't know how to organize the defence?

Thoughts Ed001?


{Ed001's Note - I think it is a mix of them all to differing degrees. Lampard probably could organise a defence, I don't think it is so much that he doesn't know, it's more that his ideas are risky with the players at his disposal. He is taking a chance on being more attacking, leaving gaps at the back and trusting in his defenders to be able to deal with it.

One of the goals was certainly down to the more attacking emphasis meaning the midfield failed to screen, the one when Christensen tried to chase the ball out. What Christensen should have done is been aware that the midfield were not in position to cover him. However, the midfield or right-back would normally have been in place to fill in behind him. They didn't do that because you were chasing the win and taking major risks to do so. On another day, Christensen chases it and the player on the ball messes up the pass and you recover it. So that one is a (sort of) combination of 1, 3 and 4, though I wouldn't refer to 4 as a lack of knowledge, just a conscious decision to be more pro-active and go for wins rather than sit back and take the draw. Personally I see that as a good thing.

Kepa is certainly an issue, he doesn't command his box or organise the defence effectively. The players certainly do not seem subconsciously confident in his ability to deal with things and they are second-guessing their positioning due to it. Your set-pieces are all over the place, the players are in a muddle and that is something a quality goalkeeper would help deal with. I am not sure what the thinking is behind the set up in these situations, but that is one area that does worry me with Lampard. It might just be he needs time to figure it out, but personally I would be looking to bring in an experienced set-piece coach to help him. Not necessarily Allardyce, but someone like him who has great knowledge of how to work set-pieces, that he can work with on the training ground for a few months. It is a very specialised area, it might even be worth employing a specific coach to work on these areas and create plans for dealing with specific opponents etc. Modern day players are not as flexible and adaptable as the old timers, they are coached so intensively and have instructions shoved down their throat to the point where they can no longer just figure out who marks who and who picks up what spaces for themselves.

Overall though, you do need a leader figure at the back. Without that, you will always have lapses when you least need them as a manager can only do so much from the side of the pitch.}



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18 Jun 2020 22:06:59
Cheeky question Ed, but do you think this forward line can be as devastating as Liverpool's?


{Ed001's Note - it is really an unfair comparison as you don't have the same quality of delivery from the full-backs to match up with. As a front 3 though, they can be very close to the same level.}



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13 Jun 2020 18:56:57
Really, Choudhory? I had painted him as a well-behaved kid in my mind.


{Ed001's Note - he is still a kid though and they make mistakes.}



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13 Jun 2020 17:18:22
Ed001, how do you find out about things like these?

"He is skipping training sessions or turning up late, too much nightlife and not working hard enough in training. "

You said similar things about Barkley and that turned out to be eventually correct.


{Ed001's Note - that's what I do mate, I find out these things. Though in Chilwell's case it was recently admitted by the club that he and Choudhory were dropped for a game after they both missed training. It was because it was not their first offences that they were dropped and publicly warned.}