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11 Oct 2019 15:15:29
Ed002, would you be kind enough to tell us about Michy's future at the club?
And if possible, kindly give us an outgoing list for Chelsea (unless that will not be decided till November like the incoming targets) .


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has been decided about the future of MB. It would not be out of the question to see Giroud go in January as he has a viable option. Michael Hector is leaving in January and you won't see anything of him at all before then.}

1.) 12 Oct 2019 14:55:41
Is Giroud a option Lyon Ed? I heard they’ve been interested in the past.

{Ed002's Note - They could look to him if Moussa Dembélé were to move in January.}



10 Oct 2019 20:34:33
Now Gareth Bale getting linked with Chelsea.


1.) 10 Oct 2019 21:17:21
Nooooo! Please God, NO!

2.) 11 Oct 2019 00:58:18
Wouldn't bother believing that rubbish, same with the Neymar links too. I do think it's clear that we may try and get an experienced forward for the starting 11 in the summer though. Would personally rather get Sancho, don't know whether we have any interest in him but it makes soo much sense to go for him. Hopefully we are and we see the rumours intensify once we get near January🤞.



12 Sep 2019 19:30:48
Ed001, reports from Brazil say that Chelsea have sent scouts for a FIFTH time to scout Bruno Guimaraes? Would you know anything about that?


{Ed002's Note - As a special treat, there is nothing new in this. Bruno Guimaraes (DM/CM) Shakhtar Donetsk have been in discussions with the representative of the player (who they have a close relationship to) and Athletico Paranaense but the asking price is proving to be a major stumbling block. Napoli, Chelsea, Marseille (as a Gustavo replacement) and Kashima Antlers (who are competely out of the picture) have also a declared interest.}

1.) 12 Sep 2019 19:42:12
Ed002, I have heard that he has a 40m euro release clause. If Chelsea are unwilling to meet that price, are we not looking at him for an immediate first team role?

{Ed002's Note - What is the relevance of a "release clause" to Chelsea?}

2.) 12 Sep 2019 19:49:37
That would be the maximum possible fee Chelsea have to pay, right?

{Ed002's Note - No, they can charge whatever they wish to Chelsea. There are different types of clauses that perhaps has not been explained for a while - remind me later and I will elucidate.}

3.) 12 Sep 2019 21:03:08
Nice to have not if info Ed, hopefully more to come.

4.) 13 Sep 2019 03:39:33
Oh yeah, got it. Thank you!

5.) 13 Sep 2019 05:32:06
ed surely atletico madrid should be on the list as been said that they negotiated a first option clause at €30m when thet got Lodi, is that right? thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Yes you can add Atletico but you will have to explain what a “first option clause” is.

6.) 13 Sep 2019 20:52:29
sorry ed its reported in brazil and elsewhere that its a first priority agreement where in January they can get him at €30m.



05 Sep 2019 07:35:42
Ed002, are Chelsea looking to buy any GKs to act as a 2nd or a 3rd deputy to Kepa?
If not, which GKs from the academy are thought of highly enough to take on the role?


{Ed002's Note - Chelsea have Willy Caballero and Jamie Cumming as "spares" right now and had no plans to buy a goalkeeper in the summer if it were not for them accepting the ban. Both Rob Green and Eduado were expected to leave but an issue arose wth the departure of Marcin Bulka who the club had great hopes for. JC will continue to play for the U23s so there is no pressing need. It is nothing to do with the academy.}

1.) 05 Sep 2019 16:04:38
Is JC the most highly rated amongst our academy group and loanees, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Why do you always ignore the U23s? Players are not "rated" against each other like that.}

2.) 05 Sep 2019 16:48:06
Sorry Ed. Usually when I say academy, I mean both the U-23s and the U-18s.
Thank you for your answer.

{Ed002's Note - The U23 team plays in Premier League 2.}

3.) 05 Sep 2019 17:55:30
Got it. I'll keep it in mind from the next time onwards.

4.) 06 Sep 2019 14:31:09
Still a bit sad when I think about Bulka leaving. I can see him becoming one of the world's best GKs.

5.) 06 Sep 2019 18:29:14
Why did he leave? Did he want out?

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea have a policy of not making promises to any players. They very much wanted to keep him but there are no promises, and if players decide they wish to move on they will not stand in their way - but they will say they want them to stay.}

6.) 06 Sep 2019 20:36:09
Ed, out of curiosity, did PSG make him any promises? Because it did seem like he'll get to play because he started in the last league game, but now PSG have brought in both Sergio Rico and Keylor Navas close to the deadline day.

{Ed002's Note - Yes, that is why he left.}

7.) 06 Sep 2019 20:59:40
Just an intuition Ed, but I don't feel PSG will stick to their words.

8.) 07 Sep 2019 12:55:58
Thanks Ed, that makes sense.



30 May 2019 21:26:11
Ed001, since you have strong connections in Liverpool, have you heard any chatter about Everton making a permanent move for Kurt Zouma?


{Ed001's Note - they would like him on a permanent deal yes, but I don't know of anything being done yet.}




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01 Sep 2019 12:32:13
Ed001, what do you think about our initial performances? What are we doing good, what are we doing bad, which players are playing well and which ones are struggling?


{Ed001's Note - what's clear is that your midfield is insipid without Kante and with Mount playing wide. You miss RLC to break up the play by driving forward with the ball and creating chances for himself or others. That is the role Barkley should be playing but he is simply not good enough at this level. The defence is doing well, but they are being put under pressure by a weak midfield. That will be helped if Willian or Pedro can take over the wide role so Mount can be moved back into midfield, as he is very impressive. Or Hudson-Odoi returns to fitness.

Kovacic and Jorginho are too much of a muchness, both just want to drop deep and be tidy in possession. They should be an either or choice as they are far too similar and end up in each other's way when you have possession. They both spend far too much time within 5 yards of the defence to have both in the team at once.

What is good to see is Abrahams growing by the game, he is starting to look a goal threat which is key, as the rest of the team (other than Mount) have not scored enough.

The big noticeable thing is set pieces, while the defence get the blame when a goal is conceded there, the problems are arising from the midfield not blocking runners and making it easy for them to outleap the defence. That will no doubt improve in time as the coaches work on it in training.

The defence looks fine, you have four excellent centre backs, two ball-players and two physical defenders, plus a decent set of full backs. The attack is improving with a good option in Giroud and Pulisic is getting there. But the other problem is the keeper Kepa. He is poor on crosses, doesn't like the physical teams like Burnley and can get flappy when put under pressure. His kicking is also worrying when under the slightest bit of pressure. However he is very agile and a good shotstopper, so the basics are there. Something is there for the coaches to work on, but his positioning is dodgy.

Overall I see promising signs of a young team growing together. Lampard defo needs time though.}

1.) 01 Sep 2019 13:06:42
Ed, do you think Azpi has been poor like so many people are claiming? Also, thoughts on Emerson so far?

{Ed001's Note - he struggled in the first game but has been getting better by the match. He just needs time to find his feet again at full-back.

I really like Emerson and thought he should have played more last season. He is a good attacking full-back, pacey, good on the ball, not too bad defensively either. Very good player.}

2.) 01 Sep 2019 16:58:40
Really good thoughts ed001 lots of interesting points.

I get your point with kovacic and jorginho. I would like to see a combination of kante loftus and kovacic. Am not the biggest fan of jorginho but he is improving. His use of the ball and quick movement of it but for me he is just to slow for what we want.

The problem with my midfield is getting mount in there. As I would prefer Cho tammy pulisic/ pedro.

So do you try kante cheek mount? Would it work.

A person of concern to me is Willian I was there yesterday and the first thing he did was give the ball away and throw his hands in the air, becoming a regular thing. I see he get tackled last year edge of 18 yard and instead of challenging to in the ball back throwing a hissy fit for a foul wolves then scored. As a kid your told play to the whistle.

{Ed001's Note - he has only just come back from injury has Willian, he might not even be fully fit yet, so he might just be doing that to hide that he is struggling. You will usually find the players doing the complaining, other than the captain, are the ones that know they are outmatched. So they try and even it up by getting on the ref's back to give decisions in their favour.

With RLC out, Mount has a chance to try and prove himself worthy of a place in the centre. I would certainly like to see that midfield, though I have my concerns on Kovacic, just as much as Jorginho. Neither are perfect, but I think Kante in the centre with freedom would cover for Jorginho's lack of pace in 90% of times, so making it less of a problem.

To be honest, you could play Gilmour with Kante and I would not worry because Kante is that good he can carry anyone. He even managed to carry Drinkwater to a title, and that took some doing.}

3.) 01 Sep 2019 17:29:21
You are right with kante. I like kovacic and he been impressed with him recently.
Like I said I really want to see kante cheek and mount.
I just can't see they dropping kovacic and jorginho.

I don't quite agree with the Willian statement as I have seen it countless times last season when he wasnt injured. It just really frustrates me. Fair enough if you win a free kick but you can't win them all and whining about it is going to get you anything.

Just my opinion. Not that I dislike him because when and i mean when he drives at players he has speed and skills to fly past but he just seems to slow down our play.

4.) 01 Sep 2019 21:34:32
I was impressed by Tomori but I hope James and Rudiger come straight in vs Wolves. I’d like to see a back line of James, Christensen, Rudiger and Emerson and hopefully Pedro on the wing again with Mount back to the centre with Kante and Jorginho. That’s when we’ll have our best team 👌🏻.



09 Aug 2019 17:50:48
Ed001, have you watched any of our youth or loanee GKs in action? Has anyone impressed you?


{Ed001's Note - I haven't yet, so no, not so far.}



08 Aug 2019 15:09:39
Ed002, is there any update on the Stamford Bridge rebuild situation?


{Ed002's Note - No, nothing has changed.}



01 Aug 2019 06:26:38
Ed002, what are the short term plans for Ian Maatsen and do the club rate him highly?


{Ed002's Note - He is a child and has to go to school.}



28 Jul 2019 20:11:46
Ed001, what are some of the negative traits of Lampard's management and tactics?


{Ed001's Note - it is far too soon to draw any conclusions to be honest. He is still evolving his own style and it will be a while before he will settle down. So, right now, lack of experience is probably the only real negative you can have.}




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14 Oct 2019 19:51:37
Kai is not a winger.




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13 Oct 2019 04:37:49
A list of quality left-footed wingers:

1) Mikel Oyarzabal
2) Leon Bailey
3) Cengiz Under
4) David Neres
5) Florian Thauvin
6) Suso
7) Hakim Ziyech
8) Malcom
9) Samuel Chukwueze
10) Domenico Berardi.




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02 Oct 2019 09:14:45
I love it when Ed002 gives us valuable info. Long may this continue!




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26 Sep 2019 23:38:23
Thank you, Ed!




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13 Sep 2019 17:19:00
You won't win anything with this squad.





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20 Sep 2019 04:40:15
"The face you make when you can't find the back of the net in a game, but manage to score a brace off it. "




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19 Sep 2019 11:34:32
This picture though.


{Ed001's Note - get your captions in!}



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16 Sep 2019 09:25:39
Ed, this is one of the best analysis about football that I have ever read and I am not exaggerating one bit.


{Ed001's Note - thank you! I am actually blushing now.}



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05 Sep 2019 07:34:12
Oh no.




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01 Sep 2019 13:06:42
Ed, do you think Azpi has been poor like so many people are claiming? Also, thoughts on Emerson so far?


{Ed001's Note - he struggled in the first game but has been getting better by the match. He just needs time to find his feet again at full-back.

I really like Emerson and thought he should have played more last season. He is a good attacking full-back, pacey, good on the ball, not too bad defensively either. Very good player.}