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15 Feb 2020 14:34:43
Ed002, is there any planned goalkeeper changes for next season?


{Ed002's Note - Yes. Jamal Blackman (G) now 26 and wants to be playing will be likely made available after a loan to Bristol Rovers.}

1.) 15 Feb 2020 14:59:06
Oh yes, you mentioned that already. No changes planned for Kepa and Willy?

{Ed002's Note - WC is out of contract in the summer - if he accespts a one year deal then no. Chelsea will be looking to add a young GK when he turns 18 in the summer but he will not be for the first team squad. The club have been to watch five goalkeepers and they have been approached by an agent about another should they need a first pick in the summer but there has not been any decision made to move anyone on.}

2.) 15 Feb 2020 17:39:58
Ed002 . Your insights and knowhow about our club is just fantastic . Oh how lucky are we to have you.

Just want to say thank you. That's all.



08 Feb 2020 18:37:58
Ed002, is there interest in Jorginho?


{Ed002's Note - Yes, but I expect only if Juventus don't get their first choice. I would expect his agent will approach other sides looking for a similar player such as Fiorentina and Inter.}

1.) 08 Feb 2020 19:45:16
Whose Juve’s first target? I’d be happy to see Jorginho go and see us reinvest in a proper defensive midfielder like Ndidi or Lisandro Martinez. It’s what you need to challenge for the prem.

2.) 08 Feb 2020 19:43:04
Ed, why is the agent looking for a new club? Is there some reason Jorginho is unhappy?

{Ed002's Note - He will be looking for options knowing that Julve have a preferred player.}

3.) 08 Feb 2020 20:04:47
MarkSteinIsMean, I might be wrong, but I think Juve's preferred player is Tonali.

4.) 08 Feb 2020 20:45:58
Thanks Roman.



08 Jan 2020 20:06:56
From Sky Sports:

"Chelsea have made an offer for Benfica midfielder Gedson Fernandes, believed to be an 18-month loan with an obligation to buy for £55m. Chelsea's offer for Fernandes is dependent on the Portugal international midfielder playing at least 50 per cent of games during his loan spell at Stamford Bridge. "

Ed002, your thoughts?


{Ed002's Note - Gosh.}

1.) 08 Jan 2020 21:43:54
If we pay that amount of money for that average player I swear to god I’d give up with this club regarding transfers. Thankfully it’s just a poor source in Sky. I’d be gutted if it’s true. Still think Scott Mclachlan and Marina need to be shown the door I think Petr should take charge of all transfers.

I remember when something said on sky sports meant it was a 90% done deal they have lost so much credibility these days.

2.) 08 Jan 2020 22:22:42
Chelsea bid for player not first choice for Benfica?

55m euro?

West Ham target?


3.) 08 Jan 2020 22:11:03
Do we really need a young midfielder? We have Mount, Gallagher, Ampadu and Loftus-Cheek just for starters.

4.) 08 Jan 2020 22:19:14
Ed002, can we have a debunk podcast where you just debunk every single b*ullrubbish rumour created by Sky etc.? 😂.

5.) 08 Jan 2020 22:36:27
Haha. Love the response Ed. Seems like the most bizarre rumour from them all. Midfield is probably the last position the club are looking to strengthen. Kante, Kovacoc, Jorginho, Mount, RLC etc.

6.) 09 Jan 2020 00:05:46
It went from West Ham will get him for £33m to chelsea with and 18month loan and £55m, is he every any good, ?



29 Dec 2019 04:20:17
Ed002, are Chelsea interested in Jarrad Branthwaite?


{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware but there is interest from elsewhere.}



17 Dec 2019 09:30:19
Ed002, are Chelsea interested in Lucas Ocampos?


{Ed002's Note - It was yeasr ago.}

1.) 17 Dec 2019 11:22:51
Wow Lucas Ocampos. I didn't think I would hear that name again.

2.) 17 Dec 2019 11:47:19
Any interest in hulk too? Strong fast powerful shot? Lol.

3.) 17 Dec 2019 12:30:14
This is the time of year where the Hulk rumours to Chelsea come thick and fast. Haha.

4.) 18 Dec 2019 12:05:27
I think I saw Hulk in a hoodie near Fulham Broadway.

5.) 18 Dec 2019 21:49:26
JBS that would be him mate.




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15 Feb 2020 05:35:55
Ed002, with the planning permissions for the Stamford Bridge redevelopment set to expire by April, what do you see happening on that front?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing. The club will need to re-apply when they wish to do anything.}



03 Feb 2020 10:44:55
Ed001, with 25 matches gone, we know where we stand and what our aspirations are this season. To improve next season, what do you think we should do tactically and in the transfer market?


{Ed001's Note - tactically the defence needs a lot of work on set pieces. The players need to be given more freedom to identify the main threats and to man mark just those, while the rest organise the zonal. That is the main requirement of the transfer window as well, leaders at the back. A top class keeper, Kepa is not there (and I really do not see any signs of him ever being there either) and Caballero is a back up. So a top class keeper is needed. Also an experienced leader of a centre back. Rudiger is ok, but he is not a good defensive organiser, he is not really much of a leader at all imo. Fine if he has one alongside but not as the main man.

Midfield just needs a bit more freedom and flexibility in their play. Push Jorginho further forward when he plays, with the freedom to drop off to find space on the ball if needed, but free him up from trying to protect the defence as he is hopeless at it. Let Kante play across the midfield as he did at Leicester, instead of locking him to the right where you lose his mobility, which is one of his key strengths. Just let him loose to play where he thinks he is needed, he has an excellent reading of the game and knows just where to be most of the time. So give him the chance to use his own brain.

Other than that, mostly it is about gaining experience for the young lads in the team. Though I personally think a big mistake has been made by not giving Giroud more time on the pitch. There have been so many times the team has been crying out for him up top and he has been nowhere to be seen. He is a very clever player, that is more important than being able to run around a lot. Next season having an experienced forward to call on at times will be vital and that would be the other target I would look to sign.

I know there are worries like a left back, but you have players who can perform there and signing too many players just upsets the balance of a squad. Teams should be looking to put themselves in a position where they only sign 3 players a window maximum. Any more and it can cause problems gelling and there is no longer a bedding in period in the Prem. These days you have to be at it from day one or you get left behind.}

1.) 03 Feb 2020 15:12:20
Very interesting observations Ed001
With regard to our midfield set up I would play Kovacic and Kante who both have the pace to attack and defend which Jorghino clearly hasn't.
That's the closest set up to his time at Liecs and doesn't leave him doing all the fire fighting.
If we don't attend to the defensive side of our game we can forget 4th spot as we are rarely going to outscore teams.
If you are suggesting replacing Mount with Jorghino what it might give you in guile you lose in work rate and goal potential.
We lack leaders all over the pitch and no longer have a strong spine which was a fixture 5 years ago.
Finding leaders won't be easy but Goalkeeper, CB and Striker should most definitely be the priority.
Problem is I have no idea who might be available in the summer and fits that bill.

{Ed001's Note - I would also go with Kovacic, I was just saying that if Jorginho was chosen (as Frank seems to love him) he needs to be further forward. I certainly wouldn't pick Jorginho to replace Mount! Sorry I probably should have made it clearer.}

2.) 03 Feb 2020 15:51:29
Couldn't agree with you more on all of this Ed. Regarding Kepa, do you think having the leader/ organiser at the back would help him?

I think it probably would, but maybe not to the degree that's required - certainly wouldn't make him a better shot stopper. Either way once a keeper is dropped it's difficult for a coach to put them back in.

If only there was another pair like Allison and VVD out there for us.

{Ed001's Note - it always helps having better players around you, but I am with you, I don't think it is enough.}

3.) 03 Feb 2020 15:53:27
In what formation would they all fit into Ed001 if we are playing two wide players?
The other thing about the squad is that it lends itself to 352/ 343 certainly in terms of Alonso and Reece playing WB and we also have a couple of pacey CB.
I think we are good enough to get Top4 squad wise but I am less sure the manager is prepared to adapt his ideas to get the best out of them.

{Ed001's Note - you adjust the formation to suit the players you have. With Kante in the team, you can play two in the centre of midfield at times. You do seem better suited to a back 3 with what you have, but a back 3 tends to lead defenders into taking less responsibility. As that is a big problem with your defence already, I would go with a back four. Personally Alonso would not be in my thinking at all.

I actually think you could play a variation of 4-4-1-1, with Mount or Pedro dropping off the striker into midfield when needed, but pushing up to help press higher at times.}

4.) 03 Feb 2020 18:32:19
On the topic of Mount, what's your take on him Ed? He has received quite a lot of criticism the past few months, but it seems to me like most fans are forgetting he's only 21 and playing his first season at the top level, inconsistency is to be expected as he is simply inexperienced.

{Ed001's Note - I like him, I think he is better (at the moment) playing further forward and cutting in off the wing. It gives him more time and space to operate. When he is more up to speed and his thinking quickens, then he will be better central, I believe.}

5.) 03 Feb 2020 19:57:49
Just on your point Ed001, I agree with you in regard to Kepa.

who do you think is out there that could potentially replace him in the summer. realistic targets I mean?

{Ed001's Note - Oblak maybe, as he might need a move. Onana of Ajax would be possible to buy, but the young keeper I would look at would be Henderson of Man Utd, currently on loan at Sheff Utd.}

6.) 03 Feb 2020 20:48:56
Oblak would be the dream, I would imagine he would be extremely expensive.

Can't see us getting a buyer for Kepa if we do decide to move him on, not for the money we would want. A loan would be possible maybe?

I always felt Kepa was not the keeper we wanted.



01 Feb 2020 05:48:00
Ed001, I wanted to discuss something with you. Is it really worth it for a big club to keep three strikers at a club if they play with a single striker formation?
The only big clubs that have three strikers are Arsenal, Real Madrid and PSG (the latter two only because of circumstances) .

One of the things that will happen in such cases is that one striker will find it hard to get minutes just like Giroud at Chelsea. His Euro future is on the line and yet he wasn't allowed to leave even though he doesn't get to play.
I just think it's disrespectful if you force a player to stay just to serve in cases of injury emergencies.

Ed001, your thoughts?


{Ed001's Note - I suppose it depends on the players at hand. In the case of Chelsea, Abraham is a youth forward in his first full season playing for the club's first team, so he would have been expected to be the 3rd choice. Otherwise, you would have to question it, as it does seem to be a waste of resources to have 3 first team strikers and only play one up top.}

1.) 01 Feb 2020 10:40:52
I think a lot of clubs, at least in many other leagues, usually just go with a promising talent as their third striker option, and I also asked yesterday if not using a player like Broja, who's supposedly quite a promising talent, as a striker would be decent.
On a side note, the club that I'm supporting in Denmark sold one of their two strikers yesterday, and are now left with one striker who even has a pretty bad injury record, so at least three strikers is probably to be preferred over just one 😂.



27 Jan 2020 21:10:34
Ed002, could you tell us which CBs and LBs Chelsea have looked at apart from the ones you already mentioned like Chilwell and Aké?


{Ed002's Note - I have explained what I know - I have no idea what you expect.}

1.) 28 Jan 2020 09:25:28
Hi Ed how about the weather for New South Wales this week 😂.

2.) 29 Jan 2020 15:35:26

{Ed002's Note - Another brain dead piece of trash removed.}



22 Dec 2019 03:29:05
Ed002, I know you're busy, but can you provide a little clarity on the winger situation?
Are we looking to sign both Zaha and Sancho implying that Willian will leave, or will we sign one of them along with Willian signing an extension?


{Ed002's Note - You are starting to make up these strange stories in your head again. Where do you get this stuff from?}

1.) 22 Dec 2019 09:37:39
We're getting linked to both Sancho and Zaha, so I thought maybe we are looking to sign both.




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15 Feb 2020 15:41:38
From what I have inferred from our conversations in the past few months Ed002, the only positions that we will certainly buy players are at ST and LB (provided Alonso leaves as expected) .
Positions like CB, GK and LW are dependent on the current players leaving or staying.


{Ed002's Note - No that is not really correct. Chelsea has been looking at other players who might be able to improve the squad and there will be a lot of fringe players and loanees Chelsea will move on if they can. If Kante or Jorginho were to leave there ius a replacement Chelsea has in mind. There will be discussions between all concerned parties at the club and a couple of third parties to focus on changes shortly.}



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15 Feb 2020 14:59:06
Oh yes, you mentioned that already. No changes planned for Kepa and Willy?


{Ed002's Note - WC is out of contract in the summer - if he accespts a one year deal then no. Chelsea will be looking to add a young GK when he turns 18 in the summer but he will not be for the first team squad. The club have been to watch five goalkeepers and they have been approached by an agent about another should they need a first pick in the summer but there has not been any decision made to move anyone on.}



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12 Feb 2020 03:21:32
Ed002, are our finances strong enough to seriously try signing Sancho?


{Ed002's Note - Chelsea don't have any financial issues.}



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08 Feb 2020 20:04:47
MarkSteinIsMean, I might be wrong, but I think Juve's preferred player is Tonali.




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08 Feb 2020 19:43:04
Ed, why is the agent looking for a new club? Is there some reason Jorginho is unhappy?


{Ed002's Note - He will be looking for options knowing that Julve have a preferred player.}




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05 Feb 2020 12:31:21
Lol, Ed002 putting a damper.
Are we even interested in a GK, a CB and a DM, Ed002 (in the scenario that no one pushes for a move)?


{Ed002's Note - Chelsea, like all clubs, are interested in a broad spectrum of players.}



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01 Feb 2020 15:30:30
So I just need to compare the INCOMING and OUTGOING lists then.
Thanks Ed!




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01 Feb 2020 15:02:34
Ed002, you already gave a list of players that Chelsea are looking at, but would you be kind enough to say which positions in particular will need to be addressed?


{Ed002's Note - I gave you a list with positions included. There is no spearate "in particular" list. Of those players some will no longer be there (e.g. Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier Jesus) and others will come in to contention. If players decide to leave the club will also need to decide where is stands.}



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30 Jan 2020 04:33:32
Dries Mertens last played as a winger back in 16/ 17.




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13 Jan 2020 15:56:43
Ed, off-topic but does your vast trove of information come from talking to agents or to scouts or to board members?


{Ed002's Note - All sorts of people.}