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17 May 2019 10:56:53
Tom’s optimism has me thinking. If Hazard leaves, CHO and RLC are out for the start of the season and the club can’t sign anyone (either because they aren’t allowed or the targets have already moved by the time our ban is frozen) who do we think will step up next season with goals?

I only really see three possibles in the squad, Ross Barkley getting into the form he was in at the start of next season, Tammy Abraham coming back and catching fire or Pulisic hitting the ground running. Marcos Alonso playing left wing because why not is the only other thing that I have even considered, I’m not sure what that says about my confidence I. The goal scoring of the rest of the team haha


1.) 17 May 2019 12:20:23
IMO, the proposed transfer ban will be suspended by CAS before June 1st.

We will sign two or three players (one being a forward) and dependant on certain current loan players.

There are variables in play lads but I am very confident we will be starting next season with another European trophy in the cabinet and a much stronger squad for the start of next season.

2.) 17 May 2019 20:00:57
Which forward do you see us signing Tom? I can’t see a quality one available now Jovic is off to Madrid. I’d prefer to use Michy for now and concentrate on getting quality signings in at RW (left footer preferably Pepe), a new LB (Chilwell or Telles) and a CB (Romagnoli) . Probably won’t get them of course but if RLC is out for some time I’d like to see us go for Ziyech, quality player who can play as a CAM or RW and he has a fantastic work rate.

3.) 17 May 2019 20:04:54
A lot of reports that we can complete Kovacic and Higuain, as they were agreed before the ban - not convinced by these stories but they state we'll only go for Kovacic which would make sense with the RLC injury and Higuain's form.

I don't see a single player to replace Hazards assists and goals. We need the squad to step up. A striker (who knows, maybe Abraham but certainly not Jovic) stepping up with a twenty goal season and maybe Pulisic to chip in with ten assists or so. When back from injury RLC and CHO will help too.

To be honest, I think the club just swallowing the ban now, and getting it over and done with, could be the best way forward.

4.) 25 May 2019 10:52:25
I "read" somewhere that Chelsea have warned Madrid off jovic as a side agreement in the hazard transfer. Jovic would then remain at Frankfurt until Chelsea are in a position to purchase.



26 Apr 2019 18:15:59
So I heard from that guy at work that we want Wan-Bissaka?


1.) 26 Apr 2019 18:55:34
I’ve heard that Utd are keen on Zouma but I just don’t believe it.

2.) 26 Apr 2019 21:06:27
We’ve Reece James if we have any sense we’ll try him first surely that’s not to say wan Bissaka isn’t a fantastic player.

3.) 26 Apr 2019 22:57:13
Can James play LB and/ or CM? Also. Utd can f@&# off! Zouma HAS to be back next season.

4.) 26 Apr 2019 23:51:48
Would be a massive slap in the face to James.

5.) 27 Apr 2019 09:38:07
Yeah, the guy was saying people at the academy are shall we say displeased with the club wanting to sign Wan Bissaka, apparently they are willing to offer quite a lot of money. hoping it isn’t true, we have Reece to come back, and a finite amount of money to spend on players (even if it is a rather large sum) .

6.) 27 Apr 2019 11:08:15
In this case, hopefully the ban sticks. Would be interesting to see how the club reacts when they'd be forced to look at the academy and loan army to bulster and improve the squad.

7.) 27 Apr 2019 21:07:26
I would take bissaka in a heartbeat he is a brilliant player and could be an Ashley Cole on the right
I'm not one for play youth for youths sake
But if a great player is for sale then buy him.



16 Apr 2019 21:45:29
I’ve been thinking, what do you think has been the reason for our decline over the last few years? We are just so inconsistent and have been since Mourinho’s final season, outside of the year we won the league (and even that adds to the inconsistency!) what is up?


1.) 16 Apr 2019 23:01:24
Don't think it's just one reason, for me it's a mix of a number of reasons. Haven't replaced star players that have left throughout the years, haven't given managers enough time, disappointing transfer windows, managers causing issues within the team, players we've bought not living up to expectations, losing our future star players due to not suiting current systems. Personally i'd say the recruitment over the years has been our biggest issue, we've had numerous windows where we've wasted money on players that weren't needed, rarely strengthened after a successful season and just bought players for big money that never worked out.

2.) 16 Apr 2019 23:16:32
Has to be a mentality thing. We lost our big characters, then lost other good fighters like Zouma. Conte did well for one season, but the players lost interest.

This is why it is so important we integrate CHO, RLC, Christensen, Ampadu, and James. They will see the club as something a lot bigger and personal than the likes of Jorginho, Kovacic, Higuain, Alonso.

The above is key. However, there is a problem at board level too. Really, we should have stuck to our guns and remained defense and counter attack orientated.

3.) 16 Apr 2019 23:27:32
We have been more keen on quantity over quality unfortunately. A striker is a big miss for us. With a striker we are automatically title contenders.

4.) 17 Apr 2019 00:43:22
Recruitment, signing back up average players rather than players who are going to push the starters for a spot, not backing world class managers and lastly luck. We’ve had a few big name signings not work out and that happens.

Would love ed001’s opinion and also Ed002.

{Ed001's Note - changing managers who need different players to suit their style but not keeping them long enough to build a squad suited to that style has not helped. You have a mish-mash squad left over, as none of them have been able to last long enough to get the team sorted out properly.}

5.) 17 Apr 2019 10:04:56
Agree with Ed. A director of football would help s but, better scouting / signings, less change in managers, lack of a goal scorer up front. We saw the difference costa made scoring goals regularly. Hopefully things improve, transfer ban gets lifted and we can have a overhaul, tidy the books and get some these young loanees into the squad ( not starting 11 )

6.) 17 Apr 2019 10:15:13
The thing is, a lot of us are thinking this, and have been for a few seasons now I’d wager, so how come no one at the club seems to be able to see it?



02 Mar 2019 16:44:02
I’ve heard from the person I mentioned before that we fully expect to lose the appeal and are just using it as a way to extend the ban back by as far as possible to allow us to sign players.

Apparently we will get as many in as possible, though I’m told not just for the first team but also to allow us to sign younger players for the youth teams to prevent us having to recall certain players that we don’t want anymore.

I’m hoping that this means we can get a few prospects in and then sell off some of the players currently out on loan, in addition to a few first team players.
What do you guys think?


1.) 03 Mar 2019 15:06:38
To be honest rowey I’m happy to have a few years of transition I for one believe we definitely have a few younger players on loan that are good enough for our first team and maybe this will be the only way we see them. If we don’t finish top 4 for a year or 2 but see the intergration of some good youth and the building of a new vibrant team I’d be very happy with that.

2.) 04 Mar 2019 15:43:54
There's no reason why we should have to keep outside of the top 4 to do that. You could argue that the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Kurt Zouma, Reece James are all better than players in the squad already. There's no doubt that bringing in some of these players would bring some character into the team.

3.) 04 Mar 2019 19:27:40
If anyone thinks doing well in the championship I’d close go prem league then there are problems imo, Hanford has proved time and time again his good on championship but no good making the step up. Playing against golf players and then up against seasoned internationals and world class players in most positions is a bit of a leap, if we get a ban and have to use these players on loan then too 4 would be a miracle. It’s tough enough with the team we have with the likes of hazard and kante, players like baker who was another next big thing who can hit the balm with both feet doesn’t get alook in the championship. It’d be the dream to have al these kids be the ones who make it but unfortunately we over hype them, Mount has shown in patches his a good player but not consistent and has gone missing yet we want him up against De Bruyne and pogba etc. Come on.

4.) 04 Mar 2019 20:02:30
Playing and training with better players week in week out Matt could only help and with the right coaching nurturing who’s to say they couldn’t be good enough for the squad
Didn’t dele Alli come from the championship Matt?
Didn’t Harry Kane have loads of loans none of them where he set the world alight?

5.) 04 Mar 2019 20:22:25
Dale Alli, and how many others have come from championship to be established first team players in a top 6 team? We do need to get Reece James and Abraham in and around squad, but a transfer ban and relying on these players and thinking we can compete for too 4 is a stretch, we know full well the win the title you need quality in depth let alone relying on them from the start. The way to do it is by adding 1 or 2 amongst the hazards and kantes etc, like Cho and RLC and Ampadu but a bit more than we are at the moment.

6.) 04 Mar 2019 22:38:29
Yeah that’s a good point Matt.



28 Jan 2019 21:04:50
So it turns out I might have been working with someone who has friends at the club for weeks...
Apparently we will be signing a young forward from Bristol City with Kalas permanently going the other way.
Posting this here to check the veracity of the rumour, so if it’s a load of rubbish don’t shoot the messenger haha.

Also have been told that the signing of Pulisic has made a lot of the youth staff disillusioned with the academy, questioning the point of it. Not sure whether that is directly linked to CHO or what, it wasn’t made clear to me, but I thought I’d post that too!
Hope this is legit, would be pretty exciting to get the occasional tidbit!


1.) 28 Jan 2019 21:25:15
Rumour it is Antoine Semenyo of Bristol City.

2.) 28 Jan 2019 21:54:22
Local Bristol press have been reporting Semenyo will sign for us for the past couple of days.

3.) 28 Jan 2019 21:59:49
That rumour regarding Semenyo has been around for a few days now. I hope the kid know what his doing before he signs for the mighty blues.

4.) 28 Jan 2019 22:47:17
Fair enough guys, I’m not sure if the guy had heard this before the papers, I’ll have to try to chat to him more regularly in future to check haha.

5.) 29 Jan 2019 00:42:50
I think the Pulusic signing absolutely could have dissalusioned the youth and the staff. There’s no chance Willian leaves in the summer therefore if no one else leaves that’s hazard Willian Pulusic CHO (in that order), Sarri also barely rotated so I don’t see why he would stay unless hazard/ Willian leave. Cho is possibly just as good as Pulusic possibly better just hasn’t had the chance.

{Ed0333's Note - CHO is not as good as Pulisic mate IMO. I think you’ll be surprised just how good the fella is Standard. He was on fire the season before last in the Bundesliga and if he gets anywhere near that level you’ll have an excellent player.

6.) 29 Jan 2019 15:31:45
I think PULISIC isn't getting in the team because he is leaving. maybe wrong but that what I think.

7.) 29 Jan 2019 15:34:24
Alright mate good to know, I’ve honestly seen Pulusic for about 120 minutes this year so I’m not clued up on it. Reckon he’ll start over Willian next year?

8.) 29 Jan 2019 07:38:45
Ed0333; I wouldn't agree with you completely yet (that Hudson Odoi isn't as good as Pulisic) ; cos this is the English football that we are talking about- a league that you must first- learn before you can make an impact in. Hudson already knows English football, I am positive that Pulisic will be great for us too but I haven't seen him in English football yet, so there's still some uncertainty there in what Pulisic can do in this unpredictable English football. My dream Ed will be seeing both Hudson Odoi and Pulisic play for Chelsea. They are both fantastic players and kudos to the board for buying a player like Pulisic but Hudson Odoi has got to stay long-term (he is the first player that has handed in a transfer request and still stayed at a club longterm for years) .

{Ed0333's Note - mate I absolutely have no doubt both Odoi and Pulisic will be tremendous for you and I hope both of them get the platform to showcase their talents. I’ve seen more of Pulisic than I have Odoi hence my sunjective opinion. You will know better than me about odois abilities. What I will say Pulisic will bring you massive exposure in the USA which is a bonus.




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27 Apr 2020 21:16:01
Just wondering if someone who knows about these things, Ed or otherwise can answer this question. How early can a club tell if they have a truly special player coming through the ranks? Say for instance a club had a player who could become world class. At what age would they be able to tell typically?


{Ed002's Note - Clubs see ability in plenty of young players but that does not always translate in carrying on when they get older and discover girls, booze and psychedelic drugs.}

1.) 28 Apr 2020 11:23:10
It was only other day I read how sir Alex was talking to Rooney and Rio and said about how ravel Morrison was so good and so much better than those two were at that age and how he was best young talent Fergie has seen. Goes to show it’s as much about attitude as talent.

2.) 28 Apr 2020 11:58:57
I can remember a couple of lads I grew up playing football with. One went on to have a decent pro career, but he certainly wasn't the most naturally gifted. But you wouldn't see him out on a Friday / Saturday night, he was just about football.

The other lad, the most naturally gifted footballer I've played with or against by a country mile, was out drinking and partying every week.

Thankfully I was never anywhere near good enough to worry about my drinking and partying getting in the way.

Talent only opens doors for you, attitude takes you through those doors. Cheesy, but true.

3.) 28 Apr 2020 12:53:00
The most talented player I ever played with did sign for Chelsea and then followed Dave Sexton to QPR.

He was also a qualified plumber. He decided he could enjoy football as a semi-pro, be a full time plumber and make more money.

If only I had a quarter of his talent.

4.) 28 Apr 2020 23:30:56
Did you want to be a plumber tom.



01 Feb 2020 12:46:03
Seeing a lot of doom and gloom from various Chelsea places (and no I don't have twitter but maybe that's where it has started! ) saying that it's all well and good wanting to not overpay and not wanting to sign mediocrity, but that we aren't going to be able to get the top targets that we want in the summer if we don't get top 4, and that the teams around us all strengthening makes that much more difficult. I'm just wondering, Ed, if you can tell us how much the whole "top 4 finish" really affects a club's transfer activity outside of the money (which I understand is significantly improved getting into the champions league. Liverpool for instance built a lot of their current juggernaut of a team with signings made from outside the top 4 if I'm not mistaken? Thanks Ed.


{Ed002's Note - It makes it easier to attract players if CL is on offer.}

1.) 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.}

2.) 01 Feb 2020 15:30:30
So I just need to compare the INCOMING and OUTGOING lists then.
Thanks Ed!



21 Jan 2020 10:30:52
Dave scored from a corner in the champions league this season.




26 Dec 2019 15:53:09
Not looking great at the half but it is hard to break down 7 men behind the ball. Hopefully they lose concentration in the second half


1.) 26 Dec 2019 16:31:04
It was too be expected though, we set up like we did b spurs like we thought they’d come onto us,

2.) 26 Dec 2019 16:34:37
We have no one to drag us through games like this CHO shocking performance and people thought this guy was ready big signings requires this January, terrible at home again.

3.) 26 Dec 2019 16:38:41
Jorginho offers absoloutely nothing either an hasn't done since he arrived people just stroll past him.



26 Dec 2019 09:27:44
Seasons greetings people!
Just had a thought, what with all of the international travel and the amazing gift he delivered to us Chelsea fans, I believe that Ed has finally slipped up and revealed his identity. There can be no doubt that he is no other than Pere Noel himself!
Hope Ed bought you all everything that you wished for!


1.) 26 Dec 2019 16:54:02
Edd did but this chelsea team continue to unimpress every1.




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21 Jan 2020 10:33:50
You know who I’d love? Totally unrealistic and I know it won’t happen at all. But talking about older strikers for a few years I would love Suarez. Absolutely hate the bloke but if he brings some aggression to the team and teaches some of the nasty side of the game to Tammy I think that would be huge. I know he won’t be leaving anytime soon but would make me both happy and angry at the same time haha.




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14 Dec 2019 11:06:36
Oh I had hoped we had learned a lesson ) :




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03 Jul 2019 17:25:42
True I suppose, and someone earlier told me Rashfords new wage, so suddenly Rubes looks positively cheap!




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03 Jul 2019 07:40:03
Not my money I know, but am I the only one who thinks the reported wages are very risky for someone with essentially half a good season for us? I really like the player and think he will go on to be great, but we can’t deny he has injury issues, and will be coming off an Achilles injury next year.

I hope I’m three years time we aren’t looking at that wage as something stopping us from signing a top player that we badly need to replace him as his body just doesn’t let him perform. Still, got to be happy that the contract means they see him as close to an undisputed starter, as it’s a lot to pay a rotational option, right? Get fit and make it seem like a bargain Ruben!




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27 Apr 2019 09:38:07
Yeah, the guy was saying people at the academy are shall we say displeased with the club wanting to sign Wan Bissaka, apparently they are willing to offer quite a lot of money. hoping it isn’t true, we have Reece to come back, and a finite amount of money to spend on players (even if it is a rather large sum) .





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21 Mar 2020 09:33:46
BruceFC, I’m from Southend too, first ever game was Southend Vs Kidderminster. First time I ever heard my dad swear! My first Chelsea game was Vs arsenal in about 2003. I was about 10, we played arsenal and I distinctly remember seeing Mario Melchiot as he walked out of the tunnel and exclaiming! Look! He looks like Mario Melchiot!




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26 Feb 2020 07:14:50
Really Gola?! Haha 😂.




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07 Feb 2020 17:17:26
Is this issue likely to be a long term one Ed? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you mean by "long term".}



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04 Feb 2020 14:16:55
Hmm, I believe what Ed is telling us is that the way to success is through cheating! Let’s get on with it Chels! Seriously though, I hope we identify the targets and (legally! ) convince them of our ambitions and project. I hope that we can still do that as a club (:




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27 Jan 2020 07:08:03
Who can forget the instant impact fernando Torres made?!
Seriously though, Anelka was Jan too. It’s difficult perhaps but it can be done, we shouldn’t let previous bad experiences stop us from strengthening of that is what the club feel needs to be done.