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21 Jul 2019 12:00:12
Looking at our projected squad, I truly don't think we're very far off on top level talent barring a striker and we will have quite a bit of depth at pretty much every position. The good thing about this squad is it has a very broad demographic in regards to talent which will allow frank a massive amount of tactical versatility.

I also think this years squad will have an exceptional level of motivation as they know the club can't buy and if they aren't able to integrate into the squad this year then they might as well pack their bags which will aid the club in their evaluations of whether to keep players on the books unnecessarily. Exciting yet nerve wracking times and I can't wait for the season to start.


1.) 21 Jul 2019 15:20:30
That's exactly the way to look at it. It'll be a great season to watch. Perfect time to be a youth player too.

2.) 21 Jul 2019 20:53:31
Spot on lads. It’s a time for heroes to be made!

3.) 22 Jul 2019 10:37:30
I'm more excited about this season than for many years - can't wait.

4.) 22 Jul 2019 17:14:40
Speaking from the heart, I think the season will be a good season indeed. Although, I must confess that the kind of optimism that many Chelsea fans are showing at the moment is the type that puts pressure on coaches and gets them sacked quickly. Most of us didn't show this type of optimism last season when the looked stronger (on paper- at this time of the season) . Speaking from my head, I think that if our new young players come good quickly, then it will be a wonderful season but I think that at the moment we are slightly weaker than last season.

5.) 22 Jul 2019 20:27:27
I think the break even point for this years team is qualifying for the champions league next year. While we obviously don’t have a player to replace hazard, we do have an exceptionally deep squad that will all be playing with the motivation of a clean slate. Scoring will be a challenge and I’m intrigued to see how frank goes about trying to manufacture goals.



21 Jul 2017 20:35:48
I've got to say I really don't buy into the hysteria regarding the lack of numbers in the squad. While we have the congestion of UCL football this year that only 6 games through January and it's a crap shoot beyond that. Also Conte has demonstrated (at Chelsea and June previously) that he largely sticks to the same group of players.

I think the only additions we need to make are a left wingback and a centremid, if conte doesn't feel that baker or pasalic are capable of performing the role that Chalobah did last year. Making additions beyond that would largely result in a squad player that gets minimal time that the club will look to sell the following summer and most likely struggle doing so.




11 Apr 2017 05:22:39
Hey ed, I was wondering if Chelsea had any interest in Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham. I tried the search function but couldn't find anything. Hope all is well!


{Ed002's Note - It was addressed in the Sharkopod some months ago. Chelsea has an interest but a move would see him languishing in the reserve or youth side - he would need to think carefully about any offer unless he were loaned back fore a year or two. Common sense dictates he stays at Fulham for a while longer.}

1.) 11 Apr 2017 11:49:10
Much appreciated ed!

{Ed002's Note - A lot of folk don't understand the rules surrounding children and they certainly don't understand the responsibilities the club has. Under 18 they have to attend school and they are limited by hours how much they can train each week. And there are a bunch of other rules that need to be adhered to as well. Signing on a schoolboy who can only train part time to play as a first team player in the premier league is stupidity itself.}

2.) 11 Apr 2017 21:33:36
I never thought of it like that Ed. Dry good point.



23 Jun 2014 16:42:54
Hey Ed first off nice to see you back. Secondly I was wondering if there was any updates to the left back search? If nothings changed I apologize but once again nice to have you back.


{Ed002's Note - There is nothing new.}



09 Jun 2014 00:12:53
Hey ed I was kind of wondering where the interest in lukaku lies. Off the top of my head based on what you've said on here and other sites Roma's interest has moved to cerci and someone else, Dortmunds interest left with the signing of immobile, Everton are interested but can't meet the price, and I think there might have been interest from spurs and maybe atletico. I was wondering if this is true and if there was anything I may have left out? Thanks for your wealth if knowledge as usual!


{Ed002's Note - There is interest from a number of sides including Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, Roma and Spurs. Shakhtar, Zenit and Everton are interested but probably not options. I suspect the Borussia Dortmund interest has gone.

Roma are actively talking to Chelsea right now.}




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02 Sep 2019 09:47:53
A couple of thoughts after rewatching the match:
It goes without saying that the vast amount of injuries severely hinders Frank's ability to pick a team and adjust tactically and a bunch of the guys in the squad still don't look completely fit (Willian) .

Zouma really struggles to play the ball which limits us which lead to us hoofing the ball constantly in the second half and then being able to apply the nonstop pressure that got them their two goals.
I thought Tomori had a tremendous game.
Mount has a lot more influence in the midfield than out on the wing but we only have one fit winger so it is what it is.

Ross Barkley looks extremely limited to me. Not great defensively. Can't break pressure from midfield like kovacic, mount, and rlc are capable of.
I think our midfield lacks mobility when less than two of mount, kovacic, and Kante are in there.
Emerson looks incredibly steady.
Beyond Tammy's two goals, I thought his all around game especially holding the ball up looked much better.

Michy doesn't really offer much beyond being a good athlete.
We've got to be careful with our expectations of Reece James. Yes Dave has looked dodgy at times this year. Yes Reece has a nice year last year but please remember it was the championship.
It's really tough to judge a team when your world class center mid, beat center back,


1.) 02 Sep 2019 10:23:59
Good post TK, agree with what you are saying. Personally I think we miss Luiz and his ability to pass out from the back and transfer the pressure in one move so hoping one of Christensen or Tomori can step up. Zouma is a decent defender but his distribution is not good enough for the way Frank sets up. I also agree that we can't put to much expectation on James but I do think he will be an improvement on Azpi. I thought Sterling was still around but J pointed out to me that he has gone on loan. When Rudiger, James, Kante, RLC and CHO all return we might start looking like a top 3 or 4 side. In Lamps we must trust and give time. he is a smart boy and will be learning all the time.

2.) 02 Sep 2019 13:11:15
After he had a good pre season I’ve been disappointed with Barkley so far this season.

I think Jorginho has been exceptional and for with exception of a few games last season he has been a very good signing.

We miss Kante enormously but he should be back after the international break

I do agree that Azpilicueta hasn’t started the season well but IMO a lot of the criticism about his performances has been exaggerated. He has not had good help/ cover from in front of him or inside him. Having said that he could and should have done better with one on ones and his crossing is well below par!

Tammy has REALLY surprised me. His hold up play so far has been much better than I expected and his lay offs have been good as well. Again IMO he will score well over twenty goals this season and could well be a challenger for Kane’s England slot by the end of the season.

I have not been as impressed with Mount as some fans but that’s probably because I am expecting to much of the young lad.



19 Aug 2019 09:57:52
Good lord, I've never considered myself a sunshine pumper but get off the ledge guys. Yes our intensity dropped off the final two thirds of the match but what did we honestly expect? 120 minutes in turkey on Wednesday with James, Rudiger, RLC, and CHO out entirely and Willian looking completely unready. People are bashing reverting to the 4231 but Mounts pressing from the #10 position got us our first goal. The only thing I would've done differently is sub on Kovacic for Pedro at half to assume some control in the midfield. We were punished today for being exhausted and poor finishing when we had the chances early, nothing else.


1.) 19 Aug 2019 20:49:00
Liverpool went punished for being exhausted. We just haven't got the players and haven't been able to buy a team like others.



13 Aug 2019 21:31:14
I am by no means as positive of a poster as some on this board but I don't share the same level of concern as some on here. For starters the score was terrible but I don't think anybody watching that game would've accused it of being a mauling. We had a handful of defensive mistakes and were punished every time whereas we had multiple chances but didn't catch a break.

If we would've gone into halftime with a tie it would've been an entirely different outcome. I was most disappointed at the third goal as it pointed to a lack of composure. We're presently missing our best center back, two of our three best midfielders, and two of our three best wingers not to mention that we're trying to integrate a ton of new players into a new system.

This team on paper should improve more than most other clubs throughout the year entirely due to the youth and the lack of familiarity within the club. It's unfortunate that the start to this season features manu away and Liverpool away to start the season but I think we will see a completely different team at the beginning and end of the year. got to support the club and not allow negativity to hold back the players from achieving their potential.


1.) 14 Aug 2019 07:59:06
Good post mate, a few weeks ago I was saying get the first two games out the way then start picking up some wins we have some very winnable games coming up after Liverpool game. I like you thought we played well against Utd and was really unlucky on another day we could win that game.



19 Jun 2019 00:51:27
is there any word as to the plan for what to do with Alvaro Morata? It seems like the ban might remain in place and the one striker we were linked with, Jovic, went to Madrid instead. I remember the loan with Atletico had to be extended by them by paying a fee for the upcoming 12 months and it seems like Griezmann is leaving but I haven't heard anything about them picking up this or the permanent option available to them in the loan agreement. While he's been posturing for the move I can't help but feel he's the best striker we presently have on our books and with the Euro's coming up will be motivated to have a good year and make Spain's squad.


1.) 19 Jun 2019 06:09:54
He needs to be sold. Terrible attitude and has said some ridiculous things in interviews back in Spain.

2.) 19 Jun 2019 12:08:59
I read of some good comments that Lampard made about Morata. If it's possible that Chelsea can have him back from Athletico Madrid (and if he's willing to return to the club), I think Lampard will like to use him. Besides, we need every good and experienced player from everywhere playing for us if we are to survive this ban. This isn't the time to discriminate.



11 Jun 2019 11:43:29
I think everybody would agree that this squad could use the addition of a striker. In a hypothetical situation assuming our transfer ban is suspended, who would you sign as a striker who would be a realistic purchase and why (save the mbappe answers)?


1.) 11 Jun 2019 12:56:57
Nobody knows what Chelsea is planning.

2.) 11 Jun 2019 14:58:58
Either Icardi or Werner for me.

3.) 11 Jun 2019 17:47:30
Looks like everyone is running away from Icardi.

4.) 11 Jun 2019 19:00:31
If Conte and Inter want him out, and other teams are staying away, could be a relatively smooth process to get him. Think that, beside the baggage, he would be a massive addition to our squad.

But with the ban, we won't be able to pursue him. Think he'll stay in Italy regardless.

5.) 11 Jun 2019 19:05:45
I’d take Dybala.

6.) 11 Jun 2019 20:24:29
There’s no one around who stands out now Jovic is gone.

7.) 11 Jun 2019 23:53:26
I like Tammy and Giroud as our options for bigger hold up strikers. Be nice to have a more mobile striker as another option for them. I actually wouldn't mind Richarlison, can play out wide too when needed. Would be much more useful in the squad than one of Pedro or Willian.

If it doesn't get lifted I'm less concerned about Giroud, Abraham and Batshuyai than I am about other squad positions.

8.) 12 Jun 2019 04:43:03
I'd agree blueben . No one stands out at this time, interms of a striker that we need.

We should not invest now (if ban is frozen) but wait till summer of next season.

Giroud Tammy MB are capable and will help to lead our line this season .

Which is why I think a transfer ban is probably a blessing in disguise


9.) 12 Jun 2019 09:13:53
Anyone think we should revisit Daniel Sturridge?

10.) 12 Jun 2019 10:17:40
I think with cho and pulisic on wings I would go back to morata or bat's.




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22 Jul 2019 20:27:27
I think the break even point for this years team is qualifying for the champions league next year. While we obviously don’t have a player to replace hazard, we do have an exceptionally deep squad that will all be playing with the motivation of a clean slate. Scoring will be a challenge and I’m intrigued to see how frank goes about trying to manufacture goals.




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21 Jul 2019 21:53:01
With the depth Leipzig have a centre half this seems pretty clear that the club intends to develop him as a defensive midfielder.




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30 Jun 2019 23:31:58
I don’t feel Tammy is ready for the pressure that comes with leading the line for our club. He did fill it up in the championship but teams aren’t tripping over themselves to sign him and he didn’t even start for the U21’s. I think Morata would have enough motivation considering the Euro’s are at the end of the year and if he wants to make the squad he’ll need to perform.




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29 Jun 2019 13:02:21
I personally would really like to see Morata back at the club assuming the transfer ban is upheld. He’s said some things since leaving that aren’t great but I have zero question he’s the best striker we have on our books. Giroud is good at what he does but his game is very limited and he’s not getting any younger.

Batshuayi has yet to show any indication that he’s capable of leading the line and the fact that Palace aren’t angling to resign him (ala Zouma at Everton) should say it all. Abraham isn’t ready and I’d be worried that if he was kept around the unrealistic expectations would impair his development and he’d be better served continuing his development on loan.




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15 Jul 2017 21:44:24
As others have said, with the selling of bonucci and their club continuing to screw around I find it highly unlikely.





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16 Sep 2019 09:08:27
In his defense I think keepers are somewhat like referees in that the good ones can go unnoticed. To me I think he’s a pretty darn good shot stopper; not to the level of de gea but definitely not weak in that department. He certainly isn’t the best at commanding high balls into the box but he’s relatively short and not the strongest keeper in the world. He definitely could do a better job of directing the defense from the back which was a skill I thought Cech mastered whereas Courtois never grasped.

Kepa is probably the best of the three with his feet which is becoming more important these days. I hope that with time he will develop physical strength to gain more control of his area in addition to a stronger personality in marshalling his defense. It’s certainly a positive that the last two managers of Spanish have had him splitting time with de gea.




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12 Sep 2019 10:30:36
I’m with Zola to a T. I love mounts game but would love to see him come off the bench as the opposition’s legs are tired. I’m really nervous about the expectations being placed on Reece James. I know Tammy and Mason have acclimated greatly in stepping up from the championship but that’s relatively abnormal and shouldn’t be taken for granted.




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06 Sep 2019 22:48:44
Agree that it’ll be interesting to see when Ruben gets back to fitness as mount has really staked a claim to be in our first eleven. I’d like to see him add a bit of bulk but everything else will just come with increased experience.




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06 Sep 2019 22:46:33
I will gladly hold my hand up and admit I vastly underestimated Emerson. Initially I was reluctant as I felt he was going to be another stop gap body that would cost a high fee and wage before occupying a bench role and eventually being shipped out for a massive loss.

To say that he’s blown away those expectations is an understatement. He’s incredibly solid and you rarely notice him which in a sense is a complement as a defender. He’s great at providing overlapping runs for width but doesn’t get caught out of position upfield. While I’m not saying he’s world class, I think there may be only three or so clearly better left backs in the world at most (Robertson, Alaba, Alba) .




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19 Aug 2019 21:03:02
I wouldn’t want to confine Kante to having to sit in front of our defense. He’s at his best when he’s allowed the flexibility to roam and break up play which he would’ve be able to as a holding mid.