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11 Aug 2020 09:38:51
Regarding Reguilón on the Real Page:
{Ed002's Note - Sergio Reguilon (LWB) will be assessed on return from Sevilla and keep in mind that Real Madrid need to raise significant sums through sales. As such, RM have yet to decide whether to let SR have another season on loan at Sevilla and the re-integrate him when Mendy's contract is up or whether to integrate him now and lose perhaps €25M of much needed revenue. There is also a push to integrate a couple of fine youngsters in to the Real Madrid first team squad. A change to Kia Joorabchian as his agent means the player is considering his options - but Kia's team Arsenal won't be interested unless they were to lose Kieran Tierney. Spurs are looking to sign a LB and have asked to be kept informed of progress but money is pretty tight and they are less attractive to other sides right now. PSG have the LB issue to resolve and have also been asked to be kept informed but much will surround what happens with Bernat. Chelsea have Reguilon on their list of LB options to replace Emerson and cannot sign their first choice - but they have a concern that he is so one footed it may affect his game in England as it will make him less versatile in a faster game. Everton are apparently reported to have made an offer but clubs don't usually work that way and simply throw offers out there - Real Madrid know nothing of it, but they may have made an enquiry with Kia in case Lucas Digny were to move on.


1.) 11 Aug 2020 10:20:30
Cheers for the repost. Wonder if we’ve perhaps turned our attention to Digne 🤷🏼‍♂️ Saying that I doubt he’d be much cheaper than Chilwell. I actually think getting Reguilon on loan is good for everyone. He might do well enough to wanting to stay if not Chilwell will be cheaper next summer and there might be a new quality left back on the market.

2.) 11 Aug 2020 11:27:03
Great stuff, really inetesting.

3.) 11 Aug 2020 12:23:41
His one footededness is putting us off? A bit surprising given we have Alonso who is the most one footed player I’ve ever seen. Presumably Chilwell is the first choice that isn’t attainable. I still don’t see LB as anywhere near as big a priority as CB and keeper.

4.) 11 Aug 2020 12:32:25
Maybe that’s why then, because they’ve seen alonso struggle and be predictable with his crossing.

5.) 11 Aug 2020 13:32:03
How fast is Sergio Reguilón? Speed is essential in any backline these days. Chillwell is fast, but imho is overrated and he is not worth half of the 80 million quid talked about in the papers. In this economy Chillwell is a 30 million pound player. And, although, he is fast he is not the player many imagine him to be.

6.) 11 Aug 2020 14:10:45
celeryking, Reguilón is really fast and has great close control. WAGNH did a great write up on him if you’re interested they also touched on his flaws. He looks like the best bet for me but perhaps if a loan is possible with an option to buy even better.

7.) 13 Aug 2020 14:10:12
Thanks ELi, a good solid read. All the potential LB signings have their issues. None of them are perfect. I like Chillwell, but to make him the most expensive defender of all time is just silly. Really silly. Chillwell is worth less than half of the 80 million they are asking. Especially in the current financial climate.

Sergio Reguilon as a loan or purchase makes the most sense at this time. Suddenly lots of other clubs want him to.



19 Jun 2020 03:50:26
One thing that I don't believe has been acknowledged in regards to the Werner signing is the stylistic differences between him and our other options as well as the effect that could have on those around him.

In possession he pretty much constantly plays on the back shoulder of the last defender even to the point of purposefully starting in an offside position before tucking onside prior to making a run behind the defense.

As a result defenses will sit deep to make sure he doesn't get in behind which creates a lot more space for the wingers and forwards around him. He somewhat reminds me of Torres at Liverpool in style. It'll be interesting to watch how lampard chooses to deploy him.


1.) 19 Jun 2020 07:00:20
For me, he's a mixture of Hazard and Anelka.

2.) 19 Jun 2020 08:21:16
I think we'll often see him playing off, probably to the left of, either Giroud or Abraham. Giroud especially has the ability to come deep and hold a ball up, which should pull a defence out and allow Werner more space in behind.

I look at next seasons attacking options and see Abraham and Giroud as our main striker options, although Werner can play there too. Ziyech, Werner, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic and, fingers crossed, Havertz I see as forward options who can all play anywhere in and around one of the strikers. There'll be plenty of opportunities for all, and the ability to move those players around will cause defences problems.

3.) 19 Jun 2020 10:46:53
We all remember the Jorginho pass to Tammy in the Watford game. He loves that ball.

Can we just imagine Werner getting onto those passes from deep now?



19 Apr 2020 14:54:09
Ed, I was wondering if you would be generous enough to enlighten us about who the club are looking at as far as wingers are concerned? Pedro and Willian look to be on the move, Ziyech has been added, and I can't think of anyone on loan who is at the point of being able to break into the team. The sancho situation has been discussed ad nasseum; however I don't recall you discussing too many other options. Any insight would be tremendously appreciated!


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed since I was last asked.}



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.





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24 Sep 2020 23:15:35
I think yesterday's performance should put to bed the argument about our best system; it's 4231 end of story. Allows Kai to operate centrally and run beyond the striker. The double pivot gives the fullbacks more protection to advance and provide width in attack and also gives us more options to build out from the back with. The band of 3 behind the striker is very fluid which will cause the opposing defenses confusion. It has to be 4231 going forward.




20 Aug 2020 13:42:45
Ed001, I truly appreciated your response to my post regarding Koulibaly as it was considerably more insightful that then typical surface level disagreements seen on the site recently. That said, if you were the person in charge of making purchases for Chelsea, what would you be looking for from a centerhalf and if I can be greedy, who would be the player you would target? Your club has been truly blessed with VVD who I rate as the best CH I can recall seeing and he has demonstrated how important that position can be.


{Ed001's Note - thank you. I just expanded on it further as well. But to this question, I think you need someone who is either younger and likely to hold his fitness throughout the season, or more developed in terms of positional play. If you really just want a physical defender like Koulibaly, to upgrade on Rudiger, then I would suggest Upamecano. However, I think you need a more cultured defender, someone who still has the pace for the high line but is positionally sound and particularly good on the ball (though Upamecano is very good on the ball too). To that end I would suggest reviving interest in Konate, the other RBL centre-back. He has that calming presence, similar to VVD, that you lack at the back. Unlike Christensen, he doesn't bottle it when it gets physical either, which has been a problem. In an ideal world, get them both and your central defence is sorted for the next 8 years+.}

1.) 20 Aug 2020 15:13:40
Konate is a monster when fit. It's a shame he was out injured for most of the season. I hope the club don't lose sight of him and perhaps follow up on prior interest if he has a good season next year.

2.) 20 Aug 2020 16:24:20
Ed001 a big thanks for that insight. I too hope we rekindle the interest in komate and badiashile. Two wonderful defenders.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

3.) 20 Aug 2020 21:18:12
I think we’re aligned in our need for somebody who marshals the team from the back. It’s tough for me as I think a handful of our guys have some truly positive traits but we really lacked the person that would direct the defense and really the team. We were fortunate having J. T. who thrived in that capacity which made last year even more galling to watch.



24 Jul 2020 10:19:40
While I've enjoyed being linked with some solid centerbacks lately (especially Gimenez) I find myself questioning if it's truly fair to pass judgement on our current group with our current keeper situation. They all clearly have their flaws; however they've also all had bright moments and are being asked to do far too much as things stand. For starters Kepa is appalling at communicating with his backline which is evidenced by the number of times that attackers find themselves in massive pockets of space and our defenders having zero clue of their presence. Kepa doesn't come for anything aerially and opponents see this so they'll play balls closer to the six yard box knowing that he won't claim and our defenders know that if they don't clear then it's a goal. He also doesn't bail the defenders out with difficult saves which helps to amend defensive shortcomings. Overall I just don't know whether we could have completely serviceable players at those positions that are just victims of their circumstances or if they're truly not up to it.


1.) 24 Jul 2020 23:36:59
Or you can twist it other way and say KEPA should not be judged unless he gets a proper defence in front of him. :)

2.) 25 Jul 2020 06:04:32
You just see too many individual errors from our CB's, too many lapses in concentration and it costs too many goals.

3.) 25 Jul 2020 11:24:33
Putting Tomori to one side as he hasn’t played much this season and about the thing we really found out about him at this level is how quick he is.

Christensen is a player I had very high hopes foe and this season he has occasionally impressed but he can’t seem to hold his concentration for a full match.

Rudiger has passion but his positional sense is very worrying. He just loses his man so easily.

Zouma has IMO been a best centre back but for me he just lacks something and I never feel confident in his ability to defend.

All three also seem to lack a defenders sixth sense for danger.

My guess is at least one will be sold and I’ve said before I would like us to sign a natural left footer. Ake and Torres would fit the bill.

I know this is being greedy but i also like a centre half who is a leader and I’m not sure Ake is a leader. So I’m left with Torres if we do sign a CH.

What do the Eds think of Torres as a CH and is he a leader?

{Ed001's Note - before I go onto Torres I have to say there is one other thing that bothers me about Rudiger. His body positioning is as bad as his positioning. That is why he could (probably should really according to the rules) have given away a penalty against Liverpool, when he clearly body checks Salah in the box. He did it time and time again in the game because he is constantly caught square on and so needs to turn to run back, rather than being side on and able to just run. That is a really bad habit and it will be exploited by forwards. If he carries on doing the body checks, they will eventually be spotted by referees.

As for Torres, he looked very good at Malaga on loan, he shone for them. Since returning to Villareal he has grown as a player, they see him as a future captain, so I would guess he must be a leader.}

4.) 25 Jul 2020 12:00:32
Very good and valid point about Rudiger Ed.

Thanks for your input on Torres. I really like the look of him, so fingers crossed we can sign him ahead of City and other interested teams.

{Ed001's Note - it is something I have been looking at for a while with him. I wasn't sure at first if he was doing it deliberately as a way to deal with certain players to try and negate their pace. But it didn't matter who he was up against, he took the same stance and it left you open a couple of times. The first time he did it, Salah rode it and left him standing like a lemon, until Alonso came in and blocked him off too. Again both challenges could easily have been given as fouls. It is something I would have expected the coaching staff to look at and work on, but, if anything, he seems to be using it more and more as the season goes on. If it was up to me, I would take him for some martial arts training, as footwork is everything there and that might make him think about how he sets himself more.

I don't know why more teams don't cross train in martial arts to teach defenders about stances and forwards about balance etc. There is a lot to be learnt from almost any other sport. Many of the tactics we see used now are lifted straight from basketball courts, for example, especially set-piece defending and attacking. Every corner nowadays sees a pick-and-roll somewhere in the melee.

Anyway sorry, I digressed then! I like the look of Torres too, very highly rated in Spain and the only reason he has not made more than 1 appearance for Spain is because he is not at Real Madrid or Barcelona. If he was, then he would be first choice for them imo.}

5.) 25 Jul 2020 18:02:06
Brilliant Ed1.

Pau Torres seems like a good shout. I haven't seen much of him but your opinions on him are promising.

I haven't seen any links to Chelsea. He could be a good shout.

{Ed001's Note - cheers mate.}



23 Jul 2020 10:16:32
Rewatched last nights game to properly digest everything. We honestly looked really good until Willian got caught and Keita hit a postage stamp. Pool seemed to find their rhythm after that. TAA's free kick was an extremely soft and late call but I don't blame kepa for not diving as Yashin wasn't getting to that. Look clueless on another corner for the third, I put this on frank as we've conceded soft goals off set pieces all year. Really liked the fight back shown by the team after being down 3-0. Jorginho simply can't allow Robertson to get past him there even if he has to rugby tackle him to the ground; I'm desperate for the club to sell him as he actively makes us worse in most games. The most alarming moment of the game was when you could hear the entirety of the backline screaming for kepa to claim the ball at the end just to see him planted. We will not be serious as a club with him as our first choice keeper; it's really that simple. All of that said, we still only need a point from Sunday to qualify and if we can't do that then we have no business qualifying.


1.) 23 Jul 2020 10:34:15
I wish J5 pulled his shirt back or something.

2.) 23 Jul 2020 11:45:39
Yeah, a point against Wolves should be more than doable. If that happens, and we win the FA Cup, then all this negativity (mine included) should fade into a very, very positive season.

Amazing how fine the margins are between positivity and negativity.

3.) 23 Jul 2020 13:00:16
Too true J, and is why Sunday 4pm to 6pm could be a nerve-wracking time.

4.) 23 Jul 2020 17:20:36
IMO Leicester wi stuff Utd. Our performance against Wolves has to be spot on!



03 Jul 2020 05:35:01
I've been kind of bewildered by the general sentiment recently against acquiring a new keeper. I'm just going to be blunt and state that Kepa is not up to the standards in almost any aspect. Our set piece defending has been consistently poor over the last year which has lead to a lot of flack for our defense but they're put in an incredibly difficult position when they know their keeper won't come out to contest any ball. Say what you will about courtois but he absolutely commanded aerial balls into the box. There's also been a lot of talk about the lack of direction from our defense which is fair but again it's tough for our defense when the person with the best vantage point (your keeper) is silent. He's made numerous mistakes on the ball. Statistics show he's clearly not up to par from a shot stopping perspective. A lot of the arguments against acquiring someone have dealt with his price but I would remind people that sometimes you need to cut your losses and move on from bad investments rather than allowing them to run their course (Torres) . Put it this way, the difference in champions league revenue versus Europa league revenue is easily 50m which would pay off the remaining amortized fee owed on Kepa and I think everyone would agree that a quality keeper would have us in a position where we aren't sweating qualification for next year so it would pay off quickly. There are multiple proven quality keepers that are available in Donarumma, Onana, and others so it's not a matter of a lack of options. More than any other position, we NEED a new keeper. Sorry for the rant.


{Ed0666's Note - A few weeks after Kepa signed for you Eds 001 said to me he thought Kepa was a great shot stopper and bad at everything else. I honestly thought he was being harsh. They were prophetic words. You need a new keeper like sharpish he is detariating at a rate of knots. You have plenty money I would tempt Oblak and test Arhletis resolve.

1.) 03 Jul 2020 06:46:58
Since we are playing what Ed001 said before signings I have a few. Liverpool and Spurs were interested in Son, and I remember Ed001 saying he is going to be a great signing and a steal for that price fast forward to Son being a stand out performer for Spurs and in the premier, easily their best player since Bale for me.

Ed001 also stated how he thought Alison will become one of the best goalkeepers before he made the move to Liverpool, Ed001 also heaped praise on Pulisic when he was linked to the premier league, so guys you know what’s going to happen next, Pulisic Epl player of the year next season. Been a few others as well.

On that note (and perhaps deviating from the original post, my apologies), just thought I’d say thanks to all the Ed’s on here for their time, I know Ed002 is a bit mad at the Chelsea page right now but we still really enjoy this site and appreciate the effort.

{Ed001's Note - I am sure there are probably just as many I got wrong though!}

2.) 03 Jul 2020 07:54:53
Ed001 normally knows what he's talking about, but it turns out Kepa's not too sharp on shot stopping either. We may as well stick a cardboard cutout between the sticks and pray the opposition shoot directly at it.

I said the same thing about set pieces the other day Tk. You can see the panic in the way the defenders deal with them, you saw it in Azpilicueta's funny behaviour before WHU's ruled out goal. A goalkeeper who commands his area would make a big difference to our set pieces.

Our recent acquisitions have generally been ok, I can only think Courtois going on strike forced the club into a bad decision that needs correcting. I think we need to start Caballero for the rest of the season.

3.) 03 Jul 2020 08:51:40
Oblak is the best around but I don’t think he’s the type to come and claim corners and take the pressure off the defence, Onana neither. I’d much prefer to see the club go after a bigger keeper in Donnarumma or a wild card we haven’t been linked with yet in Rajkovic of Reims. He’ll have a big value by next summer so think it’s wise to try now. Think them two would give the defence more confidence cause set pieces are a massive worry right now. I wouldn’t even let Kepa be 2nd choice next season he’s that bad.

4.) 03 Jul 2020 10:28:00
Ed1 what do you think of Areola?

{Ed001's Note - well he is a bit of a tit....sorry couldn't resist that one! Seriously he is very inconsistent, one of those who is brilliant one minute and the next he is a flapper. Quick reactions etc, but clearly must have issues with concentration as that is almost always the cause of inconsistency like that in keepers. If you were looking to sign him, you would want to have a good look at his lifestyle and see if there are any issues there. He is a friend's cousin, but they have not mentioned anything particularly worrying, but I would look at his gameplaying habits and the like, just in case. Might be an easy fix for concentration issues.}

5.) 03 Jul 2020 11:08:20
brilliant info Ed1, I hope we stay clear of Areola. Thanks mate.

{Ed001's Note - it's a shame because when he is at it, he is brilliant. Personally I think he made a big mistake choosing to play for France over the Philippines. While he would not have gone to the World Cup etc, he would have been first choice and have the chance to be a legend in the country and helped establish the game there. It would have given him something more to play for and helped his focus, as he would have been representing more than just himself every time he plays. A bit like when you watched Terry for Chelsea, you just know he was 10% better for Chelsea than he was for England purely because every time he pulled on the shirt he was also playing for all his friends, family and other Chelsea fans as well as himself. When you get to that kind of level, you need something more to drive you on.}

6.) 03 Jul 2020 11:41:12
That is so true, I couldn't disagree at all mate. I think the example you have given is straight to the point.

{Ed001's Note - that mental edge is such an overlooked part of the game, when it is the key. You don't get to Premier League level without being potentially great in terms of technique, but you need the right mentality to actually be great. That Michael Jordan documentary showed how Jordan used to make up slights from opponents to drive him on and give him that focus and drive. The trouble is that it is a huge part of the game that is a little neglected in England. You look at Pulisic, he comes from a privileged family, he doesn't have the start in poverty of people like Sadio Mane, for example to drive him on. That can often be a problem and why so many sports stars come from poverty, as they have to succeed or go hungry. So someone like Pulisic has to have something else to help him compete at the top. Luckily he has a good grounding, a family that were coaching at the top level but not high enough to mean they had achieved it all and sated that desire to succeed. So instead they live their success through him and that helps drive him imo. That is the kind of thing that scouts often overlook, they don't look enough into a player's background.}

7.) 03 Jul 2020 14:23:33
Fantastic insight and a great read, cheers Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - thanks BT.}

8.) 03 Jul 2020 18:49:29
Agree with blutan, great insight, I always look forward to Ed’s opinions.

9.) 03 Jul 2020 22:28:51
Being a successful sportsman mental edge is definitely important. Its easy to lose focus and motivation and fall into your comfort zone when you pretty much have everything, especiallymoney. Mane's story is beautiful and I'm not surprised one bit why his drive seems endless.

Same with Didier Drogba, the guy had a drive to start his footballing late and achieved so much. The point you make is excellent, a players background gives you a great indication as to how hard they are mentally. Brilliant post Ed.




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08 Sep 2020 23:06:09
Agree that he stands to benefit more from the possibility of getting minutes there rather than being the likely 4th choice defender here. It’s easy to say we want to sell X and Y player but it doesn’t work that easily and this has been made all the more difficult by C.V.’s implications on club finances.




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29 Aug 2020 03:29:11
I’ve maintained that he’s the goalie I’d go for. I’m not sure why a players agent would preclude us from targeting them. Yes Mino can throw tantrums but ultimately the power resides with the club and Marina has shown she has no problem going toe to toe with bigger clowns that Mino.




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24 Aug 2020 05:09:39
Lol. Bayern put up how many against us and they scored 1 tonight. I’m not saying he’s prime Silva but you can’t tell me we have anyone capable of tying his shoes.




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16 Aug 2020 22:28:13
Gotta say foster doesn’t make a ton of sense for me. I get that the club may attempt to acquire competition for kepa rather than an actual replacement but it wouldn’t make sense to purchase a 37 year old keeper for likely one-third of what it would cost to purchase someone like Onana.




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12 Aug 2020 22:51:34
While I think it is incredibly likely to be a joke, I don’t think Tammy getting loaned there would be a bad option at all. Werner is clearly going to be our #1 striker. Giroud showed that he is very capable of filling in and additionally his style complements Werner quite well. We had 3 strikers throughout the year but only ever really used two at a time as giroud didn’t get much time in the first half of the year and michy didn’t get much in the second half. I think Tammy would benefit from major minutes as a clubs first choice striker also and he’s familiar with the club.





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24 Sep 2020 23:07:13
Agreed in that the success of CB’s is largely dictated by the defense as a whole. I can think of very few defenders without glaring holes in their game and so it largely comes down to how the people around complement your game. Also you see far less two striker systems so I imagine we’ll see zouma marking the opponent a striker with Thiago directing the line.




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21 Sep 2020 23:01:21
I’m 100% certain that Mount is more suited to a box to box role comparable to that of Kovacic. His mobility, ability to carry the ball forward, and defensive work rate would be a big plus in midfield. Meanwhile his lack of end product wouldn’t be as detrimental.




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10 Sep 2020 03:15:30
He desires to move to real and both clubs share this vision.




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30 Aug 2020 19:19:36
I actually think Silva and Zouma complement one another excellently. Zouma is a monster athletically and can go toe to toe with any attacker while Silva is a tremendous organizer and is great on the ball.




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30 Aug 2020 13:03:22
Havertz also is tall. That’s also an incredibly mobile midfield and could run a fair few midfields into the ground. Physicality is a plus but I’m not going to toss a fellaini in the midfield just to win some headers.