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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.}



05 Jun 2014 19:01:38
Hey ed, was reading the liverpool page and you mentioned that it might be too late for them to make a move on ryan bertrand. Would you be able to expand on this at all, understand if you don't wish to.


{Ed002's Note - There are other clubs (Hull and Spurs) showing an interest and Liverpool are not.}




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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.



30 Mar 2019 19:29:15
I'm absolutely lost on where the clubs stands in regards to Alvaro Morata. It's been nice to see him achieve some success with Atletico and Spain since January. I could be entirely incorrect on this, but I've heard that Atletico have an option to buy. There's also been some recent speculation that they may look to move costa on and Griezmann has been recently linked with a move which would create a place for him long term. Obviously a ton hinges on the present situation involving the registration of players. That said if we weren't able to bring in new additions would the club and/ or player be open to his return in the summer?


1.) 30 Mar 2019 23:54:51
More chance of Jimmy greaves coming back.

2.) 01 Apr 2019 11:46:17
He’s there for 18months so regardless of whether athletici buy him he certainly won’t be back for next season.



08 Sep 2017 21:55:47
I really think the Danny drinkwater signing is the writing on the wall that cesc fabregas' time at the club is coming to a close. Cesc provides a homegrown deep lying centremid who is tremendous on the ball but leaves a lot to be desired defensively and ground covered (especially in a two man midfield) not to mention is on the back end of his career cycle when you consider he was getting 1st team minutes at 16. In Drinkwater you add a homegrown centremid that is very good on the ball (although not as good as cesc) but provides a better fit for a 2 man midfield in terms of mobility and defensive acumen. While drinkwater won't leave me astonished with his passing very often, I also believe I won't see us get absolutely dominated in midfield like we have a tendency to do with cesc in the lineup.


1.) 08 Sep 2017 22:23:24
I disagree with this being the end of Cesc. Not every team is the same depends on the opposition. Both players have strengths and Weaknesses I'd rather have someone like Cesc in midfield if we need a comeback or a quick goal.



03 May 2017 19:15:57
The continuing noise regarding the club targeting a central defender with Zouma going out on loan has got me extremely concerned. For starters I don't know how we could possibly need a centrehalf considering we already have Luiz, Cahill, Dave, Ake, Zouma and Christensen to replace Terry when he exits the squad. You could argue that we presently have a logjam at centrehalf and I wouldn't mind if we tried Dave out more as a right wing back as I don't think Moses will quite be up to it defensively against elite level competition. That said Zouma was an absolute rolls Royce last year before injury and if he wasn't in our squad he would be talked about as a £50m target. I'd honestly prefer him to Cahill as he has incredible pace defensively and I'm not a fan of Cahill constantly backing off his man.


1.) 03 May 2017 21:04:56
Christensen will be better than both Cahill and Zouma. I've said it before Zoumas pace makes up for his extremely poor lack of positioning.

Christensen's main strengths are his positioning and playing out from the back.

2.) 03 May 2017 22:45:55
Zouma in my opinion will make it at Chelsea. I must say that it is a testament of how highly conte thinks of Ake to have him in the squad ahead of him. And I must say Ake has not looked in anyway out of place. So unnasuming and just gets the job done! - Dave is a great defender but not attack minded in anyway. I think Moses has done excellent. Dare I say more so defensively that attack.




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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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12 Jul 2017 05:26:07
I'd love him under pulis as long as pulis doesn't try to play him as a fullback.




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11 Jul 2017 21:14:35
Going into the summer I was hoping we would target Semedo of Benefica. While the fees being talked about for these guys seem high, there isn't a more important player in Conte's system.





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16 Jul 2019 11:02:08
I must be the only person that looks at the situation and thinks “if a team like Bayern who has the ability to sign a guy like Ousmane Dembele or Nicolas Pepe yet chooses to hold out for CHO then he must be some type of player. ” If you don’t think every young player in the world is getting told by those around them that they deserve the world by everyone around them then you’re lying to yourself. He realizes he has the leverage in the situation and wants to ensure he’s in a good spot before tying himself to the club for an extended period. Fair play to him.




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16 Jul 2019 11:00:42
I think the ban may be somewhat healthy in that we have allowed our loan contingent to accrue for years without any attempt at seeing how players integrate and how much success on loan spells correlated with success at our club. While there are available players, you must consider how much they add to our squad and that by adding them you’re blocking another player or players from getting a chance to succeed in the squad. Outside of a striker, I’m not sure how many additions would’ve been made this summer had the ban not been in place.




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10 Jul 2019 09:54:00
I think we forget he was rushed back from injury in his year at the club and never seemed to settle with any form of confidence. I don’t feel we have another player in the squad like him who does what he does in sitting deep and breaking up the play and he therefore could be a very useful piece of a squad. Kante breaks up play but doesn’t sit deep, while Jorginho sits deep but doesn’t break up play.




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10 Jul 2019 09:50:51
In many ways this is one market that English clubs don’t really engage in that most other foreign countries do. For at least 10 years you’ll hear Barca, Madrid, and Bayern players openly court potential targets during the season and utilize news companies such as Marca and Bild as unofficial mouthpieces of the club. As others have stated Sarri did many things well but one area he struggled with was public relations. His outward indifference to CHO’s international success and challenging supporters over their support of youngsters were two instances that just seemed needless and ignorant.




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03 Jul 2019 09:52:43
I get the sentiments of the initial post; however would argue that it pertains more so to the likes of the purchase of players to fill roles in the squad that don’t have the possibility for accruing much time. Players that fit this criteria recently would include drinkwater and zappacosta; however the club hasn’t done this nearly as much in the past 2 years as it had in the 5 years preceding. Morata and Bakayoko were never brought in to be squad players and also bakayoko was supposed to be given a year to develop behind matic; however was forced to replace him despite being injured when matic pushed for a move.