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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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27 Mar 2021 00:09:39
Hindsight is obviously 20:20 but I've got to say I'm hoping against hope that for whatever reason Tomori's purchase option isn't taken advantage of. He is literally tailor made for our current setup with his pace on the outside of the 3 CB's as well as his underrated ability on the ball. Additionally having the sweeper provides the insurance for him to step out and be aggressive to break up play which was punished when we played 2 CB's as we became outnumbered. His game is relatively similar to Rudiger's and anybody who is objective can see how much success he's had in this setup. Here's to hoping that he's back next season.


1.) 27 Mar 2021 10:45:49
Hindsight is a wonderful thing Tk and we all suffer from it.

Sadly, I think Tomori will be leaving in the summer window.



11 Mar 2021 12:17:49
I'll admit it's small sample size but I really enjoy the idea of Havertz as a #9 if the team continues to set up and play as we have under Tuchel. Most of our attacks ultimately result in situations where we're camped in the final 3rd with the opponent sitting extremely deep. Havertz has excellent close control and is great at finding pockets of space. Additionally he's very good in the air and moves extremely well for someone of his height. By playing him as the #9 he has the ability to drop deep and draw defenders while Werner runs behind (comparable to Firmino with Mane/ Salah) . All of this is obviously subject to the manner in which we play but werners pace is nullified and his lack of close control will continue to negatively impact our attacks as long as the opponents continue to park double deckers.


1.) 11 Mar 2021 12:52:31
If Havertz playing as a 9 brings the best out of our very talented squad then I couldn’t agree more Tk.

My guess is TT will go with horses for course as his tenure progresses. I do expect changes in shape according to the opposition.



22 Feb 2021 02:35:23
Although there has been a ton of moaning on the site over the past couple days I haven't seen one topic addressed that I thought played a huge role. We set up with a back 3 of Rudiger, Zouma, and Dave with Kante and Kovacic in front of them. As a result our ball progression into forward areas was outrageously slow. This system relies on the three CB's massively in various manners. The outside CB's are relied upon to be the free man as opponents traditionally don't defend them so they need to carry the ball forward from deep when invited and provide an outlet once deep in the attacking third which I think they did. The middle CB is responsible for ball progression whether that's playing it short into the CM's or looking to hit diagonals to our attacking group. I thought Zouma struggled with that but in fairness he's never really had those characteristics in his repertoire so it's hard to expect him to all of the sudden be capable when he's been out of the side. As far as our CM's go, one is primarily responsible for providing a point of reference for the entire team in order to circulate, advance, or switch the attacking play. Jorginho does this really well as his lack of mobility naturally suits him to sit in the pocket and distribute (Matic role under Conte) . Kante and Kovacic both have many qualities but neither are suited to that and I passively wonder how Billy Gilmour would've done in that role. All that said I understand that the sheer volume of games makes injuries and rotation issues inevitable but I do think it's odd that both Christensen and Jorginho missed this past game.


{Ed0666's Note - Are you allergic to paragraphs mate?

1.) 22 Feb 2021 08:56:07
I thought this platform was for Chelsea fans to discuss the club in all aspects warts and all. But there seems to be an inference that some of us bang on negatively about everything just because we lose a game of football without really saying what we do want. I may be getting a little thin skinned in my old age but I am getting the impression I am one of the posters being accused of banging on. Let’s get one thing straight regarding results. I never once complained during the bad run under Lampard, and I never once crowed how brilliant Chelsea were during the unbeaten run. But I tell you what I did think, I was delighted with the clubs general direction, YA boys getting a chance, and my young countryman Billy Gilmour getting a game it was just Brilliant. And all valid, even on the losing run, which was a hellish run of fixtures in the darkest of winter. It was refreshing to see the removal of the over the hill gang who had not or could no longer deliver the big trophies for the club, all this changing and being replaced with a plan that looked to set decent foundations for a decade. Under Frank off the books went Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Morata, Moses, and out of the team went Alonso, Rudiger, Kepa, Emerson and in part Jorginho and Azpi were being phased. I agreed with every one of those decisions. I also agreed with the identification of Declan Rice as a key signing moving forward. I wanted this player at Chelsea. Everything fitted. The boy is a great player, a LEADER, an experienced PL player, supremely fit, a tough tackler, and importantly a Chelsea fan, a player desperate to play for the club, I believe his father is a season ticket holder. m? But no that won’t be happening. Instead the boy will go to United or Liverpool. Chelsea are wrong on this. and it hurts.
On a post the other day on here someone stated Rice wasn’t worth £80m more like £40m. That is £16m less than slug slow weak as water Jorginho! I mean come on. Anyway that is all water under the bridge. What we have now is a new coach doing the same stuff as before. He double subbed one of our 20 year old protégés something he would never have done to a cash signed player. I thought it was an alarming decision, imo TT hasn’t done enough in football to be pulling that kind of stunt. The j Kay manager to do that at Chelsea was that clown Sarri, and guess who he done it to? YA player CHO. We now have the three over the hill players back in the first team who will let us down m. I guarantee you, not because they are bad people but because they do not have the right stuff to move the club forward. It’s over for them at SB. I can take Chelsea dropping off m, if I can see what is being built, but at this point Chelsea are back in the groove ofsacking coaches propped up by a scattergun approach to recruitment. I don’t think that approach will have the same success as it did in the first decade of RA’s ownership. I hope I am wrong.

2.) 22 Feb 2021 09:39:37
Tk; Thank you. I think your post makes a tonne of sense. You’ve clearly seen what I observed in our game against Southampton. If we played that Southampton with Jorginho and Kovacic in the CM and Christensen (instead of Zouma) like we did against Newcastle, we would have won that Southampton game very easily. I tried to stress on similar points some days back but it was overtaken by by some posters arguing on how good Kante stats was in the game against Southampton.
I think a good attack starts from the transition of play in the midfield and we never had that good transition with Kovacic and Kante playing together (against Southampton), I still maintain that a CM duo of Jorginho and Kovacic gives us the best transition of play in our midfield (at the moment) and will serve our attack better. I think Kante has to re-adapt his game a little bit to form a good partnership with Kovacic cos at the moment, a CM duo of Kante and Kovacic isn’t and hasn’t been working.

3.) 22 Feb 2021 10:25:13
Stephen60, you're right about one thing: you are one of the posters 'being accused of banging on'! Lol.

4.) 22 Feb 2021 10:38:30
Great analysis Stephen.

I don't have a problem with TT, I just can't see where we are headed. We seem to be gathering talents and hoping it would work.

It's not basketball that you just put a few stars in and they win everything.

5.) 22 Feb 2021 10:56:04
Obinna, I agree with you about our CM set up. Leaving aside Silva I do not rate our CBs. Playing Zouma and/ or Rudiger really slows us up. I would pick Christensen above the other two because he is mobile and can carry the ball into midfield quickly.

6.) 22 Feb 2021 12:33:03
Stephen, I’m happy for you to bang about any subject you like mate.

I may not agree with everything you post but I always find them interesting and it’s good to have lots of alternative views on this site.

I think on the CH point raised generally. I think both Rudiger and Zouma will be leaving the club in the summer but doesn’t necessarily mean we are got to splash the cash in a replacement.

I also think we be saying goodbye to at least one CM player and again it doesn’t mean will be in the market for a replacement.

I think Giroud or Tammy will leave in the summer and I do think we will be looking to sign a top 25/ 30 goals a season striker.

7.) 22 Feb 2021 12:41:57
It goes against what quite a few believe to be the case but if we are going to play in the way TT has set us up we need a ball playing CB and Jorghino to be in the side.
Kurt and Kante despite his hard work didn't help the continuity of our play against the Saints.
I hasten to add I am a fan of both players but not in a 343/ 352 formation.
Same applies to Chilwell who is better suited to four at the back.
It's a tricky situation for the manager to deal with half way through a season.

8.) 22 Feb 2021 13:37:39
Stephen you need to get over Frank he’s gone and I doubt whether he was responsible for getting rid of Zappacosta etc I think that was down to the board- don’t worry about him he’s sitting on his arse pulling in 75K a week.
You may be right about over-the- hill players but you have an inflated perception about the abilities of our academy players. How many, if any, would get into Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd or Leicester? These are the teams we are chasing.

9.) 22 Feb 2021 13:59:57
Tom I hope you are right about Zouma and Rudiger leaving in the summer.

10.) 22 Feb 2021 15:01:44
Good debate. Love it. I’m actually a fan of Zouma. Imo Chelsea can have a problem defending set piece play and scoring from set play without Zouma in the team. However he needs Silva to boost his confidence in possession, but all the CBs at Chelsea pass the ball better when Thiago is in the team next to them! Silva is that good. Sorry, I don’t like Rudiger, I think he cheats. To me he is not a team player, and he always appears agitated and close to imploding rather than being relaxed and focused as an experienced international should be. I put Alonso in that same bracket, he cheats, he doesn’t work hard enough and always looks to shirk V the really good teams or when things are not going well. Neither are Chelsea class. Antonio got a great season out of Alonso and Moses in 2017, the club should have cashed in on that. Christiansen is good and dare I say it the opposite of Rudiger to an extent, can be too relaxed and lacks that wee bit of nastiness but he is a good footballer. And is worthy of being at Chelsea, but with his style of play in the PL I think in the long he will be sold but I can see Andreas ending up at somewhere like Bayern! He is very much their style if player. For Atleti away, I would go 4-1-4-1. Mendy, Azpi, Zouma, Silva, Chillwell, Kante, James, Kova, Jorginho, Mount, Abraham. I think the challenge will come in the 2nd leg in this one, when Chelsea may well need to make the running, do Chelsea have the grit?

11.) 22 Feb 2021 15:33:44
As I’ve said before if Zouma needs babysitting by Silva he shouldn’t be in the team. Abraham will get eaten alive by the Atlectico defenders, I’d rather play my Mum up front.

12.) 22 Feb 2021 16:01:05
No disrespect to you mum Jimbo but I will stick with Tammy. Not that it matters because my guess is he won’t be starting anyway.

13.) 22 Feb 2021 16:07:45
😂. Harsh Jimbo, but I get your thought process. I struggle to see Chelsea scoring from open play. A Corner and header from a CB, a free kick, or possibly a trip in the box on the marauding Mount for a pen.

14.) 22 Feb 2021 16:20:38
Tom I’ve spoken to my Mum and she accepts that Tammy should play in her place as she has missed training because her walking frame was in for repairs.

15.) 22 Feb 2021 16:48:19
Feel for your poor old mum Jimbo. When it’s fixed can she let Alonso give it a spin?

16.) 22 Feb 2021 19:34:13
Tom it’s funny how we all take a dislike to certain players, I don’t mind Alonso he has certain attributes as well as weaknesses. Anyone who has read my posts knows mine. I am still unsure about Chilwell he started well then faded and now is not getting into the team because of our formation. That said, I don’t see why he couldn’t adapt to play at wingback.

17.) 22 Feb 2021 20:21:46
Very true Jimbo, we all have players we dislike and like.

I’m obviously not a fan of Alonso. On the occasions he hasn’t put the minimum effort to defend, I literally feel physically sick, because that should be the minimum requirement.

The other player I’m not a fan of is Rudiger. Sometimes I think he hasn’t got a clue where he is in the box. Good defenders for me have a natural instinct and for me he is all over the place. I think a poster once said “he requires a sat nav”.

I will support both when they play and under TT they are both playing ok but it’s just an accident waiting to happen for me I’m afraid.

18.) 22 Feb 2021 21:33:12
Tom I certainly agree with you about Rudiger but Zouma is no better.

19.) 22 Feb 2021 21:43:50
That’s why I’ve said in a previous post that I believe two CH’s will be leaving in the next window.



13 Feb 2021 08:25:58
Recently I've seen a few posts referencing playing Reece as the rcb in a back 3 and I think he would be incredible in that role. For starters he has the physical ability to perform the job but would obviously not be the most defensively solid player we put there. That said this defender is consistently given all sorts of time on the ball by the opponent which I think Reece would take advantage of massively. Additionally he would be able to get crosses in with limited pressure when the opponents are packed in deep. If Tuchel feels confident playing Emerson in that capacity, I can't see why he wouldn't be willing to give Reece a shot.


1.) 13 Feb 2021 09:11:58
Fully agree tk and I think playing him as a defender more than a full back gives him the chance to get better at the defensive side especially next to Silva. He can still use that RCB role to whip his crosses in also.

2.) 13 Feb 2021 09:35:42
I can see this happening but I think Tommy Tickle will stick with Azpi this season. It also depends on TT's summer spending and whether he intends playing a back 3 next year - it has not been his usual set-up.

3.) 13 Feb 2021 13:41:49
He'd be excellent there. Look at some of the advanced positions Azpilicueta has found himself in, James's additional quality on the ball would add another dimension to the team.



10 Nov 2020 23:19:23
I think recent performances have illustrated that our midfield as currently constructed is best when set up as a 433 rather than a 4231. When we play like this we seem to be much quicker at advancing the ball through compartments when we break which gives the opponent far less time to get into their shape defensively. Additionally we've been much better at pressing high up the pitch which allows Kante to read the game and break counters high up the pitch before they start. Mount seems much more suited to a #8 role than a #10 and while havertz is better floating as a 10 he is still more than capable operating as an 8. One added benefit of this is we tend to be operating much higher up the pitch which gives opponents a longer distance to advance to reach our goal and our team more time to get back if countered on. I'm glad that frank has seemingly found a system that works for us and hopefully we can continue in this manner for some time.


1.) 11 Nov 2020 04:12:34
One player I think who could come back and play the box to box role in a 4-3-3 is Conor Gallagher. Very impressed with him so far for West Brom he’s been a shining light in a a struggling team. He’s got a good engine and very well built so he’ll definitely be able to hold his own. Gallagher is quite effective in the final third also. I know Kova had a decent game against Sheffield United but I just don’t honk he’ll do enough in that position long term.

2.) 11 Nov 2020 09:32:09
Ross Barkley has never been ‘ripper’ (for want of a better word) to play for Chelsea at any time in his career than now. He’s a completely different player at the moment (playing at Aston Villa) . He will bring something we have never seen (good) to the Chelsea midfield (4-3-3) if we bring him back into the team next season from Aston Villa. Please I strongly think that Chelsea shouldn’t sell Ross Barkley but incorporate him back into the next season. He’s got that maturity than all the players (Loftus Cheek, C. Gallagher etc. ) that we have out on loan, and I think he’s entering a new prime in his game from what I have seen from his exploits at Villa.

3.) 12 Nov 2020 12:08:13
Villa seem to be playing Barkley as almost an out and out striker with little tracking back demanded; not sure that would work at Chelsea.

4.) 12 Nov 2020 16:36:00
If Barkley is a striker, I wonder what Watkins or Grealish or Trezeguet play as? He (Barkley) is perfect playing as a no 8.

5.) 13 Nov 2020 13:04:46
No idea why we let him go. We have only Kovacic to cover mount and havertz. I never want to see Kante or Jorginho any further forward.




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23 Apr 2021 20:57:49
I think the club could integrate Ampadu ego would be capable of playing in such a midfield role as well as providing cover at the back as I expect we'll have some turnover among our cbs as well.




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06 Apr 2021 22:10:03
Jules Kounde would unequivocally be my first choice if we were to sign a CB. He reminds me so much of Thiago Silva it isn’t funny. They both are undersized but play bigger than their measurements. They’re both incredibly mobile, which is far more important to me than size with how football is being played at the moment. He’s exceptional from a defensive awareness and technique standpoint which is so rare nowadays as I feel like most young defenders are simply excellent physical specimens but are technically very underwhelming. He easily would be my pick of the litter.




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04 Oct 2020 13:34:42
Fabinho is the best true defensive midfielder in the game and he plays for pool. In the main though, I would agree that partey’s biggest asset is his immediate availability via his release clause.




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27 Sep 2020 20:02:59
I think we as a club will be far better served allowing him to go on loan and getting a great deal of minutes rather than staying here and trying to work his way back in limited minutes.




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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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07 Sep 2021 22:55:02
I would play CHO out there. He’s been in training over the international break and realistically Matt Targett doesn’t threaten us as much getting forward as other fullbacks. Dave has already played 180 minutes this international break with tomorrow’s game still providing more possible minutes. If CHO doesn’t start on Saturday in that role then I think it indicates that Tuchel doesn’t really have intentions on using him there.




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17 Apr 2021 06:01:56
In fairness I think Kepa really lowered our expectations as far as keepers go. Mendy has been solid in making the expected saves and claiming balls that should be claimed. That said he struggles on the ball and has demonstrated a limited ability to come for balls played behind our back line that most elite modern keepers clean up with regularity. I think Mendy provides the safety of not having to make any panic purchases at the position but I don’t think he’s a world class keeper which realistically we should have.




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12 Apr 2021 21:09:39
Kounde is absolute class and would be my pick of defenders. I understand the height concerns about he’s just as tall as Silva and both have an excellent leap. Additionally most teams nowadays rarely attack aerially and against us in particular most teams set up to counter and run behind our defense which Kounde’s pace would be suited to.




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12 Apr 2021 21:05:45
Because he’s had injury issues dating back to the Sarri season which are easily relatable to his over usage. Tuchel acknowledged it very early on.




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31 Mar 2021 12:39:43
I think the club could go in a number of different directions. If we can get a guy like haaland then purchase you him. If you can’t get him then you could keep Havertz as a #9 where he’s shown a ton of promise and purchase a rotational option in the likelihood that giroud and Tammy move on. My wish for the club is that we don’t buy just for the sake of filling slots as you end up with drinkwater and Zappa costa.