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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.




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.




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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.



14 Jun 2020 23:36:51
Purely hypothetical question here. If you could add one of Sancho or Havertz under the conditions that the price would be the same, who would you choose and why?


1.) 15 Jun 2020 00:31:52
Tough question, I personally like Havertz having seen him play live quite a few times while I lived Cologne. His ability to play many positions is exactly what Frank would be thrilled to have for his tactical set up. He also fills a big hole in a creative #10 spot, while being able to interchange with Ziyech during any time of the match.

The 2 or 3 years of consistency is also quite impressive and his game should translate well to the Premier League.

2.) 15 Jun 2020 08:06:17
I think, as a squad, we need a 10 more than we need a right winger. Ziyech, Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi are all capable of playing on the right - I think Ziyech playing as an inverted winger and James overlapping will be an important part of our attacking play.

Whilst capable as 10's both Mount and Loftus-Cheek talk about wanting to play as a number 8. Certainly for Mount I think starting from deeper will suit his game, late movement into the box etc. - and, for me, Loftus-Cheek is at his best when carrying the ball from deep.

Havertz just offers more, he's natural in the 10 role whilst also being capable on the wing and even as a striker.

Long story short - Havertz over Sancho for me.

3.) 15 Jun 2020 10:05:01
Definitely Kai over Jadon.

4.) 15 Jun 2020 10:12:08
Agree with all said by J and Matt-24. Have not watched hime enough, and there will be many better judges on this forum, but from what I've seen I think Havertz would be a very special signing for us indeed.

5.) 15 Jun 2020 10:56:49
I feel like signing Harvertz in a sense is just like when we signed Hazard. Different type of players but Harvertz has the quality to step up to that level. When I watch him play he just has this flair and swagger about him that makes you feel like he would be top class in any league.

Still think Jadon is a great talent but he is priced out unfortunately, With what the team needs I think Kai would be the right call.

6.) 15 Jun 2020 10:39:12
I’d personally take Havertz. Love watching Sancho as he reminds me so much of Hazard but he has growing up to do and Chelsea are in a good place at the moment, we don’t need the wrong headlines.

Havertz is class and his play looks effortless, glides across the pitch and can use both feet, arrives in the box at the right times, lovely weight of pass and can score every kind of goal.

Also seems more grounded, hardworking and humble! Reminds me a lot of a young Lampard. Would fit into the team easier than I think a big ego and price tag like Sancho would.

7.) 15 Jun 2020 13:23:56
Bucking the trend - I'd go for Jadon Sancho. His record of assists and goals this season is phenomenal.

I truly believe that Sancho has it in him to be the new superstar a la Ronaldo.

Also, and I don't think this should be underestimated, he desperately wants to come to us.

8.) 15 Jun 2020 15:33:30
As bad as it is if he really wants Chelsea he's going to have to do a Diego Costa and demand to only be sold to Chelsea. He should also get rid of his agent.

9.) 15 Jun 2020 15:43:04
Then he should have a word with his agent Mrs drogba.



21 Jan 2020 05:54:08
The biggest thing I think this team lacks is attitude. I can't tell you how much I miss watching Diego literally fighting the opposition for every inch. Our best teams always had a mentality that we might not win but if you beat us you damn well we're going to earn it. It pains me to say this but I feel like I'm watching some of wenger's later teams when watching this group play. This nastiness isn't an easy thing to cultivate and I hate identifying an issue without proposing a solution. That said the present mindset is a far greater issue than Jorginho, Kepa, tactics, or whatever else has been identified.


1.) 21 Jan 2020 08:05:42
Emma Hayes recent comment (sure it’s not original) “Finishing second is finishing last”. I like to see that attitude in every aspect of play.

2.) 21 Jan 2020 10:14:36
Tk i am missing that too, also how poor are we from Corners? I can't even remember last time we scored from one.

Corners used to be one of our strong points but somehow it died down under Sarri and Lampard.

3.) 21 Jan 2020 10:57:44
As said after Newcastle game we were and are generally dreadful from most set pieces if particularly poor at attacking (and defending) corners. Mindset also important here of course not least in extent of desire to be first to the ball by main strikers/ CBs. Didier, Diego and John T. exemplary here, and Gary Cahill also impressive.



18 Dec 2019 02:37:22
I got to thinking about our midfield and I truly think we need to go back to a 433 and ditch the 4231. When we play in a 4231 we become extremely disconnected between the double pivot and the attacking band which has all sorts of ramifications. For me I like kovacic at the base as he does a tremendous job of single handedly breaking the press either through dribbling past the opposition or his ability to play any pass. Kante should be given license to run and will naturally complement kovacic in providing cover if he steps forward while also pressing the opposition in an attempt to recover the ball high up the pitch. I would partner these two with mount as he provides the best goal threat of our available midfielders and does a tremendous job of triggering our press and is likely the best goal threat we have in our midfield, even though he certainly has holes in his game at least he moment. I think RLC is more suited to this role than mount when they're both at their best but we can't count on rueben at the moment. While Jorginho does a good job of controlling our attacking tempo and plays a number of threatening passes from deep, he doesn't provide a goal threat and needs support defensively.




24 Nov 2019 19:42:43
While Jorginho got a lot of stick for giving away possession on the first goal, I'm surprised nobody has addressed the inability of our center halves to make any sort of incisive build up contribution. City gained control of the game when they started sitting back off Zouma and Tomori and allowed them to play lateral passes that didn't serve much purpose beyond circulating possession. City would allow them acres of space to dribble into which they never did and press once the ball as it was advanced to the next compartment.

This resulted in Jorginho and Kovacic dropping incredibly deep in order to advance the ball and ultimately resulted in the give always being so costly. Once Jorginho was removed from the game we seemed utterly incapable of linking defense to attack. While I don't expect Tomori and Zouma to play the ball as well as Bonucci they need to at least threaten the opponent enough to make the opponent challenge them on the ball or teams will continue to force us to play through a low block which is exceptionally tough.


1.) 25 Nov 2019 09:13:59
It's a Jorginho inquest on here after every loss mate.




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01 Jul 2020 14:59:14
Agree with the sentiment that while SMS is a very quality player, he isn’t what we need. We have Kante and Kovacic to man deeper midfield positions and I’m not sure that SMS is at his best in an advanced role. Also keep in mind the price would be up there and he isn’t necessarily young at this point.




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28 Jun 2020 04:46:13
Sadly I think that the Raiola type agents are becoming the norm. Ed has mentioned Sancho’s agent being the hold up on a deal. At a certain point you have to play their game and accept the territory that comes with it.




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28 Jun 2020 04:44:23
I’m astounded how little slack CHO has gotten this season in light of his TORN ACHILLES. That’s generally a full year out (see RLC) .

I agree in that I would love for him to have a ton of time as he started to come into his own last year once he got consistent time. That said I don’t buy the notion that we’re swimming in depth.

Pulisic has shown he’s not a stranger to injuries, Werner will likely only play on the wing in emergency situations, Ziyech will be new to the league and have AFCON, Willian will be another year older if he stays, and Mount has almost never played wide this year and was absent when he did.

If city can justify keeping Sane, Sterling, Mahrez, and Bernardo on the same team then I think we should be able to make it work also.




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27 Jun 2020 16:42:21
I’d like to see us go after Donarumma of Milan. Has the size to cope with the prem and his distribution is a major upgrade on kepa’s. He’s got a ton of experience since he became Milan’s first choice keeper at 17 but is now roughly the same age Courtois was when he returned from loan. Financially Milan are in a tough position between C.V., lack of top end European football revenue, and the current owners trying to sell. On top of this Donarumma only has 1 year left on his contract.

As an aside the thing that makes me nervous about Onana is his involvement in the African Cup of Nations which would mean we lose him for a month every other year through the middle of the season. Most positions can stomach rotation like that but keeper is so stability based.




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14 Jun 2020 23:24:42
I don’t think ake is a significant improvement on anything we have and is relatively comparable to Christensen (albeit left footed) . If we were going to sign a center back I would desire someone who could marshal the defense and would be an automatic selection.





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09 Jul 2020 04:02:21
It’s really tough to guess as it’s basically pissing in the wind based upon media speculation of players we’ve been linked with. At keeper I would like to go after Donarumma as he is in a spot where Milan need to extend him or sell him and Onana has been angling to leave Ajax. Both would be massive upgrades but the question is whether the club is willing to move on from the investment in Kepa. We’ve been linked with half of the left backs in the world but I will say that Chilwell hasn’t shown me enough to be 3X as expensive as Telles or Tagliafico who both are improvements and available. At CB we all are begging for a leader but there simply aren’t a ton of those guys in the world and the clubs that have them are certainly not inclined to sell them. I’d be interested to see Ampadu but can’t imagine him being a revelation which is basically what we need at the moment.




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05 Jul 2020 03:57:45
Have been saying he’s the pick of our (albeit poor) center backs all season. Keep in mind that today’s performance was only his second start since March and that lack of continuity will have an effect. He might struggle on the ball but it isn’t like the rest of our defense are Bonucci on the ball. He has everything you could ask for physically to handle the oppositions attacker and has the discipline to know where to be at all times which Rüdiger lacks. For me he should be the first defender on our team sheet and I’m at a loss as to why Frank thinks otherwise.




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04 Jul 2020 16:36:56
I don’t think Tammy has gotten as tough of a ride on here as some players have but I do think a lot of the comments regarding Tammy have been relative to the individuals expectations. When he gets slated it is seemingly in the context of his capability to perform the job of a top 4 striker which is a big ask. I don’t think anybody is naive to the fact that Tammy’s success has largely come in the championship and we don’t create a ton of chances as a team. I also think the wages argument is silly. Anybody in life is worth what someone is willing to pay them.




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29 Jun 2020 17:44:25
I agree in that he isn’t worth the prices being projected and although I think we desperately need an improvement at LB I would rather keep our two than purchase him at that price. There are a number of interesting options potentially in play between Alaba, Tagliafico, Telles, and Sandro.




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29 Jun 2020 04:05:51
Frank said post match that Christensen has a hip issue which kept him out of training (and the squad for today’s game) . Didn’t really discuss a timeline but I have to imagine that if he isn’t able to train at the weekend he likely won’t start midweek.