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20 Jan 2020 18:23:32
Being reported that Eddie Newton may well be leaving to join an overseas club as assistant manager.

Loved him as a player and I'm my opinion, very unlucky not to get a few England caps.

Also loved him as an assistant to Robbie D. Will always be welcome back at the Bridge.


1.) 20 Jan 2020 23:05:56
Agree 100%. A proper Chelsea man, had the pleasure of speaking to him a few times and he was fantastic.

2.) 21 Jan 2020 10:51:54
Agreed and all the very best to Eddie in this new venture if reports accurate.

3.) 21 Jan 2020 11:05:54
Its a concern as he was by far the most experienced coach at the club.
I guess he wasnt part of the core team and decided to move on to new opportunities.
Good luck Eddie.



12 Jan 2020 13:03:34
How do my fellow posters feel about this Kante going to Madrid story?

I can't believe we would sell him in this window but who knows. I guess it's all about the price!

Any input from the Eds would be appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - Whoever has told you that Kante is leaving this month is teasing you Tom.}

1.) 12 Jan 2020 15:39:18
I think, be it to Madrid or elsewhere, he'll move on in the summer - and I wouldn't blame him if he did.

I don't think he really fits into our current system, I've said before that he's a world class round peg in a square hole. Plus, for him, I'd imagine the opportunity to play for someone like Madrid or Juventus is tempting - surely it would be for any player? He's won everything in England - the opportunity to go and do so in another top league, at another top club, must be tempting.

Best of luck to him if he does leave.

2.) 12 Jan 2020 17:19:13
Thanks for the reply Ed and thank god for that.

3.) 12 Jan 2020 18:20:18
Kante is a world class player and will forever be a legend for us. I think he deserves his exit if he wants to try something new. I couldn't disagree with your post J.

Next year he will be 29 years and it will be the perfect time to sale him and recoup some money.

4.) 12 Jan 2020 18:59:56
Keep at all costs and get players to fit around him. His world class. Only world class player we have, make captain too,

{Ed047's Note - to right, he’s incredible

5.) 12 Jan 2020 20:57:08
Fabian Ruiz - kante.

6.) 12 Jan 2020 21:12:53
We might need more than one player to replace Kante Matt.

If he goes and I hope he doesn’t he will be a big loss.

7.) 12 Jan 2020 22:34:07
Matt, I did something I don’t usually do. I checked out the player you mentioned as a replacement for Kante. He does look like a very good player.

8.) 12 Jan 2020 23:10:22
I meant to play beside him, kante AND Ruiz,

9.) 13 Jan 2020 08:01:31
Understood Matt but the lad looks like a player!

10.) 13 Jan 2020 08:58:33
I think Kante has many years left in him and why would we not want to keep him? We have a lot of young players at the club and they NEED great role models. Who could be a better role model than Kante?

Jorghino I have a lot of respect for. He drives a lot of what the team does. He is dedicated. He communicates and he leads. Communication he knows is important and he learnt English so that he can do that well. Ahaon, a role model, for our younger emerging players.

11.) 13 Jan 2020 11:08:35
Good points celery.



13 Dec 2019 00:42:50
I suppose it depends how posters and fans view Willian but other than a couple of details it looks like he is signing a new contract and it could be a two year deal.


1.) 13 Dec 2019 08:55:50
grest servant to us and happy to see him stay with us.

2.) 13 Dec 2019 10:25:44
Sell on value, doesn’t leave on a free, good news.

3.) 14 Dec 2019 09:08:43
He's having a decent season. There's no guarantee Sancho would perform (for £100m) in the Premier League, Boga is performing well but in a disappointingly poor quality Italian league and Zaha is inconsistent in the league already. I've previously said it's time for him to move on, maybe I was wrong.

There wouldn't be much experience in the wing and forward positions after Giroud and Pedro leave. If for no other reason than that, keeping him makes some sense.



07 Dec 2019 17:17:59
I'm told that Lamps wants two players in this window. All I know is they are both left footed.

I can't see it being Chilwell unfortunately.


1.) 07 Dec 2019 17:54:35
Ake maybe tom?
Think we need a commanding cb maybe that will be rudi when he’s back but we’re conceding some really sloppy goals
Haven’t seen the game today anyone come out with any credit or just a poor team performance?

2.) 07 Dec 2019 17:54:58
Who told you that?

3.) 07 Dec 2019 20:34:31
My Dad Kepa!

4.) 07 Dec 2019 20:59:17
Weird family you’ve got with Jorginho you’re love child as well must be proud.

5.) 07 Dec 2019 22:48:14
Keep up with the posts Frankie .

6.) 07 Dec 2019 22:56:24
Danny, I guess Ake could be one of them.

7.) 08 Dec 2019 06:11:22
IMO I don't really rate Ake and I would rather we go for an experienced and established CB this time. We already have a lot of squad players and only need starters. We need to do a Van Dirk like Liverpool.
Again I think we should also consider players with physical characteristics hence forth. We're often bullied by teams and that's unlike Chelsea which was our hallmark.

8.) 08 Dec 2019 07:17:02
Thanks for the reply Tom 👍🏻
I like ake ilo I know he’s not the biggest where Zouma is more physical but not commanding like you say Van Dijk but maybe some like koudabily would be the answer for us.

9.) 08 Dec 2019 10:36:08
I doubt KK will move from Napoli and I doubt chelsea are linked with him anymore. He will be 29 next summer and will Chelsea invest so much money on a 29 year old? History says no.

Sancho will be a real target in Janyary and Ake is the other. I think Lamps needs to see Rudiger before he koves for Ake though.

10.) 08 Dec 2019 15:18:12
From what I’m hearing there’s a bit of a war going on at Napoli between the owner and players and I’ve read he may be open to letting Koulibaly go.



17 Jan 2019 16:50:29
Looks like Higuaín will soon be signing and should be available for the Arsenal game.


1.) 17 Jan 2019 17:36:34
Would be good to have him on the bench. Think we'll start with a false 9 either way.

2.) 17 Jan 2019 19:09:55

CHO Pedro and HAZARD.

3.) 17 Jan 2019 20:19:37
weely if he won't sign a new contract why would sarri bother having any time for him? cho.

4.) 17 Jan 2019 21:16:49
Pedro, Hazard and CHO would form our best attack, but think Sarri will favour Willian. Especially as both he and Pedro scored last game. Here is to hoping that Higuain brings back the best of Hazard - we need him scoring like he was at the beginning of the season.




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10 Feb 2020 20:49:39
I'm told the Chelsea kids have put on a very impressive performance tonight. Well done Andy Myers and his coaching team.

More fantastic Youngsters to come through the system.


1.) 11 Feb 2020 00:12:11
Ed Brand coaches the youth team Andy Myers is now responsible for the U23 development squad.
Might sound odd but it was a performance defined by a really poor Wolves side who looked way out of there depth possibly because they had a few 16yo playing.
This isn't a group that contains players that look the quality of James/ Mount/ Tammy/ Ruben/ Clifford.
Anjorin maybe but his physique makes it easy at youth level so until he is tested against men on a regular basis its difficult to know.

2.) 11 Feb 2020 05:22:37
My mistake Turvey.

As I said, I was told we had played well but you have given a very good assessment of our performance and the quality of the opposition.

They are only kids and they have a long journey in front of them but I live in hope.

3.) 11 Feb 2020 07:48:46
Turvey, that is incredibly harsh. Wolves themselves are no mugs and we just simply blew them away. You mentioned Anjorin, but what about Ian Maatsen, Marcel Lewis and Lewis Bate who I all thiught were superb. You mention Wolves looking out of their depth because of a younger squad- Chelsea had more 16 year olds playing than them.
And why is Clifford in the list with the above?
It's time to accept that like it or not, we have top prospects at every single age group and are rightly now the dominant team in youth football in England, maybe worldwide.

4.) 11 Feb 2020 08:43:36
Hopefully in 3 years we will have a proper defensive midfielder then Loftus-Cheek and Anjorin either side of him. The technicality and power WOW 🤩.

5.) 11 Feb 2020 12:39:17
I can't believe anyone who saw last nights match can think that Wolves were anything other than being way out of there depth.
Cundy commented on the very same issue infact
I have been watching Chelsea youth teams since Roman arrived at the club and seen hundreds of talented kids fail to develop into even PL footballers never mind chelsea first team regulars.
RLC has ongoing injury problems which make it unlikely he will reach his full potential and Anjorin has been somewhat injury prone as well regettably.
Being a very talented youth team player rarely translates into success at the top level this isn't a criticism just a reality.

6.) 11 Feb 2020 12:47:47
With regard to Connor I think he will be the next player to break into the first team squad maybe as early as next season in place of Barkley.



07 Feb 2020 17:42:31
I don't want this to happen but I have a feeling Kante will be leaving in the summer.

I wonder what replacement Lamps and the Club will choose.

Replacing World Class players as we know isn't easy!


1.) 07 Feb 2020 21:24:38
If we are going to sell him this summer would be the optimum time fee wise.
I could imagine him being interested in a move to Real probably not PSG.
I think much will depend if he really wants to stay at the club in the knowledge that significant trophies are years away.

2.) 07 Feb 2020 21:35:15
It’s simple maths. If lamps wants to play a two man midfield in future he should stay as he’s world class deeper. If he wants to play a 3 I’d sell and invest in someone who fits the formation better. All down to what Frank wants to play going forward. Kante would fetch 60-80 million in today’s market and considering age.

3.) 08 Feb 2020 00:42:08
tom could u blame kante if he did want to leave. last season and this season he's been played outa position. he's the best defensive midfielder in the world and were trying to play him further forward makes zero sense.

4.) 08 Feb 2020 07:03:20
He'll likely want to explore his options, can't blame him for that. I think when most world class players finally hang their boots up they don't want the regret of not playing for a Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus or even Bayern Munich when they could have had the chance.

5.) 08 Feb 2020 09:36:58
he probably also realises we can no longer compete with liverpool or city so were likely to go through this transition for a couple of seasons with possibly no trophies maybe that's going through mind.



22 Jan 2020 19:30:06
Although nothing has been specified about Lewis Baker coming back from his loan, it doesn't look good.

The lad had plenty of talent I hope he isn't going to waist it.


1.) 22 Jan 2020 20:46:31
Perhaps hip or thigh it instead?

2.) 22 Jan 2020 22:00:34
Not sure what that means Roweycfc but I’m sure other posters do?

3.) 23 Jan 2020 00:25:16
That ship sailed a long time ago. You love mediocrity Tom.

4.) 22 Jan 2020 23:42:50
You wrote waist instead of waste.

5.) 23 Jan 2020 05:15:26
I had no idea that people follow my posts so closely.

MarkSteinIsMean, please note I said “had”

JustCallYouDave, apologies, I will try and be more accurate in future.

6.) 24 Jan 2020 07:03:55
No worries Tom, was just me being my usual idiotic self. I used to really rate Lewis, and I still think his set piece delivery and total twofootedness is something that we could really use on the team now. I wonder if perhaps he got a bit jaded with the loan life, or perhaps he just wasn’t as good as many of us armchair fans thought! There’s a reason we aren’t professional scouts! Saying that I hope he can at least get his career back on track to play at a decent level someday, even if not for us anymore.



20 Jan 2020 20:49:17
I've enjoyed this site even more than usual over the last few days.

Posters views and questions to the Eds have, in my opinion and as far as I can see, been asked in a civil manor.

Passions always run high after a defeat but in the main criticisms of the club, management, players and fellow posters have been generally constructive.

Thanks as always, to my fellow posters and the Eds.




19 Jan 2020 17:03:26
Anyway, onwards and upwards.

We will beat the gooners on Tuesday and all be right with the world, for a few days.

Be interesting to see if MA continues with the City tactic of tag team fouls!


1.) 19 Jan 2020 17:33:41
We are poor at defending crosses, poor at delivering crosses (except James) and poor at attacking the ball both ends of the pitch.

We also allow teams to cross the ball far to easily.

The coaches have to work hard with the players on all these things in training.




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11 Feb 2020 17:44:25
Gilmour looks to have a very bright future to me.

Players have the right to choose their own future but it doesn’t always work out when they move on because they want and believe they will get more game time at another club.




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05 Feb 2020 09:53:17
We are only five days past the last window and I will reserve my comments, criticisms and preferences until the end of the season.

I’m sure the club tried its best to strengthen in the last window and I’m convinced they will try and get the players in they think are required in the summer.





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22 Jan 2020 21:44:52
Nib66, he like some other players are not playing well but I remain convinced he will be our first choice keeper for many a long year!




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22 Jan 2020 19:03:31
I think every player should be droppable. I just can’t see it doing him any good and I also don’t think WC is anything but a good ish back up but it’s all about opinions.

I’ve stated mine and you have stated yours that’s the way it works.

I will also add over time and with quality coaching IMO Kepa will be rated one of the top keepers in the world. If we ever sold and I don’t think that will happen, it’s my opinion. we will massively regret it.




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22 Jan 2020 16:59:22
WC will play the cup games and Kepa will play all the other games.

Kepa will not be sold this summer or anytime soon in my opinion!





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15 Feb 2020 09:14:50
RJ28P, my guess is our authorities will wait until due process is finalised.

Also, if a two season ban is upheld it wouldn’t surprise me if they deducted points in the first season of the ban and thereby making it a gesture deduction.

Anyway, we are all guessing to a certain extent. Let’s just wait and see what City, Cas and probably the Swiss Supreme Court decide.




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14 Feb 2020 20:02:43
If I’m correct, City will understandably go through all the appeals possible and may well end up being able to play in next seasons Champions League.

If the ban comes in the following season it won’t effect us because we will be Champions again!




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14 Feb 2020 19:12:16
I have my doubts there ship will sink Matt.

My guess is, they will probably be in next seasons Champions League as the appeal process may well go on for some while.




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13 Feb 2020 09:56:23
If it’s true and we are about to sign Ziyech for next season I will be very happy.

Our side for me, has lacked balance through a lack of natural left footed for some time.




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11 Feb 2020 18:37:39
For me, Christensen is having his best and most consistent performances. I would leave well alone and let him continue to grow in confidence.

His confidence or lack of it has always IMO been his problem.