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16 Aug 2020 22:58:06
How about this as a rumour.

We are talking to Leicester about a player but it's not Chilwell it's Kasper and the left back we are signing is the lad we saw tonight.

About as good as the BS we get from the papers.


1.) 16 Aug 2020 23:33:04
Considering all the noise surrounding Reguilon i was expecting to see the Spanish Ashley Cole, saw more of a smaller and quicker Marcos Alonso instead. Looks good going forward but defensively he didn't look great at all. Not to mention his height wouldn't help our problems with set pieces at all. Telles isn't much better defensively but would help with set pieces at least, him or Chilwell and i'm happy. Kasper's a good keeper but yeah don't know where that's come from, sure we'll see many more keepers getting linked to us. Doubt we'll see any movement with goalkeepers until we know what's happening with Kepa anyway. Which will take a while i reckon.

2.) 16 Aug 2020 23:41:25
I am making this rumour up!

Although, I did mention in a post a few days ago that I have a feeling we might go for a short term solution in goal. If It was Kasper I would be happy.

3.) 16 Aug 2020 23:47:13
Not really made up as i’ve read the Schmeichel rumour on two various sites today and you’ve just copied that 🤔.

4.) 17 Aug 2020 01:09:36
Because it’s totally beyond the realms of possibility that he could have picked a player at random. Tom, you need to get on it, these sites are copying you, maybe you can sue?

5.) 17 Aug 2020 04:30:12
More in the realms of possibility that he has read that exact rumour somewhere and forgot and his subconscious is playing tricks on him.

6.) 17 Aug 2020 05:11:05
I will be happy to be copied. That say it’s a form of flattery.

I haven’t seen it on any site that I look at. I just thought it was as bonkers as some of the newspaper headlines.

Anyway, I think I would be happy with it if it ever come off.

7.) 17 Aug 2020 06:01:03
Just for the record, I think we will sign Chilwell. I’m more than happy with that signing and I also don’t care if the fee is a record for a FB.

8.) 17 Aug 2020 07:15:50
It was in the Leicester Mercury and an article in the mirror that Leicester were on lookout for a new keeper as Chelsea and United circle around Schmeichel. Thankyou very much.

9.) 17 Aug 2020 08:47:39
Guys (and girls), whilst i love the attacking style that we are showing when we get to the business end of the season it evidentiality comes back to goals conceded, and there in lies the problem. Tammy, heaps of chances, very few converted, TBH not ready, will he ever be? Well actually we at Chelsea can't wait to find out, goals now, not maybe, so really not at the level we require . He does't do it for me, another young boy being sold the dream, on exuberant wages P/ W and resting on his laurel's, I'm waiting for the young man who wants to achieve, work for it a bit, keep striving, and be an absolute pro!

10.) 17 Aug 2020 09:30:42
I bow to your very impressive breadth of reading choices WC and if you like, I will thank you. Although I’m not sure for what!

I just thought it was so ridiculous, it wouldn’t be taken seriously. The point was about papers being full of BS that’s all.

11.) 17 Aug 2020 12:47:21
The Schmeichel to United (which I've seen on various sites over the past few days) seems ridiculous as they have de Gea / Romero and Henderson demanding game time; if there's any truth in this, it can only be because Henderson is joining us (fingers tightly crossed) .

And Reguilon - I agree with other posters, brilliant going forward but defensively questionable - don't we already have 2 like that?! And I would also question Chilwell's defensive qualities.

And talking of United, if Solskjaer sees Williams as the future, I would like us to go for Chelsea supporter Luke Shaw who's amazingly still only 25.



19 Jun 2020 12:43:18
I'm told Chelsea are very confident that an agreement will be reached with Leicester for Chilwell.

The KH deal is being pushed very hard in particular by Roman.

We can never be certain these deals will happen but these certainly are exciting times!


1.) 19 Jun 2020 14:06:11
I think both transfers will drag on until both the German and English domestic seasons are over. Let's hope both Leicester and Leverkusen Leverkusen reasonable in negotiations.

I would be ecstatic should we sign both players but it will be extremely difficult.

I could see why RA is probably keen on KH, let's be honest he does seem to have all the potential in the world.

2.) 19 Jun 2020 16:06:57
I am very sure Leicester will be unreasonable to deal with.

3.) 19 Jun 2020 16:48:47
Yes I agree Obinna. Did they not get 80m for Maguire? Wow.

4.) 19 Jun 2020 17:46:20
Told by who?

5.) 19 Jun 2020 18:36:34
Jimmy the Fish.

6.) 19 Jun 2020 20:07:03
Lol what source? Brown or red?

7.) 19 Jun 2020 20:20:56
I don’t dislike Chilwell but it’s a huge fee, what happened to Alex grimaldo, was mentioned along with others, he any good?

8.) 19 Jun 2020 21:16:02
Grimaldo i think was just twitter talk. Feels like it's between Chilwell, Tagliafico and Telles. Sure more names may pop up but those three seem to be the genuine targets. Personally would go for Tagliafico since i feel he's the best defensively of the three.

9.) 19 Jun 2020 23:35:19
I personally would go for Chilwell. He offers both defence and offence.

Whereas Tagliafico could be similiar to Azpi being defensively sound, however offensively weak.

10.) 20 Jun 2020 12:23:25
I think we should go for Kurzawa on a free from PSG.

11.) 20 Jun 2020 23:15:26
Kurzawa 😂😂😂 id rather play with 10 men every game



26 May 2020 17:06:59
I assume the rumour about the lad from Brentford signing for us is Just more paper talk.

I had the pleasure of watching him play and I was impressed but I would have reservations!

If it's true, what are the Eds and my fellow posters views?


1.) 26 May 2020 21:33:48
I’ve only seen clips of him, skilful and clips are usually him going past a player, can’t really judge a player on a highlight reel and take into account his opposition. who knows.

2.) 26 May 2020 23:43:49
As you say very skilful but he is very one footed.

He was outstanding in the game I saw and he got people out of there seats. I guess the concern of some will be can he step up to the Premiership but I think he could comfortably.



22 May 2020 19:24:17
Just as an assumption. If most clubs have a first team squad of say 25 players, is there a number of absentee players from that squad that would make that teams fixtures impossible to complete?


{Ed002's Note - Teams have a squad of 25 players over 21 as a maximum - this includes a maximum of of 17 non Home Grown players. They can supplement the squad with players under 21 so it is most unlikely, without a major infection, that games cannot be fulfilled. And if there were a major infection the games would be called off regardless.}

1.) 22 May 2020 19:46:53
That’s a very reasonable explanation of what might happen. I guess if there were s in playing staff or if players just prefer not to risk playing under the current circumstances it is just like having a bad run of injuries!

{Ed002's Note - There are a number of players uncomfortable with returning in the Premier League and there are entire teams stepping back in two other countries, but efforts will be made to continue. The problem will be police advice, medical advive and the opinion of players being ignored - and not waiting at least beyond the incubation period for a couple of weeks once there is a manageable level. Then there will be the issues at the grounds which neutral venues will alleviate - but that could change. Chelsea has the advantage over most clubs in that public transport in the area is poor and the site is easier to protect than most in the Premier League, but the views of the mayor of London are also being ignored. Realisically Liverpool will be the major issue and whilst the club have given assurances they will not underwrite the problem - so it is possible games may need to be scrapped in real time. The Premier League have tried to discuss this but right now they are continuing to fail to achieve.}

2.) 22 May 2020 19:46:53
That’s a very reasonable explanation of what might happen. I guess if there were s in playing staff or if players just prefer not to risk playing under the current circumstances it is just like having a bad run of injuries!

{Ed002's Note - Right, you just remove the players from the "available" list.}

3.) 22 May 2020 20:41:39
A very dangerous decision to ignore players concerns Ed. Surely they could be leaving themselves open to legal action? Although, I guess they could say we allowed the the players to make the final decision about if they wanted to play!

{Ed002's Note - I would put legal action out of you mind.}

4.) 22 May 2020 22:06:17
Never on my mind Ed but some legal parasites I’m sure are looking on with eager anticipation.



11 May 2020 16:50:30
Does anyone know if the scheduled Premier League meeting took place today and if yes, did the meeting make any decisions?


{Ed002's Note - It did. No vote on neutral grounds - it is being suggested that the reluctance to have a vote on the neutral venues will see some clubs look to use it to end the season as there is no end in sight. The confirmed start for next season has been "set as" the previously suggested September 12.; It has been argued that the UEFA July 31 end date can be shifted as to allow PL to continue if the clubs involved in CL and PL agree. But this is all whatif stuff.; the view of players needs to be considered; the significant list of concerns raised by medical staff at clubs needs to be addressed - ideally before a meeting on Thursday; discussion on returning to training and then transitioning to training without social distancing. Confirmation that the season cannot be simply voided and start again as though this season never happened - that has never been on the table so it is a bit of a dumb message.}

1.) 11 May 2020 18:16:57
Thanks for the update Ed.

2.) 15 May 2020 08:29:18
Ed002, I rarely post, but always read. Like many on this site I have followed and valued your posts/ replies, and in years gone by you have always been spot on with any comings and goings. I know due to twitter etc you have been recently reluctant to offer anything much, but would love to know exactly what you see happening amid all this coronaviris thing for Chelsea! I'm only asking for your intuitive/ informed opinion, at this point in time, things change by the minute, let alone the hour, I realise, but you seem to nail it everytime! Could you possibly share your thoughts, without any judgement, as to what you see happening in the next couple of months re restart/ tranfers etc. I know you may wish not to, due to the "dickheads" out there, that may wish to distort the obvious, however, the core members on here truly value the information you supply.
All my best wishes to you, all the other Eds and your families and the other posters families (minus the dickheads) out there from New Zealand.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea are getting ready to go back to training like other clubs. Players have expressed their opinions about returning to a contact sport at this time and particularly the waivers they will be bequired to sign - but will likely be ignored by the Government, Medical advice is going by the wayside and questions remain unanswered. They would like to know where games are to be played. The transfer situation remains such that players are available but those who have been out on loan have not been assessed and spoken to yet. They have a list of players they are keen on but are aware that clubs are looking at exchanges which makes life difficult.}

3.) 16 May 2020 06:42:18
Awesome Ed002, thanks so much for the reply which made it very clear that AvB-z+y= whatever is the unfortunate situation the club (and yourself) finds itself in in regards to the future beyond today. Everything changes daily which makes it very difficult for you to give solid info as to future happenings, I realise.
Personally I'd love to see Icardi (who we were definitely interested in a couple of years ago) in blue, unfortunately he's married to Wanda lol, which makes life difficult. Your thoughts there, or an absolute "no go"
Thanks ED002, please keep up the great work and above all be safe.

{Ed002's Note - It is just a random player - he is not moving to Chelsea.}




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23 Sep 2020 16:26:06
If the reports are to be believed Rudiger is leaving our club for fresh pastures.

I fell out of love with him some time ago but if he does leave the best club in the world I wish him well.


1.) 23 Sep 2020 17:22:11
Let’s just hope we can get a permanent deal done for him even at around 25 million. Same with Bakayoko we need to get rid of these players permanently you get some money back or at least an option to buy.

2.) 23 Sep 2020 17:35:08
I trust the Chelsea management to get the best price for any player we sell.

Given the market, my guess is the majority of players leaving will initially be loans with an option to buy.

3.) 23 Sep 2020 17:54:26
Leaving for fresh pasta you say Tom, must be one of the Italian clubs then, they do say a key to a man's heart is though is stomach, so makes a lot of sense really 🍝.

4.) 23 Sep 2020 18:14:21
Pasta or pastures, good luck to him.



23 Sep 2020 06:19:38
CHO's uncle took a flight to Turin two days ago. Yesterday the same uncle took an exam on behalf of CHO to become an Italian citizen. He passed the exam but they can't tell him until they get an interpreter.

Looks like CHO could be going to Juve.

Sometimes things are just UNBELIEVABLE.


1.) 23 Sep 2020 07:14:26
His uncle probably had Suarez peeping over his shoulder for the answers.

2.) 23 Sep 2020 07:22:37
Hi TomB; please tell me you’re joking.

3.) 23 Sep 2020 07:33:10

Does everyone rate CHO that highly I don't.

4.) 23 Sep 2020 08:07:19
Yes Obinna it is a joke. Obviously not a good one.

Wheely, not everyone rates CHO, I DO but I have a fear his talent might well end up being waisted.

5.) 23 Sep 2020 08:31:17
Mate, if he'd rather be there than at chelsea then good luck and goodbye, we only want players who want to play for our club rather than having it gifted. Hopefully his feet aren't getting too cold as they're maybe to big for his boots.

6.) 23 Sep 2020 09:08:15
CHO will hopefully come good by he needs to grow up a little. Physically and technically he's there, no doubt. Mentally he's lacking, I think it's a matter of him being managed nicely and give him an opportunity in games that suit him, Brighton game would have and certainly the West Brom game. I feel once he himself feels he's in amongst his peers and feels equal he will have a starring role for us. Just my opinion.

7.) 23 Sep 2020 09:23:07
There are a couple of lesser known publications that seem to have the "inside scoop" when it comes to what CHO is thinking.

I might be wrong, but I don't think the boy surrounds himself with the best advisors. Difficult to see that changing when it's family.

8.) 23 Sep 2020 09:48:53
Spot on “J” as my mum used to say “we are the company we keep”.

Let me just say again, I was joking with my post and I don’t want CHO to leave and I don’t expect him to!

9.) 23 Sep 2020 10:08:51
If Sarri and Lampard has echoed the same issue (of working hard) about Hudson Odoi, I guess there must be some substance to it. Personally, I think at this moment Hudson is just an old fashion winger (not the modern day winger yet) .
J. ; i think you might be right when you say Hudson might not be surrounded by the best advisors.
I feel that besides the English press not helping issues by hyping these young players, Odoi’s wage isn’t deserved. When someone earns so much money for not doing enough, it has a way of affecting the person’s attitude.



22 Sep 2020 21:03:19
Can someone tell me please, in the last three seasons how many games has Kante played as DM or as I like to call it a holding midfielder?


{Ed001's Note - I think I have seen it once, towards the end of last season. He certainly never played there for Leicester.}

1.) 22 Sep 2020 21:17:18
Thanks for the information Ed.

Why do some posters keep saying it’s his best position?

Have they seen something that all his managers haven’t?

{Ed001's Note - because the media keep calling him a holding midfielder. The problem is that the media is full of morons these days and they don't have a clue what they are talking about. It is just clickbait comments to stir controversy that the media want rather than actual insight. It is quite sad really as it would not take much to stop dumbing things down and instead inform people and help improve their understanding of what they see.}

2.) 22 Sep 2020 21:40:35
If I didn’t send a post saying thank you Ed I apologise.

Thanks for the prompt response as always!

{Ed001's Note - you did mate sorry I was just working on the review of the day article so am a bit slow to reply! And you are very welcome.}

3.) 23 Sep 2020 09:25:10
Ed, what type of qualities do you think a midfielder needs to have to be the best partner for / bring the best out in Kante?

{Ed001's Note - one thing is he needs to sit there and not get drawn out of position, for starters, so that Kante can have the freedom to do what he does. The key is the play making quality, Kante is good at a linking up short passing game, so you need someone with the range to make the switch of play and hit the longer balls when needed. That ability to hit an early ball to get the team in behind is key to allowing Kante to chase up behind and press the play if your team loses it. That is why Jorginho doesn't work, he is too slow to spot the pass. It is not just that he is slow on his feet, he doesn't have the vision to pick the early ball. That was why it worked so well with Drinkwater, he didn't dilly dally, he got the ball and played it early knowing where Vardy was going to be making a run. Then Kante would be backing up the play in case Vardy didn't get to it. You have that Vardy-like player now up front with Werner, you just need more players who can play him in early.}

4.) 24 Sep 2020 07:55:38
Thanks Ed, there's players in the squad who you'd think could perform that role. Loftus-Cheek comes to mind with his passing ability. The trick, I suppose, is also finding the player who won't get drawn out of position. Early days for Gilmour, but he can certainly be effective in there.

{Ed001's Note - Gilmour does look like the long-term option.}



21 Sep 2020 22:10:36
Guys, I have recommend other sites before when we need cheering up. Usually its the Spurs site but can I suggest a quick look at the Surrey Utd site.

We think we are suffering.


1.) 22 Sep 2020 09:47:03
Surrey utd?

2.) 22 Sep 2020 11:28:01
I’m sure you can work it out Fuser.



21 Sep 2020 15:18:35
A question for my fellow posters and Eds.

Is Zouma going to be the top CH he looked like being pre-injury?


{Ed001's Note - probably not at Chelsea. He has lost his confidence in his touch and needs to be first choice to do so. He improved so much at Everton but has regressed again since returning.}

1.) 21 Sep 2020 16:59:12
i thought he was decent yesterday and is always impressive aerially, definitely looks better next to tomori as opposed to rudi or christensen imo.

2.) 21 Sep 2020 18:06:43
His positioning and his ability to read danger is slowly improving. He’ll compliment Tiago Silva if we play him as the guy who attacks the ball while TS sweeps up. He’ll also learn loads. There aren’t many CBs who are as strong as him. VVD is probably the only one that springs to mind.

3.) 21 Sep 2020 20:02:16
For me Zouma was our best CH last season but he didn’t have to beat much.

He Is so strong in the air and he improved throughout last season in general play.

In both games this season he has been our best defender by miles.

I’m guessing one of our defenders will be leaving and I hope it’s Rudiger. I was just told that Napoli are interested but I have my doubts.

4.) 21 Sep 2020 21:14:17
Zouma has been our best defender by far in the 2 games this season - can't wait for Zouma and Silva to play together and develop an understanding.

5.) 21 Sep 2020 21:22:50
Also think Zouma improved enormously last season after shaky start and is j7st about back to pre injury best.

{Ed047's Note - he’s still only 25 too




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23 Sep 2020 06:43:19
Obinna, I’m sorry I’m getting my seasons all mixed. Anyway, I still think he deserved to be sold.




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23 Sep 2020 06:35:23
Obinna, if I remember correctly Matić played over 30 games in his last season for us.

IMO he didn’t play well and deserved to be sold. He probably wanted to go to Utd anyway.

I’m not sure what us winning the Premiership has got to with it.




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21 Sep 2020 20:09:51
Matt, if you went back and looked at Matic in his last season, you will see how many goals came from the left side in particular between the CH and LB. Hie was excellent in our Premiership winning season and as a natural left footer he did give the team some balance.

I do agree with you and Obinna that he hasn’t really been replaced but for me he was past his best. I was ok with him leaving.




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21 Sep 2020 18:44:33
A very unfortunate position for his head to be in.

I’m not a fan of the so called false nine. If nothing else it just sends out a message that you are interested in sitting back to hit teams on the counter. We should be better than that.




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21 Sep 2020 16:28:54
Obinna, Matic had a complete shocker the season before he was sold.

We got a good price for a player who was producing zero at our club and has hardly pulled up trees at Surrey Utd.





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25 Sep 2020 22:21:29
It’s the lockdown G8, honest.




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25 Sep 2020 20:50:41
I’m not sure why but I have my doubts about s this story.

I do agree with you Bobby that a confidence rebuild would be good for him and us.




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25 Sep 2020 19:25:30
Matt, I assume you don’t mean Kant playing as the hiding midfield player?

I did ask Ed01 about this perception from some fans that Kante has playEd as a DM/ holding midfield player.

I think I’m correct in saying Kante hasn’t played that position for Leicester or Chelsea other than MAYBE the odd occasion.

I think it will be 4231.




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25 Sep 2020 19:36:57
I’m more interested in Olive!

Is she married G8.




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24 Sep 2020 09:18:17

James Zouma Silva Alonso

Kante Kovacic


Mount Abraham Werner

Not the team I want but the team I think Lamps will start with. Silva as captain until Dave comes on.