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10 Jan 2022 21:05:31
Good evening Ed,

Do Chelsea have an interest in signing the young lad Fabio Carvalho from Fulham?


{Ed002's Note - As I have explained Chelsea are one of the interested sides.}

1.) 10 Jan 2022 21:13:15
Thanks Ed.



05 Jan 2022 22:26:50
I'm sorry to trouble you Ed if you've already been asked this question but I was told early tonight that Sterling is likely to return to us from his loan in the next week or so.

Is this likely?


{Ed002's Note - It is difficult to answer “likely” questions.}

1.) 05 Jan 2022 22:49:15
Good point Ed. My mate told me it was going to happen. It’s me that’s used the term “likely”.

Your opinion of gut feeling is good enough for me Ed.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any plans to cancel his loan.}

2.) 05 Jan 2022 23:12:18
Thanks Ed.

3.) 06 Jan 2022 08:25:11
Is this your mate who told you AC was signing a new contract Tom?

4.) 06 Jan 2022 09:56:39
Yes, hence the reason I asked Ed for some better information.



12 Dec 2021 15:41:56
Got bored this afternoon and had a look at some clips of this CB we are being linked with Gleison Bremer (not sure about the spelling and never a good idea to judge a player on clips) but the lad looks like he can play and come up with the odd goal.

He looks predominantly right footed but can play on the left and is not scared of using his Werner side to good effect.

What do my fellow posters or the Eds think of him as a players and are we genuinely interested?


{Ed002's Note - Gleison Bremer (CB) Carlo Ancelotti tried to take him to Napoli and also Everton. He could try again as an affordable option for Real Madrid. Spurs and Milan provide good options as Spurs look to upgrade on the CBs they have and Milan fear losing Alessio Romagnoli as a Free Agent. Again, he is of interest to Inter Milan who fear losing Alessandro Bastoni in the summer of 2022. Previously of interest to Leicester and Liverpool, but both opted for others. Juventus have him on a list of options should they lose de LIgt in the summer but there are certainly a couple ahead of him. Torino will look to a new contract to end thoughts of a move but that has not stopped clubs scouting him as they expect him to be available in the summer as he has so far refused a new contract.}

1.) 12 Dec 2021 16:15:01
Thanks very much for the prompt reply and information Ed. Much appreciated.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



30 Aug 2021 20:05:44
Good luck to Danny Drinkwater at Reading.

I assume this will be his last loan. Funny thing is, when he played against Bournemouth in pre-season he had a very good game.




30 Aug 2021 17:17:25
Bakayoko to Milan being reported as a loan with an OBLIGATION to buy.

God, I would hate to negotiate with that lady!


1.) 30 Aug 2021 18:09:34
And it can as high as 20m€! Brilliant work by Marina.

2.) 30 Aug 2021 18:37:53
Got some negotiating to do getting players in now. I’m hoping with Saul wanting assurances cech gets his wish and we get camavinga, I saw a comment along time ago about tchoumeni camavinga and another about there attitude, not sure what player it was who had bad attitude or concerns over attitude,

3.) 30 Aug 2021 20:08:07
I know it’s looking unlikely Matt but I think we will get both our targets tomorrow.

Wishful thinking perhaps!




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19 Jan 2022 08:30:10
Putting aside our recent performances and player selection, one other thing has surprised me over the last two games.

If will play with three at the back Jorginho looks ok and can usually be relied upon to relieve pressure from an opponents press. So I was surprised when he didn't start against City.

When we played with four at the back against the spuds we played with Kante and Kovacic and that worked. I think it's been said many times on this site that Jorginho isn't the player to sit in front of a four. So this time I was surprised when he was picked ahead of Kovacic.

Of course I don't know about the different players fitness levels or the need at this stage of the season for rotation but both are irrelevant as they played the games anyway just in the wrong matches in my opinion!


1.) 19 Jan 2022 08:50:01
Yesterday TT tried 4231and it absolute disaster. 3 in the back is perfect when Reece-James is on the pitch. 4222 looked great vs Spurs. But last nights 4231 doesn't work for those Chelsea players.

2.) 19 Jan 2022 09:14:26
Jorginho was ineffective last night.
I agree with your assessment Tom.
My overall opinion hasn't changed on Jorginho. He is not suited for the game in the PL.

3.) 19 Jan 2022 09:26:17
In my opinion Ashk his selection works in front of a three.

Listen we aren’t elite managers so in TT we trust but for me both team selections were odd and in Jorginho’s the wrong way around.

4.) 19 Jan 2022 11:27:15
Brighton played at pace and their passing was quick and accurate. Our play was so ponderous and there were a lot of misplaced passes. It takes us an age to get the ball forward and by the time it gets there the opposition usually have enough men back to smother our attack. We only really started to look half decent in the last 10 minutes yesterday.

5.) 19 Jan 2022 11:27:32
Definitely think team selections have been dodgy recently except for the 2 spurs games. Despite his goal I think Ziyech and CHO have been pretty poor and both should have been subbed far earlier than the 80th minute. Obvs have no idea about players fitness and recoveries etc but Havertz has been woefully underused imo.

6.) 19 Jan 2022 11:53:17
That’s my point CFC. We looked for more effective with Kante and Kovacic in front of a back four as we did in the first spuds game.

That’s what made the Jorginho selection puzzling to me!

7.) 19 Jan 2022 12:50:39
Sadly, Tom, we've never adequately replaced Lampard in the midfield.

8.) 19 Jan 2022 15:42:35
Hopefully one or maybe two of our loan army can potentially fill som gaps CFC.

I assume we won’t take Saul in a permanent deal and I think it’s also likely RLC and Barkley will be moved on.

I hope we sign a Rice type player so we can play with four at the back and it could be that Jorginho also moves on.

Always interesting at our club.



18 Jan 2022 20:51:03
Pleased to be going in 1-0 up and regardless of his goal, I still wouldn't have picked him.

Again far to passive but we came into the game more as the 45 went on.

I think Brighton have looked the more stylish team and have cut us open on more than one occasion.

Only interested in the result but I do expect more from these players.



1.) 18 Jan 2022 21:16:49
Werner havertz and pulisic should be playing.

2.) 18 Jan 2022 21:19:29
is the pressure cooking heating on on poor tommy t.

3.) 19 Jan 2022 04:13:11
Absolutely lackluster. I don't know what's the problem, but we are just repeating the same stuff we did last year at this point, which got Lampard sacked.

4.) 19 Jan 2022 04:13:44
Gola, no they should not
None of them have done anything meaningful this season.



18 Jan 2022 19:25:48
Not sure how Ziyech is in the team tonight but I hope he has a blinder.

Brighton to me, look to have put out a weaker team than I expected, due to injuries and AFCON.


1.) 18 Jan 2022 21:03:49
he seems to have listened to urs words tom its nice to see him finaly show a bit of confidence in a chelsea shirt.



16 Jan 2022 17:03:33
I always want is to win every game.

So please god can we go on a winning run so we don't have to put up with all the usual " "manager out crap".

If the worst happens and we do lose a few games can we please make any criticism constructive and not personal.


1.) 16 Jan 2022 17:25:07
Certainly not anywhere near tuchel out, but he needs to find an attacking solution asap,

2.) 16 Jan 2022 17:35:57
Tom, Matt is trying to scare us but he is right: we need a run of wins. I like TT, top class coach but if we don’t make top four questions will be asked and not just by posters. That said, I am very confident we will end up in top 3.

3.) 16 Jan 2022 17:56:32
Fail to retain the CL or to get a top 4 finish and he will be sacked.

4.) 16 Jan 2022 18:25:58
Given our history, if we don’t win trophies or at least finish in the top 4 his future would obviously come under scrutiny as it would and Chelsea manager!

I have said many time criticism is fine and often valid but it’s the personal attacks that are not needed.

5.) 16 Jan 2022 20:25:45
Tom obviously in the scenario you describe obviously TT would be at risk but who else is there?

6.) 16 Jan 2022 20:30:11
I’m not trying to scare anyone, but to simplify it, we have 300+ million pounds of attackers and most attacking players are defenders who are injured. TT needs to find a solution to get us firing.

7.) 16 Jan 2022 21:08:22
Matt, absolutely TT hasn’t settled on a front three; the continuous rotation doesn’t allow players to gel with each other. I think he needs to pin his flag to the masts and let them play themselves into form.

8.) 16 Jan 2022 22:19:21
Jimbo, I definitely want TT to stay as our manager for many years.

My issue is, if we have a few bad performances he then becomes subject to criticism and that is fine. I just hate personal attacks on managers, players, posters and the Eds.



15 Jan 2022 22:23:11
Lads if you get a min and find yourself wanting a laugh. Go onto the the Everton site and read a post from a guy called alanthomo.

It's what I call a proper rant with lots of passion.





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16 Jan 2022 22:58:42
Thank god for that celery.




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16 Jan 2022 20:28:38
Wheely, injury prone and got a bit of previous. Supposedly mixes with a strange crowd. Not sure he has played a game all season for PSG .

I think it could be worse than Alonso.




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16 Jan 2022 19:21:37
He doesn’t get very good reviews “ok going forward poor defending”.

Also, supposedly question marks over his attitude.

If this is accurate, not for me thanks!




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15 Jan 2022 16:52:04
Putting Salah aside maybe Bowen from West Ham.

He can score a goal and works his socks off.




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13 Jan 2022 08:52:17
I’m sorry to hear that Ed.

Keep safe and as always thanks for everything.





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19 Jan 2022 15:43:30
I would still prefer our position antibot.




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19 Jan 2022 15:42:35
Hopefully one or maybe two of our loan army can potentially fill som gaps CFC.

I assume we won’t take Saul in a permanent deal and I think it’s also likely RLC and Barkley will be moved on.

I hope we sign a Rice type player so we can play with four at the back and it could be that Jorginho also moves on.

Always interesting at our club.




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19 Jan 2022 15:37:55
Maybe only one CB as with have Chalaboa and now Sarr who has shown glimpses of a player.




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19 Jan 2022 13:25:23
Picking an individual player out for criticism is OK by me but he wasn’t our worst player.




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19 Jan 2022 11:54:47
The good news is the spuds are worse than us.

So it’s a massive game at the weekend and I’m far from confident.