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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.}



25 Apr 2020 09:58:29
I was told last night that the club is looking at Ben Foster as a replacement for WC.

If it's true and I have my doubts, I think I would be happy with that signing!


1.) 25 Apr 2020 10:22:38
Id be very happy with that, but don't think Ben Foster will want to be a backup.

2.) 25 Apr 2020 10:43:49
I think the idea is to challenge Kepa for the No1 spot.

I was also told Foster being English was relevant but I don’t understand what difference that makes!

3.) 25 Apr 2020 12:34:17
Being English is likely to be because of home grown quotas Tom. Good to see Giroud might be staying now as well. As I have said previously I don't see any big money signings happening, either in or out until football resets.

{Ed002's Note - Being English is unrelated to being Home Grown.}

4.) 25 Apr 2020 17:01:06
I think what G8 meant was Tom being told 'hes English' makes a difference because the majority of home grown players are English.

5.) 25 Apr 2020 21:29:27
good back up keeper in my opinion.




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11 Jul 2020 18:34:04
Mount trying to be clever on the edge of the box for the first goal.

Willian not working hard enough and Christensen getting lost again in our box for the second.

Us being so poor doesn't tell the whole story. Lamps and the coaching staff also have to take some responsibility for that first half performance.

Now it's up them to find a solution and turn what has been a very poor performance into a point saving performance!


1.) 11 Jul 2020 18:53:09
Yes was crying out for Frank to start with back 5 given our defensive weaknesses and Tammy not doing enough to worry their central 3 and more a start with Giroud game.

2.) 11 Jul 2020 19:10:51
Very poor school boy defending by Rudiger.

Will be interesting to listen to the Lamps post match interview. Lots of poor performances but I wonder if he will take some responsibility. I suppose he can’t be blamed for so many poor individual performances.

3.) 11 Jul 2020 19:26:03
He needs to take some blame, tactics and selection all wrong. But those who he did select have shown a severe lack of desire, wasn't a good performance anywhere on the pitch today.

Sheffield United are a good team, well coached and tough to play against. There's no shame in getting beat by them, but as a performance that was infuriating.



11 Jul 2020 09:10:26
I grew up watching Jack Charlton playing for Leeds and England.

When he played for Leeds I was never a fan but his battles with The King were something that in today's football would be considered bordering on common assault.

RIP BIG JACK World Cup Winner.


1.) 11 Jul 2020 12:04:04
Attempted Murder would be a better description on occasions! I wonder where Jack's Little Black Book is?

2.) 11 Jul 2020 13:47:18
MDW, the battles The King had with Mike England made the Jake Charlton battles look like a love in!

I always thought it was those bruising battles that started the dislike between the supporters!



03 Jul 2020 12:37:33
For lots of reasons I won't be posting on the Chelsea site for a while although I will be looking in on the site to take on board the insight of all the Eds .

I would very much like to thank all the Eds for all the unpaid work they do not just on the Chelsea page but all the other teams pages.

Good luck to MY MIGHTY BLUES, my fellow posters and all football fans.


1.) 03 Jul 2020 12:55:07
All the best Tom. I hope everything is all good with you health wise. See you soon.

2.) 03 Jul 2020 13:43:00
I wish you well TomB.

3.) 03 Jul 2020 14:02:25
Take care Tom, we hope to hear from you soon.

4.) 03 Jul 2020 15:09:26
You ok Tom? best wishes.

5.) 03 Jul 2020 19:47:42
Can only join and say that I hope all is well, and that you will be back soon!

6.) 04 Jul 2020 10:34:01
Very much hope too that you are OK Tom and that we will see you back on here soon. Your usually calm and optimistic posts will be much missed, so will hope we get to see them again shortly.



01 Jul 2020 20:48:15
Why are all the Chelsea players wearing the Alonso shirt number?




29 Jun 2020 06:24:50
As I've said many times before I'm not a massive fan of judging players on TV but being bored over the weekend I did see a few matches.

I thought Norwich, I think his name was Lewis, looked better than Chilwell and also Arsenal have a left sided young player who's name I can't remember who looked useful.

If we are determined to get Chilwell Im happy that our scouts and coaching staff know what they are doing.


1.) 29 Jun 2020 08:19:40
I like Jamal Lewis. But at best he can be backup at the current level. We need someone like Alaba to challenge Liverpool and City.

2.) 29 Jun 2020 09:14:45
I agree on Lewis he’s a very good player. Both Norwich full backs will end up at top 6 clubs I’m sure.




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12 Jul 2020 14:57:20
Kepa has had a poor season and has deserved to be criticised.

IMO having him in goal doesn’t make Christensen and Rudiger understand positional instinct.

Maybe if he was more focal it might help but let’s be honest, both of them look occasionally as if they are lost in a maze!




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12 Jul 2020 11:04:55
All supporters IMO have a tendency to over hype home grown players.

Mount has had IMO a good first season in the Premiership.

James had that bad injury and is struggling to find his form.

CHO, again a bad injury. I would like to think we will see him back to his best next season.

Tammy started really well but I think the Jury is out on him.

Gilmore, looks a proper talent. I hope he comes back in a few months time stronger.

Christensen is no longer a youngster, he should have reached a better standard than this. I have now officially given up on him.




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11 Jul 2020 16:51:17
Take Pope all day long!




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11 Jul 2020 16:43:06
There will be lots of fans and posters who will say, understandably, anything is better than Kepa.

I’m not a fan of judging any player unless I see him live but I do suggest a YouTube viewing. Looks a proper show pony!

I would love to know the Eds view of him?


{Ed002's Note - They need the money and have allowed Eddie Newton to offer him to Chelsea whilst his agent has offered him to quite a large number of sides who have also shown an interest. Roma only recently had an offer turned down.}



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02 Jul 2020 14:22:55
Jorginho not playing will start lots of conspiracy theories.

I take your point Roman.





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12 Jul 2020 14:59:47
Two CH’s who had some defensive instinct and positional sense might help as well J.




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12 Jul 2020 14:52:58
I agree Shak but it seems to me as if the coaching staff rarely if ever, get the finger pointed at them!




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12 Jul 2020 14:48:25
Absolutely JBS, I don’t think us fans will have to much to complain about.

I’ve been impressed that the majority of posts have been understandably critical of the performance yesterday and that criticism in the main has been constructive.

I hate when posters become abusive toward players, management, the club, the Eds or sometimes fellow posters. There is just no need for it.




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12 Jul 2020 12:59:22
I’m seriously p#ssed off JBS but I do think we lose sight of what was expected by most fans this season.

Most people talked about it being a transition season, so in a sense we have over achieved but we are Chelsea and we should always be in the mix to win a pit or two.

This season has probably made the club realise we need some heavy investment and to be fair the club look to doing just that.

We will be a very strong team next season IMO, so onwards and upwards.




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11 Jul 2020 22:03:09
I should also add, lots of Vodka helps!