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15 Dec 2018 08:56:59
Hi Eds, thanks for all the insight you give us, really helpful. Do you think / know if there's any truth in these Wilson rumours? He's doing well for Bournemouth, but the way teams defend against them is a lot different to how they do against us. Will he be able to cope with the parked buses etc.


{Ed001's Note - according to Bournemouth you are one of 8 Premier League teams that have been tracking him this season. So I would think there is some truth to it.}

1.) 15 Dec 2018 14:17:02
Thanks for the quick reply Ed! I reckon if we want him enough, we'll get him. Hopefully not at the expense of loaning them someone like RLC. Could be like the days of Remy, just hopefully with less injuries.

{Ed001's Note - might do Loftus-Cheek good to spend a few months there playing regularly?}

2.) 15 Dec 2018 15:29:29
I think RLC will be needed, this season. And in think he'll be a starter next. He's found a role and he's learning it at Chelsea, that's clear IMO.

3.) 15 Dec 2018 16:17:49
Call me scarred from Lukaku and Ake, but I fear one more loan for RLC and that'll be him done here.

4.) 15 Dec 2018 18:08:32
I’d be happy with that. Wilson is 24 / 25 big strong rapid and homegrown, and come summer if we got a big name in he would be able to get time in Europe and cups, ed, do you know the right winger forwards were interested in.

{Ed001's Note - off the top of my head I don't know who is still a target. You have shown interest in a few, such as Pulisic, and looked at a few, such as Lozano (took me ages to think of his name then, nearly ended up with 'the Mexican lad playing in the Eredivisie' as I can't think for the life of me which team he is at - old age!!), but I have no idea which are still of interest. I am pretty sure you have decided against Bailey now and I would think Pulisic is of more interest now he is struggling to hold down a place and looking for a move, but that is all I can think of. This is when I wish I had access to a database like Ed002 does, so many times I thought about starting one, but never maintained it when I did. Plus so much of what I am told I can't keep recorded, when the reasons for a player moving are personal (ie their wife has told them to move after they were caught dipping their wick elsewhere). Sorry babbling now!}

5.) 15 Dec 2018 18:41:10
Lazano was very good at World Cup, good option and would be a lot cheaper than Pulisic, big fee for a player who isn’t a starter but I do like him; I think we’d all appreciate you having your own database and ifmkatikn on players as unfortunately Ed002 has had problems sharing.

{Ed001's Note - Pulisic isn't a starter because he is looking to leave and is not signing a new deal.}

6.) 15 Dec 2018 19:32:27
Oh I see, I had it the other way round, his not starting so wants to leave rather than he wants to leave so not starting.

{Ed001's Note - I think most people did. If Dortmund had not played so well, I think he would have been back in the side anyway, but they can afford to leave him sidelined when they play like this.}

7.) 16 Dec 2018 01:17:30
Cheers ed!

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

8.) 16 Dec 2018 21:49:21
Ed, do you think Pulisic would suit Sarri's style of football? From limited viewing, Pulisic looks more like a dribbler type, a guy that advances the ball through his dribbling. But Sarri likes his teams to play more pass and move football. So doesn't seem like a natural fit.

Do you think he could be a good option opposite Hazard? And bonus question, what's your opinion on Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu?

{Ed001's Note - well Hazard is a player that advances the ball through dribbling and he fits perfectly. In the top end of the pitch, you need variety. Pulisic is an excellent player who, all things being equal, mesh really well.

I have only seen a few flashes of Hudson-Odoi, sub appearances where he has not had time or opportunity to properly make an impression. However, he does look to have something about him.

Ampadu I think is excellent. Has the ability to be a world class player in either central defence or defensive midfield. What I like about him most is his intelligence and assuredness. Every player makes mistakes, it is how they respond to them that makes a big difference. He just gets on with it, without being phased at all. He is not in a position where he can really chase back 50 yards to make up for it, like a forward, so he has to just get on with it and he does that.}

9.) 17 Dec 2018 21:24:52
Thank you for that, Ed. Seems like you have the same view on Ampadu as I do.




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08 Apr 2019 22:39:58
Eds, please tell me that Hazard and Hudson-Odoi are just playing chicken with each other to see who signs first and that, at the end of the season, it'll be that they both sign new contracts.


{Ed002's Note - You are clucking at straws.}

1.) 08 Apr 2019 23:02:27
Ed002, please write a book someday. Would be a brilliant read.

2.) 08 Apr 2019 23:17:06
The way Sarri talked about Hazard just confirmed for me that he is leaving.

3.) 10 Apr 2019 16:51:13
Yeah you are right about him writing a book and being a brilliant read. I love the way he uses some of these expressions like the one he just used above, 'clucking at straws'. It's like listening to John Champion running a football match commentary- his expressions and use of English is super. Well, imagine what I can do with my first language (mother tongue) which is Igbo language.



24 Mar 2019 00:31:21
Hi Ed, really appreciate all the replies you have given below. Love the sound of youth actually being integrated. However, I fear we don't have sufficient youth/ loan options for LB.

Do you know if there are any plans for the position? For example, sell and replace Alonso? I'm hoping this season is just a blip as he adjusts to the new system/ role. However, I can't bare the right of another season of him in current form.


{Ed002's Note - The club think differently to you so maybe they will get rid of Jay Dasila who they had high hopes for, sell Alonso, Emerson, Kenedy and Rahman and bring someone else in. The fans clearly have no interest in the youth players at all.}

1.) 24 Mar 2019 08:11:29
Ed002, why do you think that the fans do not want to see youth players come through? In my opinion, that's exactly what we want to see.

{Ed002's Note - Because they all seem to be obsessed with brining in new players and trashing those already at the club.}

2.) 24 Mar 2019 10:08:39
Ooops, soz - I am guilty of that in relation to Jorginho - but, hey, we all have our particular likes and dislikes.

3.) 24 Mar 2019 11:34:59
ed jay da silva being in our squad woukd be brilliant, one of my favorite youth players, but bristol city manager confirmed they have an option to buy him which is dissapointing, is this correct ed?

{Ed002's Note - Yes, they have an option to buy but the player needs to agree and if he has an option to be in the first team squad at Chelsea he will have to decide.

4.) 24 Mar 2019 11:37:15
ed selling alonso and making emerson first choice wihh say dasilve lb would help the youth as would open an opportunity for him thiugh.

5.) 24 Mar 2019 13:12:54
Hi Ed; i think we want the exceptional youth players integrated into certain positions (at the right time) ; and we also want the best players available for sale in certain positions. For instance, Reece James would be an excellent Zappacosta replacement, Hudson Odoi would be an excellent Pedro or Willian replacement; whereas, I don't know if it's the right time for Mason Mount to be integrated into the team (if we consider the progress that Loftus cheek and Barkley are making at the moment) .

{Ed002's Note - James is behind Aina but Aina is expected to leave, as will a number of other Lowndes.}

6.) 24 Mar 2019 13:30:36
I see, ed is there likely to be this option though? With alonso and emerson there there's no pathway unless one will be sold, will any of these things be happening ed? I hope so as would love him in the squad next season,

appreciate the responses ed, brilliant news finding out club actually looking at our best youngsters and thinking of using them.



25 Dec 2018 09:15:38
Merry Christmas eds!


{Ed002's Note - Thanks, enjoy your holidays.|




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25 Jan 2020 14:24:42
Even if RLC has to be an off the bench player for the best part, only starting in crucial games, he'll be huge for us. Right now, the bench offers nothing with Pulisic injured.




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20 Jan 2020 20:49:11
Really struggling to see who we might genuinely sign this window. I'm just hoping that, in typical Chelsea fashion, we pull out one or two very last minute!




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28 Oct 2019 18:09:49
Does he need replacing if he hasn't been playing? If so, at least somebody like Werner can play wide too.




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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.




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02 Jul 2019 20:24:46
Hopefully CHO does the same.





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21 Jun 2020 21:50:11
I'd like to see us try Tomori and Zouma again.