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10 Sep 2020 23:44:51
Do you think Giroud will move to Juve?
Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Olivier Giroud (S) is one of a number of options being considered as a replacement for Gonzalo Higuian as he is easier to sign than Suarez - but he is not first choice. I think it unlikely.}

1.) 11 Sep 2020 12:11:58
Thanks Ed002 delighted to hear that as he is a very valuable member of the squad.



05 Jul 2020 19:40:43
Ed 002
Do you think Jorghino is likely to leave the club in the transfer window?
If so where do you think he will end up?


{Ed002's Note - There have been no offers for Jorginho but Juventus could be interested - but they will want to include players in any deal and that is a problem.}

1.) 05 Jul 2020 20:07:13
Could a loan be a solution Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea would not want to loan him out.}

2.) 05 Jul 2020 20:32:26
Ok, thanks.

3.) 05 Jul 2020 21:16:33
Many thanks Ed002.

4.) 06 Jul 2020 00:09:18
If they want to include players let’s include De Ligt in the conversation (I can dream) .!

5.) 06 Jul 2020 18:50:21
Maybe a loan with obligation to buy deal maybe.

6.) 07 Jul 2020 03:04:56
I’d love it to be Demiral but it would also be a massive risk after he’s just come back from a big injury.



23 Jun 2020 22:13:21
Club have just confirmed Willian and Pedro have extended until the end of the season.
Great news we are going to need them to to qualify for the CL.


1.) 24 Jun 2020 06:16:03
I agree Turvey. Both players may well have an important part to play before this season ends.

2.) 24 Jun 2020 12:04:31
Also agree, and if both go (and Pedro seems certain to) having helped us to top four place they will go with all our blessing I'd think, though do hope Willian would not go to an EPL rival.



19 Jan 2020 21:35:03
I notice from the Madrid page that the club are open to selling Kante I presume in the summer?
Who do you think will replace him?


{Ed002's Note - I really don't know at this time.}

1.) 19 Jan 2020 23:54:59
What are we thinking, jeez, a backwards Step imo,

2.) 20 Jan 2020 07:15:08
Let's hope Soumare and Ndidi are on the list if so. And if I'm greedy Fabian Ruiz as well.



10 Jan 2020 14:37:45
Franks press conference played down the liklehood of any signings.
In addition he said Christensen was not leaving but Giroud may if it suits all parties but no decision currently
Pulisic has an injury which is more weeks than days.


1.) 10 Jan 2020 15:05:05
I wouldn't pay much attention to press conferences. Conte said we aren't signing a left back and Emerson joined 12 hours later.

2.) 10 Jan 2020 15:25:20
Good summary Turvey.

Also the latest news on RLC doesn’t sound encouraging.

I’ve still got a feeling we will sign a left footed defender and that could be Ake and maybe one other player before this window closes.

I am also pleased Lamps doesn’t want Christiensen sold. I’m convinced there is a proper “modern” defender there trying to get out.

3.) 10 Jan 2020 15:52:13
I can't see Ake arriving unless one CB is leaving which doesn't seem to be the case.

4.) 10 Jan 2020 17:31:42
To a certain extent I think you are correct about Ake Turvey.

I tagged onto the Ake idea after I was told (not sure how accurate the info was) we wanted to sign a couple of natural left footed players and another poster suggested one might be Ake.

I suppose Ake could play left back as well as a central defender.




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19 Sep 2020 14:57:11
Do you know if there is a problem with CHO?
The manager has made several public comments about him needing to work hard in training which isn't a regular occurrence with other players.


{Ed002's Note - Callum Hudson-Odoi is a youngster who does need to work harder in training if he wants to meet his expectations of being a regular starter for the club. There is competition for places as there was when Willian and Pedro were still with the club. I would not call it a problem, it is something that all young players need to do.}

1.) 19 Sep 2020 15:39:14
Pleased to hear that Ed002 but he hasn't made such pointed comments about Mount, Abraham and James.
I don't think the Bayern interest helped and then he had a long lay off with an injury which is taking time to recover from fully.

{Ed002's Note - That would be because they are working hard in training and doing enough to earn their starting chances.}

2.) 19 Sep 2020 16:50:08
Hopefully Callum has the right character and takes it the right way.

3.) 19 Sep 2020 17:43:27
NB: The ideal situation is a player that trains well and performs well on the field of play.
But many players are not good trainers (poor trainers) but they turn up great on the field of play, that could mean that what matters is how well a player turns up or performs when he’s being called upon, I think Lampard knows that so for him to be saying something about Hudson Odoi clearly means something isn’t right. Besides this issue about Hudson Odoi being a poor trainer has been echoed before now, WHY IS IT BEING RE-ECHOED AGAIN AT THIS MOMENT? Is the question we should be asking ourselves.

4.) 19 Sep 2020 17:46:58
CHO is a very talented footballer but seems to lack the work rate that is necessary for success. These young lads should look up to a guy like CR7 which is still working tirelessly even in his 30s.

5.) 19 Sep 2020 18:04:54
Thanks ed.

6.) 19 Sep 2020 22:46:55
Agreed AshK. CR7 is without doubt the best role model for any up and coming football player. Love child aside, when it comes to his professionalism, dedication and work rate, there are few better than him!

7.) 20 Sep 2020 12:56:13
Interestingly, Jose has dropped Dele Ali from the Spurs squad today for not pushing himself in training. Jose has said before that Dele Ali doesn't train hard enough but Jose has also said that Dele Ali has the potential to be world class.

I'm sure that Frank would say exactly the same about CHO.

I can see us selling CHO and replacing him with Jaden Sancho.



22 Aug 2020 13:21:37
Ed 001
Reports that we are bringing Anthony Barry from Wigan to join the management team.
Is this correct and what would he bring to the party?
On the face of it he isn't a top line coach but I maybe wrong.
Thanks for your input.


{Ed001's Note - I don't know much about him to be honest, though those that know him speak very highly of him. He has been in the running for a number of manager jobs in the last couple of years. Working with Paul Cook he will have learnt a lot, as he is an excellent coach. I do know there were a lot of people within Everton that would have liked him to return there.

As far as joining Chelsea goes, I am 99% sure he is joining. I would see it as a big stride forward.}

1.) 22 Aug 2020 13:46:18
Thanks as always for the interesting info mate.
I was concerned that we were appointing another coach with little experience given his age.
The management team definitely needed supplementing with someone with considerably more tactical and defensive knowledge than we have currently so hopefully he will provide this.

{Ed001's Note - that is the worry, that he does lack experience. It is something missing badly from the Chelsea set up, but it might be best while Lampard is learning not to have someone who could usurp his power. Once he is in a stronger position, then he can bring in that experience without it risking undermining him.}

2.) 22 Aug 2020 14:19:41
Exactly my thinking but I am disappointed he didn't feel able to bring a more experienced coach into the group.
He had an ideal candidate in Eddie a Chelsea boy through and through with experience in the PL and the CL and he isn't doing too bad in Turkey either.
The pressure will be on with the money that is being spent but I can't see us finishing above third unless the tactical approach is changed considerably.

3.) 22 Aug 2020 18:43:10
Why would EN want to come back? He only just left to go and become a manager in his own right?

4.) 23 Aug 2020 00:00:39
I didn't say he would I was questioning why he wasn't invited to be part of the management team.



02 Aug 2020 11:40:22
I wondered what you thought of Lampards tactical set up yesterday and how it might have been better?


{Ed001's Note - honestly I didn't watch. I had the TV on but the lack of atmosphere killed it for me, so I ended up doing other things. Though I did wonder if they took social distancing a bit far by making the singer of Abide With Me stand on the stadium roof....}



27 Jul 2020 10:55:13
I wondered if you think the interest in Havertz is a bit surprising?
Not the talent which is obvious but where do you think he would play given the options we have already having signed Ziyech and Werner?
It must surely impact on the game time of Mount/ Abraham/ CHO/ Loftus Cheek which seems a bit counter productive if they are to make significant progress.
I realise it's a squad game but hard to see major signings being happy on the bench for long.


{Ed001's Note - like I said a while ago, I believe it suggests Chelsea feel Loftus-Cheek's back problems are too serious for him ever to be a reliable long term option. I feel Havertz is a direct replacement for RLC. So, on that basis, I don't think it is a surprise, it would only be a surprise if the club buy him instead of addressing defensive issues. I am told they intend to bring in more players though, so I expect a goalkeeper and defender will be amongst them.}

1.) 27 Jul 2020 12:15:14
Could Havertz not be a replacement for Barkley, Ed001? I don't think Ruben will ever be a nailed on 100% starter, playing all PL matches. But he should make for an excellent rotation option. Mount, Ruben, Kova and Havertz for those two more attacking CMs in Frank's 433 looks really good.

Havertz could also get minutes further up the pitch, I think it could work.

{Ed001's Note - I see it as Barkley is going but RLC and Mount are there, so no need to replace him. However, if RLC is also needing to be replaced, then Havertz becomes necessary.}

2.) 27 Jul 2020 12:18:27
Thanks ED001.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

3.) 27 Jul 2020 13:47:31
Hmm gotcha, Ed. I do hope we're not giving up on Ruben just yet.

{Ed001's Note - if his back is as bad as Sarri said, then you won't have a choice mate.}



26 Jul 2020 14:59:43
I read your comments about Rudigers body position with real interest.
Does this indicate that the current management team is lacking in certain areas of Coaching or is it common for defects in players to be accepted once they are senior pros?
In some sports it seems a lot of work goes into identifying marginal gains which I am not so sure happens that much in football.
I would have expected that special coaching was available for specific areas of the pitch as the skill sets are very different.
I can see how Frank would be able to impart a lot of tips to our midfield but CB/ RB etc maybe not.
Would be interested in your thoughts.


{Ed001's Note - football is very much behind most other sports in terms of specialist coaches, so a lot of stuff goes uncorrected and teams just accept deficiencies that could be cured. You only have to look at the derision Liverpool were treated with when they hired a throw in coach, even though there are so many throw ins a match it makes no sense not to have one!

Clubs could still do so much more in terms of coaching, rather than just keep buying players, it would especially be of use to the youngsters, but there is no reason a 30 year old can't learn either.}

1.) 26 Jul 2020 21:26:19
I suspected that was the case Ed 001 but it is still quite shocking to have you confirm it.

{Ed001's Note - Frank is new to management, he has a lot to learn so you can't expect him to get everything right straight away. What you hope is that he goes away each summer and thinks about what was good and bad, then comes up with a plan to improve things for next season.}




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12 Sep 2020 11:51:50
OK Ed002 but you mentioned a couple of possible signings hence the question.




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11 Sep 2020 18:16:47
Given Mendy is one which other position do you think we might look to sign a player for Ed002?


{Ed002's Note - I am not going to get in to predicting signings.}



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11 Sep 2020 12:11:58
Thanks Ed002 delighted to hear that as he is a very valuable member of the squad.




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08 Sep 2020 14:48:08
Someone did an overview of Mendy using three different websites featuring top 30 keepers -
Shot Stopping. 3rd
Aerial Ability 1st
Leaving the line/ Sweeper keeper 25th
Passing 17th
The passing is weaker as he was one of the highest using launch balls in the list.
Overall a significant step up from Kepa.




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07 Sep 2020 17:09:46
Whilst I would prefer Rice as a DM its not clear if the club see him as a CB option.
I struggle to see us buying another midfield player unless at least Jorghino is sold which looks difficult.
Why not give Ampadu a chance rather than gamble on Soumare?





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19 Sep 2020 15:39:14
Pleased to hear that Ed002 but he hasn't made such pointed comments about Mount, Abraham and James.
I don't think the Bayern interest helped and then he had a long lay off with an injury which is taking time to recover from fully.


{Ed002's Note - That would be because they are working hard in training and doing enough to earn their starting chances.}



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19 Sep 2020 10:25:06
Giroud is an obvious pick and should have started against Brighton.
We struggled playing out from the back and hit numerous long balls often to RLC.
In addition it would allow Werner and Havertz to play off him and get Havertz more into the game centrally.
Hoses for courses on Sunday which is why Azpi needs to start at either RB or LB.
I would probably start him at LB with Salah in top form.




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17 Sep 2020 15:48:11
Makes no sense to pay a premium price for a player who hasn't been playing in the position we want him for, assuming it is true.
I like him as a DM with an option to move to CB maybe at some point in the future.




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13 Sep 2020 17:19:16
The point of the stats and feel free to find others that paint Rice in the way that others are, is to highlight that he isn't an average 21yo.
If Ziyech Pulisic CHO Havertz Werner RLC Barkley plus two attacking fullbacks can't create enough opportunities we have a serious problem.
I fact the real problem will be having players in midfield willing and capable of being defensively disciplined.




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13 Sep 2020 15:59:05
Rice 38
Kova 31

Rice 1
Kova 1

Rice 3
Kova 3

Tackles and success
Rice 116 (52%)
Kova 63 (60%)

Rice 77
Kova 22

Rice 213
Kova 174

Rice 51
Kova 16

Duels Won
Rice 223
Kova 186

Aerial Battles Won
Rice 223
Kova 8

Crosses and accuracy
Rice 28 (39%)
Kova 8 (13%)

Accurate long balls
Rice 128
Kova 93
The relevance is that both players were the pick of the fans at the respective clubs.
Bear in mind Rice is only 21yo.