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10 Mar 2021 04:52:47
Ed002, can you shed some light on the keeper situation. Seems like kepa is not going to be the keeper we expected him to be. Interest has been shown in GD and JO. Do u expect us to go through with any of those.

Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - Chelsea have no interest in Oblak but have discussed Donnarumma in the the unlikely case he becomes available.}



06 Oct 2020 20:23:49
Ed002, what would the plans be the players we couldn't move out on loan and we would not use them in our squad . Drinkwater Moses Baba Alonso Emerson Rudiger . etc?

Thanks in advance . cheers.


{Ed002's Note - The club will continue to look to sell or loan them.}



22 Sep 2020 14:10:30
Ed002, would Chelsea consider sending CHO on loan to gain more experience and game time.

Also, what is the plan for Barkley . He is inconsistent, so would Chelsea also look to loan him out?


{Ed002's Note - There is no decision about CHO but he has to take note of what the coaching staff have been telling him to work hard in training and show he deserves chances in the first team. Barkley is available and ideally Chelsea would like a sale.}



30 Aug 2020 14:44:41
Ed002 would Chelsea consider selling kante?


{Ed002's Note - N'Golo Kante (DM/CM) there will be interest but could be priced out of a move as Chelsea do not want to sell him but would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave.}

1.) 30 Aug 2020 15:58:49
Just the response I wanted ed002. Also can I request your input as regards if there are any other attacking players (younger) that chelsea are currently looking at?

{Ed002's Note - Clubs are always looking at younger players and have scouts spread around watching them.}

2.) 31 Aug 2020 05:09:02
Perfect Ed002, that's the best response form the club.
it should silence the guys here who say that Kante should be sold.

so happy that we don't want to sell the best player in the world who still have 3 maybe 4 years left in the tank at the top level.

Thanks Ed002.

3.) 31 Aug 2020 14:10:28
According to the media in Italy. Antonio Conte has requested N’Golo Kante from Chelsea, as Inter hope to do a loan deal with obligation to buy for €50m.

£100 million to Real Madrid was the talk not so long ago.

It is odd to think that the best DM in the world doesn't really fit with the way that our current team plays. He is not the player you need/ want if you are going to play the ball out at the back. Although next season IF we are going to get 5 subs, then I think we will be able to use him a lot and we should keep him around.

Now that Inter have decided to keep Conte I guess the deal for Emerson is back on?

4.) 01 Sep 2020 07:34:22
I still think it could happen, if he wants a new challenge etc.

But, any talk of a loan or a £50m fee should be a fair way off the mark. I don't think Inter have the capability to pull the deal off, although in separate stories we've been linked with Marcelo Brozović.



03 Aug 2020 11:12:05
ED002, any update on Willian and if he does decide to leave . who are we looking at to replace him?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}

1.) 03 Aug 2020 12:10:16

2.) 03 Aug 2020 13:28:23
Lol. Love the optimism.

3.) 04 Aug 2020 10:28:48
TBF if Willian does leave who are our options as CHO hasn't developed as hoped and it would leave us short on the wings. I much prefer Werner down the middle although appreciate he could do us a job there if needed.




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16 Apr 2021 08:03:42
Our keeper situation is very tricky. We have Mendy who is exceeding expectations and doing so so well for us right now but things can go south very fast like we saw with FL at the helm. if under TT our results go sideways . he will be under pressure and i don't see Mendy coming up trumps. He is good when the going is good . i have doubts that he is the difference maker when the going gets tough.

Then we have Kepa who is a 70mil flop who is out of confidence and is showing no signs of turning this around. I don't see the option of a loan as it will only add to diminish his value. Best option for us would be to sell him and get a world class keeper in his stead with Mendy being a good No 2 (cup competition) and Ziger our No 3 (WC leaving in the summer)

If donnarumma or oblak is available we should go all out as that could sort our GK situation for the next 4-6 years or even more.

I don't know but ED002 can confirm if we are looking to sign any GK this summer window and who we are interested in? Thanks in advance.



{Ed002's Note - I have dealt with all of this.}

1.) 16 Apr 2021 10:38:06
Why would Mendy be happy with being a No2 given the outstanding results we have had under TT?

2.) 16 Apr 2021 15:23:44
Mendy will be out for a month with AFCON next year and we can’t Mount a serious title charge with Kepa or Caballero as #2 so we need a new keeper regardless. I like Mendy but Donnarumma at like what is he 22? On a free transfer is too good to turn down in my opinion.

3.) 16 Apr 2021 15:34:16
I don’t think Mendy is a top class keeper and we should go for Donnarumma.

4.) 16 Apr 2021 17:25:19
If there is the faintest chance of our signing Donnarumma on a free, we have to go for it.

5.) 16 Apr 2021 19:04:03
Apropos goal keepers. I think tomorrow’s game against City is going to be close. If it goes to extra time and penalties are looming I would take off Mendy and put Kepa on- just a thought.

6.) 16 Apr 2021 20:16:15
Nail on the head Jimbo. I rate Mendy but he’s got a poor penalty record. Kepa is better at penalties than normal saves. Donnarumma is very good at everything that’s what makes him so good.

7.) 16 Apr 2021 21:07:32
A top class keeper is worth a lot of points during a season: if a team wants to compete it’s worth investing is the best keeper you can get; neither of ours are top class.

8.) 17 Apr 2021 06:01:56
In fairness I think Kepa really lowered our expectations as far as keepers go. Mendy has been solid in making the expected saves and claiming balls that should be claimed. That said he struggles on the ball and has demonstrated a limited ability to come for balls played behind our back line that most elite modern keepers clean up with regularity. I think Mendy provides the safety of not having to make any panic purchases at the position but I don’t think he’s a world class keeper which realistically we should have.



10 Apr 2021 10:19:25
Ed002, in midfield we are short a player as we only have Kante (needs managing due to injuries) Jorginho (not suited for all opposition) and kova with BG covering. Seems that we are a bit light there . would we look to add another and if yes . who would that be?

Who amongst our loan army would be up for a promotion to the first team next season?

Appreciate your insight in advance ed. Have a super weekend.


{Ed002's Note - There are also Mount, Havertz, Anjorin and Bate registered as midfield players in the first team squad.}



25 Mar 2021 03:40:53
Kante appreciate post.
Chelsea are lucky and so blessed to have a player like him. I'd even go as far as saying the best player we have ever had . EVER.

He may not be flashy and score a ton of goals but guys . You'll never seen another like him on the football field. Sharp and clever from minutes 1-90

FL and MS are some managers who tried to use his abilities in different ways which didn't always work . think TT is doing great managing a player with his talents.

I'd rather have Kante over any other midfielder . anyday.


1.) 25 Mar 2021 07:16:08
Well he truly is an amazing player.
Our best ever? Hmm, that's a tough one. Players like Cech, Terry, Lampard and perhaps Eden are all just as up there. Certainly there are more that can join the discussion. In my opinion, the most obvious choice would be Frank. So many more goals than any other midfielder in the PL, and winning everything with the club.
But regardless of who our best ever player is - Kante is a great player, and quite honestly just a machine. Very, very few players as good on him on his best days. Feels like he's finally starting to get back into his best form again. Massive asset.

2.) 25 Mar 2021 10:08:38
Fantastic player and apparently a really nice man.

Not the best ever player I’ve seen in a Chelsea shirt but certainly very good.

Greaves, Osgood, Wilkins, Makalele, Cole, Lamps, JT, Ricky, Ballack, Big Pete, Hazard and the list goes on. We have been blessed with a lot over the years.

3.) 26 Mar 2021 07:07:20
Jesus Tom, You left Zola out of that"first mentioned list" Shame on you!
I agree we have been blessed over the years, but we can't compare apples with oranges.
Imagine if the club had the financial clout they have now back when we basically had to sell Greaves (in his prime) . The older supporters out there ( I include you and me in that group Tom lol) realise what a great job the club are now doing with the financial backing of Roman. Players are now transient compared to years gone by ( as per Ed002's comments), it's now about trophys and paydays, loyalty means diddly squat (much to the angst of many of us on here) .
So, my predictions, we'll win champions league (ugly like last time, who cares, a wins a win) finish 4th in EPL and FA Cup, well who knows. Haarland will sign, he'll be a beast in EPL, ala Drogba/ Costa in their prime and we'll move on to next season with the input of whoever is there.
I do really trust the club to make the right financial decisions moving forward.
So hard to let go, but I have trust in the board to make things work moving fwd.

4.) 26 Mar 2021 14:34:47
Kiwi, I did say “the list goes on” but you are correct I should have mentioned Zola by name.

I love your optimism and I share it but I do have this horrible feeling that the spuds will be a major challenger for the top four.

5.) 29 Mar 2021 07:52:03
Is it just me Tom, but TT (and I agree he seems a good guy, interviews well, certainly seems to have got the boys playing as a team) seems to be adopting the "concede the least, win the most" attitude that Jose brought from Porto for our first title in 50 years. Not sure that it's really the style he wants to play, however it's about winning and points this season which is why I have high hopes for top 4 and finals.
Funny though that after years of "defence, break" with us, Real, Man U that the change in the spuds form has been since Jose has loosened those shackles and changed tactics to attack.
Loved him when he was ours, hate (well strongly dislike) him now he's not, but have to admire that after being stereotyped for many years he has changed styles, probably cause old tight ass Levy said "no money" lol so he's back where he was at Porto, making things happen with little financial backing.
They'll still finish below us though!



05 Mar 2021 13:17:55
Who else thinks of we continue this way we may even end up 2nd to city this season. Utd don't look stronger than us and Leicester have injury issues. I thought bk we can do it and also think can go far in the champions League.

Another thing I'd like to highlight is that our squad needs to be flexible to play 4 at the back. We currently aren't and that's something we need to look at. Also the need for another midfielder and striker is what our focus should be in the transfer window.

I'm so excited for the rest of the season.


1.) 05 Mar 2021 14:26:52
It's possible but only if we take more of the few chances we are creating or we find a way to create more.
If we could only get Pulisic back to somewhere near his best and Werner scoring a few more we will give any team a game in the PL and CL.



28 Feb 2021 03:51:20
Ed002, what do u make of Chelsea opening chasing Haaland. Many media outlets reporting that we are in for him. Isn't that not the way to go. I recall the incident with vvd and Liverpool setting a very bad example of how transfers should be done. Aren't we doing pretty much similar?

Your insights on this matter is truly appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - There is no tapping up going on. You misunderstand the situation.}

1.) 28 Feb 2021 13:54:10
* Chelsea talk to agent of player;

* Agent of player talk to player or club;

* Which means Chelsea not talking to player directly;

* Hence, no tapping up.




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15 Apr 2021 09:09:46
CA is only 31, he has lost his pace but is still a very go defender. he still has a good 2-3 more years on him at the evry top.




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15 Apr 2021 08:25:25
It all depends on who exits this club come the summer window and if we do 5 at the back or 4 at the back. Hakimi would be awesome but id say it will happen if CA retires and we move to a back 4 to give cover to RJ . i doubt Hakimi would move to be second choice to RJ.

plus we may also look to youth.




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14 Apr 2021 15:25:36
That's some ridiculous money for a defender who may or maynot cut it in the pl. Ed002 would Chelsea be willing to pay that kind of money?

Will Silva's contract be extended for another year?

We have 5 CB to 3 positions. do you see any of them leave this summer window?


{Ed002's Note - No, probably, yes.}



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07 Apr 2021 07:25:54
Ed002, would Chelsea be interested in Jude Bellingham as a replacement for any midfielder heading out this summer. Or as an alternative to Rice.

On a side note . Can't wait to see us bounce back tonight against Porto . Come on you blues



{Ed002's Note - Jude Bellingham is one of many, many players the club are not looking to sign this summer.}



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05 Apr 2021 13:43:34
ED002, Thank you for your reply regarding our strikers situation.
You have a nice day.





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12 Apr 2021 06:34:05
I’d agree on OGS. But I think with TT as our manager he has brought back the old guard and made full use of our squad with experience youth and a dip into that winning mentality which I thought we had lost.

I would have thought poch would have been the next Utd manager and built a phenomenal style of play but that ship has sailed. With Utd finishing 2nd this season . hard to see a managerial change there in the near future.

if and when the time comes who do u think Utd should swap ogs for?




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12 Apr 2021 05:45:29
Ed077, who then has the 2nd best squad in the pl.

On the other hand . a bigger squad would help if 5 subs were allowed . right now with 3 subs, the depth of the squad makes little to no difference but it does in the champions League.

I recall Conte (who is doing fantastic at inter) for most parts of the season played the same team day in and day out and won us the pl.

Do we truly need a strong 23 man squad or is it better to have a 18 man strong squad with the rest filled with academy players?

What do u all think?


{Ed077's Note - Man Utd for me. Photo finish with Chelsea but just pips it for me. You would see a huge improvement if we got our version of Tuchel to replace the Lampard equivalent OGS.}



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11 Apr 2021 11:44:42
hate those kind of numbers but its what the business nature of the game demands.
if only there would be a cap to salaries and then some performance based add ons . would work for the clubs and keep the players motivated . id think

well i could be wrong as i make that sort of money in 10 years what haaland would make in a week.




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05 Apr 2021 08:29:40
Thought the Siva second yellow was a bit harsh . could have just awarded the freekick and kept it 11vs11

ahh forget this . need to put this result past us and look farward.

I must say . i like this feeling of getting angry that we lost . brings me back the the JM days where we hardly lost and always put in a performance after a bad result.

Looking forward to porto . onwards and upwards




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05 Apr 2021 05:30:18
I agree Matt . I thought that was a pen . It's strange that it was not given. I wonder what the rule is . Is a pen only awarded of the player asks or falls over.

I too thought Silva yellow was unfair and not a red card . Having said that . we should have done much much better to close out the game even with 10 men.