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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.



26 Jul 2020 05:46:56
Ed, do you think that Chelsea will continue to spend big in this transfer window for KH and a LB a CB and a GK.

Would we meet FFP regulations?
If we do look to offset these expenses with players leaving, especially now with C.V. Would it be an impossible task or we sell our players at below market prices.





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10 Nov 2020 11:10:17
Guys, was wondering if anyone is keeping tabs on our loanees and can share an update on them here.

your views on if they will make the chelsea team in years to come is welcomed.

Cheers n KTBFFH.


1.) 10 Nov 2020 11:30:19
Not to sure on them all, but Gallagher has walked straight into the West Bromley team. Not a mean feat for someone of his age.

Also young Broja is scoring for Vitesse, looking very promising and potentially ready for another loan to the Championship or a lesser EPL team next season. That path seems to have worked well for Mount. I must admit I don't watch much Dutch football though!

2.) 10 Nov 2020 11:43:08
Ugbo is scoring regularly in Belgium.

3.) 10 Nov 2020 13:36:23
Ampadu is doing well when he plays for Sheff Utd.
You can get some idea by visiting clubs chat pages.
I would be surprised if Ampadu doesn't make the squad next season as he can play and n both DM and cover at CB.
Gallagher also looks is like he has a real chance but we would probably need to sell Jorghino and Kovacic for both of those to be possible .

4.) 10 Nov 2020 19:35:47
I think the standouts are Ross Barkley and Bakayoko who have been fantastic and will fetch the club some money in sales.

5.) 10 Nov 2020 21:10:52
SW6Daily do a really decent weekly loan report.

6.) 12 Nov 2020 12:10:01
CFCShak, I agree about Bakayoko who has looked class - I still don't understand why he is not in our squad given that we need a DM.

7.) 13 Nov 2020 10:48:33
Here is the WBA view of Gallagher.
"Conor’s been fantastic for me.
his energy levels and quality in training every day is a steal for us and I’m tipping him to be a top, top player. He wants to learn and has great ability going forward, but on the flip side he’s more than responsible at tracking back and he’s just got bags of energy. The athleticism that he’s got is what the game is becoming now and he’s got that in abundance.

“He’s been very impressive and I think he can be a really important player for us this season. ”

-Jake Livermore; source: WBA.



01 Oct 2020 08:40:57
with RB gone to AV on loand and RLC to follow . would we not be a bit light weight in midfield with only kante Jor and Kove to fill the spots . i also expect loans Baka and Moses . if all this is true, would we see any incomings in midfield?

Cheers and thank you.


{Ed002's Note - This was all addressed yesterday or the day before.}



27 Sep 2020 10:43:47
Ed001, don't know if you caught the 3rd goal against us Vs Wes Brom . but id like to hear your take on what should have the defence done .

Was Alonso at fault cause he left his defender run past him. or was Reece James at fault as he didn't push up with the entire back line.

Think the art of defending has taken a hit with focus being on playing from the back and assisting with work up the pitch.

I for one thought that Alonso stopped his run which was the right thing to do and James should have stepped up to catch the players offside . Fellow posters please chip in.

On a separate note . loved the fightback . need to up the tempo from minute one .

Cheers and thanks for your reply in advance.


{Ed001's Note - that was the corner right? The whole defence was at fault as no one was actively doing anything, they were all ball watching. Alonso was yards in front of the backline, so there is no way he did the right thing. You should always go with a runner when there is no pressure on the man with the ball, you never play offside in that position. James should have been more aware of Bartley being unmarked as well and moved to cover him, but Alonso should never have let him just run off him without any kind of attempt to block his run. You also have to ask why there was no pressure on the ball. Why were there so many men just stood around in the penalty box but no one was actively involved in blocking runners or marking men? It is just a mess.}

1.) 27 Sep 2020 12:17:25
Frank will get us organised. His new to the jo. never mind.

2.) 27 Sep 2020 13:46:11
MM, our defense has been all over the place for over a season now, especially from deadball situations - just how long will Frank need to 'get us organised'?!

3.) 27 Sep 2020 18:29:43
Players have got to take some responsibility, it's not Lampard's job to tell them not to let people run off them and not to ball watch. That's a matter of attitude and concentration, not coaching.



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.}



21 Sep 2020 13:25:21
Ed001, with the current squad that we have, can you share your views on what formation and style of play FL n JM is looking to use.

With so much talent . I'm now perplexed on how we would set up . KH is also a doubt for me . And if we truly need him for all of our games . especially the high tempo ones

Love to hear thoughts of other posters too

Cheers and thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - I think, well I hope, yesterday was a one off tactical plan to deal with Liverpool. Werner on the left was there to attack the space in behind TAA and, it was hoped, take advantage of Fabinho being out of position. The rest was just about trying to soak up pressure and hit on the counter. I doubt he would have played like that if Pulisic or Ziyech were available.

From what I see of the buys, the plan seems to be to go with 3 up top and one in behind, probably a variant of 4-2-3-1. Silva has come in to add a bit of experience and knowhow to the defence. A new keeper to provide sweeping up behind the defence, so that a higher line can be maintained. One who is quick off his line, so that Silva's lack of pace is not so exposed.

The problem I see with it is that you lack a player with the quality to playmake from deep. Jorginho doesn't have the range of passing or vision to do the job, Kovacic doesn't really excel in any area and Kante lacks the range of passing too. For it to work really well, you need someone deep there who can hit the longer pass, when it is on, to the likes of Pulisic or Werner as they make runs. Silva can do it, but you need to have more than one who can do it regularly to ensure the opposition can't just close down one player and negate it as a tactic. The trio from yesterday are much happier playing 5, 10, 15 yard passes and don't really look for that longer pass often.

Other than that, you also have Havertz who can pick up the ball and run with it, or can win headers and is capable of creating something. So your front line looks fine, once they gain some experience together and if they can manage to stay fit. Though Werner really needs to work on his left foot, 3 times he passed up a chance by trying to force it onto his right and a fourth time he hit a weak shot with it.

With Kante and that front group, I am sure the plan must be to press the ball back high and put teams under pressure early. While the defence just gets into a shape marshalled by Silva, and drops off if the press is beaten, similar to how City play under Pep defensively.

It looks offensively to be closer to Liverpool's way of playing, moving the ball quickly up to the front group and not allowing opponents to get their shape back after giving up the ball. With the pace and skill up top you have, that could well be potent. If the players can work out each other's game. There were a few times that I noticed passes just being given to a teammate, rather than placed to where they want a teammate to run or onto their correct foot. A bit like the error from Kepa, if you watch, he is just playing the pass at Jorginho (I think it was Jorginho), rather than trying to put it on his stronger foot or to one side of him to allow him to move onto it. That is something that should be worked on in training, teaching players which side is a teammate's stronger side and looking to play passes into a place where that foot is taking the ball, rather than forcing him to adjust his body or attempt to control it with a weaker foot. When it goes to the weaker foot, it can take a touch or two extra to control it, slowing down the play and making it difficult to break a press or create anything.

I believe that Frank is looking for mainly quick one and two touch stuff, get it in the danger area and have people around who can maintain the pressure and stop opponents getting it clear. To do that, players will need to understand each others' games, so it will take time to come together but if you can pick up results still, despite not being at your best, then you can be in the shake up at the end of the season. This is going to be a very mixed up season, there will be players missing through virus tests and needing to self-isolate throughout the season, which can cost teams. All you need to do is hang in there and you can be a threat right at the top when things start to come together.}

1.) 21 Sep 2020 15:11:36
Love that summary and analysis Ed. Thanks.

2.) 21 Sep 2020 15:39:23
IMHO our current best team, assuming no injuries, no Rice, would be this:


Azpi | Silva | Zouma | Chilwell

|Kante | Kovacic |

Ziyech Pulisic


The team is well balanced, with players arguably all in their favourite positions. I would choose Azpi over James because of his leadership and defensive play.

The main weakness of this team is the space in the wide areas between the 3 AM's and the fullbacks. It could become quite narrow if Ziyech and Pulisic don't get drilled to keep their boots on the touchlines. If we were to get too narrow, that would leave space to be exploited around the back, so it's reliant on Pulisic and Ziyech tracking back and communicating well with the full backs behind.

3.) 21 Sep 2020 15:57:26
Excellent Ed1. That is a brill insight.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate.}

4.) 21 Sep 2020 16:08:18
Come on dareyk, how can you start having doubts about Kai Havertz, there's still time. Don’t you recognise a good player when you see one? Please be patient.


1) 4-3-3
* Mendy;
* James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell;
* [HAVERTZ], Kante, Kovacic (or Mount)
* Ziyech, Werner, Pulisic

2) 4-2-3-1
* Mendy;
* James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell;
* Kante, Kovacic (or another CDM) ;
* Ziyech, [HAVERTZ], Pulisic
* Werner

3) 3-4-3
* Mendy;
* Azpilicueta, Silva, Zouma;
* James, Kante, Kovacic (or another CDM) Chilwell (or Alonso) ;
* [HAVERTZ], Werner, Pulisic

4) 4-2-4
* Mendy;
* James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell
* Kante, Kovacic (or another CDM)
* Ziyech (or Hudson Odoi) [HAVERTZ], Werner, Pulisic

5) 4-4-2
* Mendy
* James, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell
* Ziyech, Kante, Kovacic (or another CDM) Pulisic.
* Werner and Kai Havertz.
A lot of formations can be drawn and he will fit into them but we know Lampard uses the first three so.
Besides formation, there are principles of play that has to be instilled into the team (esp new players) to get best maximum output; so inculcating these principles into the new players coupled with their adaptation time are factors that make our situation unique- hence the team needs a little time (especially as there was no preseason) to become very productive.

5.) 21 Sep 2020 17:46:32
I think the majority of rival fanbase would love nothing better than to see Kai Havertz fail given that he comes with very high expectations given the class of the player. I mean I've heard fans of other clubs say his the biggest flop in terms of transfers im the league. I mean 2 games We all know that's not true and that is jealousy and envy talking. real footballing people who talk sense, i. e. ed1 will say how good KH is.

Of course there will be some Chelsea fans who will love to jump on the bandwagon too.

6.) 21 Sep 2020 20:34:55
Great read Ed001. Really insightful your certainly know your stuff mate.

{Ed001's Note - thank you JCFC.}




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11 Jan 2021 16:14:07
West ham would not want to lose a player like him mid season.

The board would want to FL to prove himself this season.

If FL does well and gets us a top 3 finish. Then maybe he gets rice.

We would have to lose Kante jorginho

Think we should just go on with this team this season and have the new players integrate.




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07 Jan 2021 07:40:43
Ed002, are we also looking at any strikers currently for the future.
Giroud will soon leave and Tammy will need time and so will Werner. Would we look to promote youth next season?
Any input is much appreciated.



{Ed002's Note - The expectation is that Chelsea will add a striker in the summer.}



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06 Jan 2021 12:36:45
ED001, would you change FL for someelse and if yes, who would that be and why?
also, how can we get the best out of the current squad?

we are just not gelling as we should be . given that FL has now 18months at the helm and the chance to spend money. we seem a bit lost as a style of play has not emerged.

love your thoughts here EDs
Thank you in advance



{Ed001's Note - right now, no. I would give him the season at least. This is a difficult season and no manager is really going to be able to make a huge difference due to the lack of time to coach players. So you may as well give him the rest of the season before making a decision.}



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05 Oct 2020 15:30:47
Ed002 do u expect RLC Moses and Rudiger to leave?


{Ed002's Note - Probably.}



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16 Sep 2020 10:23:25
Ed002, do we have a list of players that if CHO leaves we will look to replace. Also would we consider a deal so late in the window or will this fizz away to comeback at a later date . winter window maybe

Appreciate your input ed


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach for Hudson-Odoi at this time.}




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27 Dec 2020 11:32:56
Carlo Ancelotti, would love to see him back . But let FL have this season to better what he did last year.




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08 Dec 2020 12:16:31
MDW Rice - chelsea legend . hold on here, he is not even a CFC player . i would wait a while before i assess him.

he needs to up his game . i still don't see him fit at chelsea.
neither in defence nor in midfield . keeping the price tag away . he has to add to our team but i just don't see that yet.





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22 Nov 2020 07:07:09
Credit where its due . spurs under JM are looking strong
FL has to figure out a way to stop them from counter attacking and we will win this.

i think we are gettings a solid nase at the back and if Kane can be nullified, then we can win this by a goal or two.





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05 Nov 2020 10:42:06
Strikers take time to come into their element . id say Giroud in for now but in 2 years time tammy will be top.




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19 Oct 2020 06:27:45
think we are top heavy and a higher line of defence will help . when there is a turnover. our top 4 are alwats running back but in vain . as our back line is droping at the same time and we can't crowd out the midfield.

dont see how we can continue to play like this . unless the option is to out score the opposition. else we need to move back to a 433.