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29 Jul 2021 18:10:58
Ed002 any truth in West Ham interest in zouma? Or any other interest in him?
Many thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Kurt Zouma (CB) Will be available in the summer but the interest of Spurs went with Mr Mourinho. Maybe Roma will be interest or perhaps there is still interest from Everton. Offered to Seville as part of a deal for Kounde but I doubt that would suit the player. I am not aware of any approach from West Ham but they are keen on a CB and he fits the bill.}

1.) 30 Jul 2021 09:04:47
Hopefully Sevilla's offer of sun, sea and UCL football can persuade Zouma.

2.) 30 Jul 2021 12:58:05
RJ Seville is not on the coast but it has a river. I went there many years ago it is a beautiful city.

{Ed0666's Note - boiling hot aswell. The frying pan of Europe

3.) 30 Jul 2021 15:06:47
Short train journey down to Cadiz for all your seaside needs. It's a wonder more English players don't give the continent a go.

{Ed002's Note - Zouma is not English.}

4.) 30 Jul 2021 18:10:45
Beautiful train journey up to Madrid and very good value.

5.) 31 Jul 2021 05:32:32
Cheers for clearing that up Ed.



21 Jan 2019 00:12:37
Everyone is saying we should replace Hazard (if he leaves) with Griezmann. Griezmann earns £350,000/ week after tax so. I don’t think the club would match that.
I understand the desire of posters wanting to replace players they feel aren’t up to par but the expectations of some are ridiculous.


1.) 21 Jan 2019 08:31:58
Greizman a striker / CF, hazard a winger, if hazard goes we need a winger / wide forward,

2.) 21 Jan 2019 11:08:55
And why would Griezmann come to Chelsea - a team sinking into mid-table obscurity?

3.) 21 Jan 2019 11:40:58
Don’t see us mid-table! Very strange “supporter” aren’t you MDW?

4.) 21 Jan 2019 15:00:22
CFCAdam, unlike some, I deal in reality - would you seriously consider us 'on the up'? We're losing Hazard and CHO seems determined to leave which leaves us with an ageing side; we are replacing Morata with Higuain - a massive gamble in playing terms and financially; we have seen little real investment in the team since Fabregas and Costa; we have employed an ageing manager who has never won anything in football and who plays our 2 best players out of position. Would any of this entice Griezmann to join us?

5.) 21 Jan 2019 15:26:00
mid table hahahaha.

6.) 21 Jan 2019 16:27:03
in reality. really?!

4th in the league, still in all comps. Not bad in my eyes. Mid-Table finish - Never. Top 4 - yep, united will have a blip. Arsenal too inconsistent to finish top 4.

No investment - Whattt! We spent £57m on Jorginho - who may still be a success. £71m on a potentially world class Keeper. Yet no investment? We've offered Hazard THE biggest contract in the history of the club, not our fault if he wants to go elsewhere. We've (supposedly) offered CHO the biggest contract for an 18 year old, who let's be honest hasn't yet achieved anything in football, but we've offered it to him. We've tied Kante down to a new contract. that's investment too. We've just signed one of the most up and coming talents in Europe in Pulisic, but stupidly let him stay at Dortmund.

Sarri will come good if the players back him, i think the club will and cannot see him going anywhere for 2 years at least. I think you forget that no other club in Italy won anything apart from a very good Juventus side, but his Napoli side pushed them hard.

Formation is down to Sarri yes, that i agree with and hopefully he's not too stubborn to change it. But only a few weeks back we beat City at home, where has that passion gone as the tactics where the same! Also, Kante scored that night and again against Palace and people weren't moaning then. We should have beat Spurs last week but due to lack of a striker - we spent big on Morata, who turns out is a bit of a wimp and not suited to Prem - hardly Sarri's fault. Higuain could be the man we need, scored goals wherever he's gone. The Milan side he's currently in is a poor attacking side, not his fault in the lack of goals.

Have faith man, everyone was raving at start of season, with how we had started etc. Just a dip in form, like we have every season.

Keep the faith.

7.) 21 Jan 2019 16:37:39
Good points Adam.

8.) 21 Jan 2019 22:38:38
Mdw, there's no coming back from Adams post well said adam.

9.) 22 Jan 2019 12:57:22
i don't see higuian missong all the chances morata has in last 12 months and i also don't see him getting disposessed every time he has possession cause he's strong an sturdy and not a big baby like morata throwing himself to the ground every oppertunity an moaning to the refs and let's be honest just looking like an absoloute ejit. shame it didn't work out i liked him bit he's just not mentally strong for pl or physically for that matter.

10.) 22 Jan 2019 20:31:43
gg, oh yes there is a 'coming back' - it's called going to games and seeing how we are declining week on week. We are a demotivated, ageing team that is very obviously not happy with so-called 'Sarriball'. We had a fortunate start to the season (anyone remember the sitters that Arsenal missed against us at home? ) - but since the end of our unbeaten start we have been getting worse and worse (allowing for 1 good performance against City) .

Man United and Arsenal are both on our tails and will overtake us sooner rather than later - which will leave us in 6th - not exactly mid-table perhaps but only because every other team below 6th is ordinary. As for cups, we are in the semi-final of a cup that nobody could give a toss about and we haven't played any team worth mentioning yet in the other 2. But you lot continue along happy, clappy way that I can only attribute to a vast intake of mood altering drugs!

11.) 22 Jan 2019 22:06:34
Ever thought of working for the Samaritans MDW, I am sure u would be an asset.

12.) 23 Jan 2019 09:02:06
mdw u really have a way with words haha.



11 Aug 2017 14:05:31
Ed002, Mario Pasalic only has a year left on his contract so was wondering if there was any discussions to offer him a new deal or are the club looking to sell him on now? Thanks =].


{Ed002's Note - Pasalic signed a new contract and has gone to Spartak on loan.}

1.) 11 Aug 2017 15:08:31
I must've missed him Joining Spartak on loan. Seems an odd move after 2 successful years at significantly bigger clubs in more competitive leagues.

{Ed002's Note - It was complicated.}

2.) 11 Aug 2017 16:22:50
I won't ask but cheers for the update and new sharkopod, legend.



08 Jun 2017 01:31:13
Ed002, you said Matic is a maybe to leave, so I was just wondering what clubs were interested in him? Thanks =].


{Ed002's Note - Juventus and don't rule out Manchester United.}

1.) 09 Jun 2017 00:43:11
Ed could we possibly use matic in a potential deal for sandro?
Or bonucci

{Ed002's Note - Try not to complicate everything.}



02 Feb 2017 00:27:31
I'm pretty happy with he business done in the January window as we moved on a few players and recouped a nice amount of money. Whilst the summer transfer window is far away, I'm expecting it to be very busy and Conte will have a massive job on his hands imo trying to balance integrating returning loan players whilst replacing and potentially upgrading a few positions.

Definite outs: Costa, Terry.


1.) 02 Feb 2017 08:26:54
I agree with that, not sure costa is definite just yet.

what do you think of musonda?
I think he is very talented but not nearly ready and I don't think we will see him unless we win the league a few matches before the season ends.
kenedy will provide cover and potentially get the chance to impress in the cup imo.
still cannot decide if ake becomes a starter or not

2.) 02 Feb 2017 18:59:33
I pressed post without finishing so just left it there. I haven't seen enough of musonda to know whether he's ready. I don't see him, Ake or kenedy or even Batshuayi getting a game unless we win the league with 3-4 games to spare.

Come the summer though we'll need to try and figure out whether we want to sign a new CB to replace Cahill in the starting 11 or whether Zouma/ Ake/ Christensen will take his spot. And then whether Cahill will want to stay or move on.
We'll probably need a versatile WB preferably RWB.
A new back-up GK to replace Begovic and perhaps a starting GK if Real Madrid come in for Courtois.

CM I feel we're okay but it'll depend on whether Fabregas will want to stay as a bit part player and whether Conte believes he needs someone with a bit more magic than Matic.

Forwards: think we'll see Costa leave so we should target someone versatile who can play either up front or on the wings in the mould of Dybala or Griezmann or failing that i'd go for Aubameyang. Failing that I'd stick with Batshuayi and bring in a backup/ promote a youth player.




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30 Jul 2021 19:59:57
I don’t see us signing Rice (given how high the fee would be) unless we sold one of Kante/ Kova/ Jorgi.
I’ve seen people saying if we were going to get Haaland it would have happened by now. And I totally disagree. BD don’t want to sell but I think if we offered 130-150 I think they’d struggle to turn it down considering they’d get less than half that next summer. So I think it’s probs a little bit of brinkmanship, where Chelsea want to try lower it a little bit. Could also be that BD want to line up and secure a replacement before they green light it so the price of the replacement isn’t hiked up. There’s plenty of possibilities and there’s still a whole month of the window to go. If in 2 weeks time we haven’t signed anyone then maybe I’ll start to get nervous.


1.) 31 Jul 2021 09:05:58
If we say we're going to pay £150m for Haaland that would work out at about £50m (including wage and bonuses) a season over a 5 year contract - it would be a massive risk for a 20 year old. Just consider how many goals that Werner scored in the German League and we can see what a huge step up it is to the PL.

2.) 31 Jul 2021 11:33:38
JamieP; Good thing you said 20 year old, meaning he still has value even if it doesn’t work out for him in the EPL. I feel it’s part of what makes a move for Haaland more attractive in some ways.

I think there’s a whole lot of differences between Haaland and Werner, they are not the same type of player in many ways hence their returns (in goals) to the EPL might not necessarily be the same. Haaland is clearly more powerful, central, robust and rugged- he possesses all the qualities of the Chelseasque striker than Werner. True they both might be coming from the same league but Haaland is a monster of a centre forward. On the other hand, imagine Werner tucked away HALF of the chances he got last season, perhaps we would have been telling a different story now. One glaring thing about both players is that no defender wants to play against either.



16 May 2021 11:39:57
The top 5 in the PL will qualify for the CL this season.


{Ed002's Note - No.}

1.) 16 May 2021 12:16:16
I think I am correct in saying, if we win the Champions League and Utd win the Europa League with us finishing outside the top four then only the top three would qualify for next season’s Champions league.

If we lose the Champions League then it’s the top four spots that qualify.

Only five teams from any country can qualify for the Champions League competition.

I hope that makes sense.

2.) 16 May 2021 16:05:43
In the first scenario, the top 4 and Chelsea would still qualify because utd would be one of the top 4 and that would be five teams. The scenario where only the top 3 qualified was if utd won the europa league and Chelsea won the champions league and both finished out side the top 4.

3.) 16 May 2021 16:31:36
eden, Utd can’t finish outside the top four.

4.) 16 May 2021 17:13:45
No, exactly, so the top 4 will qualify even if Chelsea win the champions league and finish outside the top 4 and utd win the europa league. The only scenario 4th wouldn't qualify would of been if arsenal had won the europa league, Chelsea the champions league and both finished out side the top 4,but obviously that can't happen, so the top 4 will qualify.

{Ed002's Note - Manchester United winning the Europa League makes no difference. Chelsea would qualify if they won the Champions League and finished outside of the top four.}

5.) 16 May 2021 17:43:07
Ok thanks Ed.

So just to clarify, if Chelsea win the Champions League and finish outside the top four and Man Utd win the Europa then only the first three in the Premiership qualify for next season’s Champions League?

{Ed002's Note - No, Manchester United have already qualified for the Champions League.}

6.) 16 May 2021 18:06:05
OK, got it now. Thanks Ed.

7.) 16 May 2021 19:16:51
Sorry and thanks eden.



30 Jan 2021 08:31:16
This whole Lampard wanted aubameyang and tarkowski is a joke. If he did actually want them then I’m glad the board laughed him out of the rooms they’re not Chelsea quality at all. Auba is like 30 at least rn and we can see how poor he’s been since signing his new contract, I’d expect as much from him on a new big Chelsea contract.

Frank wanted Rice and that’s pretty much been played out. But both Werner and Havertz I believe have been quoted as saying Lampard talked to them (in Werner’s case extensively) so I don’t get why he’d go out of his way to convince a player to join who he didn’t want.

Then onto people who claim Klopp gets his firsts choice. You’re completely wrong. Salah was I believe 3rd on the list and Jota more a backup for traore. I’m sure there’s others too.

So maybe yes Pep gets the exact player he wants but 99% of managers don’t unless their 1st choice is actually attainable.


1.) 30 Jan 2021 09:51:33
As usual a very interesting and informative post fuser.!

2.) 30 Jan 2021 11:34:24
That certainly reflects what I believe to be the case.
The idea that few if any were the last managers 'signings' was sown by his uncle and a few friendly journos who should know better.
He for example talked up Ziyech for months and said specifically he had watched him for a few years and claimed he was a special player who had been missed when he was injured.
Bad workman always blames his tools comes to mind.



04 Jan 2021 18:34:13
Everyone’s having a go at Lampard for playing Mount and at Mount for not being good enough. But if you look at our midfield options run they are:
Jorginho, Kante, Mount, Kovacic, Havertz and Gilmour.
Pretty much everyone wants Jorgi gone. Gilmour has only just come back from a 7-9 months injury and Havertz isn’t up to fitness as he’s still struggling with the long term effects of C.V..
Like I get how Mount might not be everyone’s cup of tea but Lampard doesn’t have much options and yet everyone lambasts him for it.


1.) 04 Jan 2021 19:01:23
Should have tried Christensen there long time ago. Be good in midfield. Height and good on the ball.

2.) 04 Jan 2021 19:09:49
Yeah and as soft as a melting butter. We need physicality as well as height in the middle, not just someone who can maybe do a job.

@fuser: good perspective mate.

3.) 04 Jan 2021 19:44:25
Only five players, within all the top leagues in Europe, have created more chances than Mason Mount this season.

4.) 04 Jan 2021 20:11:01
His joint 5th for premier leagues or chances created, not Europe, same chances created as Jack Harrison.

5.) 04 Jan 2021 20:39:23
Thing I saw must have taken European comps into account too.

6.) 05 Jan 2021 00:54:52
1 goal and 3 assists is all I read and his supposed to be the attacking minded player from Kante and Kovacic. Clearly, needs to up his game and make that final pass or score that goal. Started his Chelsea career on fire but has regressed imo.



03 Jan 2021 18:35:06
Look I’m not a frank in or frank out person. But we need some realism here. Pretty much every poster were demanding the same starting line up tonight. It is practically our best starting 11 bar James and Havertz.
We can talk about tactics but none of us are managers so who’s to say anything we’d suggest would be any better.
I’d give frank til the end of the season at least. Not because I necessarily believe in him but none of the managers I’d want or could think would work well, are likely to come now in January. And to me it’s a waste to bring in a temp manager for the last half of the season.


1.) 03 Jan 2021 18:38:42
Totally agree Fuser.

2.) 03 Jan 2021 18:42:35
I liked the line up. But like Neville said when we were on top before there goal all we did was cross it to werner who’s 5ft odd, we kept pressing them snd kept being bypassed. Why keep pressing? Or 4231 and have someone beside kante and front 4 press,

3.) 03 Jan 2021 18:44:54
Great post Fuser.

I am Lampard in, but if they want to eventually sack him it's better to do it sooner.

I'd give him till the end. Give him a proper DM and judge him then.

4.) 03 Jan 2021 18:46:52
I disagree fuser. The lampard train is going at speed and is about to crash. However, should we get an interim manager or appoint a manager then we probably get a reaction out of these lads and salvage any hope of top 4 that we may have.

5.) 03 Jan 2021 18:53:57
Very good and interesting post fuser as usual.

6.) 03 Jan 2021 19:14:45
Did we get an interim when Jose left the last time?

FGS let’s please stop this merry go round. Let’s just back a manager.




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31 Aug 2021 21:36:05
Think they want Botman but his club don’t want to sell.




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28 Aug 2021 00:20:02
Sounds like Saul wants a guarantee of play time similar to youth prospects as we’ve seen and the club has said no. Which is fair enough. If I was a higher up I’d never tie up my managers hands by telling who and when to play.




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24 Aug 2021 16:52:15
Based on past form rather than current form he’d start over Kovacic.




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21 Aug 2021 12:25:14
Think Dazza meant a loan for Saul ed002 but thank you for the updates! :)


{Ed002's Note - Really?}



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13 Aug 2021 22:26:49
If he wants to stay then he needs to lower his wage demands and stop being a prime donna.





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30 Aug 2021 15:42:16
Hard no. He has almost zero end product. Can’t finish or cross. No point being faster than Usain Bolt if in the end you do nothing with the ball.




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28 Aug 2021 00:25:51
I’m always a sit back and watch and the judge sort of person.




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26 Aug 2021 13:51:36
I’d imagine it would just be Saul as we have reservations about Moriba’s attitude.




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25 Aug 2021 11:32:34
Kounde is apparently just as comfortable with his left so he could be the LCB surely?




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24 Aug 2021 21:08:05
Granted moyes ain’t the final say on transfers but when asked if 100m was enough he said no.