Sleeping Dave

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    So Werner leaves with literally no one shedding a tear. However, it leaves us painfully short in attack. With Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi both having uncertain futures here while also not really performing, it leaves us at least one attacking midfielder and an attacker short. At the moment we only really have Havertz, Mount, Sterling, Pulisic and Broja. That’s light both in numbers and in quality. It’s fast becoming a real concern for us. We simply have to get some signings over the line.
  2. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Chelsea (3-4-3): Eddie Beach; Alfie Gilchrist, Xavier Mbuyamba, Bashir Humphreys (c); Dion Rankine, Xavier Simons, Charlie Webster, Lewis Hall (Ben Elliot 83); Harvey Vale (Leo Castledine 72), Omari Hutchinson (Joe Haigh 83), Mason Burstow (Jayden Wareham 62). Some real big talents in there. Mbuyamba, Webster, Hall, Vale, Hutchinson and Burstow are all potential professionals.
  3. Squad Status: 2022/23 Season

    Big well done to our eminent scouting department who deemed Haaland “not good enough for the PL”. The stuff they’ve got away with over the last decade. Yikes.
  4. Everton 0 Chelsea 1

    Solid but slightly fortunate win. We didn’t get any questions answered that we already did not have the answer to. Kalidou solid. Cucurella a real asset. Sterling a vast improvement in what we had previously. But striker is a real worry, so is central midfield. Thought Jorginho was awful today. Still no idea where the goals are supposed to be coming from.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    The quoted prices for Fofana are ridiculous. Obviously we cannot go and spend £80m on him. That would make the Maguire transfer look reasonable. Fofana is at most a £30-40m defender. I don’t think his potential is worth north of £40m.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    That just makes no sense to me. Do we have players for a 352?
  7. Chelsea Pre-Season Summer 2022

    I agree that many believed that we were only a striker away. But the central midfield has always been an issue for this side with the player combos we can tinker with. A rebuild should have happened sooner, but I think the club management thought that had already been done with Lampard bringing through academy players and then adding Havertz, Werner, Mendy, Chilwell, Silva and Ziyech two summers ago and Lukaku last summer. In reality, that work has been done for top dollar. It’s just a shame we have betted on the wrong horses. The work we have in front of us now is a new central defense, new central midfield and a new attack. It’s basically open heart surgery stuff we need.
  8. Chelsea Pre-Season Summer 2022 That’s a laughable claim I’m afraid. Season 2017/18 yes, 2016/17 absolutely not.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Jarrod Bowen, James Maddison, Harvey Barney’s, Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Zaha and before going to Spurs, Richarlison would all walk into our starting XI.
  10. Chelsea Pre-Season Summer 2022

    Cristiano Ronaldo. At this stage a no-brainer. This side lacks goals it’s painful. Ronaldo will score goals. Yes it’s a short-term solution but a solution is still better than five problems. Spot on. If TT knew the problem areas he would have rectified it. We haven’t, not even close. Signing Lukaku last season was laughable. We needed midfielders way more than £100m on a donkey. Fully agree it’s a bloody mess though. Nothing fits together in this squad puzzle. We could almost not have done worse in our recruitment. I spent a lot of time arguing that the squad was not nearly as good as some people seemed to think when Lamps got the sack. Yea we saw a major new manager bounce, senior pros trying to salvage their careers. Now we are back to old habits - poor application, poor attitude and mentality, no edge, losers attitude. Imagine this forum was full of people claiming this was a 85-90+ points side 18-12 months ago. Just imagine. It’s bloody madness, this has never been anything more than a 70-75 point side and so far that hasn’t changed at all this summer. If TT steers us to 75 points he’s done very, very well. We are one Sterling or Silva injury away from being a 65 point side and I reckon we will end up somewhere between 68-72 points the coming season.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Apparently our scouts thought he’d have a hard time adapting to the PL yet thought it was a grand idea spunking £100m on a player we already knew couldn’t adapt playing at a top team in this league. Aguero we said no to because we thought he was too expensive then busted £50m and £200k/week on a busted Torres. Honestly, we must have the worst scouting department in the league
  12. Squad Status: 2022/23 Season

    It seems we are looking to add another CB (preferably a left-footed LCB). That means that the squad is likely to be; Mendy, Arrizabalaga, Bettinelli James, Silva, Koulibaly, New CB, Chalobah, Chilwell, Emerson Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek Mount, Sterling, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi Havertz, Werner That’s 18 outfielders. Perhaps Ampadu, Broja and Colwill will get a squad place but for all intents and purposes the main squad is likely to be the one above. If this will indeed be our squad this season I fear we will lose out on top 4.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    So apparently we are looking for a left-footed CB that can play LCB in a three and LCB in a two. Makes the rumours about Ake making more sense all of a sudden. That would also explain why TT isn’t too sold on Kounde. It was probably between Koulibaly and Kounde and we went with Koulibaly. Any ideas of what other CBS out there are LCB-compatible and perhaps also left footed? No mention of us being after additional attackers. Disappointing.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    I simply can’t agree with much of what you say. Much like last summer, where we had signed one of the best strikers in world football you were not very receptive for any other view other than your own. Lukaku is, and always was, a rather fat lumbering striker who thought, and managed to trick others, he was better than he really was. Considering how utterly wrong you were on that one, perhaps you shouldn’t ridicule people with a different opinion to your own? To claim Tottenham has not improved is very hard to agree with. They have added players who will walk straight into their starting XI and they have depth. But above all, they have game changing players. That is worth so much more than a handful of “top names” who can’t do much else but passing it around in the middle third. No football match was ever won that way. I'm with Leboeuf - I’ll be shocked if Tottenham doesn’t finish above us. At this time, we are in a dog fight with Arsenal and Man U for fourth. But then what about West Ham and Leicester? The difference between us down to team 8 last season isn’t that big. Our pre-season is a shambles. If we add a bad start to this we are in a really bad position. The squad is basically a third of absolute dogshit, a third of players who wants to leave and a third that’s worth building on. We have no game winning players, no creator and a defense that consists of 37 year old Silva and a newly bought players from Italy who’s 31. Sterling is a good signing, but he is highly dependent on service. Where is that service going to come from? Hyperbole? Drop your attitude man. People disagreeing with you isn’t hyperbole, it’s called a difference of opinion.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    All I’ll say is this, you do focus on names rather than performances. That’s ok, it’s a common mistake people do. The interesting part is how those names perform as a unit. The pre-season has started in a shambolic way. That’s no small thing, we start the league in two weeks and right now we are miles away from looking like a cohesive unit with any idea of what they are doing. Who’s going to score our goals? Who will create chances? Even if we do manage to sort out the defense, you’d do well to remember that second half of last season we weren’t much better than 5th in England. Others have improved, we haven’t.
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    What do you mean by squad? Name for name of the players who aren’t asking to leave? It’s not that easy. You can’t just list players and assess the situation that way. How well are the teams playing? Do they have a cohesive playing style that’s established? Do they have all components? Attacking players scoring, defensive players adding stability? At this point in time I’d say there are four teams ahead of us - City, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal. Man U are harder to get a hold of but I think they are one or two signings away from being a lot better than last season. We, at this point in time are miles away. Midfield is a shambles. Alonso and Azpilicueta wanting to leave and we can’t sign a CB and a backup to James. Then we haven’t even started to address all the underperforming attacking players we have at the club - Ziyech, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Werner and Havertz. Tuchel is almost having an impossible task getting a tune out of this lot. Most likely scenario is this turning out to be a lost year where all that matters is adding quality in the next four weeks and after the WC so we can go into next summer only needing 3-4 new signings to being able to compete again.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    As long as people accept Werner is a modern version of Dirk Kuyt it’s easier to accept him for what he is. A 20 goal a season machine he’ll never be at this level.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    Really? So far we have the following who are more or less confirmed to be here for the coming season; GK: Mendy, Bettinelli RB: James CB: Silva, Koulibaly, Chalobah LB: Chilwell CM: Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek AM: Sterling, Mount S: Havertz The rest all have question marks around them. Maybe even Loftus-Cheek can be considered a question mark. That’s neither enough in quality or numbers. There’s simply a huge task ahead to even be at par compared to last season. We are miles from being the third best squad I’m afraid.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    So… Tuchel is starting to panic. Good. I was panicking two weeks ago. This squad is in dire need of more quality. Basically all over the pitch. We need another CB. We need a quality creative midfielder. We need attackers that can create and score. Lots and lots of work to do. If we fail, I’m thinking we will finish somewhere between 5-7th in the league next year. I know lots of people in here will ridicule that view. So be it. But that’s my honest assessment of where we are compared to Man C, Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal and Spurs. Not to mention West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester.
  20. Chelsea Pre-Season Summer 2022

    It’s only preseason but we haven’t addressed any of this squad shortcomings. I’m genuinely worried.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Which is why I said we need both a creative midfielder and a striker that can get goals. Right now we have neither. All our championship winning sides in modern times have had those two ingredients. 2004-05, 05-06 and 09/10 Lampard and Drogba. 2014/15 Fabregas and Costa 2016/17 Hazard and Costa It’s nearly impossible to win the league without such a combo.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    Agreed. We have been lacking a creative midfielder ever since Fabregas was sold. I’ve come to the conclusion that we simply has to sell one of Jorginho, Kovacic or Kante and replace that player with the type you describe. That and a striker that can actually get 20+ league goals is what’s lacking for this team to be genuine challengers. I disagree Havertz can’t lead the line. He did it well in the CL winning campaign and he does it a lot better than Lukaku. Lukaku is the main reason imo to the team faltering so much. He ruined the balance, both on and off the pitch. Must have annoyed his teammates immensely pocketing 300k/week and not even being able to stay off the fast food for one day. His finger pointing and arrogant aura wouldn’t have helped either. One of the worst transfers this club has ever made. Ziyech can be sold, he doesn’t seem fit enough for this league. But I don’t see the benefit of selling Pulisic. He’s a great option to have behind Mount and Sterling. As for Hudson-Odoi this season is key for him. Another indifferent campaign and I fear he’s going to be sold permanently.
  23. Squad Status: 2022/23 Season

    Formation should be a 433. ————————-Mendy James——Koulibaly—Silva—Chilwell ———————Jorginho ———Kante——————Gallagher Mount————Havertz————Sterling Winning the league? Hell no, at least 15 points off the pace. There are still some pretty big moves this team needs. Kounde is rumoured. De Jong is said to prefer us over United (not sure how true that is). Imagine if we’d be able to sign those two plus a striker of decent quality. In a 433; GK: Mendy, Arrizabalaga, Bettinelli RB: James, Kounde LB: Chilwell, Alonso/Emerson CB: Silva, Koulibaly, Kounde, Chalobah, Sarr/Colwill/Ampadu CM: Jorginho, De Jong, Kante, Kovacic, Gallagher, Loftus-Cheek AM: Sterling, Mount, Pulisic, Werner, Hudson-Odoi S: Havertz, S2 24 outfield players. In: Kounde, Koulibaly, Gallagher, Sterling, S2 Out: Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Alonso/Emerson, Sarr/Colwill/Ampdu, Ziyech, Lukaku I think that squad would have some potential. Maybe not really challenging City and Liverpool, but closing the gap I reckon.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    I was very vocal about all of them leaving at the time of them leaving. It was bloody obvious they were all of PL quality. Isn’t he out with a long-term injury?
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    Like chiswick blues says a few posts below, Trev Chalobah is a perfect example of the reverse. And his older brother, Bat Chalobah is a perfect example of a player the club did give a break still failed to make it despite doing well for us. If he wasn’t sold by us, I’d wager he’d been a very good squad player for us. Yes chara. Football is just a more extreme version of life where margins are cut even shorter. The margins are ever so thin. World class players such as Rooney might not have been under ever so slightly different circumstances. Or take old Chelsea hero Didier Drogba… Ouch, that’s a pretty savage backhand! Excellent example of the reverse. Wrong. Lots of people on here has claimed that James and Mount would have made it “because they were good enough”. That’s like saying you weren’t lucky to win the euro millions draw because you knew the winning combo in hindsight. Talent is obviously paramount to even be at this level. Once your talent is good enough, the difference between playing conference league and Champions League is a lot smaller than you think it is. And even smaller between PL and League One. Often the difference is confidence and knowing you can cut it at the highest level, something you only know for sure once a manager has given you the belief and chance to prove it. Sunderland is a great example of the reverse. Lots of old PL players who took them down to League One. Vicious circle.