Sleeping Dave

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  1. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    I think it was after the third or fourth time I've seen him play I said he didn't have what it takes to make it at a club like Chelsea. Decent prospect but as an attacker he doesn't have blistering pace, he isn't particularly technical and he isn't a good finisher either. He is decent enough allround but lacks the edge that it takes to be a top player. Some attribute that he is exceptional at - he has none of that. After having seen him with the first team the few times he got a chance with the first team only cemented my initial reaction. There is a reason the Parmas of this world is the sort of clubs alledgedly wanting to sign him - if he manages to break in to their first eleven he has done exceptionally well given his potential and current ability imho. Of course I could be wrong but I am not surprised one bit that Chelsea is looking to offload him. I'd have done the same. Well, thats my thoughts on the subject anyways.
  2. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Not sure I'm ready to agree with you here. He's not really great at anything. He's got no edge whatsoever and I've never been that impressed with him - either at first team or reserve level.
  3. Josh Mc Eachran

    Ok, this is a big misunderstanding. I can see the value in him getting game time in the DM position. His range of passing is excellent and obviously in that role he is seeing a lot of the ball which can only improve his decision making and experience at this level. But as a future role I can never see him being a fully viable alternative to Mikel in the DM position. I'm not saying the club is moulding him into the next DM a la Pirlo but if we are I think that is the wrong move cause we'd lose his fantastic ability in the final third. Yep, can't disagree here. What Mikel has going for him is power, size and fantastic passing ability. He was made for a modern DM player.
  4. Josh Mc Eachran

    With all due respect, there is no way you can even have the faintest idea whether that is true or not. Yes he is only 17 but what does that have to do with anything? Like I said, I can see both sides of the argument and if it is for game time and valuable experience he is playing at DM then fine. But if Carlo sees a future for him in that position I disagree. No reason to start swearing.
  5. Josh Mc Eachran

    Well, I can see the argument from both sides. If he is playing at DM because that is where he can get most game time at the moment I'm ok with that. But having seen him in a LCM ar even AM role for the youths and reserves I know what he can do in those positions and can't for the life of me understand why someone would want to change his style. It would be insanity to change his position to DM just because Carlo likes ball playing players in that position with a good range of passing (read Mikel, Pirlo and now JMcE). I just hope that the club and Carlo realises what a gem they have on their hands and that they won't ruin his natural attacking abilities.
  6. Josh Mc Eachran

    Had McEachran come through in the mid to the end of the 90's he'd be a first team player by merit right now playing games because he deserves it. Sending him ut on loan could prove to be the worst decision ever. Based on his performances I think he deserves a PL start very very soon. I've never been so excited by any Chelsea prospect ever and I have followed the youth and reserve teams since the late 90's. This kid is special - very special and we've seen nothing like him at Chelsea as long as I remember.
  7. OFFICIAL - David Luiz Joins PSG.

    I can only agree. £34m for a young unproven central defender from the Portugese league is madness. He has only been an automatic first choice at Benfica for one and a half season and has only 4 caps for Brazil. I mean, based on what he has achieved the lad should be going for £10-15m max. What says he'll be any better than a Cahill or Lescott, or even Bruma in a few seasons? £34m is a massive gamble and I am 100% confident we'll never sign him for anything like those sums being quoted. Now, I haven't seen him extensively so obvious I may have missed the reasons for the hype. If that's the case please feel free to correct me.
  8. Gael Kakuta

    If Kakuta leaves on loan for the rest of the season clearly we will need to sign an attacking player asap? As for him going on loan - don't really see the point to be honest. He doesn't come across as a player who adapts to new surroundings very quickly. Why farm him out to some kick n rush team at the bottom of the prem or the Championship? Waste of time and we've sent too many talents down that route over the last 5 seasons to little or no gain. Mancienne has basically gone backwards. Same thing happened to Sinclair. Loan move abroad? Well, not sure that's best for him. Another interesting way to view loan moves. How many homegrown players have succeeded at their club when sent out on loan for a season or more? Beckham, Terry etc all just had a couple of months away on loan before making the squad at their respective clubs.
  9. Frank Arnesen

    Well, the reason for that could perhaps be because no one knows what you are trying to insinuate with that comment? Care to expand on that for us mere mortals who doesn't have an "inside source who works closely with Roman" to consult in matters like these?
  10. Frank Arnesen

    Not only that, I do not understand why we would be interested in Begiristain in the first place? In Begiristains three last seasons as sporting director at Barcelona (the 6 transfer windows in 07/08, 08/09 and 09/10) Barcelona spent EUR 275m on transfer fees. EUR 275m! That is extraordinary because we are not talking about a Chelsea or a Man C who were trying to play catch up - we are talking about a team that had won the Champions League in 2005/06. What exactly would he bring to the table at Chelsea? Bringing in even further expensive flops like he did at Barcelona season after season? His only strength seem to be to spend as much money as possible for no real reason at all. With our recent spending policy I cannot see what he would add to the club whatsoever.
  11. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Woods on loan to Notts C until January 9. Whatever happened to him? Had a couple of sub appearances under Mourinho at the age of 16 but injuries hampered his development. Is his shot at the big time definitely gone?
  12. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Hm, well last years FAYC team was very strong and solid. Don't get that vibe at all from this years team. Last year for JMcE at this level right? Next seaosn he will be 3 months too old to play in this competition right? Have a strange feeling that next years FAYC team will be much stronger than this seasons, would you agree?
  13. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    I was wondering what our best potential line-up would be in the FA youth cup? Will B Clifford play at RB or will he be used in midfield? Juni or someone else, feel free to fill in the gaps. ------------Blackman --RB?---Pappoe--Ince---Deen-Conteh -----------Chalobah -----B.Clifford-McEachran -Lalkovic-----ST?------------LW?- I think the team looks quite weak to be honest. Back four looks solid, and midfield as well if both JMcE and Chalobah plays. But up front we look very very thin. Kane or Sampayo likely to battle it out for RB but who will be at LW and ST? Devyne? Who else?
  14. Gael Kakuta

    You may be a tad harsch on the lad but in essence I agree. Massive disappointment so far this season and overrated as it stands right now. Long way to go before he's even close to Chelsea standard.
  15. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Very interesting. Where will you post that article?
  16. Injury News

    Wow. Alex and JT out for up to two months each, That's a massive blow if there ever was one. So we could end up playing the rest of this year with the team that got murdered against Sunderland (plus Essien being back at home to Everton). We really will struggle for the rest of the year and if you take into account how bad we normally are in december it wouldn't be implausible we'll find ourselves in 4th place at the start of the year...
  17. Josh Mc Eachran

    That's not correct. Josh has played at DM in half of his appearances with us and at LCM in the others. I pulled up the stats of that in some other thread but I can't remember where now and can't be bothered to look it up again.
  18. Injury News

    With Ess suspended for three games we really really really need Lamps back asap. A midfield of Ramires, Mikel and Zhirkov is not inspiring.
  19. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Would be a shame if we lost both Borini and Kakuta but at the end of the day the youngsters must have the bigger picture in mind when dealing with these issues. If you can be a squad player at a team like Chelsea and you actually get minutes on the pitch you'd have to have a moronic agent, or be incredibly stupid yourself, to want to leave that behind. Can't for my life see how Kakuta would get more minutes at Bayern compared to us, especially in his positions where they are well stocked with world class talent.
  20. Josh Mc Eachran

    In roughly half of the sub appearance McEachran has done with the first team has been in the deep-lying central mid position. Make of that what you want but they are too many for my liking. However, he seem to play slightly higher up the pitch compared to Mikel.
  21. Josh Mc Eachran

    This worries me a bit. Seems like CA is trying to mould him into a new Mikel, I.e. fantastic ball control and range of passing. But unlike Mikel I feel that Josh's ability is somewhat wasted in that position... I'd like to see him in a left sided midfield position - much like Lampard.
  22. Salomon Kalou

    Sturridge was offside. But a bad miss nonetheless.
  23. Salomon Kalou

    Yep, I'd even go so far as to say very well played last night Kalou. Great ball for Anelka's opener.
  24. Josh Mc Eachran

    Agree 100% with you there. But I do feel that Ramires had an excellent game yesterday!
  25. Josh Mc Eachran

    Mate, Chalobah is 15. He has just started to play for the reserves. He won't be anywhere near the first team (I mean playing time) for atleast another two seasons (if even that). Talented? Yes. Too young at the moment? Definitely. But we do have fantastic talents coming through at the moment. This is the best bunch of youngsters we've had since atleast the 60's. But by recognising that it doesn't mean we all think they'll be world class players. To be honest I think the majority on this site have a very sober attitude towards the youngsters coming through. Of course there are extremes - but you seem to be positioned at one end of the scale (super negative) with a few others in the opposite end (Josh will play for England before the season is over). Most of us are in the middle realising we have extreme talent coming through but that there is still a long way to go to realise their potential. Let them have time to bed in and judge this move by the club in a few seasons. Only then can we say if it was the right move or not.