Sir

Squad Status: 2021/22 Season

Recommended Posts

48 minutes ago, paulw66 said:

Wasn't sure where to put this, but those players who are unvaccinated will become clear when we travel to Lille, as France have banned the unclean from travel to France from the UK

Bit of a farce really; if they can prove they are negative for COVID, how do they pose a risk? Good old Macron. 

 

Bit concerning.

Thomas Tuchel said last month that a French travel ban could “create problems for us in not being able to use key players”.

I translate that as "more than one" and "players other than Ross". Do we know if any players are one booking away from a suspension?

With James, Chilwell, maybe a suspension, a few out due to being unvaccinated and throw in a couple of covid cases and we could end up in a spot of bother in this game.

Always look on the bright side, eh?...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
paulw66   
26 minutes ago, McCreadie said:

Bit concerning.

Thomas Tuchel said last month that a French travel ban could “create problems for us in not being able to use key players”.

I translate that as "more than one" and "players other than Ross". Do we know if any players are one booking away from a suspension?

With James, Chilwell, maybe a suspension, a few out due to being unvaccinated and throw in a couple of covid cases and we could end up in a spot of bother in this game.

Always look on the bright side, eh?...

If we stuff them in the home leg, perhaps not such a problem? They are also not very good. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 hours ago, paulw66 said:

Wasn't sure where to put this, but those players who are unvaccinated will become clear when we travel to Lille, as France have banned the unclean from travel to France from the UK

Bit of a farce really; if they can prove they are negative for COVID, how do they pose a risk? Good old Macron. 

 

Absolute farce.

The vaccine does sweet **** all to hinder the spread of the decease (obviously) anyway so if an individual refuses the vaccine it can only affect the person in question. 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ruudboy   

Maybe I got it wrong, but I thought it lessened the impact of the lurgy but not its transmissibility. So while it will not hinder the speed of the disease, it will certainly hinder the speed of the decease!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
paulw66   
2 hours ago, Sleeping Dave said:

Absolute farce.

The vaccine does sweet **** all to hinder the spread of the decease (obviously) anyway so if an individual refuses the vaccine it can only affect the person in question. 

 

Yup..... We all know this. It's a political game 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25 minutes ago, paulw66 said:

Yup..... We all know this. It's a political game 

It sure is. It’s not even up for debate at this stage. I’m also absolutely shocked some people are still taking their third jab. Especially if you have been infected by COVID-19 already. 

Mind blowing stuff. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
chara   
1 hour ago, Ruudboy said:

Maybe I got it wrong, but I thought it lessened the impact of the lurgy but not its transmissibility. So while it will not hinder the speed of the disease, it will certainly hinder the speed of the decease!

That was my understanding......interesting that you used "lurgy"....I nearly used that word recently on here but hesitated because I wasn't sure if anyone else (apart from the OG's) would understand...hmmm.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ruudboy   

Well, I did consider that, @chara, but then I thought - let’s face it, half this forum seem to spend their lives looking up stats, so let’s give ‘em some variety.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

More of a "Between Seasons Squad Status" thread (in several parts)

From Liam Twomey at The Athletic





Every Chelsea player’s transfer and contract situation explained

 

Almost 18 months into his tenure as head coach, Thomas Tuchel finally has the chance to remould the Chelsea squad in his image — and he has new owners eager to help him to do so.

Chelsea are targeting two new senior defenders to fill the void created by the free-agent departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Jules Kounde has been the top target for more than a year and should be one of the arrivals, as soon as a fee can be agreed with his Spanish club, Sevilla. Tuchel wants the other to be a left-sided centre-back, with RB Leipzig prospect Josko Gvardiol among several names drawing serious interest from Stamford Bridge.

Reinforcements will likely also be needed in central midfield, in the wing-back positions and in attack, where Romelu Lukaku is pushing hard for a return to Inter Milan after just one season back with Chelsea and Ousmane Dembele is an enticing possibility as a free agent when his Barcelona contract runs out in a couple of weeks. But any incomings will need to be balanced by outgoings in order to trim an unwieldy squad and seriously bloated wage bill.

Here, The Athletic runs through every member of the squad to outline which players fans can expect to stay and which ones to leave during what promises to be a very busy window…

 

Goalkeepers (5)

Edouard Mendy (contract expires 2025)

A largely solid presence since arriving from French club Rennes in September 2020, it is a sign of the trust in Mendy that Tuchel continued to insist he would remain Chelsea’s No 1 goalkeeper even as Kepa Arrizabalaga steadily recovered his form and confidence. Extending the Senegal international’s current deal isn’t a priority, but his starting status isn’t likely to be threatened any time soon unless his performances decline.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (contract expires 2025)

Despite going a long way towards returning to the level he displayed in his 2018-19 debut Chelsea season under Maurizio Sarri, Kepa’s position at the club — stepping in for Mendy sometimes while being one of the highest earners in the squad — isn’t financially tenable. Chelsea will listen to offers this summer and Sarri has been linked with signing him again for Italy’s Lazio. Even a loan deal which removes the bulk of his wages from the books would be palatable to the new owners.

Marcus Bettinelli (contract expires 2023)

A popular figure in the dressing room and a solid professional, as well as a home-grown player, Bettinelli ticks all of the boxes Chelsea were looking for in a third-choice goalkeeper. Expect a new No 2 to leapfrog the 30-year-old Englishman in the pecking order if Kepa leaves, but he might even stay at Stamford Bridge beyond his current deal if he so desires.

Nathan Baxter (contract expires 2023)

That new No 2 goalkeeper might not necessarily be a new signing. Baxter is a credible option to back up Mendy next season, having made impressive developmental strides and overcome significant injury setbacks over the course of seven different loan spells at various levels in England and Scotland. Now 23, he’s ready for a more stable home: if that isn’t Chelsea, last season’s loan club, Hull City of the Championship, would be very happy to sign him permanently.

Jamie Cumming (contract expires 2023)

Almost a year younger than Baxter, Cumming has already had a taste of first-team life at Chelsea, holding the No 3 goalkeeper spot in 2019-20, Frank Lampard’s only full season in charge. There have since been productive loan spells at Stevenage, Gillingham and most recently MK Dons and, with one year remaining on his deal, another loan next season isn’t attractive for him or for Chelsea. Expect Cumming to command plenty of Football League interest if he does leave.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Right-backs/right wing-backs (3)

Reece James (contract expires 2025)

Chelsea aren’t on the clock with James yet, thanks to him being part of the wave of contract renewals that took place during Lampard’s tenure. He is, however, vastly underpaid relative to his importance to the team — a reality not lost on him or a number of rival clubs. James is a special talent who could be a pillar of any success Chelsea’s new owners oversee, but in order for that to happen he needs to feel properly valued. Renewing his deal should be a key priority.

Cesar Azpilicueta (contract expires 2023)

Despite automatically triggering a one-year extension clause in his contract due to the number of appearances he made last season, Azpilicueta is believed to have had a gentleman’s agreement with Chelsea that he could move on this summer if he so desired. All things being equal, the impression is that his preference would be to go, but the situation is more complicated than that. Ownership has obviously changed, two other key defenders are leaving the club for nothing and Tuchel has already suggested Chelsea may need to be “selfish” with Azpilicueta. Don’t expect him to cause a problem in any case.

Dujon Sterling (contract expires 2024)

Tuchel needs more positional cover for James, but Chelsea’s transfer budget is likely to be spread thin by the need to upgrade in other parts of the pitch. Sterling is highly regarded and impressed in pre-season last year, earning a new three-year contract. He also did well on loan at Blackpool in the Championship last season, at times as right wing-back and at times on the right of a back three. Such versatility could be useful for Tuchel.

 

Left-backs/left wing-backs (4)

Ben Chilwell (contract expires 2025)

Few players have grown more in importance while not on the pitch. Chilwell’s prolonged injury absence from November until the 89th minute of the final game of last season only served to highlight how key his dynamism on the left flank had been to the broader success of Tuchel’s system, and Chelsea have taken every precaution with his recovery. He has plenty of time left on his current contract, and should be a regular starter again next season.

Marcos Alonso (contract expires 2023)

Now seems a good time for Chelsea to say goodbye to Alonso, who has provided better value than expected into the final year of the £100,000-a-week deal he signed in 2018. Barcelona are interested in taking him home to Spain and getting him off the wage bill would give the club greater flexibility to reinvest in other areas — particularly if returning loanee Emerson Palmieri, rather than a new signing, is deployed as cover for Chilwell.

Kenedy (contract expires 2023)

There will be no more of the one-year top-up contracts that have unnecessarily prolonged Kenedy’s underwhelming Chelsea career. Tuchel declined to use him in the Premier League in the second half of last season despite Chilwell’s unavailability and Alonso’s obvious fatigue, and it is now abundantly clear that there is simply no market for someone to pay significant money to buy him. Even a low-cost departure this summer would be a positive for Chelsea.

Emerson Palmieri (contract expires 2024)

Tuchel’s first choice to compete with Alonso when Chilwell got injured, Chelsea were foiled in their attempts to bring Emerson back to Stamford Bridge in January by the terms of a season-long loan agreement with Lyon. He enjoyed a productive campaign in Ligue 1, making the most league appearances of any season in his professional career, and he indicated after European champions Italy’s defeat by South American counterparts Argentina in the Finalissima at Wembley earlier this month that he would be happy to come back to Chelsea if he is wanted.

 


Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now