Lump Of Celery

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    I have a similar view on Alonso, and Chilwell. I saw a stat the other day that Alonso has the worst one v one % in the PL at 17.7% obviously just a one off stat but I certainly don't remember being THAT bad defensively. It would be good to keep some of the older players around so hope he stays as a back up to whoever we sign, unless we get a decent offer as he would be a fairly expensive back up.
  2. Champions League 2019/2020

    Would be helpful if one of them can take even a half decent corner too!
  3. Champions League 2019/2020

    According Nangelsmann he wouldn't have picked him anyway, said he is not suited to games where there is no space in behind. I'm sure he is just being salty but it has been worrying me a little that he is best being played in behind the defence and we play against a back 10 most weeks. We've had that problem before. Also we have a propensity to not play to our strikers strengths, like when Giroud comes on and we switch to trying to play him in behind or vice versa with Tammy lumping it up to him. I'm hoping having replaced our entire front 5 and back up 5 over the last 2 years we will see a genuine change in attacking play.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    I certainly think on paper that would be our strongest line up, provided none of them flop. I still expect to see rotation but I reckon those 4 would have the lions share of the starts, and in those positions when all starting together. As you say, barring injuries.
  5. Official: Chelsea Sign Timo Werner

    I'm guessing Michael Ballack watches quite a bit of Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea, below are his opinions of him. Some from before we were linked, and after which includes his brief thoughts on Werner joining us I've only personally seen him play once but every opinion I have read overt the last 18 months has been very positive I think people are a little in denial about Werner coming in as competition to Tammy, so placing him on the wing. I would see Havertz playing in the Mount role you described but able to play on the right, Mount being the same on the left.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Sounds bad for us remembering them when they were last playing in the prem, but actually those three have been quite astute business. Moses is on loan and has done pretty well, not amazing but decent. Young signed for nothing and has 5 goals and 5 assists, played nearly every game. Sanchez on loan and wages of £80k a week, then signed for free and reported to be paid less than half what he earned at united. Apparently been their best player since the restart. Then there's Lukaku having his best ever season. Eriksen signed for I think it was £25m... The problem with the players signed while Conte was here is that we grossly overpaid for them, something I'm guessing the manager doesn't control. Also on numerous occasions paying inflated prices because we sold before we bought and were desperate
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Strange move to go from 1st choice at a team playing in La Liga to No 2 behind probably the best keeper in the world at age 28 (I mean Oblak, not Kepa.... obviously) could be that he is not actually that good. I see that Alphonse Areola has returned to PSG following his loan to Real Madrid. Maybe we could loan him for a season if we get desperate in our new keeper search, or don't want to shell out big bucks on a stop gap. Even if we ant shift Kepa then as viable competition. He's probably good enough to be first choice at a level below Chelsea and seems to be available.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Doesn't make much sense to me. He currently has 2 years on his contract so will lose more in value than the 3m we receive and in a years time won't be worth 35m with only a year left. I would be up for the deal if it was an obligation to buy, but they didn't take up the option last time. I read that he was willing to take a wage cut to leave, we want 20m euros and Milan are waiting til later in the window to drive the price down. All guesswork I imagine but seems more sensible than the above.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    This only applies to international loans so in theory all of them could be loaned still, provided some were in England. Could work to our advantage in insisting some players are purchased rather than loaned
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Schmoozing potential signings and working on transfers seems to have nothing to do with advising on performance or technical aspects, to me anyway. It would appear that the job title of Technical and Performance Advisor is BS made up jargon. Tbf it probably reduces the pressure on Petr than with a more defined title, and avoids the "Frank at loggerheads with director of football (or whatever role)" headlines.
  11. Champions League 2019/2020

    I was referring to comments made by other members here, rather then any pattern that I had identified. Found it odd that after the game Sarri said he had expected his side to play less well than they did, they were awful. Hopefully the disappointing result and ageing squad may encourage them to pay up to sign some of our unwanted players.
  12. Champions League 2019/2020

    83 points is a pretty poor return in the league for Juve going by the last 5 years or so, plus Inter reduced the gap by a massive 20 points this season. Tonight's game a good example for anyone saying Sarri has been bailed out by Ronaldo, getting the second goal out of nothing when they offered nothing in attack all game. Against Lyon! I don’t follow Juve or know any fans but I come across a lot of football stuff on social media. Sarri, and Sarri ball, has been slated by Juve fans all season even the most adoring Juve fan accounts not just the usual tribalism. Winning the league is seen as the bare minimum and not an achievement at Juve.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Really? Even the Arsenal fans I know don't think Maitland-Niles is that good and nobody knows which position he plays
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    The few non Chelsea or City fans I have spoken to regarding Ake were surprised they were signing him and paying so much for him. I think we are over aware of him because he used to play for us, been linked to him, the buy out clause etc. I suspect we will earn a few bob off his move anyway.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I first saw the links to Ginter a week ago, then this followed
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    Saw that but yesterday Ginter said he is going nowhere
  17. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Frank and Sarri have said on quite a few occasions after bad performances that the players didn't follow their instructions. Sarei was always saying "this isn't my football". I don’t watch other managers interviews with any regularity, but its usually "I got it wrong tactically" "we weren't at it today" etc rather than calling out the players. Seems a bit of a problem with this squad, and something to be considered when saying we got the tactics wrong. Maybe the players didn't execute the plan. I agree with the general comments that we weren't good enough, but also a shocking refs performance. He was clearly against us and the lack of replays of key incidents against us was shocking, makes tou think it is more than just the ref on the pitch. I guess having Arsenal in the Europa is a big plus, and an earner, for the broadcasters and powers that be.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm not keen on Stones. But to play devils advocate, City did win a couple of titles with him playing CB alongside Otamendi and other rubbish (Kompany didn't play regularly for a few years) Makes me think we maybe overstating the importance of having a world class CB, JT type or whatever we have been saying. Obviously that would be great and would massively improve us, however I reckon even a slight upgrade in personnel and some proper coaching of the defence could also have a huge improvement on our defensive performances without looking for this player which may not exist. If there isn't at JT mk ii out there then we have to look at other solutions.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    The window runs until 5th October this year which is over 9 weeks away
  20. Media / Press

    Rumours that Liverpool are refusing to take part in the Community Shield. Reason - the short turnaround between seasons even though their opponenets season ends a week later (more if it is us due to still being in the CL) Pretty sure they would be calling it a 'major trophy' if they won it last season. Done the double etc
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Nobody is really happy with playing second fiddle, I doubt Marcos Alonso will be happy playing second fiddle to Chilwell or whoever either. If they don't have any other offers I suspect they will take a chance with us. The only other option for us is to use a youth player or bring in a veteran to fill the second position, then we will moaning about the lack of depth so its a catch 22 really, but I appreciate the point you make its a little fantasy football. Have seen us linked with Cucarella the LB at Getafe too, I know nothing of him but not seen his name mentioned here. Exactly. He will be good alongside Laporte, but we dont have a Laporte so pointless signing for us. Also goes to show all the hype of him being worth 70 odd mil and we could snap him up for a bargain 40m with our buy back clause . Then he sells for 41m anyway. I wonder if we get a % in lieu of not using the buy back clause.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    If there was a possibility of signing Alaba I would be all over it ahead of those 4 players. It may not appear as financially sound as signing one of the younger players but I think his experience would be a huge positive in the squad. He is in the last hear of his contract so may not cost the earth. I like Alonso and I'm not averse to him staying, however if we do find buyers for both our LB's and signed Alaba and a Telles or Tagliafico for a small net outlay it would be good business.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    Declan Rice would certainly add some defensive steel to our midfield, he is a top of the interceptions in the league and third for successful tackles. He seems to have good positional awareness too which could mitigate some of the defensive frailties of this season. However not sure he will help in the games where struggle to break teams that sit back, his stats for progressive passing are poor so him and either kante or kovacic could be overkill. If we sign Havertz then maybe the creativity be left to him, Ziyech and Pulisic ahead of the midfield in those games. Also we have young Billy to replace Jorginhos skill set in the squad., so overall I think selling Jorginho and adding Declan Rice would leave us with a good balance of players for all situations in the midfield 2. If seems inevitable to me at least one of our LB's will move on and we will need to replace them, regardless of our plans at CB.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    Tammy has been on the bench a lot since the restart, indicates to me Werner will be playing predominantly up front . Not sure if Giroud will stay but I suspect we agreed with his new deal he can go if he gets an offer, we get a fee, and not to a rival. CHO could really do with a loan, don't mind Willian staying provided its not on a 3 year deal. At least we have better options ahead of him now so makes sense as some experience and cover.
  25. Chelsea 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

    As you say it brings in a lot of money, better sponsorships etc, and also helps to attract better players (and keep the better ones). I'm sure the fans would also like to be playing in Europe, no doubt the players would too and they will be the ones on the pitch. A Champions league place is probably a bit over ambitious for them, so I'm not sure what more they could have aimed for at the beginning of the season. I personally doubt they had the aim of finishing 7th-10th. If they don't want to be in the Europa league then it makes little sense to think they would field a weakened team on Sunday because they have a really important Europa league game a few days after!