King Kante

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    I do not disagree that the transfers between 2016-17 were disastrous, whilst the lack of AM signings was just ridiculous. We have a disagreement about who was in charge of the signings and I do not want to get into that again as we both just go around in circles as we are both adamant in our opinions on that. And yes, it is going to take a number of very good/excellent signings over a number of windows to get us back to the top. However, those signings in my opinion do not have to be made at the very end of the window which is what we normally do. That is my point. Let's wait and see how this window plays out but my expectation is if we do sign anyone it will be last minute which estentially wastes another month. No not really. Go look at the Dipper's dealings. The significant majourity are done before Aug in the Summer window and early in Jan if they buy then. The only exceptions are Keita where they did a loan to buy, Van Dijk where they pushed their luck (and his was injured anyway) and Oxlade-Chamberlain who was in a situation where Le Arse were trying their best to keep him and offering him more money than the clubs interested in him and then he had to decide between both us and the Dippers. Alisson, Robinson, Fabinho, Salah, Winjaldum, Adrian, Shaquri and Mane were all were done before August and none had a buyout. That is a club that is also operating in the same sort of budget as us and they can do it so I do not really buy the line of thought that our approach is something that is intrinsicly linked to the nature of the market.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    The Belgian boys were scouted by De Visser.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    I do agree with you on most of this. My main gripe is not that we do not have a signing this window yet. My gripe is a) previous history tells us any signing other than buyout players will be very drawn out and b) the club dropped the ball in Jan 19 in order to prep us for this season. The players listed were primarily all buy outs. Our other transfers that were excluded were late in the window or drawn out. As I said, no buyout and we do not get the player until late in the window if at all. My arguement in my previous post was that unless the player has a buyout we take ages. The mistrust about who is signing who and our target is not really relevant here. We have enough lightweight CM's that offer no protection to the defence. Good player but not the right profile for us unless we are completely overhauling the midfield.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Come on. Puli was a Jan buy for Summer and Kova was an extention on a Summer 2018 loan. Question should really be, with a pending ban coming in Summer 2018, why did the board not prep more signings in Jan 19 to cover us in case the ban came through? That would have been prudent planning. Kepa was signed on 9 Aug, about a week before the window shut and had a stipulated buyout. Barkley was an extention to a Summer 18 transfer that got pulled last minute. Jorgi had already had his fee agreed by City and then we moved in and made it apart of Sarri's deal (which dragged out.) Costa, Cesc* and Kante all had stipulated buy outs. So no negotiation needed with the clubs. *gentlemans agreement buy out. Puli had 18 months left and was a Jan for Summer buy. Bakayoko was signed mid window. So, out of those they only ones you could argue where early were Baka, Puli and Barkley. However, Baka was still mid window, Puli was signed and loaned, whilst Barkley was a continuation of a Summer transfer. Baka is really the only one you can say was timely, while the others either had buyouts or where delayed transfers. Let's face it the club is pony at negotiating. Unless there is a stipulated buy out we take ages or do not get it done.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Agree. I hate the Dippers more than anybody but credit where credit is due. They have their transfer business done already and an excellent piece of business it is for what they need. Us? Well what do you expect? It has been the same for years. It does not matter if we have not had a window and desperatly need players, we will drag things out for some inexplicable reason whilst a core group of Chelsea fans will applaud it and say that the board are fantatsic. Whilst it is early days yet if we do not have someone in by the Burnley game I am going to be very disappointed as they have had a very long time to prep any potential signings.
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    If we are going for a LB this window then we should just go for Telles. Can defend reasonably well, can cross, takes corners, free kicks and penalties. He only has 18 months on his contract and plays for a selling side. He is literally a no brainer as even if he fails we could drop him to LB2 or get our money back. Going after Digne is never going to happen. Everton need him too much and he has 3+ years on his contract. However, a signing like Telles makes far too much sense for us.
  7. Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

    Not going to lie. This has a loss written all over it.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    If we are looking inside the league for players my choices would be Coady and Neves.
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    Sshhh. The Summer of 18 was the best Summer since the Summer of 69.
  10. Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Chelsea 1

    Spuds and Wolves lost. Lets hope Urd lose or draw against Le Arse. Frustrating thing is that we could really be out of sight. The games against WHU, Bmouth and today should really have resulted in 9 points and not 1.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    I have been one, if not the most, critical voices of the board on here, so do not get me wrong. I do not think they have done a good job and I think they live is an isolated echo chamber. I mean just look how Buck took to his task at appointing the new PL CEO. Farcial is the most generous way to describe it. Furthermore, I fully agree that we have appeared to stand still from a commercial point of view. However, that said, the losses are mitigated by the omission of the income from transfers that would likely have meant that we made a profit in real terms. The omission is clearly to do with tax and whilst people may morally disgaree with it, from a financial prespective it makes sense. Therefore, yes worry about the competency of the board and their vision but at the same time do not worry too much about the £96m loss as it is clearly not that bad.
  12. Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Chelsea 1

    Very poor game management and subs by SFL. Puli was our most threatening attacking player today and he took him off, while Mount is the only one that presses in CM. Jorgi or Kante should've made way instead. Tammy also looks very leggy but I am not going to critersise him as he has been good for most of the season. MotM was Kepa, credit where credit is due, he saved us the point. As for the CM as a whole, yet again they offer no protection and do not dictate play. A new CM is now up there with another CF and LB.
  13. Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Chelsea 1

    Liverpool at home where he could have squared to Mount for a tap in was the worst example.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Maybe. However, I knew that RLC personally would never be back before NY and it will be sometime yet. As for your points on his playing style, I am in total agreement. Tactics are an issue but another is that they simply do not recover quick enough nor use their strength (well Kante does but he is still feeling the effects of his injury.) I mean the no fouls against WHU and one against City is not due to SFL saying go easy on them. For me, we need an enforcer/someone that puts it about in midfield as we are far too nice/not physical enough.
  15. Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Chelsea 1

    That challenge is why I like James. No whimping out. A lot of the older players could take a leaf out of his book.