Michael Tucker

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  1. So, you see Sneijder as back up for Fabregas, but you wouldn't touch Ibrahimovic because basically we have Remy.? Did I get that right? Dear me. Firstly, Sneijder is finished as a top line player, and has been for a couple of years from what I've seen - which is why he's where he is right now. Secondly, Ibrahimovic and Remy are in completely different worlds, and their names shouldn't really be used in the same sentence! One can still deliver, as he proved last season, and the other one has rarely, if ever, delivered anything of note - which is why we had him out on loan (i.e., he didn't get the job done for us, and nobody else wanted to buy him!).
  2. Yes, a shame for Pedro, but as you say, a real opportunity for the young guys. Boga impressed, and certainly didn't look either overawed, or out of place. Can't wait to see Musonda get his chance.
  3. So are Man Utd and Inter, apparently. Can't see it myself, tbh, particularly reading the reports that he's on the outer at Fluminense because they don't consider him a team player, apparently. And at a 'please take him' price of only 12 mill, it just doesn't smell right, does it?
  4. You mean, until he got injured again, and had to head back to Arsenal? A good punt? Not with bad money, mate.
  5. Yes.
  6. Overall, I thought that was a terrific performance. Great goals (great finishing), yes, but much of the build up play was particularly excellent too, given that it's early in our pre-season. Batshuayi and Willian looked impressive. Fabregas' passing and awareness were simply sublime. Arsenal weren't really in the game (at least, not for long).
  7. Sure, and I accept that we have wonderful medical department that keeps players fit, and get's them fit quickly (mostly after even major soft tissue injuries). However, what's been happening over years with Wilshire are (mostly) broken and fractured bones. And I'm sorry, I doubt that any medical department can affect that. He's brittle, always one tackle away from a debilitating injury, and I can't see that changing.
  8. Yes, I agree with that, Bob, and it certainly may impact the length of time he's out of the game. But the Arsenal medical dept isn't going out and breaking Wilshire's bones and rupturing his tendons during games - that's all his own work, sadly. Look, I feel sorry for the guy, because he's had no luck. But that doesn't change the fact that, so far at least, he's been horribly injury-prone, and I think it'd be asking for trouble for us to sign him under those circumstances.
  9. Problem is that Walcott doesn't want to be 'behind' anybody. From everything I've read from him, he thinks that he's a striker - a starting striker - and that's how he wants to be seen and played. And I'm pretty sure that he signed a contract extension last season, which means that even if Wenger was open to selling him, the price would be through the roof. I also doubt that Wenger would sell him to Chelsea at any price.
  10. Mate, you could hardly get a more 'reduced' role than he's played for (mostly) Arsenal, and Bournemouth over recent years! In 2011 he missed 17 months with an ankle stress fracture. In 2012, he had another month out with another injury. In 2013 a hairline fracture cost him 6 weeks. In 2014 it was 3 months out due to ankle surgery. In 2015 he broke his fibula and spent another 3 months on the sideline. And at Bournemouth this past season, he fractured his left tibula and missed the rest of the season (around 3-4 months, so far). He's a one-man intensive care unit! Not for me, at any price, or for any role.
  11. Wilshire would depend on how desperate we were. Another Petit for the medical department to play with!
  12. Well, one might be good (O-C), but the other will hardly be fit and available, based on his career injuries to-date. Wilshire not only gets himself injured a lot, they always seem to be major, and long-term (i.e., 10 months, 12 months, etc.).. Fit, he's a good player, but he isn't fit and able to play anywhere near enough. Not for me, I'm afraid.
  13. Conte: Morata the right man NEWSFRI 21 JUL 2017 Antonio Conte has spoken for the first time about Alvaro Morata, whose transfer from Real Madrid was confirmed on Friday. It is too late for the Spain striker to appear in the game against Arsenal in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest, where Conte was speaking on the eve of the game, but the manager is keen to welcome Morata into his squad. ‘I think for sure he is good signing for us,’ said Conte. ‘Morata is a young player who has a lot of experience. He has played with Real Madrid and Juventus and has a lot of experience for the league and also in the Champions League.’ Conte was asked about the size of transfer fees and he labelled the current transfer market a ‘crazy market’, highlighting a selection of fees paid across the board for strikers this summer and pointing out that in order to buy a ‘simple, normal player’ a club has to think about spending 40 to 50 million euro. ‘This is the situation now,’ he continued, ‘we have to live with it and you must be very good and don’t make mistakes when you buy because you have to spend a lot of money and it is very important your choice. Morata for sure is a first-choice [for team selection] a good striker and a player with the right prospects for Chelsea. He is very young, for sure he can improve a lot and I hope to show his value with us.’ On the subject of Diego Costa, Conte said: ‘I don’t like to talk about a player when they don’t stay here, the only things I can tell you is in January the Costa situation was very clear for the club, for him and for his agent, and the situation is closed.’
  14. Morata is a Blue NEWSFRI 21 JUL 2017 Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Alvaro Morata has completed his move from Real Madrid on a five-year-deal. Morata will now join up with the squad on its pre-season tour of Asia. A strong, quick and skilful forward adept at leading the line and bringing his team-mates into play, Morata’s movement on and off the ball make him a constant threat to opposition defenders, whether he is running at speed from deep or looking to strike in the 18-yard box. His goals come in all forms - outstanding long-range efforts, poachers’ finishes, headers and one-on-ones. He is also comfortable on either foot. Upon completing his transfer, Morata said: ‘I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.’ Technical director Michael Emenalo added: ‘We are delighted to complete Alvaro’s signing and welcome him to the club. We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action. ‘Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be a huge asset to Antonio and the squad.’ A regular for Spain, the 24-year-old has scored nine goals in 20 appearances - including three at last year’s European Championships. Morata made his debut for Real Madrid shortly after his 18th birthday having impressed for their youth teams and began to feature regularly during the 2012/13 campaign. He provided a fine assist for Karim Benzema in an El Clasico victory that season, as well as scoring his first goal for the club - a winner at Levante. In the next campaign, Morata scored eight league goals, averaging one every 70 minutes under the stewardship of former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. He also opened his Champions League account that year as Real won the trophy for the 10th time. In the final, Morata was introduced with his side a goal down; they ended up beating their great city rivals Atletico 4-1. Juventus moved to sign the striker in the summer of 2014 and he was a regular as they continued their dominance of Italian football, comfortably winning Serie A in 2015 and 2016, with Morata prominent. He also helped them reach the Champions League final in his first season in Turin, but this time the Spaniard ended up on the losing side despite equalising from close range against Barcelona in Berlin. Real exercised a buyback option last summer and he enjoyed the most profitable season of his career to date on his return to the Bernabeu, scoring 20 goals in all competitions and winning La Liga and the Champions League, when he came on as a late substitute against his former club. Welcome to Chelsea, Alvaro!
  15. Yes, there is that.......:).