Michael Tucker

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Ok. We bring young guys through, and we also buy young guys we think have potential. Do we also buy young guys with the objective of selling them on and making a quid? Names like Miazga, Hector, Kalas, Baker, Van Ginkel, Brown, Kenedy, the McEachran brothers, Zappacosta, and Sarr. I'd suggest (without trawling through the list of names) that there are plenty of examples.My question tbh, was really, is this the way all 'academies' work? Or are we an exception, driven by Roman's money?
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    I guess that's fairly obvious, but the real question surely has to be 'why we did?'. Most times I actually got to watch Piazon play, he looked pretty decent imo - certainly more promising than some of the deadwood that ended up wearing that shirt for our team.
  3. Olivier Giroud

    Giroud signs for Chelsea NEWSWED 31 JAN 2018 Chelsea Football Club has today completed the signing of striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal. Giroud arrives with a wealth of experience and a proven pedigree at the highest level having scored goals regularly in the Premier League, in Europe and on the international stage, where he has represented France at three major tournaments. A strong, physical forward, Giroud is lethal in the air and clinical with his feet in and around the penalty area. The 31-year-old will wear the number 18 shirt and has signed an 18-month-contract. Giroud said: ‘Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.’ Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Olivier is a proven talent at the top level and we are very pleased to call him a Chelsea player. ‘He has scored goals regularly throughout his career and is well accustomed to English football and the Premier League. We are sure he will be a fantastic signing.’ Giroud joins compatriots N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the Chelsea squad, and he is eligible to play in all three competitions for the Blues.
  4. Bakayoko is a Blue NEWSSAT 15 JUL 2017 Tiemoue Bakayoko is a Chelsea player having today completed a transfer from Monaco. Bakayoko, 22, is a tall, strong and quick central midfielder who was instrumental in Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season, as well as their impressive run to the Champions League semi-finals. He recently made his debut for France in the same line-up as new team-mate N’Golo Kante, and is widely recognised as one of the best young central midfielders in European football. Bakayoko, who has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.14 shirt, said: ‘I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood. ‘I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great team-mates.’ Technical director Michael Emenalo added: ‘Tiemoue was outstanding as Monaco emerged as one of Europe’s best sides last season and we are delighted to welcome him to Chelsea. ‘Despite his young age he already has plenty of experience as a French title winner and having competed in the latter stages of the Champions League, we believe he will add considerable quality to our squad.’ In possession, Bakayoko typically plays quickly and simply but has the ability to be more expansive if required, and is strong in a one-on-one situation. His physicality, awareness and timing in the tackle means he is superb at winning the ball back and harassing opponents into mistakes. In a tight central midfield two at Monaco he starred as they unexpectedly beat Paris St-Germain to the title and also reached the last four of the Champions League, knocking out Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund en route. Bakayoko scored the decisive goal in a thrilling two-legged tie against the Premier League side. Born in Paris, Bakayoko came through the Rennes academy in the north-west of France and made his senior debut in August 2013, a week after his 19th birthday. He signed for Monaco the following summer and made almost 100 appearances for the principality side during his three seasons there, scoring five goals.
  5. Who will be the next Chelsea boss?
  6. Chelsea Football Club has today completed the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton. The 24-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 8 shirt. Upon signing for the Premier League champions, Barkley said: ‘I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started. ‘To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for me. I'm looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game.’ Club director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea. He possesses outstanding technical and physical attributes, matched with good experience of the Premier League and a strong desire to succeed at the highest level. We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action.’ Barkley arrives with a wealth of experience for a player so young, having already made 150 Premier League appearances for Everton, as well as being named in England squads for both the World Cup and European Championships. His versatility ensures he can play just behind the striker, in a deeper midfield role or in an advanced wide position, with his ability to get on the ball and create chances one of the player’s biggest strengths. A hamstring injury at the beginning of the current campaign has kept him out since August, which means he is eligible to play for the Blues in all four competitions.
  7. NEW FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT 2020

    Thank you RDCW, Brin, Nobly, The Ghost, Bob S, and all the rest! Good to be back!!
  8. Official: Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Hi Adam - good to be back, mate!
  9. Official: Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga

    This. Whether he can, or not, is anybody's guess right now. He needs confidence (both in himself and in the defenders in front of him), and that may come from being taken out of the spotlight for a short while.
  10. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    Mate, he can only do what he's given the opportunity to do. And from what I saw, he did it very well at Chelsea, and has clearly impressed Frank since. He's made it clear that one day, he wants a head coach role. Whether that will come, or indeed when and where, I have no idea. I can't judge Morris on what he did as a young man. He made mistakes, surely, but that was then, and this is now, and he seems from what I've seen of him, to have sorted himself out. None of us can know for sure, of course. Personally, I doubt that Frank's an idiot, or would knowingly let anything/anyone drag him down. If he believes in JM (which he certainly appears to) then until something else happens, that will do me :).
  11. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    Then we'll have to agree to disagree. Jody has been Frank's assistant across 2 clubs now, which should tell us something. Jody isn't everybody's cup of tea (and there were times as a player, when he embarrassed himself), but he's done a pretty decent job at coaching, I would have thought. Let's not forget that he was successful as head coach of Chelsea's Academy sides from 2014 to 2018.
  12. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    My guess is that if Frank wasn't happy with what Jodi was 'offering', then Jodi wouldn't be there.
  13. NEW FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT 2020

    Hello all! I'm back in gear after a few weeks in hospital. About 6 years ago, I had my left leg opened up, and half my big toe amputated. Had veins bypassed a stent put in. Came as quite a shock at the time! Anyway, the same thing happened with my right leg some weeks ago. So basically had the same procedure. This time though, I had to lose the complete big toe on the right foot, and a bit more. This past week I've been in an associated hospital doing physio and getting strength back. Now back home, and looking to put on weight and get walking. So, here I am. I've sent a message to the lovely Jane, and look forward to chatting with her some more! I appreciate very much that Jane started this thread, and all the comments that have been made. No, I didn't take off, or get sick of the joint - sorry! Anyway, I look forward to getting back into the swing of things. Cheers, all. MT.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Ben White, John Stones, Declan Rice, Kai Havertz, Dean Henderson, plus, the two we've already signed - would that be a great window?
  15. Official: Chelsea Sign Timo Werner

    Well, I don't think that he's the one doing the convincing. But that aside, I'm sure that the club (Marina) is offering less than 80 mill. My point is simply that buying him (if indeed we do) doesn't change the dynamic of the other players we've been linked to. Roman is either in the game for those players, or he isn't. We'll see.
  16. Official: Chelsea Sign Timo Werner

    Why does it have to be 'instead of'? Maybe we'll see all of those, or most of them. From what I've read, Roman appears to be in the mood, so why not?
  17. Official: Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga

    I don't. Very little, if any in fact - he's been regularly slaughtered on here virtually from day one. Maybe he deserves that, but I'm not sure that any player does tbh.
  18. Official: Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Particularly if he's in the habit of reading these forums! It's been brutal on here. Is he as bad as he's made out to be? Probably not, but each to his own as they say.
  19. Chelsea 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0

    Sure. I'm not a huge fan, but the defenders in front of him aren't exactly covering themselves in glory, either.
  20. Coronavirus COVID-19

    Pretty much everything has opened up, or is about to. The governments (both state and federal) acted swiftly and decisively, and movements into the country, and between states were slowed to a trickle, if not ended completely. I think that the total number if deaths was restricted to around 100, and most of those came off cruise ships, I believe. Now of course, that doesn't mean that businesses didn't suffer, or that retail stores didn't close. They did - many permanently (I guess we'll see later how many the numbers actually are). There is significant unemployment of course, and I guess we'll see over the coming months how that is absorbed. The government has provided much needed financial support to businesses, families and individuals to get them through. Of course, that financial support means that government debt has gone through the roof. Where that leads us to down the line, is anybody's guess. None of which says that there won't/can't be a second wave, of course.
  21. Coronavirus COVID-19

    Just a couple of days now until the rugby league (NRL) season restarts here. The AFL (Aussie Rules) will restart a couple of weeks after that. Both codes (particularly NRL) have a lot more physical contact that football, so it'll be interesting to see what happens.
  22. Coronavirus COVID-19

    The players trained in groups of 5, I'm pretty sure. And from training I believe that they went their separate ways home. Can't see that there's a likelihood of widespread infection among the total playing group, tbh.