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About jones

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  1. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Winning these type of games – bogey ground, **** weather, bus parking opponent, goal against that should be a foul – that is the sign of a good team. We were slick and in total control. Chances were always going to be few, but we were deserved winners. Alonso absolutely fantastic, and what an asset he is going forward. He is like an extra man out there. Yes, he is going to be called out defensively sometimes, but that is a calculated risk. So far, the positives are massively outweighing the negatives - 1 goal and 4 assists in three games, and maximum points. Emerson will have to be patient. Rudiger, starting the season where he left off (motm in the FA cup final). First choice CB without a doubt. Hazard really enjoying himself in this set-up, especially thanks to Alonso, Kovacic and Jorginho and the fact we are keeping the ball and have another man in attack compared to the last two seasons. So far, he has a goal or assist every 45 minutes, long may it continue ... With home games against Bournemouth and Cardiff coming up and six points surely, we are about to have an astonishing start to the season before midweek games start coming and things become more complicated. And we have already overcome the challenges of a short and World Cup-hampered pre-season. Team is starting to tick, and results are going our way. Things are looking rather bright at the moment.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Makes sense, good post. There is always January. If we can develop CHO slowly without too much pressure, it is easier to integrate him in half a year when the rest of the team is more robust and stable. Until then, Moses can play a bit part role, and will probably be quite unhappy and ready to move when the window opens.
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    Still seven CMs for three positions, where three of them is likely to start most games. A bit worried for RLC, maybe the best for him is to go on loan to Serie A or La Liga to try and really stake a claim next season when Cesc’s contract expires, Drinkwater’s time certainly is up and Kovacic not guaranteed to stay either. RLC is not going to do much difference on the bench this season, but he may be first in line next year if he gets himself a decent loan. I do feel that is the best option for him. Also surprised to see Moses still here. Has very little to offer in 4-3-3 and his minutes is much better spent given to CHO. If Tammy has offers from Italy, Spain or Germany he should go, if not he should stay (as 10+10 games for us is worth more to him than a full season in the CH).
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    Is it just me who is a little underwhelmed by this Fekir fella?
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    Could say the same about Morata. They are both top CF, but you have no guarantee they will score goals in our environment. One good season does nor fill me with belief he will be anything else than Morata. For me, the only solution to our huge CF problem is buying a world class CF who scores goals regardless of opposition, form and weather. These players are rare, and the only ones we have a chance of sealing are entering the last stages of their careers. But goals are worth paying for. Imo we should have paid the money for Higuain, and if we want an improvement on the ones we have, then there is either Lewa or Cavani.
  6. Chelsea 0 Lyon 0 (Chelsea win 5-4 on penalties)

    Major surgery is an overstatement. Azpilicueta is world class. Plus, we have Reece James coming through who is going to be a top class RB the day Azpi retires. Rudiger and Christensen at CB are both top-class, and we have Ampadu coming through behind them. I agree though that we are likely to have to spend big on a new CB next summer, but that is not major surgery for me. LB I agree is looking bad at the moment, as Alonso does not fit the job description and Emerson probably just does not have the required quality to be first choice. We have Dasilva coming through, but odds are not on his side to become a Chelsea player. Still, a top class signing at CB (Koulibaly?) and LB next summer are looking necessary, but that would give us the following which to me looks extremely good both short and long term: Azpi/James, Rüdiger/Christensen, KOULIBALY/Ampadu, NEW LB/Emerson (Alonso and Zappa should be able to fund a top class LB, while the CB is probably going to cost a lot).
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    Completely disagree. If a player says "I want to sign, but not now", how long are you going to wait and still believe him? For every passing day we lose leverage, and at some point you need to demand more action before it is too late. The club should have given him an ultimatum at the end of the season (the latest), either sign now or we will be bringing in a new number one and sell you. Marina is being reactive instead of proactive in every aspect. The last two summers have seen two uninspiring deadline buys, and we are likely to be in the same situation again. Sarri was identified as our target after the FA cup final, but it took six-seven weeks to conclude the deal for as much money as his buyout clause that expired on June 1. The Courtois situation is just another example of Marina applying the waiting game strategy, which I assume was a successful negotiation strategy in the oil business in Russia, but one that clearly does not fit the purpose of running a top football club. Getting the right deals done trumps minimizing costs per deal, football players are not quantifiable assets. She does not understand that, or that has not been made clear to her by her employer. Either way, we need a change in direction and/or personell at club level.
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    I do. Why would we accept to start negotiations so late? Courtois played us, we got fooled, and has no leverage left. It was a cunning move from him saying he was interested in a new contract, but it was foolish believing all the talk and not demanding any action. It is not like us fans did not see it coming. And now Marina is probably focusing her attention on getting maximum from Courtois (who cares if it is 35 or 40 million??) instead of going out and securing our top target. GK situation is a mess, anyone of Oblak, Kepa, Pickford or Schmeichel would do for me. Less optimistic about Butland, CF is even more uncertain than it was a year ago, basically none of our current four CFs are certain to be here come Sep 1. What seems guaranteed though, is that there will be no new CF coming in. Those are our two big issues at the moment. From a first XI perspective, I am not concerned with the other nine, but I am giving Alonso/Emerson the benefit of the doubt there. A new CM or AM is not a must at the moment if all our best players stay, but I would like to see the squad trimmed for deadwood like Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko. Even if they could do a job, there is no need for them in this way of playing football and all parties are better off with a sale. I think pre season was promising (apart from City who we must admit are vastly superior), and we now have key players returning and things should be better when we have had more time to adapt.
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    Interesting. Definitely not as good as Courtois, and definitely not the best option out there, but still a very good keeper with good distribution that should not cost a fortune and is at a great GK age (31). Arguably at the peak of his career, and his penalty saves in the WC shows he performs on the big occasion. Home-grown and as British a foreigner as you will ever find. Having watched Bulka in pre-season one can hope that he will be ready to take over in a couple of years. If he gets himself a good loan move for a few seasons, he can do to Schmeichel what Courtois did to Cech. Bulka just a few months younger than Courtois was when he left for Atletico the first season.
  10. Chelsea 1 Arsenal 1 (Arsenal win 6-5 on penalties)

    Think we completely outplayed them first 45 before players like Drinkwater, Moses, Bakayoko etc came on (who all should be sold). Think it was something like 10-3 in shots at HT, and a decent CF burries at least two of those chances. Imagine what Hazard and Kanté will add to this team. It is just the CF position that is worrying, and I can even see Batshuayi overtaking Morata as first choice (even if he has his flaws too). Sarri has impressed so far.
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    Good post. Agree with everything except Liverpool winning the league. They will never do that again, whole club is a bunch of bottlers. Our first XI is really strong, even if you say there are areas to improve. Courtois Azpi Christensen Rudiger Emerson Kante Jorginho RLC Willian Morata Hazard Tied with City and Pool I will say.
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    23 man squad landing in Dublin, from what I can see only change is RLC in for Musonda. And Sarri clearly seems to be in favour of a two man per position squad. Think we can expect that going forward also. Marcin Bulka Willy Caballero Rob Green Davide Zappacosta Cesar Azpilicueta Andreas Christensen Ethan Ampadu David Luiz Toni Rudiger Marcos Alonso Emerson Palmieri Cesc Fabregas Jorginho Tiemoue Bakayoko Ross Barkley Ruben Loftus-Cheek Danny Drinkwater Lucas Piazon Pedro Victor Moses Callum Hudson-Odoi Alvaro Morata Tammy Abraham Those in bold are likely to leave (or loaned) imo, which means that defense is set unless Rugani happens (and can not see Zouma or Cahill return). In CM Kanté will «replace» Drinkwater, and if Baka is sold too, that leaves room for another CM signing. Vecino probably even if the links to SMS is more enthusing. In AM Hazard and Willian will come in for Piazon, and hopefully Moses too as he is not good enough for a forward role and I rather cash in and give that time to CHO. Then there is the GK situation which is still in the balance, where it seems like anything can happen. And of course CF which is my biggest concern where no CF is safe as we might still splash the cash on a new no 9. Assuming status quo on CF and GK, I can not see us being overly active before the window closes (other than a new CM if we manage to sell both Drink and Baka). Not a 5/5 window, but still no reason to panic. Jorginho is a great signing, and keeping hold of Hazard, Kante and Willian who all will thrive under Sarri is a feat we should acknowledge as well. Things have been looking good in pre season even without our best players, and we are in a much better state than both Utd and Spurs atm.
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    Midfield massively upgraded with Jorginho, RLC and possibly Vecino coming in and Bakayoko and Drinkwater hopefully sold. At least 2/3s of our midfield is moulded to perfection in the manager's eyes. The question remains on that number 8 role. I think it is time to give both RLC and Barkley the chance to thrive there, and do not expect us to build the perfect squad in one summer. With those six, we are good. Defense is set with what we have, even if Rugani would be a boost (with Bonucci coming in instead of Caldara he is even further away from their starting XI so could still happen). The worry is the forward line. While I am ok with Hazard, Willian, Pedro and CHO (+ Barkley and/or Moses) for the wide positions, the whole CF situation looks in the balance. Morata, Giroud, Batshuayi, even Abraham - all could leave, all could stay. Very few potential upgrades available. Courtois I suspect is more than 50 % to leave also, and while there is a difference in getting Pickford (unrealistic?) and Schmeichel/Butland, I am not too concerned about this as all of them are PL GK of a high standard. Long-term is another question though.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    According to the Times, the reason we have not been able to make a deal for Rugani is because Juve demanded we bought Higuain instead which we refused.
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    Especially when you consider RLC and Chalobah could have gotten their minutes instead. And it could not have gotten any worse than 5th place anyway. Suppose those 75mp will give us around 50mp if we (manage to) sell them both now. Shocking piece of business. Just need to sell them quick before their value drops even more.