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About jones

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think we are taking the ban this summer, to go for Lampard+youth. Build a new foundation on our only competitive advantage (world’s best academy). Cech in as DoF fits that bill perfectly. Big strategic change if so, Lampard certainly will be given time and will not have the same tough expectations as previous managers. Makes sense to me, think it is our best option going forward. If we succeed with it, it is a brilliant move. If we fail, we can always revert to hire-fire strategy. Not too much risk considering the transfer ban is already there and a big challenge regardless of when it comes in to play. Might as well use it as an opportunity to give chances to the top talent that are breaking through at the moment.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Came over this article on Sarri and Lampard, interesting read
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think it is pretty clear it will be Lampard :)
  4. Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1

    Nobody is comparing him to Lampard or Messi, but if somebody is skeptical to a player that has just recently got to play regularly for Chelsea for the first time in his career only because he can disappear from time to time, then that person will be skeptical regardless. Because even the very best disappear from games Fortunate? I would say there is very little in RLC’s career that can be called fortunate up until now, he has had to fight injuries and back issues, short-term oriented managers who has limited his game-time, and I think he has carried himself in an impeccable manner all along. Another reason it has taken him so long to break through is because Sarri is the first manager who has played with a midfield three while RLC has been here. And his natural position was always the one he has today. Imagine if he came through the academy in 2006-2010 when we were constantly playing a physical 4-3-3 game - he would have broken through much earlier. So you can say he was unfortunate that the managers played systems that did not suit him. He was too young/inexperienced to play in the 4-2-3-1 pivot for Jose, and not creative enough for the 10, was considered a CF first in Conte’s 4-2-4 (which was utter bollocks) and not an ideal fit either for the midfield two or AM role in 3-4-3. Aké had exactly the same problem when he broke through. CB, LB, CM? He was used all over, not getting consistency and becoming jack of all trades. Now we have Ampadu whose 258 minutes have been at both CB, Regista, CM and RB! Meanwhile, CHO, who is a winger by trade has found it so much easier to break through at a young age. Shock!
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Can’t see him returning to play for Sarri. Looked completely off in pre-season and Sarri was quick to dismiss him. Another loan if nobody else is ready to pay 30m plus for him?
  6. Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1

    Sure, he can disappear for spells during games. But Hazard does that, Messi does that, Lampard certainly did that. And if that is your only counter argument, you should not be surprised to find yourself in an embarrassing minority. Not sure why you refrain from being excited about a local boy having a successful spell in the first team, while at the same time most people feel he can be even better. If you do not get joy from that, then whats the point?
  7. Chelsea 4 Arsenal 1

    RLC was definitely starting the final and even arguably our best player other than Eden for the last month plus. If you can’t acknowledge his performance levels for that last period of time you are probably never going to. And playing regularly, getting confident and experienced was the only thing lacking for him. Building on this great run of form could see him take his game to another level next season. He is obviously not there yet, «there» being a game-changing midfielder like Lampard or Essien, but I definitely think he has the ability and mentality to get there. And this season showed how far he could get in just a few appearances.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    If it is true the board is considering not appealing to CAS, I can understand why and am possibly even pro doing so. Why? This squad is going to need an overhaul, and the answer is buying a few and using the loan army/academy to a lagre extent. Both because it is the only viable financial solution and because the talent in the loan army is high, atguably higher than ever. With one summer transfer window 99.9% certain to be banned, which one do we «choose»? There are several reasons to why this summer transfer window is already broken. 1) Real, Barcelona, Bayern, United will all be very aggressive in the market, clubs we on most occasions can’t compete with, and it looks to be an even more competitive window than usual 2) There are no obvious solutions to our main issue at CF (again, given point above how Real is snatching Jovic) 3) The ban has already set us back, because the uncertainty on can we sign/can we not sign has for sure impeded us in both planning and warming up players/agents (we all know most big deals take weeks/months to conclude) So, will we be able to sign the players we really need this summer? If not, surely taking the ban now and being able to spend next summer is at least an option to consider. We also have the opportunity of signing Kovacic (according to reports) and Pulisic is already coming, plus several loan players can actually come in and strengthen us in some positions. It is hence not the worst window to take a ban. It is a risky move though, because we do not yet know how much the loss of Eden will affect us, and the injuries of RLC and CHO means they will not return until 2020. But right now, with our hands tied, and in need of a rejuvenation and rebuild, I would start the prosess now by integrating the young exciting prospects and then useå next summer to add world class talent from the transfer market. That would also mean keeping Sarri to get consistency, and then spend money next summer to back the likely new manager then. Kepa, Willy, Cumming Azpi, James Luiz, Christensen, Rudiger, Zouma/Tomori Emerson, Alonso Jorginho, Kovacic, Kanté, Ampadu, RLC, Barkley, Mount Pulisic, Willian, Pedro, CHO Tammy, Giroud, Batshuayi If we get some consistency improvement from keeping the manager and most of the squad + Pulisic, Mount, Tammy, Batshuayi can be decent in front of goal, it is not impossible to get CL qualification next year. But regardless I think we should all be prepared for a season of varying performances albeit with some very Interesting Chelsea boys to pay attention to.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    While I am totally with you on building a new core with many of the young players, we disagree on Luiz. Having some form of consistency in experience and leadership in the transition we hopefully will go thorugh over the next 2-3 years is absolutely key from a risk point of view. I am not too fussed about us ending 6th next season if the likes of James, Mount, Tammy + a couple of other academy players have been vital squad players and seen massive development. But what if we sell too many of the experienced players and end up 12th while the hype on said players have quickly fallen? Where do we go from there, and what is left? While Pedro, Willian, Luiz et al is often ridiculed, they are PL and CL winners with 50+ caps for the best national teams in the world, and despite their flaws have gone through highs and lows, and will bring calmness and confidence when things go bad. You have no guarantee these massively talented young players will not buckle under the pressure of carrying the responsibility of Chelsea Football Club in our first season without Eden Hazard. Start the transition now, but do not risk the club’s future by putting too much pressure on young players. Luiz is not the perfect player, but he is the perfect person to have around as we rebuild step by step. And seeing how Christensen reacts to errors (still not recovered from Barcelona) vs how Luiz reacts, for me it is dead clear who I want to put my trust in.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Just like Luiz is being underrated by most of our fans, Christensen is being overrated. One of the few things Sarri has been spot on about is using Rudiger + Luiz, and having Christensen as CB3. That does not mean either of them are world class, but Luiz’ standing in the team and in the sport is a big asset people tend to ignore. He is being idolised by many, and is one of few leaders in the squad. Maybe not your typical captain, but someone who takes care of and motivates many of the young players. Not enough to warrant a new contract alone, but surely part of the reason why extending his stay makes sense. Oh, and for me, Christensen needs to earn his starting spot on merit, just like CHO and RLC did this season. To do that, he needs to take another step.
  11. Following Chelsea's Loans

    If Sarri stays then Luiz should stay, agree with that. And Zouma I agree should prolong his Everton loan, since I expect we will be under transfer ban next summer instead of this one. But if Sarri leaves, which I think is a possibility, we surely will be going for a tactically different manager and hopefully someone who will be given more patience to build a new identity and team for the next 5 years. That will most likely be without Luiz, and I think most managers would be interested in bringing Zouma back. Newton and the club clearly also rates him as the standout player in the loan group, so he could be brought back almost regardless. There is also a concern Rudiger can be out longer than July/August, which also can count in his favour. One year ago I advocated the sale of Zouma, but he has really fought his way back, and now I would argue his Chelsea future looks rather bright. He has a lovely personality and will be a great guy to have in a new Chelsea, first choice or not.
  12. Following Chelsea's Loans

    I think it is given Zappacosta will be sold, and James will be brought back to compete with Azpi at RB. I fully expect him to take over from Azpi in a couple of seasons, and with them being 19 and 29 respectively I think it is a great time to start the transition. LB is bigger issue though, and I would not hold it against Reece James if Azpi was moved there and James took the starting role at RB already next season. That is how much l rate him.
  13. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Which further highlights the need to go in another tactical direction. Zouma is arguably our best defender (after Azpi) and is more than good enough on the ball for most tactics/styles. Playing Sarriball out from the back I agree he does not have the tight ball control for - at least from what I have seen, I would not be very comfortable. Zouma and Rudiger would be a physically insane pairing, and allowing us to play with a high defensive line. I would love to see the two play together. But I also think Luiz is world class on his day, it is too soon to cut Christensen even if I am worried about his lack of confidence and ruthlessness, and Tomori is more than just an interesting prospect. We are lucky to have so many good options, but it is also a problem for us that there are no clear first choices. Whoever is our manager next season really needs to form a good pairing, as any new Chelsea will start with a solid defence and a solid CB duo. Zouma definitely is cabable being one of the two, if the manager is right.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Haha, he plays DM for France. And won the world cup playing there. So yeah, obviously a bad fit. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; deleted.
  15. Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0

    Unchanged side very unlikely as Sarri will need to rotate constantly going forward. All of our remaining games are equally important and coming thick and fast, so everyone can't play every game. Sarri will need to use the squad wisely and revert from the first XI approach. Right now, we have good competition for places and only Azpi, Jorginho, Kanté and Hazard are part of a first XI. Hopefully, everyone will feel a part of the team for the rest of the season and push and support each other.