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About jones

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  1. Our window so far looking better and better. Very happy with Morata. Complete forward. Tactically dependable and intelligent footballer. Conte is a fan. Has never been a #1 before, but will be for us and think we will see him bang in goals as well. The best option to replace Costa. Also think Bakayoko is, or at least very soon will be, an upgrade on Matic. Rüdiger looks to have the right profile, but I am even more excited to see what Christensen can do when given the chance. As for the rest of the window, we should do all we can to land Alex Sandro. And it seems like we are using Matic as best we can to make them sell. Would be a fantastic addition, and almost make our squad complete. Think we will land Llorente as well, respected sources have talked about that transfer for some time. The loan of Tammy only increases that probability. The fact that he broke his arm and won't return in a few weeks is probably what's delaying the transfer. Probably need another CM though. Not sure whether Conte rates Baker, but with Fabregas being promised a bigger role it wouldn't be naive to think Baker will be his back-up. 8 players for the 5 defensive positions: Luiz, Cahill, Rüdiger, Christensen, Azpi, Moses, Alex Sandro, Alonso. 6 of them can play CB, 4 can play WB. Would be a big upgrade on last season, especially given our ability to rest and rotate the draining WB positions. A little light in terms of injuries though, but I think it will be enough. 4 players for the 2 CM roles: Kanté, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Baker. Regardless of what happens with Baker, this is probably a little light. But Kanté never tires, Bakayoko just arrived for 40m and Fabregas is promised a bigger role in the team. Not sure a new signing here would get too much game time? Assuming 60 games and 120 CM starts, Kante gets 50, Bakayoko 35, Fabregas 30 and Baker 5? Christensen a possible back up option at DM? 7 players for the 3 AM/CF roles: Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Batshuayi, Morata, Llorente, Musonda. A lot of different options to mix between 3-5-2, 3-4-3, 3-4-1-2. Quality and depth. Pace, creativity, goals and strength. X-factor players that can come on and change the game. All in all, this is a big upgrade on last year. It is still a bit light with 19 outfield players for 10 positions. But Rome wasn't built in a day, and it is a step in the right direction. I would be happy with this all things considered.
  2. Personally can't decide who of Belotti, Morata or Aubameyang is best for us. But as long as Conte gets the CF he wants, that is all that matters. Also would not rule out us moving for two of them. Aubameyang could be quality playing behind Belotti together with Hazard.
  3. I think we will see a mix between 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 depending on who is in form, available and opposition. So I think it is more about having enough players for those front three positions. If we only have Hazard, Willian, Pedro and Musonda as AM options, I will still be content if we had Belotti, Batshuayi and Llorente also. In a scenario where we are short on AMs we can always switch to two up front. And I think we will do this during games also. Conte was not a fan of like for like substitutions last season, it was more about bringing on another type of player as a tactical tweak. Tactical unpredictability is an underrated trait and can be extremely valuable in the PL when facing lesser teams that have had a week to prepare for our style. Hopefully, Conte will build a squad that sets us up to surprise and adjust, both before and during games. 7 players for 3 positions seems like a good balance to me.
  4. Not sure it has been commented before, but pictures from training are revealing a few interesting things. There is a picture of the attacking midfielders running together, the central defenders running together and the wing-backs running together. Azpi was running with the wing backs which is an indication we will not buy a new RWB. Expect him to play both RWB and RCB next season. Equally interesting though, Lewis Baker was the odd one out, running with the wing backs. A coincidence, or an indication?
  5. I started to warm up to the idea of Lukaku, but that was mostly because word on the street was that he was Conte's preferred option. Don't know what really happened here, but I hope the club go all out and buy whoever is Conte's #1 option now. Morata, Belotti or Aubameyang - they are all top strikers. And they are all going to be overpriced. But we do not have a choice, it is what top strikers are going to cost. I would love to see Llorente here too, a great option to throw on when we are chasing goals.
  6. Transfer window certainly has not opened for Chelsea yet, but it seems pretty clear what positions we are trying to strengthen. CB, LWB, CM, CF. DEFENCE (center backs and wing backs) In central defence, we seem to be strengthening with Rüdiger (all but done) and Christensen (confirmed by the player), while Terry has left and Zouma is expected to head out on loan. All in all I'd say that is a very solid upgrade, and I guess it would mean Azpi is going to start some games on RWB too, perhaps making sure we don't need to buy someone to compete with Moses. On the left side it is pretty clear we are trying to get Alex Sandro, and if we don't get him I guess we will pursue whoever is second on that list. Assuming our preferred five consists of (from left): Sandro - Cahill, Luiz, Rüdiger - Azpi, we have Christensen for CB back, and Alonso for both LWB and LCB and Moses for RWB. Good mix of experience and potential, double cover on the wing backs and a lot of versatility. I'd be very happy with this. MIDFIELD Bakayoko is coming in (all but done), Fabregas seems to be staying, and if it is true that Matic is leaving I can't see us selling Chalobah. In fact, I'd expect him to be given a more senior role. The question is if these four players will be enough? Verratti is the wet dream, but given how our transfer dealings have gone so far, I am not going to expect us convincing PSG to sell their star player. Cheeky bet on Baker being included here - after two seasons of regular football perhaps he could afford a stepping stone year much like Chalobah had last season? ATTACK I am surprised to not see us being linked to any AM players. At the same time Musonda is rumoured to have pre-season with us, and after being six months with Conte already and with a dying need for game time, I'd expect Conte to be ready to give him some proper game time. Fourth choice after Hazard, Willian and Pedro could be decent for him. Maybe that is enough, if we can manage to pull off some excellent recruitments up front? Costa is gone already, which leaves us with Batshuayi. He is nowhere near capable of replacing Costa, and regardless of what happens with Lukaku, we need a new top class front man. I think Belotti has the most interesting profile, but his price is insane, given he has only had one top class season. We will get one of the top class CF out there, anything but that would be an absolute tragedy, so let's just assume that is Belotti. In addition, we seem to be after Llorente who I think would be a great 3rd option to throw on when chasing games. Would leave us with this preferred XI: Courtois - Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill - Azpilicueta, Kanté, Bakayoko, Sandro - Hazard, Belotti, Pedro With a pretty solid bench, and a lot of versatile options to switch to 3-5-2 or 4-2-4: Christensen, Alonso and Moses in defence/wing back, Chalobah, Fabregas and Baker in CM (but also options at AM), Willian, Musonda, Llorente or Batshuayi is front two or three options. 20 outfield players for 10 positions. I'd be happy with this. Assuming Bakayoko and Rudiger are done, all it takes for us now is to nail down Sandro, activate Belotti's release clause and send a few quid over to Wales for Llorente's signature and that's that. :)
  7. Bookies slashing odds on Llorente. I am not ruling out us going for 4-2-4, with Llorente, Batshuayi, Hazard and a big money signing (Lukaku, Morata etc) as CF options.
  8. I disagree. Tammy is and was an extremely prized asset, with three to four PL clubs desperate to recruit him. Both Chelsea and Tammy could cherry pick. Which club offer the best deal? The only way Swansea would have been able to recruit Tammy at this point is if they told him "we want you as our number one" and if they briefed Chelsea on their transfer window plans, e.g., not intending to buy another CF. It follows implicitly that he will have to earn that spot, but it is a big difference from "welcome to the club, good luck on fighting for a spot" as Bamford at Palace seemed to get. I don't rule out any incentivising clauses in that deal too. For example, if he does not start/play a minimum number of games they have to pay a fee or we can recall him. The club is desperate for Tammy to be a Chelsea star, and if there is one loan deal they have spent extra time on making sure is the best one, then it is Tammy's.
  9. Are you not aware that these sources have an agenda? Why do you think different journos with respected sources often have contradicting information?
  10. Rumour has always been that Everton wanted 100mp and we were only willing to pay up to 80mp. Apparently United have "gazumped" us by offering 75mp? I don't believe this for a second. Lukaku wants Chelsea over Mourinho. If he ends up there it is because we don't want him. Which again means we want someone else. Who? Morata, Lewandowski, Aubameyang, Mbappe - I have absolutely no clue. But too me this is just as much an indication of us actually making a decisions on who to go and not go for, as it is as us "missing out" on Lukaku.
  11. Musonda looks set to be with the squad next season. Quite exciting, as I have always thought he would be great both in 3-4-3 and 4-2-4. Would be strange if he did not get any game time, everyone at the club rates him highly and knows how critical game time is for him after a "wasted" year. Colkett to Vitesse is exciting. In my opinion one of the most talented players from our academy in recent years, but perhaps he is too one-dimensional to succeed under Conte? Much more a Fabregas type of player than Baker. Will obviously replace Baker at Vitesse, and will get to test himself in the EL as well. Big step from L1. And with Mason Mount likely to go there too, Vitesse will be very interesting to follow next season. On the PL loans: Tammy: have a feeling we have gotten guarantees over playing time. With many clubs interested, and Newcastle rumoured to have completed the deal only for it to take a u-turn, Swansea surely has had to put an interesting offer on the table. With Clement there, and quick attacking players around him, I think Swansea is the best place for him to be. Unless, of course, Swansea splash 30mp on a top CF on deadline day. Palmer to Huddersfield is great, he is clearly valued by Wagner. They have signed a lot of attacking players though, and I fear he ends up in a super-sub role chasing deficits in the dying minutes of games against tougher opposition. Hopefully he can nail down that no 10 role behind Mounié, but he will need to showcase himself early on. RLC looks set to go to Newcastle, who is in need for a new number ten, and if he gets a key role there he could really flourish. Especially if they end up getting Sturridge - that could be a decent up front duo. If Brown gets himself a PL loan to Brighton, I will be very surprised if he manages to make much of an impact. A talented player, but from what I have seen of him some way off that level. Have not seen any rumours about Baker. Some journalist (don't remember who) claimed he was set to get a PL loan, but why has he not been linked to any clubs? Would surely be on many clubs' radar. Bournemouth has a pretty lame CM ... Or is he staying with us?
  12. Looks like Bakayoko will be done, and that he is pushing Matic out the door. Expect us to get a premium price for him, and if it means additional chances given to Chalobah I support that decision 100 %. Leaves us with only four CMs though. Aké, Luiz and Willian could do a job in case of emergency. Is that enough?
  13. I think Luiz would struggle a little as "side back". It is a lot easier to put a foot wrong there than in the middle, and he would be exposed more often. It is the reason why he had such a good season with us. He gets more time to deal with situations, which is good for his lack of concentration. He is also allowed to be aggressive in his press because he has two CBs behind him, something he is both good at and prone to doing instinctively. The "problem" with Bonucci is that he would basically demand that central position, as he perhaps is the best in the world in it. Would he accept playing next to Luiz? If not, where would that leave Luiz? Considering his age and price, I suspect our real target is van Dijk. He is also more versatile as I consider him able to play anywhere across the back three. Not a better player of course, but a more realistic and sensible option at the moment. I think it is looking more and more likely that we will start next season with Cahill - Luiz - van Dijk, where Aké and Christensen are realistic challengers to especially Cahill but of course all three. It does not seem like we are going for a RWB this window, which indicates Azpi is going to play there more next season.
  14. Caballero, Bakayoko and Lukaku are all but wrapped up, Alex Sandro is looking more and more likely, and if I had to put my money on a CB it would be van Dijk. If we can get another top class AM/CF as well, I'd be very satisfied. Squad will not be complete yet, but we are getting there.
  15. Hah!