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About jones

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Cheers! :) I think what is positive is that we are not too many signings away from having a good squad to play in this system. The way you line up that team, I agree with most of it, but think the squad is too big and there is too much dead weight (Sarri rotates very little), and even if Willian has the skill-set to play CM he does not have the concentration and would be a defensive liability. Will be very surprised if we will be seeing him there. I do think RLC is made for this system, and I believe we can consider him a new 50mp signing this summer. I also think this is the year where we should elevate players like Mount, CHO and Reece James, as the EL provides a golden opportunity to give these extraordinary talents real game time. They for sure are good enough, all they need is confidence. Sarri is the perfect manager for them. I would go out and sign Martial, Seri and Icardi (or another top CF) and get rid of a lot of the deadweight. Have two players for each position, and use the chance to integrate the most promising academy players: Courtois, Caballero, Blackman Azpilicueta, James Alonso, Emerson Christensen, Rüdiger + two of Cahill, Zouma and Luiz Seri, Fabregas, Kanté, Bakayoko, Loftus-Cheek, Mount Hazard, Willian, Martial, Hudson-Odoi, Moses Icardi, Giroud With a first XI like this: Courtois - Azpi, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso/Emerson - RLC/Bakayoko, Seri/Fabregas, Kanté - Willian/Martial, Icardi, Hazard
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Most likely the Pjanic talk is just the usual agent bollocks to push the price or wages up. Barcelona bound. Think Seri is all but confirmed, otherwise we would never have let Man City get Jorginho for 45mp.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Wilshere debate is just silly fan talk imo. Instead of looking at who can we get on a free transfer, we should be looking at the new manager's system and say which player types do we lack to play this system perfectly. Just an example: Sarri plays 4-3-3 where the midfield is made up with: "Number 4", the deep lying playmaker (needs to have excellent vision and passing range) "Number 6", a ball winning box to box midfielder (think Kanté) "Number 8", a more advanced/attacking midfielder that can both break quickly and effectively into space on the counter and create chances when in possession Let's say we should build the squad with two players for each positions (even if some players can play multiple roles) 4: Fabregas is a number 4, but questions remain over how he can cope with the defensive responsibility as the holding man. Could also be used as a number 8, but lacks the engine to operate box to box. The links to Seri is therefore natural. He is a natural in this position, as he has great vision and passing range and also has the mobility that Fabregas lacks. Verratti, Thiago, and of course Jorginho is better but more expensive (and probably unattainable options). Fabregas + one of the mentioned players and we have the number 4 position under control. 6: Made for Kanté. He can press high up the pitch and win balls when we defend deep. He will have less of an attacking responsibility, with a number 4 and 8 around him (plus three forwards), and that will benefit his game as he can focus at what he is best at. While Bakayoko certainly is not a like for like, I still think he can fill that back up role to a player who does not need to rest much, and also adds a bit of physicality to our midfield. 8: Here we have several options, but none that has performed in a Chelsea shirt yet. Barkley, RLC, van Ginkel and Mount are all exciting options for this role. My preference is obviously RLC and Mount, as they both have the highest potential and also have the intelligence that Barkley lacks and the quality that perhaps MVG lacks. Even if MVG and Barkley have goals in them I don't see them having the quality we need, and I'd sell/loan them both to give the chance to two extremely exciting academy products. They possess different strengths and could be used for different matches, but for sure are ready to step up. A midfield trio of RLC - Seri/Fabregas - Kanté next year, with Mount and Bakayoko as back up, looks very interesting to me. Drinkwater (25m), Barkley (loan?) and MVG (10m) should be moved on and will actually fund the purchase Seri. And we have massively upgraded or midfield. Really no need to be thinking about Jack Wilshere at all.