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Everything posted by synavm

  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Absolutely, yes. We were far too hasty in shipping out Salah and De Bruyne knowing the potential they had. Lukaku I thought I would add to this list but honestly, I don’t think Morata is far off him and Diego Costa was better. There is the argument that ‘oh they’d have never got a first team place back after a loan’, but who is to say that? Thibaut has done it, Moses has done it, Christensen has done it. We basically mortgaged our future for Willian and Oscar.
  2. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    As excellent as Liverpool have been, Roma have somehow devised a strategy that is absolutely perfect for Liverpool. Likewise Klopp has planned this very well also. Difficult to watch if, like me, your least favourite team in the world is the bin dippers!
  3. Media / Press

    Bore off, lads. City just won 5-0 with 83% possession and are, unfortunately, well on course to break our points record. They deserve to be applauded the way they are. They’re not media favourites like Liverpool, United or Spurs are, they’re being applauded for an excellent season. Football, as we know, is cyclical so there is a good chance they get figured out next season, but for now we should applaud what they’ve achieved.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Martial, Rashford, Pogba - if Mourinho is shipping them out, he's selling his three best players. Pogba has struggled as he's been played out of position almost consistently. Jose will then be left with a few players who will deliver a very short term return- exactly what he did in his last spell here, except it won't deliver trophies for them.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Not necessarily- I think we can spend at the existing level and compete so long as the structure is sound, but it certainly isn't going to work if you're balancing the books and have non-footballing people calling the shots at the same time. That's a recipe for a future as a mid-table club.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    If City had signed Walker, Laporte, Danilio, Mendy and Bernardo Silva whilst raising £240m by selling Aguero, De Bruyne, David Silva and Kompany, they wouldn't be on course to break the points record.. Particularly if the Sheikh's PR lady was in charge of player recruitment. City's blueprint is bang on, however, the element of having a huge net spend is a big factor in their success. We, of all clubs, should understand that.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Do we know how much choice he (and former managers) had in keeping those players? The critical thing is comparing our net spend over the past five seasons with United/City whilst also considering the folk apparently calling the shots have no football experience whatsoever.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Sessegnon a great shout. Would like us to consider Neves also.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Do we think Conte would be prepared to stay with the necessary change in structure and enough funds available for him make his stamp on the squad or do we think he is too far gone?
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    So... shake up in the summer. I'll play fantasy football and figure out a team. We all know there's a lot of dead weight that needs replacing, whilst at the same time we need to add to the side, so it's going to be costly. I've worked out the following based on us sticking with 3-4-3/3-5-2, but I'm not sure this will happen and am not especially keen, would rather go 4-3-3. Definite outs (either on loan or permanent): David Luiz, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Pedro Out for the right offer/depending on replacements available: Moses, Batsuayhi, Fabregas, Kenedy GK: Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo RWB: Moses, Zappacosta CB: Azpilicueta, Cahill, ** New CB **, Christensen, Zouma, Rudiger LWB: Alonso, Palmeiri, Kenedy CM: Kante, **NEW CM**, Fabregas, **NEW CM**, Loftus-Cheek, Barkley AM: Hazard, **New AM**, Willian, **New AM**, ST: Morata, Giroud, Batsuayhi My ideal choices for the ins... CB: Marquinhos CM: Fabinho, Richarlison AM: Asensio, Bailey Unrealistic, I know, but would strengthen the team.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Morata apparently interesting Juventus. Though, I don't want him to go, I wouldn't lose sleep if we got a good offer and sold him.
  12. Chelsea 1 West Ham 1

    We need someone like Hiddink upstairs as director of football with a committee of former players. Ideally Lampard, Drogba, Terry- Hiddink and those three completely understand Chelsea Football Club. Hiddink, like the late Cruyff at Barcelona, is a believer in the ‘total football’ philopsophy, let’s apply that to our coaching techniques throughout the club and integrate our squads better. Head hunt scouts from Europe that complement that philosophy- Ajax, Barcelona stand out. Luis Enqrique would be a coach/manager that complements that style. Form a committee of the ‘former players’ board, scouts, Enrique, Hiddink and Abramovich and decide a five year strategy to build a culture and deliver long term success as we move to the new stadium.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    I just hope we’re planning properly. I don’t think we are, and our opponents this afternoon are the marker of the sort of level we’ll be competing at for the foreseeable.
  14. Chelsea 1 West Ham 1

    Is it the end of May yet?
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I’d bet that Solanke report was originally published as an April fool.
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    If we’re not actively looking to replace Emenalo as technical director and Abramovich is indeed looking to take on those responsibilities, then we can kiss goodbye to our era of being a competitive and big club, since you can’t expect to have folk with no footballing experience run a football club successfully without outspending everybody (which Roman is not prepared to do anymore). As I’ve mentioned several times, this summer we’ll be at a cross roads and empowering the ownership is the total opposite of what we need to do.
  17. Antonio Conte

    Suggestions in the paper today that we’re considering Lampard as a new manager. Maybe bringing him in as caretaker until the end of the season with a view to having him as part of the coaching set up could be a decent idea. Gives him a bit of experience before fully implementing him into the coaching staff (most likely as assistant), would also help with planning changes to the team. Most importantly, Roman trusts him.
  18. Antonio Conte

    There’s really not much point sacking Conte now. The season is over. That being said, we do need preparations in place now. We need to know who the new Director Of Football is, what our agreed goals are, what our ethos is going to be going forward and who will form the coaching team. Big sweeping changes and a whole lot more communication and common respect are clearly needed for us to remain a big club without spending PSG money.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    A Sabitini/Allegri combination could be decent. As time passes I’m less and less convinced by the Belletti links. We need some experience in there. Not sure Inter are the best benchmark for where we want to go, mind. Would like to do what City have done and explore bringing some of the Barcelona backroom in and bring in better integration between the academy and senior squad with an underlying playing philosophy determining the basis of our coaching.
  20. Chelsea 1 Tottenham 3

    Can only really judge the board on how they react now. I honestly believe we’re at a cross roads where we can build up a squad and tram culture that will be able to compete long term in a new stadium or he other option is we basically end up as a slightly better version of West Ham. Our existing model is not sustainable, so what happens now?
  21. Chelsea 1 Tottenham 3

    Season over. All our focus now needs to be on the changes we make in the summer.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    For me, Fabinho would be the perfect partner for Kante. Fairly pacy, good on the ball but defensive minded, great with interceptions, tackles etc. A defensive Midfielder that’s confident on the ball but can also play as a right back. As for a creative player, I’d have an inside forward type that can drop a bit deeper like Asensio or Lemar, leaving Hazard to play a free-er role and Morata as a target man.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    The story is basically picked up by a Spanish tabloid and in turn reported by The Sun. It basically says ‘we’ve bid but it won’t be enough’. Any paper as unreliable as The Sun saying a club is linked but the bid they’ve made won’t be enough, for me, is just making the story up. There’s nowhere near enough legitimacy in the story to be digging people out over it. Regardless, I personally feel centre Midfield and attacking Midfield/Wide positions are a much higher priority than a striker.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    I wouldn’t agree with that sentiment. He looked a bit green and a bit of a pace merchant but was a useful player with potential, I remember him scoring one against Arsenal, he might have picked up a couple more too. Cuadrado looked consistently dreadful and De Bruyne looked bright against Hull but had a terrible attitude for the following games. Lukaku always looked poor whenever I saw him play for us. Of the three, Salah’s sale is the most unforgivable IMO. He looked bright for us, very bright for Fiorentina and Roma. De Bruyne is the most catastrophic mistake, but I can forgive the board/Jose for selling him.
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    Fabinho, Asensio and Bailey would be my three targets. Bailey I’d probably loan straight out, though.