Gary Stone

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  1. LOL ...

    Happy Birthday, Gary! :-)

    Best of luck!

  2. Happy Birthday Gary! (Kristina seems to have slipped uo a bit)

  3. Didier Drogba

    Drogba is the best striker I have witnessed in recent times, is perfectly suited to the Premiership, a leader, hard working and still on top form. Yet I can't help myself, but thinking if a £30 million bid comes in we should sell him. It appears that every year he has had to review his situation and be coerced in to playing for the club by Mourinho. I'm not convinced Grant will be able to do this and there is only so long as a fan you are willing to accept the trade off between raw talent and honest comments. I say honest comments, players may well be considering leaving having hit an age where the next contract will be their last big move. But don't tell anyone that! As a fan you want to hear that a player loves the club as much as you. What I don't want to hear is that a player wants to play for a manger who happened to be at your club, as that implies that said manager is bigger than the club. As for who could replace him. I'm not sure anyone can and it would require a revolution of tactics from the Mourinho era.
  4. Salomon Kalou

    I've been quite the opposite and thought Kalou has looked decent this season. He seems stronger and more able to hold defenders off, whilst retaining his touch and skill. He linked the forward line and wingers exceptionally at home to Birmingham, with the games against Reading and Liverpool tough for all.
  5. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Yes. Of the youngsters coming in for the recent cup games Woods and Sinclair are English. Sahar is Israeli with a Polish passport.
  6. Didier Drogba

    People may not think Drogba is the best striker, but I certainly wouldn't want to swap him for any in the world.
  7. Didier Drogba

    I didn't see any imaginary yellow card waving, but the surrounding the ref was rather inevitable after Senderos wasn't booked for his technical foul on Drogba early on. Subsequently Cole made a foul where he went for the ball, but was late and caught his man - referee books him. Followed straight away by a late challenge on Drogba by Fabregas - no booking. The crowd responded to this and the players followed suit. Had the events happened the opposite way round I expect Arsenal players would have reacted similarly, albeit without crowd response (or any that is remotely audible).
  8. Didier Drogba

    I think Jose was referring to the time wasting with around 25 minutes to go. It was apparent Arsenal didn't want to lose the game, especially when Chelsea went more attacking. This is despite the growing distance between Arsenal and the top of the league. Arsenal had to win in order to make up some ground, but it became clear that they have conceded the title and were after damage limitation. An example of the time wasting being Eboue standing on the touchline with the ball 5 yards away, pointing for a Chelsea player to get it in order to waste a few valuable seconds. The fact Arsenal took the lead is irrelevant, it was a rare second half move upfield and an opportunistic strike combined with weak goalkeeping.
  9. Salomon Kalou

    quote:Originally posted by BluEbOy90Well this has been my argument for quite a while now. Why are we not incorporating some younger players in to the first team by now? If they are as good as a lot of people think, then surely it might just pay off for us? id="quote"> id="quote">Its hard to incorporate them, taking the case of Scott Sinclair for instance - we are currently playing with one non-striking attacking player. Sinclair would have to displace Robben, J Cole, Kalou and SWP. As talented as he may be the players infront surpass him (as to be expected) at the level he's at and given their young age could all feature for many years for Chelsea leaving him as a squad player challenging for his place.
  10. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by KalNine times out of ten that goal would not have gone in for Drogba. He swung wildly and it was pulled off. How many times have we seen him shoot wildly just to see it end up in row z or whack against the advertising boards? Exactly. I think that was the first time I've ever actually groaned after a Chelsea goal... not a nice thought anticipating his fan club on this thread again. id="quote"> id="quote">Perhaps more frequently another player would fail to control that ball with a defender on their back and lose possession without a shot.
  11. Didier Drogba

    Goals/shot ratio can be very misleading depending on the type of striker and chances they get. If you play on the back of a defender and get 10 1-on-1s and score 5 you have a 0.5 goals/shot ratio. If you are in the box and score 4 difficult headers jumping as a lone striker against 2 big central defenders then you have a 0.4 goals/shot ratio. In terms of who is the more effective striker based on this ratio then the first one wins on stats, however clearly the first has under-performed and the second has performed significantly better given the differing severity of the two situations. Likewise if a shooting situation is self-created ie. 3 times in a game Drogba chases a lost cause creates a shooting chance for himself and scores 1 out of 3 then his goals/shots ratio is poor, yet seeing as it was entirely self created and the chance wouldn't have existed if he weren't on the pitch then 1 out of 3 becomes good in my books as effectively (given the situation wouldn't have occurred without him on the pitch) then it is a goal from nothing. If anything Drogba is guilty of winning long balls upfront giving himself a chance to miss, whereas Shevchenko for instance wouldn't have been able to retain possession from a particular long ball relying on being played in.
  12. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by KalYou're seriously telling me that Drogba is as good a player as Rooney? Take off the blue-tinted glasses, seriously. Gudjohnsen didn't score as many as Drogba, but he linked up midfield with attack excellently, and is arguably a better player (hence the reason he moved to Barcelona and scored a cracker on his La Liga debut). And you'll list worse players than Drogba will you? Go ahead, there are thousands - the vast majority of professional footballers are worse than him. He's good for a team like Marseille or Newcastle, but when you are the best, you need the best. Drogba is not the best, and if we want to be the best club in the world, we need to get rid of the dead wood. id="quote"> id="quote">Completely disagree. When you are the best team you need the best players that fit into the team. Drogba is a fantastic team player (hence the leading assister in the Premiership last season). There is no striker that is better suited to our style of play in the Premiership given his raw strength and desire, which has proven necessary in consecutive title wins. In terms of strike rate Shevchenko is undoubtedly more clinical - you give him one chance in a game and he will generally take it. However Drogba through his characteristics as a player makes himself more than one chance a game. If Shevchenko is handed a chance and takes it and Drogba creates 3 chances and scores one then they become equally effective as strikers.
  13. Didier Drogba

    It doesn't matter who scores the goals so long as the team are scoring. If Drogba gets 16 goals and 11 assists then he has contributed to 27 team goals, which is more than a satisfactory return, the same can be said for Sheva. If I did have to pick one as to who will edge the scoring then Drogba gets the nod for me. Fantastic striker and team player who knows the Premiership and with a partner up top is likely to be even more effective.
  14. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by charlie cookeMy view is that Jose paid big bucks for a player of limited skill and will not want to look foolish by dumping him too soon - we'll see how much Jose really rates Drogba by this summers shopping list. id="quote"> id="quote">The argument of playing an expensive player so as not to look foolish is somewhat negated by the example of SWP. I think he has started 9 league games and I'd be surprised if he's finished more than 1 or 2.
  15. Didier Drogba

    I hardly think the dying minute thing was a dive. He wasn't trying to claim a decision or con the referee he wanted treatment after getting some fingers in his eyes! He deserved that much after being on a hattrick and frequently tracking back to cover midfield and squaring for the simple Crespo finish that was shamefully missed incidently! As for the MH booing Drogba, parts of it did, but an equal number applauded him recognising his vast contribution and acknowledging that he was unable to continue playing.