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  1. Yes, definitely confused as to why people "promoted" Musonda when you consider what he has done thus far.
  2. Been a while since we have had a striker with his skillset and I can't help but feel that he will at the very least make us a lot more attractive in terms of going forward. I am very pleased to have him here and, though he doesnt possess the confidence of Romelu Lukaku, I can't help but grin that we got Morata instead as I think that Morata is by far the better player.
  3. Good to know that Conte is as concerned as he should be about the squad size. We have lost so many players over the last 12 months or so that even with the few signings we have made it is becoming increasingly difficult to expect a sustained push from this small squad in the 4 competitions we will be featuring in next season.
  4. I dont get your point. Is he wrong or not then? Because it seems pretty accurate to me.
  5. About right about everything here except the bit in bold. Sure, there are a few youth options but that in no way nullifies your point. An already thin squad which Conte didn't think could compete at the start of LAST season has gone on to lose Ivanovic, Oscar, Mikel, Terry, Ake, Begovic, Chalobah and sent Ruben Loftus Cheek out on loan.. Meanwhile we are also set to lose Matic and Costa as well! And who have we brought in? Kante, Luiz, Michy, Caballero, Alonso and Rudiger and we may or may not conclude deals for a couple others as well by the look of things. We are in serious danger next season IMO.
  6. The decision to piss Costa off looks dumber by the minute. Conte really needs to find a way to patch things up and get our PROVEN premier league scorer back in line. Any other profession, discarding one of your best employees on a whim and costing the company close to a hundred million to find a replacement while compromising your chances of success would raise quite a few eye brows from the higher ups and could potentially become a make or break move in your future. I'm no Lukaku fan and I wasnt necessarily keen to sign him for us but losing Costa without a striker of pedigree in the bag is not the brightest move.
  7. Sums it up really for most. As for myself, personally, I have been stuck at "I dont want us to sign him because he is overpriced" for a very long time.
  8. Not worth the hassle? 20 goals and more in each of 3 league title winning seasons in his career... You sure about that? Costa has his ups and downs like a lot of strikers - certainly no more than Lukaku,
  9. Can we just patch things up with Costa and save ourselves a hundred million pounds please? All the hate directed towards Costa, maybe its time that we accept perhaps Conte was wrong in how he approached things slightly as well.
  10. Squad management is a real problem this summer. We have identified a bunch of questionable players and seem to be negotiating Paul Pogba-like fees for them and are in the process of continuing the shipping out process that started some time now. This is a very worrying window based on the rumours I have read regarding player recruitment and sales.
  11. Agree to disagree then. We didn't feel the departures, IMO, because we didn't have as many games as we will this season.
  12. ??? We have lost Oscar, Ivanovic, Mikel, Jt and Begovic without so far announcing any deals all in a squad going to play a significant number of games more next season. And I am not even counting Costa who is apparently surplus to our requirements as well. Seems to me that we are setting ourselves up for a fall.
  13. Morata would add a whole lot to our attacking play whereas our attacking play is going to need to be pretty good to begin with to help Lukaku score goals. I would much rather that we add someone like Morata to the squad as I feel he would improve us for a decent enough price. I have looked a lot at Lukaku last season and I just can't seem to get over how awful he is in possession. 9 times out of 10 he will concede possession and I just dont get how that is going to benefit us. I read as well that Conte actually prefers Morata... If true, I can definitely understand why.
  14. 1. I have seen prices of roughly 50 million being quoted in various reports for both Sandro and Bonucci/Van Dijk. 3. Current economic climate irrelevant? Thats having a laugh. We are being quoted extortionate figures for players all of whom pose serious question marks regarding whether they would be wise investments and you would attempt to justify it with that blanket statement about "prices booming"....
  15. Just wanted to add that this amount of potential transfer activity will greatly increase the pressure on Conte next season - and rightly so. Noone should be surprised or feel hurt if this guy gets the chop if we struggle initially next season (likely if you consider that the squad may need a bedding down period after so much reshuffling IMO) because that sort of expenditure usually goes with clubs like RM or Barca who are very trigger happy.
  16. Agree with this. The squad we have comfortably won the league, and though they are not in the slightest bit complete IMO, I would have hoped that this summer we could have instead increased the size of the squad a bit more sensibly. Bakayoko may be a good purchase, but do we really need two 50 million pound(rough estimate) defenders? Do we really need to pay that amount for someone like Lukaku...? Wont bother listing alternatives because I have lost track of European football a bit over the last year or so but I refuse to believe that we cannot poach a talented player somewhere else for much cheaper. To me the scouting department has to improve in that regard. This idea that "we must back Conte" is, IMO, a bit absurd. I think being reasonable is the key in this situation. If we must spend 200mp this summer in the current economic climate to keep this guy happy and get him to sign a new contract then I think serious questions need to be asked of this guy.. This is a guy who reportedly let our star striker go via a text message! I am a fan of Conte but everyone is entitled to be criticized. What he has done isn't exactly unprecedented territory either as we had JM, CA and RdM who all managed to win DOUBLES in their first crack of the whip. Last year we made very simple additions to the squad that made a huge difference in the title race.. This whole 200 million pounds on 4 players thing strikes me as a little bit unnecessary to be honest. None of these players are even hands down great except Bonucci and, as pointed out, he is rather on the wrong side of the pond age wise.
  17. Anyone else concerned that we may potentially be about to blow almost 200million pounds in the transfer market on just 4 additions to the squad - all of 4 of them being iffy players as well.
  18. To me, the captain has to be a leader by example. I would give it to Hazard, but I dont think he would be particularly keen on that role. Think the other options are Azpili and Luiz.
  19. All we can do now is move on. Costa leaves a winner IF he leaves but we need a striker now who can offer to us the same standard and consistency. Good luck to Conte. Ballsy call if true. Lukaku? Not convinced.
  20. Caught the repeat of the game. Saw it having heard the result hours before. Personally, I dont think we were as bad as some are saying. Arsenal were definitely sharper than us though - quicker and more aggressive. I'm not too depressed to be honest. The league title meant a whole lot more to me...
  21. Yeah.. Potential double winners with Champions League football on the menu for next year. What a failure he has been. By all means lets focus on the league position when he openly stated for quite a while that he couldnt be bothered about the league results. Pragmatic and disrespectful to the league? Perhaps. A failure? Then what would you call Pochettino, Klopp, Guardiola and Wenger?
  22. And this is going to be the difficult part. The team that we used to have were seasoned European performers with a manager that had conquered Europe. It will be interesting to see if Conte can mould this team into European performers. He will certainly require quite a bit of backing from the club because he isn't exactly a UCL winner as a coach or has convincing experience as a manager in the UCL.
  23. Like Bamford before them, I dont believe for one second that the likes of Abraham or Traore have any sort of meaningful contribution to make at a club like Chelsea at the highest level. Why should we put our faith in Bathshuayi if Conte himself has not shown any indication thus far that he believes that bathshuayi is a reasonable back up option? Is it our plan to deliberately screw both player and manager over? Also, Morata would hardly be a knee jerk given that Conte has reportedly been an admirer of him for quite a while.
  24. I reckon Conte's gonna make big changes if his recent comments are anything to go on regarding the demands on the squad and what its suited to. I honestly dont believe that RM will allow Morata to leave anymore and so I guess Lukaku may be the only available option... I am not pleased about that one bit. I would love if we can bag a quality box to box midfielder and add some pace to the LWB position and LCB positions as well.
  25. The thing is that we have looked so convincing hitting the home stretch. Even our defensive record improved these last few games with clean sheets. We had a genuine challenger as well this year in Tottenham. I really wont expect any collapse next season because the signs predicting the collapse were patently obvious during the second half of our last title winning season under Jose. I am well pleased for Conte. I was very skeptical regarding his ability early on and he has proven me wrong every time I began to question him. He is so adaptable... Its difficult thinking of a situation demanding a solution that he wouldnt think of.