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  1. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Fwiw I also think reading are trying to work with what they have without loan players as McDermott has complained about lack of squad cohesion due to too many loans.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    I don't see why we should worry about getting cheap players. Not that I'm accusing you Mark, but I'm sick of the Arsenal net-spenddisease that's infecting some of our fan base. If we want to be a big club we need to spend big. I think it's nice to get the likes of Cahill and Azpilicueta to make up the squad but we should also be buying the likes of Nainggolan for £28m regularly. The nagging thing for me about Butland and Forster is that I don't want to buy someone who can't get past Joe Hart at England #1.
  3. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2

    I tend to agree but the problem is that the game is played at such a pace that there would be many a leg break from even slightly mistimed challenges. But yeah, Oscar made one utterly fantastic tackle when he came on that would be worth the admission price alone - hopefully someone can find a gif of it - and generally it's more exciting when you see a game that actually means something to the players.
  4. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2

    Yep, they lost their shot at the titlein the melee at half time where Costa got his eye gouged - from there their heads were gone. 2-0 (and they ****** it up) and they should have seen it through butI don't remember them threatening second half at all and that's testament to their severe bottle-job as it was to our determination. That being said, we absolutely have to credit Hazard with taking the game by the scruff of the neck - helooked properly good again. On a sad note, Matic is now awful - that was a shocking performance, even by his standards this season.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think we've been pre-occupied with FFSP to be honest. It's why our dealings have been conservative financially and I think we've sold promising players where before we wouldn't have needed to - or thought we'd needed toto be precise. It's a delicate balance keeping everyone happy but if we'd have kept Lukaku, Schurrle and De Bruyne we would have won the league again this year I'm sure. As for new players, what about Kasper Schmeichel to replace Courtois if he goes?
  6. Squad Status: 2015/2016 Season

    I mean that the players are worth those sums. Ballack was on a free transfer for e.g. But it's true if we want to be a big club we need to spend big and pay big wages. I appreciate getting the likes of Azpilicueta for £6m ish is fantastic and obviously that's the aim, but we've stopped buying Essiens and started buying Maniches.
  7. Squad Status: 2015/2016 Season

    I think Zouma is one of the top CBs in the prem (when he gets back to fitness) but we need 2 more top quality ones and then either Ivanovic or Cahill at 4th choice. I think we could sign 2 top CBs with not much issue though, there are quite a few about- although an option is keeping JT as one of them. GK we are fine for cover I agree. LB is horrific, maybe Ake can steady the ship a bit. Really we need to plough some dosh into our front 6. Nainggolan is a start at CM but another one of him, 2 more attacking mids like Willian but with goals and a top striker to compete with Costa.
  8. Squad Status: 2015/2016 Season

    We were buying several £20-30m players in 2006 to complement our squad full of £10m players - that's why we were better than everyone else. Now I think we need 3x £10m-15m rated players and 3 x £20-30m rated players - plusmaybe even 1 or 2 x£50m to get back to where we were.
  9. Oscar

    I do like Oscar but I think he's shown across his time for us that he hasn't consistently produced it enough to be considered a nailed-on starter. He's definitely good enough to be an option rotation-wise but then you'd hope he would befor the £20m-odd we spent on him.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    and I can pull Scarlett Johansson. Conte won't last more than 2 full seasons. I would love us to have a fully homegrown team that wins the Champions League but it's just not realistic to expect Conte to blood more than 1 or 2 in his time here. MAX.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Mourinho did the same. He just didn't think most of our youngsters were good enough.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Midfield 3 could be an interesting dynamic with the following 'types': Fabregas (Pirlo) Nainggolan (Essien) - Loftus Cheek (Ballack) RLC is classy on the ball but hislack of workrate could be an issue, he's sort of the anti-Ramires. Then the front 3 could be interesting too. If we need more workrate we could go for Willian or Pedro but for pure quality, something like Hazard, Griezmann, Costa would be lethal. Striker options wise, what about Aubameyang or Higuain?
  13. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2

    They SHOULD beat us, but I'm just naturally pessimistic.
  14. Squad Status: 2015/2016 Season

    ...and Yuri Zhirkov! Blimey:
  15. Squad Status: 2015/2016 Season

    To be fair we did have Joe Cole at the time too although he was mainly used wide rather than in the middle.