A Blue Essien

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About A Blue Essien

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  1. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I'm a Conte fan and won't forget the season we won the league, breaking all sorts of records and heavily influencing English football along the way. But I'm tired, the players are tired, the fans are tied, and the club is tired. The old 'we must suffer without the ball' has almost become ingrained in us. It's been 5 years of intense, reactive football under Jose and Conte and tbh I think everyone just needs a break. Sarri may not guarantee trophies, hell he may not even guarantee attractive football, but what he will guarantee is possession football and I think that's what the club (read: Roman) wants right now. In fact it's what Roman has supposedly wanted for some time now. It's going to be a real change to what we're used to and who knows how it will all end up. It's not going to be boring, that's for sure.
  2. Squad Status: 2019/2020 Season

    ^^^ Don't see Conte moving away from a back 3, so I think it may take a change in manager to revert to a back 4.
  3. Ross Barkley

    Yes, I meant more in terms of position, as an 8. Conte's also confirmed that he seems him in a midfield 3, or as a 10 in the 3-4-3. I think he'll be 4th choice for the latter behind Hazard, Willian and Pedro. But he could well be first choice (alongside Kante and Cesc) in a midfield 3.
  4. Ross Barkley

    Welcome Ross. Good squad signing this. A move for Ross could potentially ignite his career. He has good strength, pace, and technique which is a pretty handy trio of facets to work with. It'll take him time to reach the fitness and tactical requirements of Conte, but if he does and becomes a better player for it, it'll be fascinating to see what his ceiling is. Conte tends to improve players so Ross is certainly an interesting project. At that price it's a no brainer really. Shouldn't really take away from a big money singing, whether this window or next. It strengthens the squad and that's important. Interesting that he's taken the number 8. I'd certainly prefer him as the AM in a midfield 3 than Bakayoko. A Kante-Cesc-Barkley trio could be one to watch.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yup, we could probably sell him for twice that in the summer. Ross is an interesting one. He has some good attributes, namely decent dribbling ability, pace and strength. He's quite young still (only just turned 24) so should improve. Needs to work on his decision making and shooting (he does far too much of the latter). But there's a player in there that could excel in the right circumstances. At that price it's worth a punt.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Really doubt we'll sell Courtois. I think it's just the usual contract talks which are dragging on. I fully expect him to sign a new contract. Luiz could go either way though. I wouldn't sell unless he explicitly wants out. He's a very important member of the squad and dressing room. I reckon we'll really need him in the second half of the season.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Ha. I know you jest but I actually would look at a reinforcement and that would be Danny Rose. He's obviously fallen out with Pochettino and I think we would be stupid not to bid for him in Jan. Go all in for Sanchez as well and those would be 2 signings that would add a lot of quality.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Gotta say, this is the quietest lead up to a window that I can remember. Just about a month to go and deals are often close to being sealed at this point. I wonder what's going on behind the scenes.
  9. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Shocking news, really sad. RIP.
  10. Michael Emenalo

    Could be an advantage for us, assuming that he left on good terms. Monaco are a selling club and we could benefit from our past relationship.
  11. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Yes, agreed, my comment was more an observation about how we actually have an academy graduate who's made the leap, and the deafening silence around that. We're often portrayed as a graveyard for youth players, but Christensen is paving the way. As chiswickblue suggests, perhaps it's due to nationality?
  12. Squad Status: 2019/2020 Season

    We'd only sell if Hazard explicitly asked to leave. We never keep players around if they don't want to be here. Hazard doesn't seem to be the sort to agitate for a move so it would probably take a huge bid to come in for him to ask for a move. As for replacing him, that's impossible of course, but I'd immediately throw over a 100m at Dybala. He's quality in his own right.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes, he's way too good for Holland and would be a handy addition to the squad. I'd have him back but I'm not sure he's considered a serious option for us in the future. Yeah, I think it's a choice between Cesc and Pedro. Tough one, but Cesc at his best influences the game more.
  14. Squad Status: 2019/2020 Season

    If he were to go in this ridiculous market, he'd cost close to 200m. Not sure even Madrid would cough that up.
  15. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Well said. He's very good. The silence around him, as an academy graduate, is deafening.