Bob Singleton

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  1. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    As the Arsenal thread hasn't been set up yet (are you on your hols, Michael?) just wanted to mention that Martin Atkinson is the ref on Saturday... could have been worse, they could have made Arsene Wenger a ref and given him the game!
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    I really wouldn't worry about that. Looking at various posts and posters, the more analytical they are, the more that analysis is full of bull! I agree; during the pre-season games nobody who played the centre forward got any service. It'll take time (though probably not the 2 or so months Sarri has mentioned) for the players get used to the new system & style... only then can we really start castigating players for not being the demi-Gods we expect them to be!
  3. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Are we sure he's not an onanista? πŸ˜‰ 😳
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    β€˜There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.’ Sherlock Holmes -The Bascombe Valley Mystery
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Not odd at all. Emenalo was obviously pissed off with Marina (and possibly Conte, too), and knowing he was off to Monaco a few months later organised it so that we bought the least effective of their players for a sum of money they could never have hoped to achieve even in the weird market that was last summer. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰
  6. 2018/19 Expectations.

    Premier League: 3rd Europa League: Winners FA Cup: Semi-Final League Cup: Quarter-Final
  7. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    I think you may well be right. Decent player, loved his enthusiasm, but not really good enough for where we want to be. His speed will only get him out of trouble so many times.
  8. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Been busy all day shooting at Africa Fashion Week London, but I've not seen any posts regarding Zouma... I gather his loan to Everton went through in the end?
  9. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    Stop sitting on the fence, Nobbly... tell us how you really feel! πŸ˜‰
  10. Official: Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga

    One criticism often levelled at Courtois was how he "went down in stages"; the inference being that being so tall made him 'slower' to get down to lower shots. Maybe height actually does impact on how quickly a keeper can dive low, although it surely must be beneficial when trying to stop a ball heading for the top corner. From the YouTube video posted the other day, he certainly seems able to throw himself around and looks pretty agile. Maybe 6' 2" is the perfect height? Tall enough to get to crosses, reach the corners of the goal, etc., not so tall that he's not agile enough to get down quickly to low shots. We'll soon find out.
  11. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    She's Madrid born & bred. All her family are in Madrid. She came to London with him and never settled (something he mentioned a few times in the early days... I seem to remember him even saying that she would regularly fly home to Madrid because she missed the weather, the food and the general way of life). I got the feeling they split up because she wanted to move back permanently (yes he did have an affair with KdB's then girlfriend, on whom KdB had just cheated with her best friend... complicated, eh?...but that was before he and his now ex got together) Obviously things change, but I suspect she'll be staying in Madrid.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    In which case he's an upgrade on Drinkwater to sit on the bench πŸ˜‰
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think that's a mish-mash of several stories. Rumours started emerging yesterday that with Leicester not keen on selling Maguire, Boateng having turned them down, etc., Jose was now looking at Kurt Zouma. Then there were the earlier stories of a Willian for Martial swap. Mix 'em all up... et voilΓ !
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Very late 50s, male and no longer living in Surrey as of Nov 2016... I stopped being a 'fine catch' about 35 years ago! Anyway, he is not my type!!! 🀒
  15. Looking at it from a pragmatic point of view, even if the option to buy is more than we're willing/able to pay, if he offers us that "missing bit of the midfield jigsaw" at least Sarri can then turn around and say to the powers that be "x and y are similar players... get me one of them to replace him"
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    Seven years is unusually long... I suppose that means he's ours for at least 5 years! Let's hope he falls in love with a Surrey girl. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰
  17. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    In that case we'll need to wait 20 years... still that's 30 years shorter than Rees-Mogg reckons the country will see the benefits of Brexit!
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    I've only really seen Alisson in a couple of Roma games and for Brazil during the World Cup. Until I watched that YouTube highlights reel posted earlier in the thread I'd never seen Kepa at all, really, but had read last winter that Real were interested in him. At the time I presumed that if RM, who were also interested in DDG and Courtois, were interested in Kepa, then he can't be entirely useless. They don't tend to buy duds. I've not gotten involved in the 'who is better' debate, and don't intend to either. We'll discover in the coming weeks and months if he's what we need. He certainly looks like a good shot-stopper. He can't command his area any worse than Courtois (his biggest failing on the pitch). If he makes the defenders feel 'safe', and helps us win trophies, then great. If he becomes half as influential as Cech in the dressing room, even better. Price doesn't make a player better or worse... we only paid Β£7m for Azpilicuetta, and many here at the time thought that was a waste of money (presumably because he was an unknown Spanish player with an unpronounceable name plying his trade at Marseilles). Now we're complaining about another relatively unknown Spanish player with an unpronounceable name plying his trade at Bilbao, albeit for a heftier price tag. The only criteria we should judge a player on is how well they play in the blue of Chelsea... nothing else matters.
  19. Media / Press

    Great minds, and all that...
  20. Media / Press

    ... bet he tried, though πŸ˜‰
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Dave II
  22. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    With Kepa: I) there is a release clause, so the "selling" club have no choice but to accept the offer, and ii) the player is happy to move. This tends to make a deal far easier to conclude speedily. How many top strikers have a release clause we could trigger AND would be willing to join us? Add in our reluctance to buy out-field players over 30 (no doubt why Higuain claimed only Sarri was interested regarding a potential Chelsea bid) and the potential striker market shrinks further. It doesn't matter if we agree or disagree with the policy; it's how the club operates.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    Glad you're not my accountant!
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    I've seen stories doing the rounds (one in The Independent) saying both Giroud and Hazard have spoken to Fekir urging him to join Chelsea. All the stories are claiming Giroud as the source, but no actual quotes.
  25. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    Like others, you are basing your take on events purely on one journalist initially having claimed he was AWOL and everyone else jumping onto that particular narrative. We know he hasn't been at Cobham. That is the ONLY fact any of us have. For all we know he was told by the club not to return, in which case he's not AWOL.