Bob Singleton

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  1. Thanks for that. I'd forgotten about that article. As you (and the article) rightly point out, there is much below the surface that we as fans don't take into account when the club announce the signing of a new player with a collective "who's he?"/"WTF?" etc
  2. I don't think we could stick to 3-4-3 all season... our long run of wins following the Arsenal game was partly down to teams not having any idea how to counteract that formation (not that we rigidly stuck to it anyway). It was always the case that we would need to be more flexible this season. The idea of 3-5-2 with Cesc as a 10, flanked by Kante and Bakayoko, with Morata supported by one of Hazard, Batshuayi or Pedro is one I'm looking forward to seeing. With only 3 senior AMs currently, unless we invest in another player there, I think two up top is the more likely starting formation, reverting to possibly a 3-4-3 later in the game by bringing on Pedro and Willian.
  3. Indeed... that's what I was alluding to. For a first "proper" pre-season game we looked just so much fitter than them.
  4. "One other" could just as easily mean Hazard, for example, recovering from injury quicker than anticipated.
  5. Boga looked about twice the size I remembered him from the last time I saw him in a Chelsea shirt. He's obviously filled out. He was always a very skilful player, but he seems to have gone up a few levels whilst out on loan. He made some very intelligent runs, wasn't scared of taking on players (he made Koscielny, amongst others, look very foolish), and was always in the right place at the right time. I look forward to seeing more of him and Mussonda in the remaining games. Edit: I also meant to say, in spite of Arsenal having played more pre-season games than us, we looked so much fitter than them. I know Wenger claimed they were 'tired' after playing so many games already, but their fitness levels looked way down.
  6. Shame Pedro has now had to return to Cobham, rather than continue on tour as first anticipated. Good news for Boga and Mussonda (when over his niggle) though... gives them both a chance to stake a claim for a place in the squad.
  7. “We need to improve the quality and improve the squad because next season will be very tough for us. We are 16 players, without the goalkeepers, and to face four competitions in a good way we need more players. We are in a moment where we have to create solid foundations for this club, we have lost a lot of big players that were fundamental at Chelsea. Only one player [Costa] is not important. The most important thing is the team, the squad and it’s important now to be together. You can’t just lose it after one player. I want to to clarify the situation because in January it was very clear for the club, for Costa, for his agent, that when we arrived in June then it would be finished. It was very clear from January.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/07/22/antonio-conte-demands-signings-chelsea/
  8. Regarding Lukaku: His friend is quoted in the Mail as saying "...he just had one call from Antonio Conte. Manchester United came with three different contract offers and Chelsea did not present one." So, we were not really interested. Conte probably called him so that, when questioned by a board member, he could say "yes, I have spoken with him... he is not the man for us. I want Morata."
  9. I suspect Neymar to PSG is less about the money (though no doubt he'll be handsomely rewarded) and more about Number One status. Neymar is the poster-boy of Brazilian football. He's also playing second fiddle to Messi, an Argentinian (and therefore Brazil's biggest rival) and also often behind Suarez, a Uruguayan! I would imagine being the main man will be a major reason. Lots of his NT team-mates at PSG, too. Also, PSG have yet to win the 'holy grail' of the Champions League... imagine the glory if he was instrumental in them doing that. Yes, the money will be nice, but I don't think he's doing it out of greed, but personal glory.
  10. On his day, yes, he can... and I would guess more so when with players of the level of Hazard, Pedro & Morata around him. I'm not saying he's as consistently good as Pirlo or Fabregas, but he has it in his skill-set to unlock defences.
  11. And not some low-rent version like ITV3, but the original and main ITV!!! I think Cahill being captain in this game, when Luiz, Azpilicueta and Fabregas are also starting, suggests he'll be the club captain for the season.
  12. Make your mind up... by the way; are you Theresa May's speech writer? ;-)
  13. I agree... we will probably sign one more, maybe two more players at a push. Those thinking we'll bring in another 3 or 4 on top of the 4 we've already signed are in for a disappointment. As for the bolded bit... in 2003/04 we signed, what, 11 players? Crespo, Johnson, Geremi, Bridge, Joe Cole, Mutu, Veron, Duff, Macho, Smertin & Makélélé off the top of my head... it could have been more as I'm sure I've missed one or two out.
  14. I understand your concerns regarding Wilshere, Michael... however the Arsenal medical department doesn't seemed to be staffed by people who know what they're doing, whereas ours does. It's quite possible that we could get far more minutes out of him, and when he's on form, he can unlock a defence as well as a Pirlo or a Fabregas.
  15. Ox, definately. Wilshere would depend on costs.
  16. Welcome indeed!
  17. But it's not true. It's not even close to being true! Some 'journo'/blogger/ITK has said that Abramovic has given the green light for Matic to be sold for £50m to whoever is prepared to pay that price; even a direct rival such as United. There are no quotes. There isn't even a 'sources at the club confirm' type of disclaimer. Just some idiot making up a story to generate click-bait, which has been picked up by others (including some seriously deluded people here).
  18. Linked is the operative word, here. Just media speculation for now, and nothing more. Now, were a club to actually pay us that, then, and only then, can you say the market is crazy.
  19. Actually it's very simple. Morata will cost Chelsea £70m because he will trigger all his add-ons Lukaku will cost United £75m because he'll never come close to triggering his add-ons 😂 😂 😂
  20. I'm sure we made a 'polite enquiry', just as I am equally sure that we never made an official bid for him (as the press/ITKs claim we did, and some on here believed we did) either before United's offer or in a last-minute attempt to "match" them.
  21. ⬆ My thoughts too. Would have loved him to stay, perhaps should have stayed, but can understand why the lure of regular starts at his age was what drove him to leave.
  22. No, he had the starring role in Clueless 😂 😂 😂
  23. Under FIFA rules, I believe a player can be registered with 3 clubs but only play for 2 during the course of a season, so theoretically your scenario would be possible.
  24. Are you saying what I think you're saying? We refuse to sell Matic to Utd, so Utd get Inter to buy him and then Inter sell both Matic and Perisic to Utd??? Not sure what it is you're smoking, but I suggest you stop right now!
  25. Is he? According to the ITKs he is, but "Costa to AM" is not a million miles away from the "Lukaku to Chelsea" scenario, and we all know what happened there. Admittedly in this case we have a player who has repeatedly said he wants to return there and no where else... but that doesn't mean he is AM's number one target. A target... maybe? The number one target, though? I'm not so sure. Beware of falling for the 'romantic' or 'obvious' story.