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  1. Conte, stay or go?

    Not much I disagree with here. I don't like being pessimistic but I don't like wearing rose tinted spectacles either. We are on a downward trend and a power shift is happening. But we have a club with enough clout to buck that trend but it will take a big change in playing staff, a terrific new manager, a new attacking attitude (hopefully) and a couple of our rivals faltering.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Bad career choice. Should have become a jockey.
  3. Conte, stay or go?

    I'm sure I read somewhere that yesterday we would install Sarri as our new manager....what can have happened??
  4. Conte, stay or go?

    Well him and Mourinho!!
  5. World Cup 2018

    What's giving me a little chuckle over this World Cup is the way England fans and the media are utterly incredulous that the chap sitting in the VAR room could have missed the Kane penalty shouts. How is it possible!! The incompetence!!!There must be a Rusky secret agent sitting next to the VAR man with a little ampule of military grade nerve agent saying " it's either this (shakes the ampule)...or this! (4 stunning semi naked Russian hookers walk in ). The choice is yours my friend". However the same media disbelief didn't materialise when Chelsea had an even more blatant pen turned down by VAR last season. And if we even dare to suggest ref bias we are treated like the village idiots. There's a certain irony to this that I quite like.
  6. World Cup 2018

    I'll be the image of modesty but I might tweet Conte with a reminder of what he missed.
  7. World Cup 2018

    In two years they will both be both be first team regulars and top top players. I will book mark this post!
  8. Conte, stay or go?

    Well I will beg to differ because the chances that Morata was missing last season (particularly one on ones with keepers) are EXACTLY the type of chances that Vardy would have put away without even thinking. And IMO Moratas chief attribute is his pace the same as Vardy. Your stats are somewhat based on the fact that apart from his little purple patch where he got about 7 goals in 8 games , Morata was either injured or primarily dropped because even Conte could see he'd lost it. His goals per minutes on pitch then look more impressive than they really are, and the fact that he's a bit injury prone is not a plus point. By that same comparison I could argue that Bats is twice the player that Morata is. I will point to the fact that Vardy scored 20 prem goals in a pretty average team last season compared to Morata barely reaching double figures, and he has done it consistently too. For me it is not even a contest between the two (not at the moment it's not). Vardy would have got 20 for us last season as sure as eggs are eggs and that would have made a very different season.
  9. World Cup 2018

    Well let's give him a chance. He must get a least the same opportunity as Bakka got . A proper run and a chance to develop. If he doesnt cut the mustard I'll be the first to admit it. And yes Abraham is a great prospect . I'd love to see Ampedu, RLC and Abraham come through together.
  10. Conte, stay or go?

    No they don't . Especially it seems those imported from Madrid clubs. I'm just having an exchange with Droy on another thread about the benefits of an English (British) core of two or three regulars (and the fact that we no longer have this). Drinkwater and Barclay are bit part players as is increasingly Cahill. Players brought through the ranks like Ampedu , RLC, Chalobah would feel the love. It's getting the balance right with quality internationals. With regards to a lack of striker, if we had made a serious offer for Vardy I think we would have got him and with RLC instead of Bakayoko our season would have been very different.. But indeed the sound of a barrel being scrapped along the bottom was deafening.
  11. World Cup 2018

    He's not though. He is our big academy hope, he's playing for England in the WC and looking the part. He should be wearing a blue Chelsea shirt not a Crystal palace is that even an argument?
  12. World Cup 2018

    My point exactly Having an English core of 2/ 3 quality players is exactly what this team is missing . Spurs managed it, City managed it, United managed it and Liverpool managed it. We apparently can't . Oh and a quick check of the Prem table will tell you how that worked out this year. We have Cahill, who is getting past it and can no longer command a first team place. I also think that feeling a national allegiance to at least some of your team is vital for fans and important in the dressing room. We are an English club and we also have to answer to the home grown player quotas. Here's my benefit of hindsight moment.....if we had bought Vardy instead of Morata and played RLC instead of playing Bakayoko, we would now be playing CL football next year. I find it about as odd as Christenson going to Germany....not at all. And apart from Christenson, when have the dozens of recent loans (last 5 years say) really worked out for us as a club and not just benefited someone else?
  13. World Cup 2018

    When was that then under Conte? My inference was that he needed games and as an English lad from the academy he deserved them more than Bakayoko did, and the fact that he's English is not an irrelevance IMO. I would also add that he appears not to need excessive praise. I think he has a swagger about him and an inner confidence that is very rare. He came on as a sub in the WC finals in a vital game at a vital point and strolled it. I don't think he is the sort of player that needs an 'arm around his shoulder.'
  14. World Cup 2018

    So currently the answer is no then. I'm not entirely surprised.
  15. World Cup 2018

    Did he actually say that? So he looked great in training with great attitude but Conte never gave him a run in the first team to see if he could duplicate that form . We then have to leave it to Southgate to prove we have a decent player. We are not even paying Southgate 9 mill a year but he's doing Conte's job for him.....or maybe it's the move to Palace that has elevated his game.