Willian Dollar Baby

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  1. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 2

    Given the Leicester game was just after the transfer window closed, Frank said something along the lines of they both needed a few days apart. I Imagine there was a lot of frustration on his side from not being allowed to leave especially after how he's been used this season. It's been puzzling why Michy continues to be preferred when Giroud offers so much more. Now he's here until the summer we may as well use him, Giroud as a ST2 is significantly better than what most other teams have.
  2. Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

    Best performance at home in a while however Burnley were very bad. James and CHO both excellent. If ever you need an indicator to his quality, look at the amount of times the senior players give James the ball. His delivery is wicked as we all know, he also displayed a high quality first touch and an ability to beat his man. Very impressed. CHO has slowly started to hit form. After a big blip he's been improving ever since that minor hamstring knock and deserved his goal. He has been putting in mature performances - not trying silly things at bad times, winning important fouls, keeping possession when we are ahead, the criticism has been totally unjust. He wasn't mind blowing but didn't put a foot wrong. Loved our set-pieces today and plenty were worked short to James or Willian. We've scored from maybe one all season so quite liked the routines set up today. Tammy back on form. Should have had 1 or 2 more but the most important thing is he's back in the box getting big chances. The goals will continue to come. Surprised with the line up but the back four did well. Ake clearly isn't coming given SFL defence of Christensen pre-match and his start. He was good. Finally some praise for my least favourite player in the squad - Ross Barkley. I still do not rate him, I still cannot wait for him to leave, but he was good. Offered us an attacking impetus from midfield that we have been missing in these home games. If only he was good enough to repeat or we had another option in that position. Mount has been great but at times we have needed another option. One of the positions we should be looking at, I'm not holding my breath for RLC anytime soon.
  3. Chelsea 0 Southampton 2

    He has always been very good on the right but I've always felt when he gets a chance either from the left or at 10 he goes up another level. He is very one footed so coming from that side opens up half the pitch which better utilises his fantastic range of passing and also as you mention, to shoot more often. With Hazard around it was rarely an option, without we should be putting our best forward in his best place. He's been our best player all season predominantly from the right, would love to see him finally get a run from the other side.
  4. Chelsea 0 Southampton 2

    Kova out and Azpi has a slight knock. Expect Jorgy and James to come in. I would personally lean towards Tomori and Emerson however Zouma and Alonso could easily get the nod. Interested to see if Willian continues on the left. Kepa James Rudi Tomori Emerson Kante Jorginho Pulisic Mount Willian Tammy
  5. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 2

    Best performance of the season. Willian again unplayable. Unquestionably the player of the season so far. He really has stepped up in the absence of Hazard. Interesting he was moved to the left. Wonder if that's where he will stay. The back three were all excellent. The aggressive approach completely stifled their attack and the extra cover meant they could step in front of their forwards without too much concern. Mount and Tammy ran them ragged especially Tammy who gave their CB's a torrid time. Remember when he was just a poacher? ;)
  6. Chelsea 2 Lille 1

    Great to have Rudi back. Besides one bad touch he was excellent and will only get better. Like the Villa game last week Willian and Kante had some quality one touch play in tight areas and Azpi got involved as well. All three were excellent, Willian our best player all season. Pulisic electric just lacking that final decision slightly however proving to be a very good signing. CHO been much better since the hamstring injury and was very good when he came on. Lacking a bit of confidence in front of goal but his winning of fouls and long switches of play released pressure when we were under the cosh. Most importantly Jorginho back in the team. Kovacic has been very good all season and Kante is Kante however unless your playing City/Liverpool, both are unnecessary. Pick one (Kante) with Mount at 10 and Jorginho dictating. That gives us the best balance. Nice confidence boosting win and a great result. A note of caution, they were significantly understrength. Their excellent striker from the first leg replaced by Remy who apart from his goal, was anonymous. Bring on whoever in the next round. Testing yourself against the elite is what it's all about.
  7. Burnley 2 Chelsea 4

    Essien did his cruciate ligament twice and had a third serious knee injury. He missed the vast majority of a season each time and visibly lost all of his pace pretty quickly after. Kante's problems are not even in the same ballpark at this stage. I don't think anyone can doubt him whilst he has been on the pitch. Motm in a couple games against Liverpool and excellent in the Europa final. He quite clearly is still the same Kante as before. I think both he and Rudiger are suffering from slightly premature comebacks but will soon be back to normal.
  8. Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

    Do you really think we could fetch anywhere near that price? I would be happy to recoup the original transfer fee and move on. Personally I didn't rate him at all at Everton. He had one good season at 19 with a few moments of magic but very raw. Ever since the moments of magic are few and far between, he's bang average offensively and poor defensively. 3 league goals last season in a number 8 role for a top 3 club. Mount has eclipsed that already. He would of course look slightly better at a mid table club. That's probably his level. They can afford to give him freedom. At Chelsea if your that poor defensively you need to be elite on the ball.
  9. Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

    I think his biggest problem is his brain. His decision making is woeful and he has never come across as the sharpest tool in the box. No wonder he looks good against Bulgaria when he has loads of time and space to make a decision. Similar to Bakayoko, he's simply not good enough playing in a team that dominates possession, play 1 or 2 touch, need to move the ball at pace and constantly come up against packed defences. Barkley at 26 is in his prime, he's not Chelsea level now and he never will be. Fortunately looking at his dwindling minutes already it looks like Frank agrees.
  10. Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

    Barkley has consistently played well against bad sides, both for England and in the Europa League. We need to pick the team that is most likely to get us 3 points. There's no way he is in that. As soon as the transfer ban is over he should be the first one out the door.
  11. Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

    Didn't know where best to post this. Mount up for golden boy which can be voted for below. Currently Guendozi winning thanks to Arsenals fans incredible ability to ruin online polls. https://m.tuttosport.com/sondaggi/calcio/golden-boy/2019/10/15-62269920/golden_boy_2019_ecco_i_20_finalisti_vota_e_partecipa_al_sondaggio_/
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    27 but he's a winger who heavily relies on pace. In addition to the ridiculous fee he would cost I simply can't ses us putting him on a huge salary up until he's 32. Just look at Alexis Sanchez to see just how quickly a fast winger can drop without their electric pace. United signed him at 29.
  13. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    Willian and Pedro are 31 and 32. We don't just need Pulisic, we need another 2 AM's on top of that. He has been good so far. There seems to be a lot of noise about discontent all stemming from angry american fans forgetting he's 20 years old and only just moved to a new country / faster league. To say we shouldn't buy players because xyz is in the youth team will never work. The youngsters have proven they will force their way in if good enough.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Do you think? He'll be 24 this season and off the back of a bad injury. He's injury prone enough as it is. He certainly improved last year but in terms of ceiling, I would place all the other academy boys higher.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    As you say signing any players from the PL will cost an absolute fortune. If Maguire goes for 80mill I dread to think what the rest will, especially given they still have that money sitting in the bank. Personally wouldn't go near Rice. Decent PL player but you can tell he's a converted CB. We need better passers than him in our midfield. We should try to take a leaf out of Liverpools recent recruitment. Rather than settling for decent players they have waited until their top targets have become available and paid top dollar for them. Fortunately we have 2019 and 2020s budget, the Hazard money and a significantly reduced wage bill. I think we will go big. First out the door hopefully Barkley.