Willian Dollar Baby

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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_/
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
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    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.
  10. 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.
  11. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    Willian the stand out player by a mile. Absolutely brilliant performance and a relentless work rate. He won possession back numerous times, on one occasion in a very difficult defensive situation and on others high up the pitch leading to big chances. Just a few weeks ago some were accusing him of deliberate sabotage, he's been our best player for the last month and Frank said as much.Emerson started the season great however he might just struggle to work his way back into the team. Alonso has been back to his old self following one poor season. When you factor in the height he provides at set pieces he's undroppable on current form. Will be harsh on Emerson but there are plenty of games.4-1 and we missed two clear cut chances. Defending on the goal wasn't great however Jorginho made the right call as any foul would have been a clear second yellow.Fingers crossed we come through the international break unscathed.
  12. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    Willian best player on the pitch so far. Fantastic work rate, won the ball back 3 or 4 times. Once in a difficult defensive situation.
  13. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    You could see he had to withdraw from the challenge there as he was on a yellow. Not great defending by a few though.
  14. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    Personally love Pedro. Will press relentlessly snapping at the heels of defenders and very effective in the final third. Now 32 he is picking up more injuries which limits his game time. Preseason and the first few games I thought he looked great. Easy to forget we were forced to play him for 300 minutes in the first week of the season. He can be hugely effective but we need to manage his minutes. Probably the biggest difference we see with Pedro and Willian now is when they come back from an injury it takes them a while to get back up to speed. As he gets his match fitness back, like Willian I think his performance levels will get back to normal. Whether he will be here next season is probably unlikely however he'll play a big part this season.
  15. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    Previously samhoward17, thought it was time for a switch up. The booing of Jorginho and Sarri last year was senseless. The bridge was a toxic place at times last year with so much hate towards two individuals for no obvious reason. The turnaround in the support for Jorginho is a relief but confusing since performance levels have been consistent since he joined. Willian gets a similar amount of stick but not so much at the bridge. The work he does progressing the ball in deeper areas of the pitch is invaluable. No surprise that Lamps has immediately called upon both him and Jorgy as key members of the first team. Pedro would be in as well without his injury problems. The youth are doing well but lets not forget our good form has coincided with Alonso, Azpi and the other seniors stepping up their game.