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  1. Ok...of course somewhat concerned the squad looks a bit thin and without Costa a new strike force is needed but the Game is big business not a fantasy management game. We have no idea what the club is doing and only media fueled rumours and "opinions" to feed off of. The moving of academy produced players is not the disaster many describe. Be really honest about Ake and Chalobah for example..liked Ake but having watched him for B'mouth I really think that is his "comfort zone" and his real level. Sure he could do a job at Chelsea but not as a nailed on starter..see Dave for an example. Chalobah I also liked but again is he good enough to be a nailed on starter? Moving a capable player on is not foolish but business AS LONG AS NEW SIGNINGS COVER PLAYERS MOVED ON..this of course goes for established players as well,,see Matic . Academy players who are potentially World Class or Top Prem Class are few and far between..the standards are so high that players who were good 1st Division players would not feature in the Prem now. There has always been a great attrition rate among academy/juniors. I lost count of the players I played with and against who were in a top clubs junior ranks and were not able to transition for whatever reason. I remember a friend of mine who played at the top who said that there were better players at his school and district but most lacked that inner drive/strength to progress..think on that.
  2. Bit belated but great post by Sam H Always felt Lukaku wasn't the right fit The Morata link worried me.........seems a bit mentally soft for the Prem and the few times I've seen him not been over impressed but if he comes will certainly wait before running down.
  3. Thank you James..I get most of the real transfer gossip here so all info is appreciated.
  4. Come on guys lets stop the squabbling I appreciate and enjoy ALL views on here and was pleased to see James back here. We are all CHELSEA and surely we can disagree without attacking each other over stuff that really isn't worth unpleasantness ? A few years back Mr Tucker called me a drama queen over a comment regarding an injury to PC. (I never forget Michael!) but having been in a couple of truly life threatening situations it was hardly something to keep me up at nights. I appreciate very much Michael's work on the forums and that far outways any hurt feelings! Keep the debates flowing and the disagreements laid out sensibly without calling names. I am sure face to face discussions would be far more adult and enjoyable. And transfers anybody?
  5. Enjoy reading this forum but of course it's an amalgam of speculation, wish lists, rumours, fun and at times panic! Am I the only one here who liked Ake but was not totally convinced? Chalobah I think is a better long term bet but not sure if he can nail down a place most weeks this coming season but should, if he progresses, the following season. With no progress or update on Costa could it be ,maybe just maybe, that Conte and/or the Club are going the "tough love" route? Put up or shut up?..just a thought. Moses, get the feeling he will not feature so much this season and may even move come January,depends of course on new players in and how Conte sets up the side. Fan of Alonso but hope Sandro arrives I am sure Alonso will get playing time one way or another. The days of a "basic" eleven with a reserve side back up are long gone and a squad of versatile players is the ideal. We tend to get a bit "blue eyed' about players but in all honesty the younger players moving out are not really nailed on starters. Sure an argument can be made about lack of playing time but a club aiming for a top spot cannot take chances during a run in and once the "lesser" cup is done there is very little opportunity for unforced changes. Just a quick sniff to finish as we say goodbye to JT..truly OUR Captain Leader Legend..Thank you John.
  6. Alonso..great season and made a difference..I like him and would like him to stay..but unless memory fails me Bridge was an England player when Ash came in..a good player replaced with an Carlo and's a harsh game and given the opportunity for an upgrade in any position why would not any club make signings if they can afford it?
  7. Forget about the Media in all it's forms...everything was about us. Not the media...who cares what they think (oxymoron of sorts?) JT is OUR hero and deserved everything that WE the fans and the club tried to show him..and a class farewell speech to boot. Chelsea Chelsea is OUR name!!!!
  8. Congrats Seafoot..join the club..reading your great post made me shudder to think I may possibly be the oldest poster here! Mark..Chelsea mates? too... All this reminds me that I must make sure my wife gets on here should I go to the away game that awaits all of us. On to tomorrows party!!!
  9. Why why at any level are True Blue committed Chelsea die hards squabbling about yesterdays man? Right or wrong it doesn't matter. He's the old romances of our youth that seemed to be the "one" forever but went and we moved on to the reality of the present. LET IT GO please....
  10. Sorry...not Southampton ..Swansea...thought it looked wrong so checked!! Now...who for relegation next season?..Wish list ..Manure Arse and The Scousers..sigh...only three?..can't squeeze Spuds in there... and Citeh?..agree Mark..except not so much Pep "failed" lots of managers he didn't succeed..if you see the difference. Unless he adjusts I can't see him doing any better next season. Top four but something missing at this time. I can't see Conte sitting on his laurels but aiming higher with hopefully an upgrade on the "lucky"(I'm a believer in you make your own luck) that such a small ..for practical purposes..squad with few injuries completed the season,although I feel Luis was carry one after the Citeh game for most of the season. The obvious improvement in fitness was another factor. Onward..
  11. My words of Wisdom last August..Sunderland Stoke Southampton relegated ,,Citeh to win league "at a canter" glad to be so wrong!!!
  12. I am not convinced that TC will stay Chelsea on a long term..Although he has had a good season after the disaster that was the last season for most players. Thought he lost confidence and hoped he would return to form which to a large extent he has but "something" seems to be missing.Subtle stuff maybe but he,for me, doesn't seem to have regained the momentum of his early career A young English keeper like Pickford would be a better long term choice but if TC moved on the question of a backup keeper would still face the same good enough to fill in and prepared to sit on the bench. Any player not playing regularly suffers from "rustiness" but for a keeper it is even way can a keeper "play" his way into a game. For all the "progress" of the youth system I am at a loss to recall any long term keeper from the academy since the Cat and I think that was 1960 when he first played in the first team!!!
  13. In some ways I wish we had held on to PC and signed Pickford this off season...I said early in the season that I thought he looked good...... to sign him now would be a drag on his career as TC is first choice (without real competition)..Would be similar to the Stepney/Bonetti situation for those who can remember back that far..shame really as I think he would be a great signing. For all the talk of Alves etc I always enjoy watching way of getting him but would work here I think. As an aside anyone think that Alonso has a running/playing style similar to Eddie Mac? (again for those whi may remember)
  14. Surely it is time for this subject to go to non Chelsea forums?...Whatever the merits of discussing Man U and it's manager are they no longer really have a place in the Chelsea forum. At some level it is almost an insult to our current manager's achievements. I know in the past there have been ,maybe, justifications for keeping it here but now?
  15. My wife and I dated in the 60's(yep!) went our separate ways and met up again 5 years ago and now are married and living a "frontier life" in Colorado..long story but just before we met up again one of her grandsons asked her if she had been to a football match.reply to an astonished teenager..."Of course..went to Chelsea back in the 60's".......still remembered it..and me fortunately!! Great support for me and Chelsea although the well documented on here digs about having met Peter Bonetti...comments on the family when receiving facebook etc.."^^^^ Bonetti as was",,,small price to pay !!!