Rob B

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  1. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Interesting that you’d go for Willy. I was wondering myself at what point Lamps drops him. Not personally saying we’re there yet but I was reading some pretty damning stats on Kepa earlier: For all the talk about defence, Kepa is the least busiest keeper in the league, only having to make a save every 50 minutes 54% save rate (worst in the PL by some distance) 127th out of 132 in Europe’s top 5 leagues apparently Don’t get me wrong, we desperately need goals, but our vulnerability at the back definitely doesn’t help.
  2. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0

    If Willian doesn’t sign a new contract, which right now looks like a possibility, we’re going to need two additions anyway, as Pedro is all but gone. I realise we’d be talking serious outlay for Zaha and Sancho, but from an attacking point of view, that is transformational.
  3. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0

    Respectfully, what a load of tripe you’re talking about! Over the last DECADE we have averaged 73 points a season. That includes some phenomenal teams with players at the height of their powers e.g. Costa, Fàbregas, Lampard, Cech, Cole, Terry etc. Finished articles with top managers to match their talents - Mourinho, Conte, Hiddink etc. 73 points usually gets you between 3rd and 4th if you look at the history. We’re on course to finish in a CL spot, one place below last year’s manager, having lost our best player and talisman, incurred a transfer ban, and consequently brought through about 4 or 5 academy lads into the team. Today was frustrating because we were all over them and it was a typical smash and grab, but my god, bit of perspective needed!
  4. Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

    His wages taken into consideration with a £15m transfer fee completely changes the dynamics though. It’s not like we paid a £45m fee for him. What do you think he’s on exactly? Most sources seem to have him being £90k a week. In terms of where he stands in the squad, few recent examples: RLC and Kante injured, didn’t play. RLC Injured and Jorginho suspended, didn’t play And even if three players got injured, say Kovacic, Mount and RLC were out, Lamps would probably play Kante and Jorginho in a 4-2-3-1, with Pulisic, Willian and CHO ahead of them.
  5. Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

    In summary, Ross clearly has his flaws, but seems to get a disproportionate amount of flak for someone who plays 15-20 games per year probably and doesn’t cost the world, doesn’t take up a foreign spot, or appear to demand answers or kick up a fuss when not picked. I’d also say that every most teams in the league (Except Man City and Liverpool for different reasons) would take Ross as third choice number 10 and third choice number 8. I include Leicester, Tottenham and Man United in that.
  6. Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

    Well he appears to be happy, and so does Frank, so I guess it is fine. (At least until he promotes Gilmour, Gallagher, Ampadu to the 6th choice midfielder slot) When we do eventually sell him, I think he will go to a club like West Ham or Newcastle - and play every week. Either that, or go to another big club for squad depth. But how many of our 2nd string would do much different?? I don’t see Real Madrid banging our door down for players 15-20 in our squad!!
  7. Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

    Some real hate for Ross on here which is hard to understand if I’m honest. He he set the world alight since he joined? No Could we do better? Yes Has he been a good squad option for £15m whilst not taking up a foreign spot in the squad? Abso-bloody-lutely He’s got a few assists, chipped in with a few goals - certainly hasn’t been garbage. Tends to play in the easier games because he’s not the best tactically, so don’t really see what the problem is? Most teams will kill for someone of Ross’ ability to be their 3rd choice number 10, and we certainly have more important areas to fix first.
  8. Yep, not unexpected if recent reports were to be believed, but brilliant news none the less. He could genuinely have our right back position sewn up for the next decade, and some!
  9. Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

    ^ Agreed, can’t stand him. Never has a good work to say about us. Thought we were excellent today though. Christensen, Barkley, James and CHO really were a breath of fresh air and did well. The latter two were particularly great on the right hand side. This had banana skin written all over it, so a huge 3 points leading up to a massive 6-8 weeks for us.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    The guy’s been with us since 2011, in which period we’ve signed Courtois, Mata, Oscar, Lukaku, De Bruyne, Azpi, Hazard, Costa, Fàbregas, Kante and Pedro to name but a few, and you’re moaning about a cut price Ross Barkley!?
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think the club are in somewhat of a precarious position regarding signings this month to be honest. The reason I say this, is it’s likely that Sancho and Werner are our first choice signings (or players of very similar ilk if not) but both are unlikely to be available until at least the summer. Therefore, do you wait until your first choice players are available, or do you go for perhaps slightly inferior options that are attainable this month? (Bearing in mind these will still cost a fortune) Tricky one.. but I expect the club to take a fairly pragmatic view I.e. if option 2 or 3 are available then we make the move, if they aren’t then we wait until the summer. The other consideration of course is that negotiations for all these options will be going on simultaneously, so certainly not a quick process.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Chelsea announced the Hazard deal on the 13 June. I don’t know how these things work really, but if contractually the Hazard deal took effect from 1st July (I.e. after the 30 June) then it wouldn’t be reported in that years numbers
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    This was for the financial year ending June 2019, so surely the sale of Hazard will be in next year’s numbers?? (As plenty of people have referenced on Twitter)
  14. Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2

    Pretty mental game! It seems people are indifferent on the performance but for 55 minutes we were by far the superior side, and had better chances than Arsenal who created nothing. Credit to Frank who not only got his subs spot on today, but the timing of them also. Interesting to see Big Pete in the stands with Marina. Hopefully those two have got a busy month ahead...
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    We are. His name’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek