Rob B

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Agree that Henderson is the one to get, but also probably the least attainable. Pope will be 29 by the end of next season which seems to surprise a lot of people - I guess he looks younger. I really hope we prioritise a GK and at least one CB before a LB and a No.10 sort of player. If we sign Chilwell (or A N other) and Havertz and then leave ourselves short of funds or short of time before the window closes, we need our heads testing.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Quite a few Chelsea Journo’s came out and dismissed this straight away - of course that doesn’t mean we’re not interested, it might just not be done yet
  3. Sheffield United 3 Chelsea 0

    If you go back through our defeats this season, generally speaking, the next game has been followed up with a win. I’m hoping Frank gets stuck right into them so they come out all guns blazing against Norwich as I get the feeling Frank can be too nice at times. Given Leicester’s run-in, 6 points from our last 3 games will possibly be enough and whilst we may be limping over the line, every single one of us would have taken that at the start of the season having lost Hazard and Luiz and not been able to replace them. As fans, we need to be patient because this is Frank & Jody’s first season in the PL and they would have learned a lot. It took Klopp four years and he was already an experienced, reputable manager.
  4. Sheffield United 3 Chelsea 0

    I’ll be as gutted as the next man if we lose today, but Wolves have lost their last two and we beat them 5-2 in the first game, and Liverpool are on the beach. We also need to consider that Leicester won’t pick up maximum points either - they play Sheff United themselves, along with Spurs and Man United. I’m expecting plenty more twists and turns yet.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Largely agree - Tammy will get games for sure, but not sure he’ll be “first choice” - Werner won’t be played on the left when Pulisic is in the sort of form he’s in currently. Nick Pope and Aaron Ramsdale are both improvements and at clubs that would more than likely sell if the right offer came in. Dean Henderson is another but United almost certainly wouldn’t sell to us. He’d have to massively push for it and even then it’s unlikely.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    I remember before the season began, I was rooting for Tammy to make a mark, but had concerns that his all round play might not be good enough for a team of our aspirations. We all knew he would get goals, but can he link the play, hold it up, work hard pressing defenders etc etc. One of the things that stood out immediately was just how well he could hold the ball up. And when judging him on this, it's important that we factor in two things: 1) - we don't compare him to Giroud who is one of the best in the world at this 2) - we don't compare him on his recent performances where he has clearly been off the pace and short of confidence. In terms of next season, I would expect to see something like this, based on a 4-3-3 and signing Havertz (first choices in Bold) Pulisic. Werner. Ziyech. Mount Havertz Kante CHO Abraham / Giroud Willian RLC Barkley Kovacic
  7. Crystal Palace 2 Chelsea 3

    Given the final fixture involves all 3 of those teams and Wolves, I suspect it’s going to go down to the final day. In terms of Palace, there certainly needs to be changes now that Kante has got another hamstring injury! I’d like to think that Reece and Zouma have done enough to keep their places though. Assuming Jorginho is still frozen out, something like this perhaps... Kepa James. Christensen. Zouma. Azpi Mount Gilmour Barkley Willian Tammy Pulisic The form of Willian and Pulisic has meant that they risk serious burnout however. They’re undroppable at the moment, not helped by the fact that Pedro is obviously leaving and only used if he has to be, CHO has just come back, and RLC hasn’t really worked as a wide forward.
  8. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    Liam Twomey asked Frank about Jorginho and his response was simply “he’s in my plans” For such an experienced, prominent member of the team, to not even get 1 minute in 5 games, one of which was a cup game, when a 19 year old comes on in your place a few times - something has to be up.
  9. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    That midfield gets slaughtered against Watford’s fast, physical midfield. With Kovacic out, Kante is a must. I think we might see the experience of Jorginho back for this one too... Kepa James. Rudiger. Zouma. Azpi Kante. Jorginho. Mount. Willian. Giroud. Pulisic.
  10. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    Classic! A falling out of the most epic proportions is the only way Frank isn’t around next season, but given his temperament, and Marina/Roman’s history with the likes of Mourinho, Sarri, Conte etc then this relationship will feel like a match made in heaven. I genuinely believe that the likes of Petr, Frank are Marina are completely aligned on the club’s vision and strategy over the next few years. Frank is going absolutely nowhere until the point where he completely ballses up and gives the club no choice but to change things. But that isn’t happening before the start of next season at the very least.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Totally agree with this. I was screaming at the TV last night because of how many touches Kova, Barkley, Willian and Kante were taking. We played right into West Ham’s hands who had plenty of time to get players into position and close space. And I also agree with DWMH’s comment above that Gilmour, Jorginho and Mount are among the best in the squad at keeping the ball moving quickly Team to face Watford is going to be interesting. At least the fans and players won’t have long to dwell on last night..
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Whilst I do agree with the sentiment that Ziyech and Werner will put more games to bed early doors, there's no escaping the fact that Man United and Wolves win that game last night 2-0. Which is what we would have done if we could defend set pieces (and the last goal wouldn't have happened because we would have been 2-0 up and cruising, so wouldn't have pushed forward chasing a winner) Frank and the club HAVE to be looking at defensive reinforcements this summer IMO. Goalkeeper and CB first things first, and then a LB if the funds allow but I think we could get by with Alonso, Emerson and Azpi if we really had to.
  13. West Ham United 3 Chelsea 2

    We’ll obviously never know for sure, but I’m not sure Jorginho makes a blind bit of difference to that result last night. Our problems were there pre-restart when Jorginho was playing every week. He is less physical and defensive than Kante but I accept the argument that we may keep the ball more effectively.
  14. West Ham United 3 Chelsea 2

    I’ll try and avoid saying what’s already been said e.g. Rudiger and Christensen: * What has happened to Tammy? Should have cleared the ball off the line and looks woefully short of confidence for some reason... * We need a commanding GK. Its not necessarily that I thought Kepa was ‘at fault’ for the goals, but he doesn’t absolutely zero to relieve pressure off the defence at set pieces. A top goalie punches some of those crosses away (or catches them if you’re Courtois!!) *With the exception of Pulisic, our play is way too slow and safe. Too many touches and no one breaking the defensive lines and getting to the byline. *Pulisic can be as good as he wants to be. I’m talking world-class. His ability to beat a player from nothing is scary. Difference between him and Hazard is that Eden would often turn it on and off, whereas Pulisic is constantly on. *Big decisions coming up for Frank now. Both in terms of personnel to finish the season, but also next season too. We are desperate for a world class centre-back.
  15. West Ham United 3 Chelsea 2

    He’s still injured in fairness. I’d like to see Zouma given a run instead of Rudiger personally. I feel like Kurt gets a raw deal because he doesn’t look so graceful and eloquent on the ball. But he’s a monster physically and rapid.