Droy was my hero

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  1. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Sure. In 2 years we have gone from a team stacked with talent but no back up to a handful of stars surrounded by squad players. Weird.
  2. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    24 + Abraham (20) + 2 17-year olds who might surprise us, but shouldn't be a part of planning. A full squad for once which should avoid any unpleasant surprises. 7+Abraham FA HG so all can go into a PL squad, but 3 would have to drop out of Europa squad (I presume old CL rules still apply). Quite why Moses is included as AM I don't understand, but that is where he is being brought on to play in Sub appearances so far. For me the AMs are Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Barkley and RLC. I'm not too sure how Barkley, RLC and Abraham are going to work out, but if we keep 3 strikers and the 5 AMs I mentioned that should be enough. Back 4 is probably overstaffed in comparison. All too good to believe really - I suspect 2 or 3 more loans.
  3. 2018/19 Expectations.

    V good points. A big squad can stop you reaching top speed, but it guarantees against disasters.
  4. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Have we ever had a CF that didn't want to move on in almost every year? The only one I can remember is Torres. On the other hand there are only 2 CFs I can think of that moved on before the club wanted them to go. And Crespo had special circumstances. Almost nothing to suggest that. Besides all the club scouts were looking for players in Italy weren't they?
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Oh yes - at one sudden point you change focus from future players to NOW players and take touch decisions. On or around July 2014, Cech dropped and Mata moved on, Matic and Costa arrived. Lukaku was loaned again, and KDB sold. Big decision time. Sure - but PL ready back ups are easy to find. They don't require planning for unless you are a Huddersfield, just as City don't need to plan for £50m+ superstars. I'm not arguing that Emerson or Zappacosta need to be sold, just I doubt they are going to be amongst the 8 or 9 key players we need to have the critical mass to challenge for the PL. Quite. And this season is non-urgent. Best to stay with Giroud as standby, and for now, just worry about getting the right replacement.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Oh yes. I wouldn't count most of the younger ones (eggs not hatched) and I'd write off , Zappa, Emerson, Barkley (all 3 unproven as yet) Kovacic (not ours), Moses and Morata (proven not good enough) and the older guys So I'd say the "core" is just Kepa (23), Azpilicueta (28), Rüdiger (25), Christensen (22), Alonso (27), Kanté (27), Jorginho (26), Hazard (27), 8 players, of which I'd say 6 are very good. But definitely short of our next Costa. Added 2 this summer, lost Courtois (but no one else!), which is progress, but I don't see the team peaking next year. Life would be a lot easier if some of the kids really broke through, but they haven't except Christensen just.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    So there are two "striker situations". One is can we rely on Morata for now. The other is what do we do in 2021 when we need a top striker. As you''ll remember in 2013 we made do with Torres, but in 2014 we replaced him with the real deal, Costa, + Drogba as backup. 2014 was the year when we went from JM's little ponies to real stallions. A lof of final jigsaw piece decisions were made then, in and out. For me the Jan 2018 decision was about how to back up one dodgy striker when you only have Michy as back up. Sure it is not PL winning solution, it was the stay in the top half of the table solution. And it was addressed, even if it wasn't the decision you'd have liked. Yes - Long term planning is easier if a) you get the lucky breaks that year in the CL having had better teams for the previous 8 years b) Players are cheap and the owner thinks prices are going up c) so that means you can find out which young players everyone else is bidding for, and just pay 15% more - which it the guaranteed way not to buy duffers by mistake d) there is no Man City or PSG buying the best (including yours) out there. So Yes, long term planning is a lot harder than it was 6 years ago. But at least we have made a start. I am much happier with that than with buying sticking plaster players to keep the 2014-17 team together.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm still sticking to the idea that we are work in progress, planning to compete at the top level in 2020 or 21. For that reason I am quite happy to put up with some mediocrity for this season and maybe a little for next. For me, and I suspect the board, there is no hurry. I hope people noticed our strategy changed enormously between Summer/Winter last season, and Summer this season. The money went on long term players - Jorginho and Kepa. There were no back up fullbacks, or back up strikers (while the back up GK3 is clearly treading water till a better alternative arrives or Blackman achieves GK2 status). No urgent filling of gaps. We are back to 2012 and long term planning. It just gets better from here.
  9. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Not just Willian I suspect. Which is a shame because our core players have always loved being at Chelsea.
  10. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Except Salah was 22. Old enough given how much he had played, but at least gets some allowance. Cuadrado was 27. Indeed (Bob - several steps too far again. I suggest you delete).
  11. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    RLC was a conundrum 2 years ago. As you say, clearly a talent with no tactical idea of what role he is meant to play. I'd add 2 other things from 2 years ago - why did he get so many minutes for Chelsea when he produced so little in a first team shirt. And why wasn't he sent on loan before he was 21 and a half, and even then sent to a club that trains just 4 miles from where he comes from. Also why is it he gets non-stop praise from any manager or coach related to him - I don't think even JM offered a critical word - even when he subbed him off after 45 mins. I don't know him or anyone who claims to have met him, but given the above it seems to me signs of a guy with serious confidence issues. Might be wrong, but that is what the evidence suggests to me.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Odd that we signed him at all, I agree. Not odd that we signed Jorginho - I agree. That Conte played Baka are the front of a midfield 3 and not at the back remains a mystery.
  13. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    1. It is the fatal weaknesses of defences that if the CBs get overloaded the FB has to come in because an unmarked winger is always less of a threat than an unmarked midfielder who has got into the box. I don't see that as an error by the FB, just part of how things go wrong when they do go wrong. 2. Yes. Just as big widemen targeted Ashley Cole, fast ones target Alonso. I can't imagine Kevin Davies moving across the pitch to line up against Alonso though. Of course while this is seen as a weakness for Cole or Alonso, in fact you have already made the oppo change their natural game so the first advantage goes to the FB. 3. Too workaday IMO. None of the "flash" big clubs like. Unless you mean Man U, Jose would have loved him. A left footed Ivanovic in style.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes Baka's first 3 or 4 games were very positive and we shouldn't re-write that piece of history. He never played that DM role again. Which in retrospect, given that we have now bought another CM to sit behind Kante, is a bit odd. Everything we have ever seen of him suggests he should be moved deeper and deeper - CM to DM to probablys CB. Conte moved him from CM to AM to No 10.
  15. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Not the names, no. But terrified by the price tags. Aguero, a snip at £38m (albeit in 2011) was probably the cheapest in the side.