Droy was my hero

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  1. Not for me. He could do the defensive CM role that Matic has been given very easily. Though I think the system would still need to be tweaked to find space for Fabregas. Azpi is quick for a defender, can turn and gets very tight to the oppo without committing himself. Great in a defensive situation. And he plays the sensible balls. But no great creativity, and can't beat a competent FB with either trickery of pace. This may be controversial, but for me, if a new mega CB arrives, it will be Luiz not Cahill or Azpi who gets squeezed out. (At least so long as Fabregas is getting regular starts).
  2. Well it certainly makes proven CL defenders look reasonable value at 50m When an established and accepted striker shows such stroppiness (I'm thinking JFH), everyone loves it. When an unestablished player does it they hate it. I can't wait for the first time Tammy Abraham bollocks Fabregas for a bad pass. Lets hope Tammy comes back in time for us to see it (and all the passes that will reach him). 1. Its a business. 2. Absoutely. If we are looking at weaknesses to improve upon (rather than opportunities at a price we are willing to pay) there are two clear places to work on, neither are LWB.
  3. I loved watching Dorigo and le saux play interchangeable LB, WM for a year or two. And later on Baba and Le Saux doing the same thing. Indeed Malouda and Ash played similarly at times. I say that not just because I think 2 WBs is not an issue, but mostly because I love recalling Tony Dorigo, who was a great player IMO. Looked like Bridge with a lot more pace and a tougher Aussie edge to him.
  4. 1. Yes - it is matching needs with opportunities available, while maintaining some kind of long term budget. 2. And it is about creating squads of good players broadly balanced about the park, not about shoe horning identikit players into a pre-planned blueprint.
  5. I agree with Ham on this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allianz_Arena#Capacity So at Munich they can convert 10,400 seats to standing to gain an extra 3120 seats - so that would be a 1.3 ratio. Only 10,400 of the 71,000 all seated capacity is changeable. At Chelsea it might be 5,000 convertible into 6,500 - which wouldn't change a great deal (1500 extra capacity). And you'd have to sell the standing places at the same price as seats or they'd be no financial point at all. Even if clubs could get permission in the UK to have "safe" standing (which IMO is unlikely) I doubt UEFA rules would change, so the seats would have to remain convertible.
  6. I'd say the other way around. Conte has won the PL comfortably with the squad the board gave him. He should trust further in their judgement. They have done a fantastic job over the past 7 or 8 years since the JM mk1 period set of players started to break up. Conte has brought a lot to the club, but we shouldn't ignore the strength of the players already here (though the squad may still be somewhat shallow). And Kante who it seems to me was more of a board signing than a Conte one (though he may have been part of the discussion).
  7. To be fair both clubs had pretty much made it clear they were more than happy to let him go at the right price. He was just taking the hint.
  8. Not something that I can recall.
  9. So Oscar gets an 8 game ban for this: First 30 secs is enough. I'm not really sure he was the guilty party even. Comments?
  10. Does no one respond to this kind of comment any more? Meanwhile we won't get better CMs than Kante and Fabregas - few exist anyway. We either need to find a way that they work together (and I honestly think they already work pretty well) or find a way to play with 3 CMs. Shame Mikel isn't still here ;)
  11. I think JM knew who Rahman was. He was his only LB and only the 3rd FB in the squad.
  12. I'm not quite sure what trap you think you are leading me into. A few times is only a few times.
  13. To the football committee or what ever it is, to himself, and to Roman.
  14. I think it may be more of a Payscale thing. In the scheme of things, a 3rd AM (first sub on) payscale is a lot higher than that of a WB. If he dropped back, Conte would have to explain why he was using such an expensive asset there, and Willian would worry about getting a pay cut.
  15. I get that the profits are mostly on the transfers, but McEachran was widely reported to be on 35K a week, and he was still a club employee until 2015, 4 whole years after his "breakthrough" season under CA when he had 17 appearances. We sold him for 750K, which meant most of the Bertrand profit was matched by Josh loss. I don't want to pick on him, there are plenty of others too. Piazon must have cost us as much, on top of his transfer fee (7m if I recall). Few of van Aanholt's loans would have covered his costs. Solanke will have cost us - even though he never got a really big contract as he wanted. While we can pretend we don't know the exact details of their wages, we do know that some of our youngsters are on 5k or 10k a week without getting close to the first team (and a few on significantly more). And we do know that senior pros at clubs in say Div 1, lower championships teams and most clubs in Europe (except about 20 or 30) are on much the same wages. There is no way that loan fees are anything but exceptions to the rule. A lot of Italian clubs buy and loan players there - it is common practice. The lower leagues are full of loanees there. But then most Italian clubs are paying their first team regulars peanuts. The buy and loan players must be on pretty small money - the economics there are quite different. The total revenues of Serie A clubs is just under half that of PL clubs. Juve take as much as any of our clubs except Man U, and 4 or 5 clubs have PL like revenues. The bottom half though are far poorer. They pay Championship wages or less to their regular players and much less to loan players.
  16. No I think the right question is can Moses lead that attack on the Right (and can he defend it too). I don't have a problem with a WB being stronger going forward or in defence. But Alonso is at least strong defensively, and I'm not sure what Moses offers at all - other than standing out wide to receive the ball when hard work all over the pitch is allowing him to. I might feel different if I felt Moses had it in him to beat an opponent on pure pace of technique. But then if he did I suspect he wouldn't be playing WB now. He was OK, Lucas. But yes I can remember. Do you mean Ox or the other fella?
  17. Lampard was the 2001 equivalent of a 50m player then, only it was Cuddly Ken's cash, not RA's being spent. He was a massive investment. A year earlier the traditional big big transfer - the star CF from Athletico Madrid was 15m. I agree, in his first season Frank did not impress me that much. But that just means I was wrong and Ken and Ranieri got it right, not that he magically improved one summer break.
  18. Interesting Post. Not sure. Around 2012, the club bought a lot of young players as a kind of bet that player values were about to jump - it largely chose good players and made some good money on some, and got the likes of Oscar, Hazard, Courtois into the club too. We now seem light on recently bought young talent, and I wouldn't be surprised if we splurged again. Generally when clubs see good times ahead, they jump out and splash the cash early. No way. How many players do we get a net loan fee for - so that the borrowing club is paying more than their wages? Most of our loan kids are on wages that the best 3 or 4 players in their new teams are on, there is no way the likes of Rotherham, Bristol City, Granada or Vitesse are covering player wages in full. And for every transfer sale success, there must be 2 or 3 major failures, like McEachran who must have cost us £7 or £8m in wages and wage subsidies when on loan. To be fair though, the loan army mostly represents the failures - players who aren't yet good enough for the first team. And it does help us sort the wheat from the chaff. Allowing us to decide whether that promising 20 yo deserves another 3 years at £40k a week? or should be let go if he demands more than £10k.
  19. Certainly there are 2 regulars in the team that could be upgraded on far more easily than Alonso, and Hazard and or Costa's places need to be prioritised if either is not staying long. But I do think we can and probably will spend a lot more than £50m. And that Alonso would still be a great squad player.
  20. Most very likely.. RLC won't be easy to shift on his wages though. And I have a sneaky suspicion that Costa will still be here in September. If he had something sorted out already we wouldn't be getting the messages we've heard.
  21. Looking at Everton's dealing already, the Lukaku sale must already have been done - they are just delaying the announcement to get negotiate some purchases first. Not that that necessarily means Lukaku is coming to us.
  22. Sure Tammy is ready - but no more ready than Michy who started just 1 PL game last season. I just don't see the point in either spending the season at the Bridge next season if they start 5 or fewer PL games, nor do I see that happening. One or both should be invested in by getting games at high Championship or PL level. And Tammy is the better investment. RLC - I agree final few minute appearances are of little value. But last season he started 4 cup games. The season before he started 4 cup games and 4 PL games (times were desperate). In none of his starts has he looked good, and his only impressive performance was a last 10 minutes not long ago. As I said a whole stack of players have been moved on and sold with fewer starts that RLC has had, some of them (Salah, Lukaku) with far greater reputation. We have watched him start 12 first team games now. He has been a huge disappointment relative to his reputation, and I don't see how he can continue to get chances based purely on his youth/U21 form of 2 years ago (he has played 1 club U21 game in 2 years now).
  23. That is a bit like the Drogba argument - he came good late so we should sign a thousand 21 year olds that don't yet have professional contracts - it would be a lot cheaper than signing Drogba after he'd impressed at Marseilles. (Now called the Kante argument). The Championship does not lack young players who have not stood out yet. Chelsea have a couple of dozen too. Besides, RLC has been given plenty of chances at Chelsea to date. Certainly more than Lukaku, Cuadrado, Michy, Marin or Salah ever got. If he is half as good as people say, he'll only need 6 months to prove it.
  24. I entirely agree that Ake and Chalobah can and should contribute to the squad. I doubt that either Baker or RLC add anything useful at all - they simply won't get picked except in emergencies and in games that don't matter. And both of these (and Abraham) will be far more useful to us in the future if they are playing football regularly (and at a higher standard than the Dutch league => Championship, PL, or a decent German team)
  25. I agree, especially as he moves on from 26 to 29. I also think that the very concept of CB changes when you move to writing 3 of them on the team sheet instead of 2 while opponents still only have 1 up front. Right now we have Azpi as the guy who moves up to support midfield (mostly Azpi, occasionally Cahill) while typically Cahill picks up the striker and Luiz covers. Azpi needs all the tactical expertise of a WB in deciding where to be and when, and I think Alonso could do that very well too. We have Courtois, Hazard, currently Costa, Fabregas, Azpi and of course Kante. These are all world class players IMO while Luiz, Willian, Pedro are very good players and Alonso is not at all out of place (very good but not brilliant - much of the success out wide came from us dominating and winning 50/50s all over the pitch - which has traditionally always been key to wide players being successful and drags their markers infield). I agree some options would be good, but I'd be more worried about keeping or improving on that World Class 6, upgrading on the two weak regular starters and improving in the core squad positions of AM4 and CF2.