Sleeping Dave

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Hah. I actually read that Conte was looking for a new CB this January (yes seriously). The list of players I've seen us linked to goes like: Alex Sandro, Lucas Moura (what?), Barkley, Frankie De Jong, some CB from Lille, Benteke and Butland. Next summer I expect at least Willian and Luiz to have left us. Most likely Courtois as well.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes let's buy a sixth version of what we already have. can't have enough CBs really and attacking players are overrated anyways.
  3. Following Chelsea's Loans

    I suppose he's not viewed as a real Chelsea product. Does it have credibility? Well Christensen came here when he was 15 years and 10 months old. We have no problems producing 16 year old superstars by ourselves. It's getting them to take the step from being a superstar when measured against their peers; to competing against seasoned pros on their own merit. In that regard, Christensen is the one shining example of a player having taken the leap from the academy, through the 'development squad' and loan system all the way to a first XI position. And he's done it on merit all along the way. So I think it's unfair it's not being highlighted more. It's a massive success story.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm sorry but that last bit is a tad spuriois and has nothing to do with facts. He was player of the year in 2014-15. Maybe all the players in the league felt they had to protect Mourinho as well? Sounds likely. Not. 2014-15 is also the only season where Hazard has competed at the top, top level for a full year in a season which wasn't a one-off (last season only the league and FA Cup to play for). To keep that level of performance in 14/15 was a hell of a lot more of an achievement than to do it for 36 games in 16/17.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Errr no, just no. Bit hilarious to even suggest such a thing. Hazard 2014-15 was his best season to date. And no, it's not just my opinion.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    At the moment, that is the best thing he can do. Play with as few attcking players as possible and have five and a half players for the front two (front three if we add attacking players later in the game) - Hazard, Morata, Pedro, Willian, Bats, Musonda Jr. Then we have four and a half players for the middle three. Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Drinkwater and Ampadu. For the front five we have 9 players. Then we have Cahill, Luiz, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Moses, Zappcosta, Alonso and Kenedy for the CB and WB positions. That's also nine players for five positions. Unbalanced and severely lacking attacking numbers.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    And that Bob, is the problem in a nutshell.
  8. Squad Status: 2020/21 Season

    Well I wouldn't write them off. PSG has laid down a marker with Neymar and Real being Real it sure has the looks of a pissing contest brewing. £200m for Hazard. Would we take it? Reluctantly I guess. What would that money buy us? Two Lukaku's? Err - no thanks. There is no value out there so there's no point selling Hazard. We should do everything we can to make him stay.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Where we already have Kenedy that fulfills that role. Is Da Silva better? 24 apps in League One. I think not.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Jay Da Silva? He plays league one football this season. I doubt he's ready to step up next season.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    I can see where you are coming from and I'd tend to agree I'd rather see us spend less for a younger up-and-coming talent that's just the level below before being established. Whether that's Sessegnon or someone else I don't know.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Quite.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm sorry but it's ridiculous to lambast the board or the manager at the time for selling a player who quite clearly wasn't up for it in any shape, way or form. Would I swap Salah for any of our AMs? Yes - Musonda (if you count him). At the time, he was quite clearly at the bottom of the list of our AMs and for good reason. He plays for a side that plays to his strengths. The question you should ask yourself is wether we should sink so low and build our attacking play around a player like Salah who took 3 seasons to get to this standard. It's Liverpool ffs. You think any Chelsea manager can play a player for three years before he comes good? The obvious answer is no.
  14. Following Chelsea's Loans

    I updated that list. you've said that we need more players and players that aren't stars. You've missed out on a lot of names who already play serious squad roles for teams that are better than us. Some are even automatic starters for teams better than us and quite clearly much better than our current players in that position.
  15. Media / Press

    That much was obvious given how easy Conte had it last season. This is how they operate. This is what they did to Jose twice and it's also something I think Conte tried to say in his last presser as well. That he had seen the media do this to other managers before him.
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    Bang on. Yes, plenty. I can't fathom why though. We've just signed 11 first eam squad players over 16 months but would need another 7 to have players to make such a system work. Let me get this straight. You've been telling everyone how Conte is a master to work with what he's got and to chose tactics based on what players he has. Yet he's signed 11 players for the first team and would require a bunch more to even have a first XI that would be suitable for a 352. What on earth is he doing? A 352 consisting of Hazard and Morata as the only attacking players has to be the very definition of a defensive set-up - especially when you consider the midfield. It's remarkable anyone would call it otherwise. But sure - let's aim for a formation that would require major surgery in attack (3 new strikers needed) and central midfield (2 creative CMs) and a new set of wing backs. Another £400m spent right there to adopt a formation that would lack all the hallmarks of a league winning side in this league. If Conte is serious about 352 I actually hope we will fire him. I can't see it being a success here and it would put an enormous pressure on our wingbacks to assist/score a lot more than they manage to do now. For me, I see absolutely no reason to move away from 3421. Absolutely no reason. As for us needing more AMs - yes. It's obvious. But I'd also like to remember that you spent the summer arguing we absolutely did not need more AMs.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    We have 5 players for 8 positions more like. We have AM1, AM2, AM3 and S1. The generous type will say we also have S2. But where is AM4 and AM5 and S3? As for the calls for us ditching the AMs altogether and go for the ultra defensive 352? Heavens no, ditch what makes us a good side - our AMs! We don't have enough strikers to have four in every game - two playing and two on the bench. We'd need five strikers all in all and at least 5 CMs. That would be 10 players for 5 positions - so actually five players short. I can't see how 352 is more fitted to the players we have, it would require major surgery to get there. Not to mention we'd have to buy two new WBs cause the ones we have doesn't contribute offensively. So effectively 7 players before we can have any hope to see 352 played as the main formation. Imagine our attacking game consisting of Hazard, Morata, Alonso and Moses.... yikes. We would also lose all tactical variety if we did do the permanent switch to 352 because we'd have to ditch the AMs. I hope that never ever even cross our minds. I see the 352 to be used as last season - to close out games or tricky away ties in Europe. But to actually want us to move towards that as the base case? Has there ever been a winning PL side that didn't have strong attacking wide players? It's like playing American football without wide receivers. A non-starter.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    Wow - I wasn't sure what people thought/expected but this has surprised me. I can only hope you are correct Michael! I agree we need 3+ players but think it's unlikely we'll get them in January. And to be perfectly honest, if Conte isn't going to be here come August 2018 perhaps we should wait until next summer?
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Does anyone think we'll sign players in January? If yes, how many? Which position(s) and who are the player(s)?
  20. Squad Status: 2020/21 Season

    Since you brought it up... yes - I agree. But I'm going to be slightly more greedy. GK: Courtois, Caballero, GK3(HG) CB: Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Rudiger, Cahill WB: Moses, Zappacosta, Sandro, Alonso CM: Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Pasalic/Van Ginkel AM: Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Richarlison, Loftus-Cheek, Palmer/Baker S: Morata, Batshuayi, Abraham 23 outfield players who have shown they are very good Championship/decent PL standard at the bottom and world class at the top. I'd be very happy with that squad. But that requires a manager who is ready to rotate. I think that Baba may very well be a much better fit in Conte's 3421/343 compared to Jose's/Rafa's/Di Matteo's/Hiddink's/AVB's 4231/433 variations. He certainly has attacking qualities and a pretty decent cross. Also a lot faster and pacier than Alonso although he's nowhere as good defensively or in the air. But a nice complement to what Alonso has now. There's some question marks still though. How long will he need to be back to full fitness? Will we go for Sandro in January? What to do with Kenedy? That remains to be seen. I don't think Kenedy makes us considerable weaker. He's nothing special, but solid enough and gives you a 6-7 most games he plays. Alonso has a higher ceiling, but his range seems to be 5-9. From what I remember, Baba was 5-7 most games for us.
  21. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Yes, like I said.
  22. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Isn't 5 the cause for 1-4? But then 1-4 was caused by a conscious decision to only have 13 players plus 3-4 spares.
  23. Following Chelsea's Loans

    If that's the case, then why don't we just sell them or close down the academy? There will always be arguments for why someone doesn't get playing time yet here we are with a squad that barely exists. What's our primary target? To make sure we have the best possible squad we can have? Or to trade promising players hoping to make, in the grand scheme of things, a tiny profit (best case)? It should be obvious.
  24. Following Chelsea's Loans

    The loan to Napoli was utterly bizarre. Whoever sanctioned that should be shot.
  25. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Fully agreed. In terms of experience Palmer is definitely ahead of Musonda. Yep - that's how we should do it and that's how we should have done it with Chalobah. We shouldn't spend massive amounts to buy squad players. We should spend on top talent that makes a difference and of out the squad with the academy products that are good enough for this level. So far we have argued we didn't have players from the academy that was good enough. Now that we have, they still don't feature. That's a massive issue. Add Abraham, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah and Ake to this years squad and all of a sudden we'd be quite ok for numbers.