Sleeping Dave

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  1. 1. You seem to think that there's a logical decision-making process at the club. Not sure why. 2. A top four is not an acceptable position with the money we spent (gross). So many new players should have meant we should aim higher than 4th. Gross spend this summer was almost £200m. Last season I was £120m. People act like Conte has not been given any money or chance to re-build the squad. He has spend £320m over two summers for crying out loud! That he has sold off any usable player in the process is a different matter. 3. No idea where you get those net spend numbers from but they are not correct. Net spend last season was £50m and this season the net spend is so far £80m with the £50m (rumoured to be £42m without add-ons) sale of Costa to go through in January. At this rate we will have to spend another £100m this January to be able to field a match-day squad. It's not a reflection on Conte although I'd like to know his role in shipping out every usable player we've had in this squad. No, no it wasn't.
  2. He'll be gone within 7 months. I'd be shell-shocked to see any other outcome...
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    This. Edit: We are not good enough to have a player doing nothing unless he's on the opponents half. Unfortunately that's what KDB does. He'd have been equally useless under Conte as he was under JM. Any tactic that requires movement, pace and workrate ain't a tactic that will work for good old Kevin. He's a luxury player - a luxury City haven't been able to afford up until now - when they have world class players in nearly every position in the squad.
  4. Squad Status: 2020/21 Season

    The sudden flurry of hamstring injuries can surely be attributed to the added pressure of playing more games. The fact that we don't have a proper squad is now hurting us big time. Four seniors are out. That is by no means unusual. Given that we have those injuries, it means we have a squad of: Courtois, Caballero; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen; Zappacosta, Alonso, Kenedy; Fabregas, Bakayoko; Willian, Pedro, Hazard; Bats 14 outfielders incl Bats and Kenedy who clearly aren't trusted. We are desperately low on quality and quantity at FB, AM and S.
  5. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Well I'm shocked he's surprised to be honest. He only needs to look at Ake, RLC and Chalobah. All three lightyears ahead of Musonda and they barely played last season. The madness that our squad is this season is primarily madness because we have chosen to enter a season with 3 AMs and 2 strikers. We needed at least 7 players in those positions. The perfect mix for me would have been; Strikers: Morata Versatile striker such as Griezmann/Cavani Bats AMs: Hazard Pedro Willian AM4
  6. Official: Eden Hazard Departs For Real Madrid

    Some harsh critisism of Hazard there. He's a fantastic player. Please don't spoil that by expecting a Messi in his pomp. Eden is what he is, a top 10 European footballer and he plays for us. Happy days!
  7. And yet he's still here and we only have one trusted striker who's new to this league. Sounds like someone is failing.
  8. Official: Eden Hazard Departs For Real Madrid

    Yeah £500k/week isn't to be sniffed at of course. I suppose it comes down to what one wants out of ones professional career. Its short. Not a lot of time to repair career mistakes. Lampard for example. Definitely made the right choice to stay. Terry likewise.
  9. Yeah it's almost as he lacks game intelligence and at the same time not. Great at knowin where he needs to be in the box but terrible outside it. Movement, hold up play, general game intelligence and passing needs to step up a level or two. A lot of work left to do but if he's scoring goals in the process it's easier to have patience.
  10. Official: Eden Hazard Departs For Real Madrid

    As for all the rumours about Real Madrid... How about this angle? If Hazard keeps his games/season ratio intact for another five years with us he'll be breaking 500 appearances in 2021/22 at a new stadium. Hopefully with a CL title or two and a few more Preamier League titles and a few domestic cups. That would place him at number six in the all-time appreanace list between John Hollins and Petr Cech. If he kept on scoring at the same rate (hopefully a moderate prediction), he''d be scoring his 140th Chelsea goal in 2022. But 14 goals per season isn't his true level. Thats skewed by the 2015-16 season. I'd say the average of 18 is probably a better prediction. Then he'd be scoring his 160th Chelsea goal in 2022. 140 goals would take him to 7th in the all-time goalscorers list just behind Roy Bentley and Bobby Tambling. 160 would make him 5th behind Drogba. but with Lampard in his sights. 2022 Hazard would be 31. He could go on to surpass Terry on appearances (top 3, 717 apps) and Lampard in terms of goals (211) if he stayed on until 35.
  11. Official: Eden Hazard Departs For Real Madrid

    I think that Hazard wasn't necessarily mature enough to play the #10 role previously. For most of his Chelsea career, he's had certain aura of naivity about him and definitely lacked that killer instinct. Too much fluff and not enough end product if you like. It seems he's trying to be more direct now and that is certainly a great change if it is permanent. If he becomes more efficient with the ball and more ruthless he'll be unstoppable regardless whether he plays the #10 or #11. Perhaps now, he's better equipped to play the #10 position? Either case, I think he'll slowly transition to be more and more a #10/false#9 type player as his career progresses. For now, I think we'll see some rotation between 3421/343 and 352 depending on opposition, injuries, general availability and form. So I reckon he'll be rotating between #10 and #11 throughout the season. But regardless which position he'll play, I expect him to kick on from last season and firmly leave the 2015-16 season behind him. We need to see him consistently at 2014-15 form. If he manages that he's top 5 in the world. I think some seem to be overly hung-up on whether a squad is built for a formation or not. I think this squad is built around two formations, for which it lacks components regardless of which one of the two you prefer. In reality I reckon we'll shift between the two. Instead of building a squad for one tactical formation, I reckon the goal should be to build a flexible squad with suitable players (let's be honest here, the players we did buy this summer has been extremely good fits to the team) who fits the team ethos. Let's assume we keep all current players for next season while bringing back RLC, Abraham and Zouma from loan and signing Alex Sandro from Juventus. GK: Courtois (26), Caballero (37), Eduardo (36) CB: Azpilicueta (29), Luiz (31), Rüdiger (25), Christensen (22), Cahill (32), Zouma(23)* WB: Moses (27), Zappacosta (26), Sandro (27)^, Alonso (27) CM: Kanté (27), Bakayoko (24), Fabregas (31), Drinkwater (28) AM: Hazard (27), Pedro (31), Willian (30), Loftus-Cheek (22)*, Musonda Jr (21). S: Morata (25), Batshuayi (24), Abraham (20)* That squad would be quite decent for 3-4-2-1/3-4-3 and 3-5-2 type set-ups. That's a fairly balanced squad in terms of age while still being something to build upon for the future (ages start of next season in brackets). I don't know about that. He's had some insane performances for us in the past. It was perhaps a more mature perfomance than he usually delivers, but I wouldn't say the best.
  12. Media / Press

    A rare moment of clarity from the SkySports muppets. That goal was top. top class. World class even.
  13. Let's not go there. It's been done to death over the years. Brilliant he wasn't though. He was acceptable for his first few seasons here but nowhere near the £25m player we paid for. Then he was just a liability that couldn't even succeed with basic 5 yard passes and was hardly able to cover his position in terms of running ability. For his last few seasons he added needless free-kicks and aggression which I suspect was borne out of frustration as he realised he wasn't quite good enough. But neither of us will change our mind on him. I've seen him live so many times and never, ever, was I impressed. He was even worse irl than when one watched him on the telly. For most players it's the opposite.
  14. Ouch. A much less athletic version of Ramires? I hope you are talking about the 2010-2013 version and not the one we saw from 2013 onwards. If that's the case then I'm surprised Baka can enter the pitch without his cane;) Think you are being incredibly harsh on Bakayoko. Imo he's already a much, much better player than Ramires ever was.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    That would be a decent signing as Cavani would be able to fill in as a wing-forward in the 343/3421 and as a striker in the 352. Signing Cavani would make a massive difference. Perfect January recruitment although he's getting on a bit (31 in february).
  16. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Loftus-Cheek misses out completely and is not listed as injured. If he isn't going to get minutes I hope we have a call-back option in place. As for Abraham, Bony will probably offer some serious competition for the starting position as the season progresses. Will be interesting to see how he reacts to that.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'd have taken £20m to get this story to go away.
  18. Following Chelsea's Loans

    ^Thats a real shame. I wonder what will happen to RLC now that de Boer is gone?
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    The alternative explanation (that you are trying to explain) is downright scary. It would mean the club actively knew the squad size could/would be this bad and that they were fine with it. If that's the case, the calls for incompetence has even more credibility.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    It certainly seems quite a lot of our business was not concluded by April though. I don't think that deals are closed that soon. Some are yes. But I think that's more of an exception to the normal rule. I reckon most deals are concluded during the window itself.
  21. Squad Status: 2020/21 Season

    Never rotating? Never rotating was last season. That was litterally "never rotating" and pales in comparison to how Jose used his squad. Not saying we couldn't have rotate more under Jose, but I think it's slightly bizarre to claim he never rotated when the current incumbent is a lot worse. Jose always rotated but of course played his best team more often than not. However, that is hardly something that is out of the ordinary.
  22. Squad Status: 2020/21 Season

    I think we can feel a little bit more certain in who's driving the small squad issue at our club. It certainly wasn't Mourinho (given the squad size he's had with other clubs and now Man U).
  23. Media / Press

    I think that's a bit exaggerated. After all, we did win the Premier League (although with 6 less games in the first half). We do have enough to challenge for the league but I don't think we should expect an all-out assault in four fronts. For that we are still 4-5 short (squad of 22 senior outfielders). 1. I do t think the argument should be that we needed to buy more, the easiest part should have been to convince a few more to stay. No arguments that we haven't brought in quality players - we absolutely have. 2. That's where I stand as well - make do until January and try to add a player or two there. But there is 6 CL games - not 5.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    I sadly agree with you regarding Kenedy and Musonda. I just hope that Conte and the board knows something about him we don't. Unless we seriously think he can step up and be a serious squad option then one has to ask oneself what we're doing entering a season with only three AMs when we in reality could have used at least four in the starting XI + bench every single game this season. Right now, we can only present two attacking bench options when all the attacking players are injury free. I'm sorry but I'm stunned some seem to think that three AMs is enough for a season. Optimally we'd have five. Especially since we only have two strikers. I think we may be forced to play 352 a lot more than what we may have wished for. As for Baba, I think he's off on loan. Hence not being added in any of the squads. Regarding Ox, if that story is true then well done Antonio. As for Barkley, it sounds too incredible to be true. To be fair, they do play with three CMs with the following in contention; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Grujic with Lallana as further cover. The front three options are; Coutinho, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Sturridge, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain with Milner and Wijnaldum as added cover. I think the pool they have for their front six positions is quite good, although their best players aren't as good as our best. But 12 quality options for 6, with a few younger options as the potential is not to be sniffed at. I reckon Liverpool is at that place where they need perhaps to add one top class player in defence, midfield and attack to perhaps have the best squad in the league. Klopp is building something interesting I think. They have deeper cover this season so maybe fatigue won't be as big of an issue? Still need to work on that defense though.... If Liverpool sees the Ox as a serious option for the two number 8's or one of the wide attacker roles he'll see plenty of game time imo. I don't think he'll play RB much though considering they have Clyne, Gomez, Flannagan and Alexander-Arnold as RB options. As long as they keep to the 433 I think he'll be considered a front six option.
  25. Squad Status: 2020/21 Season

    I find it hard to believe that someone would intentionally decimate our squad in two out of three seasons and still be in a job. More likely to be an 'intentional due to necessity' kind of situation if you ask me.