Sleeping Dave

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  1. Well interestingly enough, apparently Conte has been out talking up Fabregas in a #10 role. I believe we will see 352 more this season and it would be very interesting to see Morata and Michy play together.
  2. Michy is definitely staking a claim. If he's not the second choice striker when the season starts we've made a mistake. And this time I mean a second choice striker that's trusted with serious minutes...
  3. Sneijder is finished and has been for a good few years. Navas never was but Zlatan could definitely still do a lot for us. About zero chance of that happening though. I still curse we didn't sign him when Juve was degraded after Calciopoli. He'd have been a legend for us.
  4. Last season they had a net spend of £21m - £8m less than their title winning season... So they actually had a bigger spend when they won the title compared to when they defended the title. I'm not talking gross spend - I'm talking net. Fair point on salaries - but surely transfer fees should reflect what those new recruits will be paid as well? Not an exact science, but ball-park?
  5. In Mourinho's first season back (or was it the second season?) Boga he a few run outs in pre-season and looked astonishingly good. He was always on the small side and a bit naive - like a playful puppy if you like. If he's filled out and matured that can only be a good thing.
  6. Cool, thx mate.
  7. The Daily Fail and Telegraph articles were interesting. Given that both Conte and the club seem to understand we need more bodies (lots Mr Tucker, lots😉) I feel slightly more at ease. If we fail to get the 4-5 players more we need, I can only draw the conclusion that the persons running the show are certifiable considering how many we've let go of.
  8. How they get away with spending so much money is beyond me. Last decade they've had a net spend of £80m/season on average. Net spend. Last five seasons they've had an average net spend of £100m/season... We on the other hand have had £30m/season on average... Who's getting bad press about buying the title? As for defensive recruits, look at this; Mendy £51n Walker £50m Ederson £35m Stones £48m Bravo £17m Otamendi £32m Mangala £40m Thats £273m spent on defensive recruits since 2014-15. Incredible. Completely off-topic but interesting nonetheless... Looking at net spend Leicester is actually the 6th highest net spend club in the PL since 2003... And try get even been in the PL for all those seasons. Yet everyone views them as some sort of fairytale story when they won the league. Surprising yes, but Tottenham has spent £10m/season less on average in that time frame.
  9. Question: anyone knows whether Musonda is injured? Asking cause he didn't feature at all against Arsenal.
  10. Preventive work is just as important as actual treatment of already suffered injuries. Look at Robben and look at him after he left us. Of course our medical department is light-years better now. Jose even made a point in a few occasions to claim e wasn't entirely happy with the meds. Another great example of what he gave us. The only rubbish here James is to say anyone has claimed he's not a Chelsea fan. One poster alluded to it not meaning very much when picking clubs for your own professional career.
  11. Well let's wait and see before we start the party. You've just casually added four players to the squad. We are not there yet.
  12. Good one.
  13. Yep - if we would fulfill that, not even I would complain;) Going a bit Prescott on you; Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Sandro, Alonso Kanté, Bakayoko, Fabregas, CM, Baker Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Musonda Morata, Batshuayi, Llorente 19 seniors with two youngsters. Another £150m spent. But we would be done.
  14. Oh yeah, almost forgot we have been linked to Wilshere. Not sure how I stand on that one - he's obviously a good player but has an air of 'promise that was never quite fulfilled' about him. Still - a squad of; Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Alonso Kanté, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Wilshere, Baker Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Musonda Morata, Batsuayhi 17 seniors and 2 youngsters. Give us a S3 and a LWB and we're done.
  15. Oxlade-Chamberlain? An absolute no-brainer imo. 23 years old. Strong, pacey albeit a tad inconsistent. He's been criminally underused at Arsenal and deserves better. Can also cover CM (probably more of a 3-5-2 midfielder) and RWB. HG. Pretty clear-cut if you ask me. Should he sign, we have a squad of; Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Alonso Kanté, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Baker Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Musonda Morata, Batsuayhi 16 senior outfielders. Would bring us one step closer and given Ox's ability to cover RWB and CM as well, we may get away with only 1-2 players more (LWB and S or CM). I wouldn't be happy with that (I think we need more - comething like 19-20 seniors) but would take 17-18 considering how many we've sold off. Edit: well, 24 in a month, but he's still young.
  16. Interesting comment here. Even more so when you consider how Conte managed the situation when it arrived mid-season.
  17. Absolutely delighted he's signed. Out of the candidates seemingly 'available' he was the stand-out candidate by some distance for me. As a footballer he's head and shoulders above Belotti, Lukau and PEA. If he can start scoring with some regularity, he'll be a world class striker. In this market, £58m is not a bad deal. can't wait to see him in blue.
  18. Yeah - no doubt. But that's always the danger of buying 'talent' at 'world class fees'. Pogba and Lukaku alone is almost £180m. Madness.
  19. Not bad shouts.
  20. I was a big, big Creapo fan. But for me he was more of a power forward with amazing movement. Morata's game is more rounded and he's better technically. I can't really remember a striker that looked like Morata so have a hard time comparing him to anyone obvious. Disastrous decision if true, but sadly wouldn't be the least bit surprising.
  21. Bang on Bob. He was always my preferred option and of the available strikers he was the stand-out candidate. can't remember when we had such an intelligent and all-round good footballer as our starting striker last time.
  22. 1. Then it comes down to what one think is 'lots'. We have a squad of 15 outfield players of which 10 needs to start and another 6 on the bench. At this point in time, we don't even have a full starting XI and bench. 4-5 players more is 'lots' for me - especially since it'll take the total to 8-9 players in one window. 2. It's irrelevant to include the keepers. We have three for one position. It's the outfield players that is the issue for us - 15 needing 16 each game. Boga, Baker and Musonda? You only have to look at last season how we decided to usilise three premier league ready youngsters. I'm at loss how you seem to think Boga, Baker and Musonda will be any different. If anything, they'll likely see less PL minutes than Ake, RLC and Chalobah. 3. Don't think so. Doesn't mean others who have commented on the injury are wrong.
  23. Bang on. Personally I don't see us ending up with more than 16-17 senior players... It is a worry because we don't have any promising youngsters left to give squad roles. Odd. Surely we need an adequate number of players to be able to field a match day squad and have some change for rainy days? The club could have won, if they'd kept the long list of extremely talented youngsters who were good enough to play PL football but have now either been released, sold or loaned out. We simply don't have any youngsters left except Musonda, Boga, Baker and Christensen. The squad of senior players stands at; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Alonso Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas Hazard, Willian, Pedro Morata, Bats Thats 15 players incl. Christensen with two of them missing at least until September. Clearly not sufficient for a 55-60 game season. I'm at loss to grasp how you can aim to ridicule that "we don't need lots of players". From that, we are at least another four to five senior players short.
  24. Quickly? You are an amusing lad Jimmy, I'll give you that. Why would Real not sell Morata to Man U for £70m but to us for £60m? If it's true, then we should be worried. Cause it means the deal includes something/someone else down the line.