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  1. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    1. Bridcutt. His development is interesting. When Maka goes we'll have ample cover in Mikel and Essien, but we'll want depth. I think it was Bridgejunky that first really saw what he's supposedly doing now in the Championship, at that end of season game the reserves or youth team played at Stamford Bridge. I've watched him play a few times and I'm yet to see the best of him (in fact barely any glimpses), but I like what I'm hearing. 2. Bertrand. He seemed to stand still for a little while, clearly one of the better leftbacks of his age group, I was worried he wouldn't ever progress from that. If he does then he's another that has a good chance of making it as a leftback with us, his problem is we have Englands two best, so the clubs newish policy of allowing players to stay on our books until their early 20's should work well for him. A long term loan (2 seasons maybe-with a Prem club out clause) would be great for him imo. 3. Cork. Everything Bridgejunky had said about Bertrand I had said about Cork at one stage, even if Cork was mostly a central defender when playing for our youth and reserve team. No truly outstanding characteristics, just a very good all rounder, I thought definite prem quality one day, probably never going to be good enough to hold down a regular spot for us though.
  2. Musical Tastes

    'Melt Banana' was an interesting one from Japan. 'Supershit 666' was always fun. 'Gorky's Zygotic Mynci' also has a nice ring to it.
  3. Didier Drogba

    Rumours probably would go away if no-one was interested in them, but that's a conversation for another time and place. I don't see who actually benefits from Drogba making a statement, as long as conversations between him and the club are clear and everyone that matters knows the score. He's better off keeping his head down and trying not to make such a song and dance of it. I know what people are going to say to this "then why is he talking to the media?!" but clearly they haven't tried to imagine what it's like having people ask the same questions hundreds of times a day, every day. Even if Drogba coughed in answer to this question it would be taken as a term of derision to whichever club or person that journalist was thinking about at the time. If anyone wants to dispute something I've said, PM me, because I'm done with this silly thread.
  4. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    You need some flotsam to make up the numbers. I'm surprised we're letting Worley go, I'd rather he was the perennial deadwood than Pettigrew because at least he can pass the ball well. Perhaps he asked for a transfer.
  5. Didier Drogba

    Fatal error. Taking Kezza seriously. The people that take all of this at face value are too stupid to be reasoned with.
  6. Musical Tastes

    The tonal quality of his playing is so impressive, so smooth, but I must say I do feel like I'm missing an awful lot when I listen to this style of music. I get why it's good, why it's clever but anyone who has properly studied a bit of music would. I feel almost jealous of people that can enjoy it for the sake of it, what is it that you're hearing that I'm not?I mean I'd choose to listen to a million things over this, less challenging, in many cases certainly simpler and more disposable, but for the life of me I can't see how the simple almost primal pleasure I get from that music could translate to experiencing such a challenging sound. Or perhaps it can't and it's just how much pleasure each person derives from being challenged in the first place. Or perhaps many people aren't challenged in the slightest by this music and I should just go back to my hamster wheel, complete with Pixies background music, and stop worrying my silly little head over it.
  7. Salomon Kalou

    I did, it was a good goal, it was a good performance. It wasn't a great goal, it wasn't a great performance. It's an important distinction. If this forum was magic and every time you posted something positive it might somehow get through to a player, akin to a cheer whilst at the ground, believe me I'd be saying 'fooking marvellous', 'amazing', 'brilliant', 'well done son, you're doing better', almost every other post. But it isn't magic, so please stop clicking your heels together before every post. I saw the second half and then he wasn't 'sort of playing an AML role', he was playing right smack bang on the left hand side of a fairly square 4 man midfield. It's a lot different to the usual forward role he plays for us. Clearly you weren't paying attention, nor were you watching his head position when he was lining up to shoot. It was head down, as per usual. Unless he has a third eye (...OK then pervs, a fourth eye) there's no way he could have seen the goalkeeper fall on his arse, because that's what the goalie did, he didn't dive anywhere.
  8. Salomon Kalou

    It was 3 statues he beat and a goalkeeper that fell on his arse before he poked it into the net. Still a good goal though. Playing a position on the left of midfield that he's never played for us and probably never will.
  9. New Kits

    If they did market research surely it would show we want a darker blue kit. Wouldn't it?
  10. Salomon Kalou

    The only way that's going to happen is if Anelka has more games where he's not interested than games where he is, and that hasn't been the case for a while.
  11. Didier Drogba

    Could Modric perform a role further up the pitch? Zola-like? Such a shame Mutu never came good for us. He'd have been almost perfect.
  12. Salomon Kalou

    Atm I'd say he's barely good enough to be in Chelsea's squad. I doubt he'll ever be good enough to hold down a place in the first XI of any top European side. Simply hasn't progressed as I hoped he would and with every poor first touch and slow decision it looks unlikely that he ever will.
  13. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    He's always looked like a decent all-rounder. No precocious talent like Cech, but well above average and certainly miles ahead of his predecessor Makalamby. Could and probably will add some bulk to his frame which will help him impose himself at set pieces.
  14. Didier Drogba

    That would presume that Jose would play the same way in Italy as he did in England. Highly unlikely. Inter also have Crespo and he played rather well for Jose. Please elaborate. What special insights do you have?
  15. Didier Drogba

    I'd love to know what good slick passing, creative football is going to do if it freezes out the two players who create well over half of all our goals.
  16. Injury News

    It had to happen eventually. I wonder who will get given more of a license to get forward, Mikel or Essien.
  17. Salomon Kalou

    I think it would have been called a good performance whoever gave it. Maybe if his were the only chances in a loss or a draw he would have got some stick (who doesn't?), but it wasn't a loss or a draw, it was a win in which his assist played a key part.I was very positive about him at one stage, but you've convinced me of several things, he's not 'fast' and he's not a 'kid'. Despite your valiant attempts at a comprehensive and conclusive analysis, I think most observors struggle to really pin him down. Everyone seems to have their own idea as to what Kalou is great at and what he's particularly bad at, and it's mostly different things. What seems closer to the truth is that at any one time Kalou can do something very good and follow it up almost immediately with something laughably bad. He plays like he's possessed, but not in a good way. So whilst he's not 'fast' he can sometimes be 'quick' and whilst he's not a 'kid', he is still 'young'. Is it fair to say that: You believe that he's a poor player where the good things are the exception? I believe he is a talent where the poor things will become the exception. Only time will tell, but I'm fairly confident after his start to the season. It wasn't exceptional, it was certainly better.
  18. Salomon Kalou

    It's not just us posters that confound you with our varying opinions of Kalou. What about Jose and Ruud Gullit? What is that they see in the boy...sorry, man with a boy's body? Are they making the same mistake as us? I enjoy reading your criticism of him because it's been well thought out and well written, but you are part of a tiny minority on the subject. Even if I was to take what you said as gospel, I'd still have some space for hope because even you admitted in the Brum game thread that he's improved from last season. How do you explain that though? Surely that's a rookie learning and improving.
  19. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Maybe, but the more talent we get in the less fast tracking there will or even can be and teams will be able to stick together for longer. For example, at an arguably stronger academy (at one of the top clubs like Liverpool) I'm not sure someone like Sam Hutchinson would be so close to the first team, probably only just breaking into regular reserve team football.
  20. Salomon Kalou

    LOL, still some people have bizarre fantasies about the long ball game. It will never end.
  21. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Not necessarily more skilfully than SWP, but different. Less reliant on pace certainly. Imo he doesn't have enough to make it at Chelsea. If he was going to make it he would have to improve his delivery and shooting ability exponentially, because he isn't going to get any faster. I think it's hard to compare to Oliveira because he was in a much less talented side and stood out far more and also Morais who didn't make loads of appearances. I'd say he's around the same level though, which is not good enough for the first team.
  22. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Great acceleration, explosive finisher, excellent dribbler. All in all a very talented attacker. Diminutive though which should make it a tad harder for him to break through than it has been for Scott.
  23. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    It was on CTV, but the schedule at the bottom said it was the Brondby preseason game. Caught the end of the program just this second. Chelsea lost 1-0 despite apparently controlling the game and creating lots of chances. PSV's goalscorer was called Hasselbaink. Edit: Thanks for the link Dooder. Slightly surprising. He's not nearly ready to play now, but his contract does show the club are serious about waiting until (the best young) players are around 22 or 23 before making a final judgement on them. By then he might be ready, but I still have doubts over his size and strength.
  24. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    At Charlton and Wembley at the same time? Or were there some wacky races to get him to Wembley on time?
  25. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    No. Not really. Joaquin is fat with above average pace and strength. Fabio is leaner, faster and more direct. There isn't a great direct comparison with anyone. I think Juni had it right with Ronaldo without the tricks, which is sort of satirical considering it's such a hard thing to divorce tricks from Cristiano really.