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  1. Frank Arnesen

    I can't, such is Jose's dissapointment. I take it you've read the melon comments though. Hell yes. If it's a choice between a player you know virtually nothing about and one you are certain can do at least a half decent job, you always take the latter. Never should testing youngsters have to be about sacrificing pragmatism. I haven't heard any of the same reports any chance you could post them up? I saw him play twice and he looked OK. Both times he was playing as a right back and on the right of three centrebacks. The ironic thing is, if we had brought him back he would also have been playing out of position. So in his case you have the choice between an inexperienced kid out of position or an experienced pro out of position. The choice is made even easier. Well that doesn't explain the appearances of Sinclair, Smith, Sahar, Grant and Hutchison. I appreciate the fleeting nature of all of their appearances, but their performances go a little way towards explaining that. I don't see how he obviously rates him any more now than he did before. He has brought him back because the loan deal was over and we might be getting rid of Geremi. I don't know how much more perseverence you want than 28 starts over two seasons. Half of which proved to be dire. Which is absolutely right of course. Especially if the risk is entirely unecessary.
  2. Frank Arnesen

    It could be that, but I think Jose has been as vocal as anyone about how poor the production from the academy has been. He's always wanted to get young players through and into the team, indoctrinate them with his ideology early in order for them to become more effective (and also cheaper) than transfers in. It's the best way to build a squad and a team for the future. Even if it's just producing players capable of performing useful roles in the squad. From that perspective investment in the youth team is just as important as it is for the first team.
  3. Didier Drogba

    Unless we only intend on getting Tevez for 1 season, explain how he isn't a long term investment. Also, where has he demanded first team football? He didn't have the nerve to do so at Wet Spam, I doubt he'd do it at a club of Chelsea's stature. He handled competition for places reasonably well there, why wouldn't he for us? After all, what's the difference between Sheva and Zamora?James: I can't agree that the first XI is perfect. TSD and others have highlighted areas where we should at least be trying to improve. Standing still isn't an option for even the Gods.
  4. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Physicality counts as ability. It's a large part of what makes Essien a special/unique player. I haven't heard or seen much that suggests he has been particularly bothered by the physical nature of the Championship. He's just a good all-round, average player by the looks of things. No outstanding qualities. Things could change, but I wouldn't bet on it. I think the ultimate penalty for failure to meet those requirements is being forced to go into it with a smaller squad. Tbh the difference between having Jimmy Smith in to adhere to the rules and having his spot taken away because we don't really isn't worth worrying about. Just like Grant "I don't see he's got much really", not now anyway. Why Fernandes there? To warm him up after being out for a long time? Also, as ever, we are a little short on defenders. Well you have included Pettigrew. Nice kid, hard worker, zero chance with us. Mancienne is almost certain to go on loan again as is Smith; they'd already exhausted reserve team football before they went on loan last time. Sinclair and Sahar might also join them. All of a sudden things start to look slim.
  5. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    That's fine, but it better be a good Premiership side, because unless Smith scores 30 goals in the Championship, or Mancienne plays as the lone defender in a 181 system, the club won't be truly convinced by anything they achieve at a lower level. It's just not a true test of their ability to play for us. They should already be beyond the stage of learning anything from playing regularly at that level and as such they need to be in a situation where they can impress us the same way any other potential transfer would have to.I don't think Grant, Smith or Mancienne are good enough to play at our level and I don't see any big clubs giving them a try out either.
  6. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Well we can get rid of Makalamby, Simmonds and Pettigrew without any hesitation. Mancienne, Grant, Elmer and Smith should all be "on the bubble" for sale. Then it's deciding whether we can teach our better players (Sinclair, Sahar, Woods) more than first team football at a lesser club will.
  7. Michael Essien

    Oh contraire... you're absolutely brilliant at it. Just look up one post to remember why.
  8. Michael Essien

    Sarcasm and capital letters...someone ran out of ideas. BTW, 12 of Lampards goals came in 2007. Only 9 came in 2006.
  9. Michael Essien

    If you have good strikers AND a high scoring midfielder much happiness will follow....like last season with Crespo-Drogba and Lampard. Ever wondered why Lampard gets noticed by everyone AND scores goals? It's because he is the best at what he does too. Let's be thankful that we have at least two players (probably 6, 7 or 8) that are the best at what they do. That wouldn't be Lampard of course. I wouldn't, because I know you don't have a single clue.
  10. Michael Essien

    No he's not and no he doesn't. Essien might have better stamina, but that doesn't mean he tries harder. There is simply nothing to suggest Essien (a primarily defensive player) has better ball skills than either of those two normally more attack minded midfielders. Why would you trade away 21 goals and 21 assists for someone who will probably never be good enough in front of goal to get that?
  11. Books You've Enjoyed Or Would Recommend

    I was only joking. My book is a work of fiction. It's a short, surreal take on Russia/Soviet Union during the Cold War through the eyes of a boy, who becomes a young man during the course of the novel, and only ever dreamed of being a cosmonaut. Everything's not as it seems and the ending is a brilliant (if a little predictable) twist. It's as much a political commentary as it is a fiction. I think it's translated from Russian too, but doesn't seem to suffer as a result.
  12. Books You've Enjoyed Or Would Recommend

    Victor Pelevin- Omon Ra. Because it's good.
  13. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Small, lacking pace or great skill. Got released.
  14. Didier Drogba

    Ronaldo isn't a midfielder though. He's barely a winger. He's been played as a relatively free roaming forward all season. In a 3 man attack he plays from a very similar position to Henry when Arsenal line up in a 442. As him and his manager made clear, scoring goals was his objective from the start of the season. I don't think he should be especially commended for scoring goals from the position he has occupied. He has taken more shots than anyone else in the Premiership by a distance. Winning the player of the year was a fair enough decision, because at the end of the day he produced more goals AND assists than anyone else in the league, but it was mightily close to Drogba, because arguably Drogba spent less time up front with less opportunities on goal than Ronaldo did...and still he managed to outscore him.
  15. Didier Drogba

    In addition to all those remarkable statistics and his physical effort and attainment I'd say he's become a strong vocal presence and leader on the pitch. I know it's an intangible and you can only guess from seeing him open his mouth without being able to hear what he's saying, but it seems every match he's taking one of our players by the arm, getting involved in the mini-conferences that JT and Lamps normally had alone and spending all his spare time motivating the team around him. Perhaps his experience as captain of the Ivory Coast in the summer changed things for him. His English has certainly improved no end, he's far more articulate than Michael Carrick...
  16. Michael Essien

    Score goals and assists better than 90% of the worlds best attackers.As far as Gerrard-Essien is concerned, there isn't that much of a comparison. Gerrard is given a largely attacking role that turns into a fire fighting one against better teams. Essien is faster and stronger and almost exclusively a defensive minded player first and foremost.
  17. Michael Essien

    Mainly because no central midfielder in the world has done or can do what Lampard does.
  18. Didier Drogba

    I didn't see Ronaldo pull off a single skill that Drogba didn't this season. For pure Joga-cack it was a dead heat. The biggest difference was the amount and speed of Ronaldo's superfluous stepovers. There is no doubt that he is the master at beating no-one in open space.
  19. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Where did you see this type of performance? Are you sure it wasn't him doing as he was told? Certainly that's not the star, goal scoring, dribbling, jinking speedster I remember from a year or so ago.
  20. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Except Porritt hasn't played a first team game and Downing has played about 100. There is very little to compare them by atm, although I'm fairly sure Nathan Porritt has had a much more distinguished England youth team career than Downing ever did.
  21. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    I saw the highlights on CTV with some fairly dodgy misses. I'm not quite sure how much progress Sinclair has made since the beginning of the season...a little, but not a great deal perhaps?
  22. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Yes, we tried and failed to sign Rose who was regarded by some as probably the most talented player at their academy. It's hard to imagine a game with so many chances and shots on goal being 'a bit dull.'
  23. Musical Tastes

    http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/arcbod.htm "Arcadia, a region of ancient Greece was recognised as the ideal of a simple pastoral life, with its inhabitants living off the land and celebrating nature." Not sure how that metamorphosed into Doherty's idea of "that place in your mind where you can feed off other peoples creative energy...man." I can't believe anyone would be naive enough to buy into this as anything other than an excuse to doss. They all look, sound and pose like dickheads.
  24. Didier Drogba

    D) Oh good, we can sub Drogba because even Shevchenko can have his way with that shower of...
  25. Didier Drogba

    I do remember Istanbul and some particularly dire defending from Milan, something we saw just a bit of the other night against Utd, something we saw none of yesterday.Forgive me for not shaking in my boots when I hear the rolling thunder of Carjacker and the weightless wonder Crouch coming to get us. Hardly the assembled masses of the Persian army is it?!