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  1. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    He's a good defender and always performs reasonably well, but he is very limited going forward lacking great pace, passing, crossing or shooting ability. He started out as a centreback and then got converted to fullback, but has recently gone back to the centre. I very much doubt he will make it with the first team.
  2. Musical Tastes

    Patti Smith - brain + McDonalds.
  3. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    I have absolutely no opinion as to whether he will make it or not. I'm saying how utterly ridiculous it is that you can be quite so positive after seeing 10-20 seconds of him. Clearly a reality check you couldn't handle.
  4. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    He's made one or two appearances which you could only have seen about 20 seconds of.
  5. Musical Tastes

    Perhaps the dullest performer to explode like a spot onto the 2006/07 music scene. Rubbish songs, rubbish performer. One dimentional singer, average musician. Lyrically worthless.
  6. Gael Kakuta

    "The REAL next Zidane" according to some people. *yawn*
  7. Salomon Kalou

    TSD: Firstly, is there any chance you could cut down on space between lines and exclamation marks? Thanks. Secondly, I don't disagree that Robben needs to up his game, but a lot of my arguments have followed a general narrative aimed at a few people on this website, not you. The first point I had to make was that he hasn't been "invisible", the second point I had to make was that he hasn't been "bad enough to sell". The third point that I've been making all the while, in agreement with you to an extent, is that he can do better, but people simply cannot divorce the injuries from the process of trying to improve, especially if they are the same people (not necessarily you) who are saying the injuries are a flaw in his makeup. Unfortunately there isn't an open database where all of his crosses have been recorded (although I'm sure Jose has one somewhere) and who they have been to. From memory I'd say he has been good at crossing the ball, doing it lots and getting it right lots and I think the stats I provided show that. A cross doesn't have to be converted to be called a good cross. Equally, from memory, I think the comparison with Kalou is a hard one to make, simply because of who Kalou has played against, when he has played against them and how he has been asked to play...I.e. mostly differently to Robben and in situations more favourable to him. I can't find stats to back this up though, so right now I'm going to have to leave it at this: Robben has been decent, I believe with time and good health he will get better. I think considering the injuries he has suffered which the others haven't, his production is better than they might have achieved with the same problems, because what they have achieved with significantly better health is barely superior.
  8. Salomon Kalou

    Stats here.
  9. Salomon Kalou

    That's one interpretation. I was pleased with the relative accuracy of his shooting. Accurate shot though ;) The exclamation Tornado is rampant today...The fact that he is putting in a lot of accurate crosses is a good thing. He has, for the most part, done his part of the deal, whether the strikers finish off a lot of the better crosses he puts in should rarely reflect on his ability - unless he is just punting them as hard as possible to the back post, which he isn't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like he is making a real effort to score and create in generally bigger games and more difficult situations than Kalou and SWP have generally had to cope with. He often has far less space to do it in than Kalou too. I've tried to illustrate that it could be the best cross or shot in the world but that doesn't guarantee goals and assists. The fact that he has put in so many shots on target and one of his only 3 goals was a bad goalkeeping error says more about luck than the quality of his shooting. Football's a team game. What I love about this series of posting is the irony that I've managed to promote Kalou better than ever before whilst trying to promote Robben and in doing so inadvertently hurting Robben's reputation in the eyes of some. I don't think they do when put into any context outside of number land.
  10. Salomon Kalou

    I can't argue with the numbers and unfortunately my claims that he has simply played better football than the others, outside of his end product, are simply not attestable. Whilst I agree his primary responsibility is to make and score goals, I can't agree that goals and assists are the only evidence that he has been doing a good or bad job. According to Sky (These are Premiership exclusive) he's 5th on our list of shooters with 36 shots at 41% accuracy and 2nd for crossing with 135 at 24.4% accuracy and none of our other wingers are anywhere to be seen here. For dribbling Kalou outdoes him with a marginally superior success rate and 2 more attempts, but he easily outdoes SWP who's success rate is 5% worse at 31%. Kalou is a very different player to Robben and the stats demonstrate this. He says his best position is second striker (Yes, I know Robben has said he prefers playing behind the strikers on the odd occasion, but he rarely gets his wish) and his duties to the team are usually different to Robben's. He doesn't have the same ability to get round the back of fullbacks and whip crosses in and he mostly tries to come inside. Kalou has a rather impressive amount of goals and assists (still not nearly as impressive as Robben's rookie season), but his role within the team has often been as an impact sub who gets on the pitch when we are pushing hardest for goals as opposed to Robben who mostly starts games when he is one of only a few players truly pushing the opposition defence. SWP has simply played against generally worse teams and his goals tally has benefited as a result. There is nothing else that would suggest he has played better than Robben.
  11. Musical Tastes

    Well it used to be clever when they spent ages cutting up tapes....now they just use soundforge, which simplifies the process tremendously. I can't find any more of them online (haven't looked that hard). If you find me a decent place to dump the files I will get on as many as I can.
  12. Salomon Kalou

    You've hardly been calm about it. Unless that tornado of exclamation marks was simply an illusion. Where and when? Fair enough. Don't know if you subscribe to Chelsea TV but there isn't a piece of banter on there where he isn't involved...probably doesn't prove much, but it seems he's popular. The thing is the media have tried to make him out to be this selfish figure on and off the pitch who isn't interested in the club at all. On the back pages of paper mostly and nowhere else. I'm not unhappy with it and I think he's trying desperately to get back to his best. I have several seasons of patience left.
  13. Musical Tastes

    Cassetteboy rip The Streets mercilessly (suggest a good place to upload MP3's and I will do it for you). I defy any of Skinners biggest fans to not find it at least mildly amusing and a little embarassing for having liked him in the first place. At its most brutally honest they cut Skinners words up to make him say "It's just lazy words over ****** beats....I'm **** and I just don't know it." Edit: Cassetteboy offer up some pretty childish cut and paste jobs on a variety of people...not musically worthy (nor do they claim to be) but often hilarious. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fusea...iendid=50030423
  14. Salomon Kalou

    Again, I can't help but think a lot of the vitriol towards him is the result of people absorbing all the rumours they have heard about him. Please explain where he has had a dig at others.
  15. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    So "good" that he's been moved to right back for the youth team. I'd be amazed if he ever plays for the first team.
  16. Musical Tastes

    The singles he's released have been absolutely terrible. I take it the rest of the album isn't much different.
  17. Salomon Kalou

    "Sincere irony" DWMH. TSDW: SWP has actually scored one more goal. 11 starts, 21 subs, 4 goals, 4 assists. (Not one goal in the prem though)
  18. Salomon Kalou

    Can't find overall minutes, just premiership minutes. Kalou has 5 goals and 3 assists in his 1333 minutes. Robben has 2 goals and 6 assists in his 1354 minutes Basically they aren't much different....you could argue that because of his experience Robben should have done more. I'd say he's played better in general though and been far more of a concern to the opposition.
  19. Salomon Kalou

    So none of these will suffice: -I have watched the Kalou clip and still believe Kalou has potential. -I have seen the Kalou clip and remain confident he has potential. -I have seen the Kalou clip and don't think it changes my opinion...that opinion being, Kalou has potential. I'd be proud of that City compilation too if I had made it, but probably not to the point where I think anyone else who says they believe he has potential is invalidated through not adding "after watching the video."
  20. Salomon Kalou

    Ask and you shall receive. Whilst in Holland (no assist stats available) Robben: 73 starts, 5 subs, 24 goals (Europe: 9 starts, 3 subs, 3 goals) Kalou: 60 starts, 7 subs, 35 goals (Europe: 8 starts, 1 sub, 4 goals) Debut seasons for Chelsea (all competitions) Robben: 19 starts, 10 subs, 9 goals, 9 assists (This season: 24 starts, 11 subs, 3 goals, 8 assists) Kalou: 16 starts, 22 subs, 7 goals, 8 assists Important to note that Robben was also 21 on his debut season for Chelsea. http://touchline.onthespot.co.uk/stats/Welcome.asp?Cust=405 Says that Robben has played 1354 minutes and Kalou has played 1333, but I believe that is strictly to do with league games. Certainly doesn't put Robben to "shame".
  21. Salomon Kalou

    I know it's your board and everything, but please don't go there again. Droy has already gone over, at length, exactly why he doesn't agree with the first part of this. Until someone does a compilation of Kalou's 'best bits' then it will be impossible to convince him otherwise. Let's just say he has a strong case for why Kalou hasn't shown what Cole did. On the second part of what you say here..."some here" really translates to about 4 or 5 people so far. Droy being easily the most vocal. Whilst I'm sure his support is as valuable, if not more so, than many others, it's such a minor ammount of people that I think Kalou can handle it. He seems closer to cult hero than villain, although still pretty distant from both.
  22. Salomon Kalou

    I think you should have taken the logical conclusion that those who disagreed still believed. He's 21 and scoring vital goals for a major club. Some nice tricks and decent dribbles every so often. He has many things that he might be able to improve on (you simply can't say he won't be able to right now, nobody could have predicted Lampard's improvement). You don't think that's anything I think it's something. There is seemingly no middle ground on this difference of opinion and thus an end to the debate until, as I said earlier, his future is found out.
  23. Salomon Kalou

    Not the same natural athleticism and pace. Henry was a thoroughbred from the start, achieving more than Kalou at the same age and accelerating beyond it. If Kalou was ever to be like Henry he'd have to have a fairly dramatic improvement, some might say Lampard-like. Still, nothing is impossible. Henry's stats for Monaco and Juve up until age 22 look a little like this. Monaco App-Goal 8-3 22-3 48-10 44-11 19-1 Juve App-Goal 16-3 Then at age 22-23 he takes off with Arsenal with his first 20 goal haul and hasn't had to take stock until this season. 48-26 53-22 49-32 55-32 51-39 42-30 44-33 27-12
  24. Salomon Kalou

    This is a thread that will keep going round in circles until a) Kalou is sold or b) Kalou wins player of the year. Neither of those seem likely for a while.
  25. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    You are becoming a waste of time very quickly. I can only presume it's naivety if it isn't just stupidity.