hanuma

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  1. Michael Essien

    I'd say the exact opposite; A) It's not possible to judge at this early stage. B) If it was it would be Drogba over Essien. It's not really a valid context for making his success any greater. All it does is show how little the people that criticised him knew. Both Lampard and Drogba have been vastly more productive and imo that isn't just due to Essien's more defensive role. As I and others have said several times before on here Essien has had his quiet patches....imo more than Drogba or Lampard in midfield. His multiple roles are a valid reason for him being even in contention for the award, but ultimately it is his level of performance that counts most. He's been very good most of the time....which is no more than you can say about Drogba...the thing is, Drogba does the hardest thing on the pitch; score goals. Not only has he done that better than pretty much anyone else in Europe this season, but he has been a destructive force up front setting up several other people, being an immense presence capable of keeping us in and almost singlehandedly winning whole games. What's more is he has also been invaluable in defending set pieces....I'd like to see a statistic, but I wouldn't mind betting he has headed away about 50% of the corners we've faced. No doubt Essien has been excellent this season, but there is no chance he should walk away with the award.
  2. Didier Drogba

    1. You're just a bit late with this story. 2. It's half arsed Sun translations again. 3. It's from the Sun. 4. There shouldn't need to be a point after 2 and 3 but I get the feeling that won't shut people up....so....basically it says Sheva hasn't played great but he can and will do WITH Drogba not INSTEAD of him. It's a fair enough analysis in the broadest sense.
  3. Michael Essien

    Essien had a down period where he got lost in midfield. In fact he's only been truly noticeable and vital again since being moved into the defence. Drogba has clearly been the more consistent and productive player. Lampard has been a vastly more productive player than Essien too....his 15 goals and 15 assists have been overlooked. Essien is a fantastic player, but imo he always has been and whilst he's improved this season a lot of the reason for people suddenly dropping their jaws and trying to lick his every move is because of their own sense of embarassment for slating him previously.
  4. Musical Tastes

    No. It's a beautiful thing....his song "You'll have time" is a great example of that. Here's the album website...has all the tracks on it I think too. http://www.shatnerhasbeen.com/
  5. Musical Tastes

    Shatner's last album was actually pretty good....co-written by Ben Folds. Had a really good cover of Pulp's 'Common People'.
  6. Musical Tastes

    No, that's fine. Just interested to hear opinions about them from their sort of generation. Both have become cult figures since (they probably were cult figures when they came out). Certainly Z's 'Hot Rats' is an album that should be taken seriously musically imo.
  7. Musical Tastes

    Cool. He looks more like 40 there. On a 60's/70's music related note.... How did/do you rank Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart? More specifically albums like 'Hot Rats' and 'Trout Mask Replica'?
  8. Musical Tastes

    Haha. Just made my current favourite band 'Mars Volta' seem so derivative it's almost painful. Thanks. The drummer in that video is absolutely incredible.
  9. Didier Drogba

    Why? He's done nothing better than Drogba all year.
  10. Salomon Kalou

    I said nothing about his time in Holland except for the fact that he showed some very good signs there...signs good enough to convince Mourinho that "he can be as good as he wants to be." I did see a lot of Eto'o playing for Mallorca and, along with Dooder, I am convinced Kalou is similarly talented at the same age. Harry might have a point about strength though, Eto'o was a little stockier and tougher.
  11. Salomon Kalou

    I believe the comparison to Eto'o is correct Dooder (as we have discussed before). That said, I think Eto'o had more experience than Kalou at the same age. He scored 54 goals in 133 games for Mallorca; 2003-04 Mallorca ESP A 32 17 2002-03 Mallorca ESP A 30 14 2001-02 Mallorca ESP A 30 6 2000-01 Mallorca ESP A 28 11 1999-00 Mallorca ESP A 13 6 His best goalscoring season coming as a 23 year old in his final year at Mallorca before reaching the stratosphere as a 24/5 year old at Barca. The same age as Kalou he scored 6 in 30 games, but playing as a vital starter. Kalou is actually a lot taller than I imagined at 6'1" and I believe he will learn to play as more of a lead striker soon. He scored 35 goals in 67 games for Feyenoord, an easier league, but playing in a harder position to score from. I'd say he has every chance of being just as good as Eto'o.
  12. Salomon Kalou

    He has so much raw ability. It would be criminal if we couldn't develop him into a top attacker. He seems to have invisible feet and just ghosts past players at strange angles. Completely unpredictable dribbler, if he does round his game off with finishing and consistency he could end up in the "world class" bracket.
  13. Didier Drogba

    Actually I think most people with a sense of humour will see that he was making a joke.
  14. Salomon Kalou

    No official club report. Joe Cole's injury was mkl's too.
  15. Didier Drogba

    Nona has this covered, in a more articulate fashion than my "Overnight: Crap > Gold" metaphor.
  16. Didier Drogba

    Very different things. If you thought he was rubbish, then you've been proven comprehensively wrong. Being frustrated by a player doesn't allow you to slate him to the point of him having to consider leaving the club. He's still the same Didier Drogba that put 100% into every match, was brilliant in the air and a wonderful outlet for the rest of the team. Nearly ever player in the world would find that goal a 50/50 thing....it required perfect technique and a lot of luck. Crespo was uniquely gifted in his movement off the ball, but Drogba certainly isn't and wasn't that bad. Complete nonsense. Seriously...COMPLETE nonsense. Not a single game went by where he didn't run like a nutter....there were a lot of games where that was the ONLY thing he did. Mourinho made a point about his work rate after almost every single game, it almost got embarassing at times. Played a crucial part in defending most set-pieces. You honestly think that he's "putting everything in" because you and a few others booed him! It wasn't even a conscious effort to make him better. If you temporarily lost your mind and took a dump in the middle of your lounge tonight and tommorrow morning it was a pile of gold, would you honestly take credit for it? Because it's the same thing. As far as I'm concerned it was because of idiots like you that we almost lost our best player this season. Thank God Mourinho is in charge, because a weaker man-manager wouldn't have been able to keep him.
  17. Didier Drogba

    Hilarious guff. I suppose you wouldn't have been quite so ready to have taken the blame if he had a nervous breakdown.
  18. Didier Drogba

    Jose clearly disagreed. I think Del Horno (and maybe Kezman) is the benchmark for what is currently unacceptable at Chelsea because he was booted out by Jose purely because of his level of performance. Drogba wasn't. This means you question Jose's judgement, which I think is pretty good, considering Drogba is still here and in the form of his life.I'm not going to pretend that Drogba was great and that there weren't times where he frustrated the life out of me, but for the most part he was a useful player that, even if he didn't score lots of goals, performed an often invaluable role within the team. 32 goals in 60 starts and 20 sub appearances isn't bad. It's not good, but it's not bad for a player who often was provider more than finisher. Considering the system we played I doubt Mikael would have been any use to us atall. He never was and never will be a target man. Crucially it's not as good as Drogba either.
  19. Didier Drogba

    He's clearly not been "downright poor" for 2 seasons, otherwise he'd have been off with Del Horno. He's given every effort to fulfill a role that didn't suit him and he had been a reasonable success. Given that he was only at Marseille for one season and in that time managed to be their player of the year and score 18 goals in 35 appearances I'd say his entire Marseille career was a roaring success. For a little while I was worried that he had already had his purple streak...in France, towards the back end of his Guingamp days and his time at Marseille. However, his early season form this year at Chelsea, in a new system that is condusive to forward play, must be more than another purple streak... very few players have 2 purple streaks without having any class or ability. I don't believe anyone has said "he is the best striker in the world" without also adding "right now" or "at the moment". Considering noone has scored more or played with the same consistency, I think those claims can't be far wrong, if they aren't all right.
  20. Salomon Kalou

    I'm sure he said that he decided that he doesn't want to play for Holland anymore and that he wants to play for the Ivory Coast. Wasn't he also included in a squad some time ago? Would be a big help to us if he did decide to play for Holland instead.
  21. Salomon Kalou

    He's a very, very promising young player (Sahar), but he isn't ready to come into the first team yet imo.
  22. Ashley Cole

    quote:Originally posted by Bazzabluequote:Originally posted by hanumaSorry to be a troll Bazza id="quote"> id="quote">why change the habit of a lifetime? id="quote"> id="quote"> Sorry is the hardest word...I will continue to be a hard man saying it ;)quote:That's why I refrain from doing it..... id="quote"> id="quote"> *snigger*On topic: Price of A.Cole....not nearly as much as what Gallas should be...even with only a year left.
  23. Ashley Cole

    quote:However, there is some need for counterbalance to the wild, flag-waving, ignorant posting that is all too prevalent on what is suposedly an "intelligent" forum.id="quote"> id="quote">Sorry to be a troll Bazza, but you surely don't think the answer to stupidity is wild polarization through posting equally over the top rhetoric? Or is it just attention seeking? (< and yes, I should know)
  24. Ashley Cole

    I'd say if Jose was serious about keeping Gallas, promoting a youngster and keeping a squad that uses players versatility, A.Cole is now a luxury signing. Cech, Cudicini, Hilario Geremi, Ferreira Terry, Carvalho, Gallas, Boulahrouz, Mancienne Bridge Mikel, Diarra, Essien, Makelele, Ballack, Lampard Robben, J.Cole, SWP Kalou, Drogba, Sheva 23 man squad. More than 2 players capable of stepping into each position. Indeed, I struggle to see how A.Cole would do anything but bloat the squad a little now. Boulahrouz wouldn't sign to be 4th choice centreback, 3rd choice right back and 3rd choice left back.
  25. Ashley Cole

    This does smack a bit of the old PR stunt from Kenyon. Perhaps they read the daily moan on here about too much money for players.