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  1. Squad Status: 2016/2017 Season

    If you take out Baxter, Tomori and Abrahams and add Kante and Mikel to the US squad you can break it down like this: Senior players: Courtois, Begovic, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Baba, Matic, Fabregas, Mikel, Kante, Oscar, Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Moses, Cuadrado, Costa, Batshuayi, Rémy (21) Youngsters: Blackman, Miazga, Hector, Aina, Chalobah, RLC, Kenedy, Traoré The numbers look good, assuming we hang on to all the seniors, but we look light in central defence (especially with Zouma out for a while) and at left-back and only a couple of injuries from the horror of Mikel and Matic playing together. I'd like to see two new senior players in the squad instead of Miazga and Hector as well as another versatile midfielder (or some trust in Chalobah).
  2. Squad Status: 2016/2017 Season

    Great to see so many academy players on tour, even if it does show we're still lacking senior players and haven't really strengthened numbers - Kante replaces Ramires and Batman replaces Falcao/Pato. In that crucial and most difficult 18-21 bracket we have so many talented former youth team players trying to make the transition: Aina, Christensen, JCS, Tomori, Da Silva, Aké, Baker, RLC, Chalobah, Boga, Musonda, Palmer, Brown, Solanke and Abrahams. 15 players and if at least 5 of them don't become real members of the first team squad in the next 3 years we really can shut down the academy.
  3. Squad Status: 2016/2017 Season

    If we do I hope they are treated as full squad members and not Carlo's window-dressing or Mourinho's "cones". I still think we need a couple more senior players though. And I'd rather have Solanke or Abrahams in the squad than Rémy.
  4. Official: Kenedy Signs For Chelsea

    Lots of people seem to be considering Kenedy a strong option for the coming season, even at left back. For me he doesn't offer much even at his best, other than reasonable pace and eagerness. I don't see that he has the positional responsibilty to play at the back. He's certainly far less talented than Traoré and I wouldn't pick him ahead of Hazard, Willian, Oscar, Pedro, Cuadrado, Moses or Traoré for a place in the AM 3. A loan might be best to see what he can become - but I think that loanees Boga and Musonda will offer more in the long run.
  5. The FA

    Time wasting, such as kicking the ball away, not taking throw-ins and preventing opponents from taking free kicks is much more damaging, deprives us of football and is never punished - apart from the odd goalkeeper in the 90th minute. This needs a campaign.
  6. Following Chelsea's Loans

    If he picks him at right back this season he's lost his Miss Marples
  7. Chelsea 0 Rapid Vienna 2

    I would say pre-season doesn't matter but last year's pre-season really set the tone for what was to come. That said, playing a match after only 5 days back in training is almost pointless.
  8. Following Chelsea's Loans

    You couldn't let that one Poirot, could you. Have you no reMorse?
  9. Squad Status: 2016/2017 Season

    This season U21 = 1995 born or younger. So Zouma and Baba now count as part of the 17 foreigners but Kenedy and Traoré are still on the unlimited U21 list. Begovic, Blackman, Terry, Cahill, Hector, Fabregas and Moses count as homegrowns. With Cuadrado in and Rémy still here we have 16 foreigners. Based on who has not gone on tour and Djilobodji and Atsu being Loaned.
  10. Following Chelsea's Loans

    I noticed just after. My post was basically just a very forced bad pun. Odd that Houghton flew to Austria and played at Cobham.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    2 senior signings so far, I think we need 3 more - a centre back, another central midfielder and a number 10. Plus any replacements for players that leave. Great start but lots more work to do. Courtois, Begovic, Blackman Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Zouma, new CB, Baba, Aina Kante, Fabregas, new CM, Mikel, Matic, RLC, Chalobah Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Oscar, new AM, Kenedy, Traoré Costa, Batshuayi, Rémy/Solanke 21 seniors, 7 youngsters
  12. Following Chelsea's Loans

    It seems that the pre-season match for the loan group against Bergerac has been quietly cancelled. I detect that our squad is so thin that we have to use players from the stables in the first team, even though they've never been intended to be Chelsea players. See Delac and Cuevas to begin with. (Plus we've loaned quite a few already and 4 are doing very well at the UEFA Euro U19.)
  13. Squad Status: 2016/2017 Season

    It's odd that there were pictures of him training at Cobham this week. 3 loans in the Championship? Obviously not going forwards. Time for a 2016/17 thread?
  14. Good to hear on day one!
  15. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Bringing through a player from the academy to the youth team to the first team is worth a lot more than the notional sale value of the player. We might spend £15M (after fees recouped) on the wages, fees and development of 50 youth players and end up with one first team squad player. And we could probably buy an equivalent from Serbia for £5M. But bringing players through has a lot more value than that, which is why the club tries to do it and why we talk about it.