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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    If we replace the squad players with players ready to start, we've upgraded the XI. I'd say we have a three part squad: 8 players good enough for the PL, 8 players that probably aren't and 8 academy graduates that we hope will be good enough for the PL. Barkley isn't good enough and I think we need a more defensive midfielder in his place given that we have Mount and RLC to play at 8 or 10. I don't think Alonso is a bad reserve, but I think we'll cash in on him whilst he still has suitors in Spain. Bats isn't good enough and a more versatile forward in his place would provide more. I agree Azpi rotating with James will hopefully be the way forward, as I think a lot of his problems are due to the number of minutes he's played in recent years.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    With the new contracts confirmed I think at the end of the season we'll need to replace Caballero, Pedro, Willian and Giroud plus we could do with upgrades on Zouma, Barkley, Alonso, Batshuayi and maybe Azpilicueta. That's a lot of work for a single window.
  3. Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2

    I think 343 brings back our big problem under Conte - not enough goal scoring options. None of our central midfielders score goals and Azpi is even worse going forward than Moses. So we have the front 3 plus the odd set piece from Alonso. At least in 433/4231 we get four goal scoring options in the team.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Playing the Gold Cup and then straight into pre-season with us isn't going to help him over the course of the season, even if it does show he's keen.
  5. Chelsea 2 Sheffield United 2

    I think even next season is too soon for a title challenge. This season top 6 would be a big achievement. Next season, with the budget as you say, I'd hope for top 4. I can't see us challenging for the title until 21/22.
  6. Squad Status: 2019/2020 Season

    19 adults + 5 U21s (Mount, Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, James, Cumming). Possibly 6 U21s if you include Gilmour. 4 of the adults and 1 of the U21s (Caballero, Willian, Pedro, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi) are out of contract at the end of the season and may need replacing. Given that we've already promoted most of the likely candidates from the loan army, we're looking at needing 5-6 big signings next year in order to have a squad that can challenge for the top four. Other than Ampadu most of the loan army is made up of first team rejects that no one will pay full price for, or academy graduates looking to earn a Championship move. Playing within our limitations is going to be the issue this year.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    In terms of priorities I think in the next two windows we'll be looking at: CF (replacing Giroud) DM/CM (cover for Kanté) AM x 2 (replacements for Pedro and Willian) CB (upgrade on Zouma)
  8. Chelsea 2 Sheffield United 2

    I would drop Barkley for Willian, Mount is undroppable at the moment. Rest of the team picks itself.
  9. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Winks and Kane
  10. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Gilmour was on the bench in Istanbul ahead of Bakayoko!
  11. Chelsea 2 Sheffield United 2

    At the moment our only fit options for number 8 in a 4-3-3 are Mount and Barkley. Which would you rather see in the XI?
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Although it should still be accompanied by some big money signings, when they're worth it. No more Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Morata, Zappacosta etc.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    The door is wide open. 8 academy graduates in a first team squad of 26 (soon to be 25) is a remarkable transformation. Now or never.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Isn't Christensen one of the 29 players involved?
  15. Season prediction

    Experienced back-up to Reece James by the end of the season!