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  1. Official: Chelsea sign Alvaro Morata.

    I don't think we can call him world class yet - he's only scored goals with his head and right foot.
  2. Stoke City 0 Chelsea 4

    I'd expected one of Hazard and Fabregas to start, but at least we have plenty on the bench and he's picked the players in form at the back. Good to see that Cahill isn't an untouchable.
  3. Chelsea 5 Nottingham Forest 1

    Caballero Rudiger Christensen Clarke-Salter Zappacosta Scott Bakayoko Kenedy Musonda Basthuayi Hazard Subs: Eduardo, Ampadu, Sterling, Moses, Fabregas, Willian, Morata Complete rotation! It'll never happen. I just hope that untouchables Azpi, Alonso, Kanté and Morata aren't needed in this competition and that Hazard won't be needed again.
  4. Squad Status: 2017/2018 Season

    No confirmation yet that the PL accepted his addition to the squad in place of Rémy.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    We have a squad of 24 if you include Clarke-Salter and Scott, who are even less likely to start a league match than Kenedy and Musonda. The issue with these players is that they haven't come into the squad after lengthy, positive loan experiences so are unlikely to earn Conte's trust. They are seemingly here because they couldn't get good loans and are needed to make up the numbers in training. We hope that the likes of Zouma, Abraham, RLC and Palmer will be ready to be full squad members next year. For next year, loan out/sell the untrusted four, bring in the four that have been on loan in the Premier League, buy a good LWB and we have a proper squad. For what it's worth, Musonda is an excellent player who's had a bad loan experience and really needs a good one before he can break into our squad properly. Clarke-Salter had a bad injury last year that set him back and should also be on loan. Scott is way behind (2 years on loan needed) and Kenedy just never looks like a Chelsea player.
  6. Squad Status: 2017/2018 Season

    I'm sure the coach isn't directly involved in the submission of squad lists. But you'd expect that the people that submit the squads also have an idea about player contracts - how could they not know Remy's contract was being rescinded? If Alonso is injured/knackered by November and Rahman is kicking his heels with the dev squad the club is going to look foolish.
  7. Squad Status: 2017/2018 Season

    Crazily Remy was also named in the Premier League squad, even though his contract was rescinded the same day. That meant we had named 17 foreigners so couldn't register Baba Rahman, who has a small chance of returning to fitness before January and would be a better back-up for Alonso than Kenedy.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    I don't believe the Barkley story but when you have 13 untouchables I guess no one is interested in making up the numbers on the bench.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Thomas Lamar just scored a screamer for France. Glad he hasn't gone to Arsenal.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Maybe we were in for him before, just kept it quiet...
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    In the long-term, yes. But for the next 9 months I'd prefer to have Mahrez coming off the bench to replace Pedro/Willian than Draxler/Lemar.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think that the board has tried to deliver Conte what he needs, but whilst applying their principles of looking for young-ish players with sell-on value - given the high attrition rate of our squad players in recent years. So far they haven't had much success and appear to not have understood the new rules of the game this summer. We could win the league with 13 players when we were very fortunate with injuries and had no mid-week distractions. Unless something amazing happens in the next few hours Conte will have to work miracles to get through this season unscathed. Heads should roll, but the only likely one is the coach. Next time (possibly next summer) we'll need to build something more sustainable in a world of crazy transfer fees, which means relying on the academy to fill out the squad whilst giving promising youngsters meaningful minutes.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    I should have seen that coming! Well he does have his UEFA Pro Licence! I was thinking more along the lines of an ex-Chelsea player...
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    With Conte as first team coach, the club knows they have to give him 20 senior outfield players if they want to be competitive on all fronts. He's not going to integrate youngsters that haven't already proved themselves. Last year we got away with it, but this year we're risking another disaster. We either give Conte the type of player he wants, which may be unobtainable in the current market, or we find a first team coach willing to use youngsters, possibly a coach from within the club.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think that the club thinks if you're going to have training cones in your first team squad they should be your less promising players, such as Kenedy or Scott, rather than the ones that could be first teamers in the future. If Abraham, RLC, Zouma etc. were with the main squad they wouldn't play. If we magically sign 3+ senior players they will be squad members. Conte will not play unproven youngsters - he only uses established players. Pasalic doesn't have a work permit and the club has been trying to sell Piazon for years - he was never Chelsea-quality, whilst Boga and Musonda still 'could' be good enough.