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  1. Ideally: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Alonso; Kante, Chalobah, Fabregas; Moses, Costa, Hazard At some point I'd like to see Willian tried as a central midfielder. His one trick doesn't offer much on the wing but his other qualities could give us a much more dynamic centre, along with a goal threat.
  2. One step at a time. Hopefully next we'll see Matic replaced by Chalobah, then Ivanovic by Alonso and then maybe Willian out.
  3. Let's hope people don't write him off when he has the inevitable dip in form a kid in his first season of first team football will have at some point.
  4. Mikel not even on the bench - injured, unfit after the Olympics or not really a squad member because of his contract? I hope Chalobah gets a chance to play deep so in the future we can free Kante to play box-to-box.
  5. I wish that loaning senior players had ended with Veron and Crespo. Wish we could get Rémy off the books. I guess that Cuadrado and Solanke might be staying, given that Cuadrado was sitting behind the bench on Saturday and was namechecked by Conte whilst Solanke was on the bench for the cup game and has been prominent in first team training photos. Others needing new homes are: Atsu, Omoreu, Piazon, Cuevas and Feruz
  6. You can add RLC as another youngster but yes it's time to be worried. 4 senior outfield players and a goalkeeper are needed, just a week remaining to get them.
  7. Based on the U23 game there's a chance that Dabo could be in the squad as he's a fullback and we need one of those. Think he was on the bench a couple of times last season.
  8. But I hope we do play the kids instead of the far too strong teams that we've played in past seasons against lower league opposition. Hazard, Willian, Fabregas and Costa shouldn't be seen in cup games until the semis. Unfortunately we don't have enough players to rotate much, but hopefully we'll see starts for Begovic, Aina, Chalobah, RLC, Moses and Batshuayi. Would be Chalobah's debut almost 6 years after he was first named on the bench (Newcastle CCup Sept 2010).
  9. Change the starting XI rather than make reaction subs when chasing the game. Fabregas has played himself into the team - which is the way it should be. If only we could motivate our defenders and wingers in the same way!
  10. It seems inevitable that Cuadrado and Rémy will leave by the end of the transfer window, leaving us with 16 senior outfield players. Bare bones again. Somehow we're going to need to sign a LB, CB, winger and striker in the next 10 days. 20 senior outfield players plus Aina, Chalobah and RLC would be good squad. What we have isn't.
  11. I'd like to see Fabregas and Kante with Mikel/Chalobah behind them. Then for variety you replace the defensive player with a second striker. Fabregas and Kante are so far ahead of our other midfielders it's ridiculous.
  12. Davey to Crawley was confirmed. 23 so far...
  13. Nigeria haven't qualified for the ACoN so he'll be around all season. I'd guess this helped convince the club to let him go to the Olympics. I'd like to see him deep in midfield with Fabregas and Kante ahead of him. Using Kante deep is a waste.
  14. At a guess he can't have played more than 10 football matches, including U21s, in the last two seasons.
  15. We don't really know if Solanke's asking for too much or the club is trying to avoid paying him what he's worth. But we know that we don't want Solanke to have a season as ballboy/training cone as Aina had last year.