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  1. It's interesting, but as much as they all could with a PL loan, the logistics aren't practical. You start with 19 teams, remove Tottenham, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and probably West Ham as they're not taking anyone on loan from Chelsea. You're already down to 13 teams, and we've got as many as ten names suggested there, but even 5-6 is optimistic when you consider that each club can only have a max of two loanees from PL clubs (one per club, as you rightly stated), and that there were only 17 loans between PL clubs in all of 2016-17. That's where the problems lie for Chelsea, there are too many prospects needing high-level loans and not enough realistic places for them to play.
  2. Kingsmeadow, not Plough Lane. They'll smarten it up in places (though it doesn't need a great deal of work to serve a purpose) and then yeah, do the same as City with the ladies and U23s, plus Youth Cup games. Not sure the 18s will play many league games there though.
  3. A coupla things; I thought Solanke actually worked pretty hard and did well in an unfamiliar role - he's not an AM remember - was involved a lot, had numerous chances and things just didn't come off for him. Not suggesting he tore up any trees or anything but he showed lots of positive intentions whether they came off or not. Sterling was very good and usually is, but another word of caution there: Southampton's left-back is a 16 year-old who was carrying a knock by the time he came on, so Sterling was always likely to terrorise him. Still, good to see him come on and grab the game by the scruff of the neck. Oh and Mount totally does work in this system but mainly as long as he has another creative AM alongside him rather than Solanke. Check out his combinations with Maddox late last season in the FAYC using the same formation, he's very good there but neither Solanke nor Batshuayi are attuned to that creative buid-up style.
  4. The follow-up question to which many people struggle to cogently reply is...why?
  5. Nah it happened, they just removed the loan group fixtures from the website. Bergerac won 2-1.
  6. Yeah he trained yesterday, there's more optimism now than at any recent stage so fingers crossed something gets done soon.
  7. That's not really how it works in (North American, it's more similar to football in Europe) hockey because you don't stay with the same organisation throughout each age group, you're there two years before moving on until you're drafted into the NHL, when you are owned by one organisation but you're 18 at that point.
  8. There's been plenty of studies looking into that tbf though I suspect he's specifically referring to Malcolm Gladwell's example. What I don't get about the hockey example is where it differs from football though; ice time is directly comparable to on-pitch time, Chelsea's prospects before they turn 14 are in for two or three evenings a week plus holidays and tours. Hockey players up to the same age probably don't receive much more, they're playing atom/peewee/bantam hockey before then either going into midget or prep school stuff, roughly comparable to when Chelsea bring their scholars in full-time at 14 and educate them on-site, increasing their access time to 4 hours of football a day. I don't quite see where the hockey guys get the extra good training compared to football; if anything access for hockey players is harder because it generally relies on having affluent parents moreso than football does (amongst other examples ). "But in football there is still another 5 years of development left." - and there isn't in hockey? At 16 you're off to Major Junior, Midget, Prep or National Development Programmes, still two years from being drafted, and then unless you're an elite talent (comparable to football) you're either staying in that route or going to College before going into the Minor Pro circuit (AHL, ECHL) before maybe making the NHL in your early 20s. I always like to bring up Brendan Smith as an example of this, albeit an exaggerated one, as it took him six years from being drafted by Detroit to becoming the regular NHLer they hoped he would be. Wasn't rushed, had the right development curve etc, similar to what Chelsea intend to do with theirs. If hockey players drafted at 17/18 are expected to still have 4-5-6 years of development left in them before going to the show why can't we assume the same of footballers? (Didn't expect a hockey development debate on here but more than glad to get into it! ;) )
  9. Would you therefore favour the importing approach, going out and getting the Familia-Castillos, Colleys, Musondas, Christensens, cherry-picking the best talent from the much larger pool outside of the club rather than focus on the home-grown lot (sort of as Brentford are doing from now on, only they're doing it 17-21)?
  10. That's exactly right, Chelsea wouldn't release his registration until the end of the season because it goes onto the books for the 16-17 campaign or something like that, just some chicanery on their part. If there was any doubt as to whether he's coming back or not it was pretty much allayed in yesterday's official Q&A: http://www.asroma.com/en/news/2016/5/exclusive-q-a-with-mohamed-salah
  11. I've said it a few times here and there over the last two years but the more you watch Abraham the more you notice that his absolute standout attribute is his mentality. He has this relentless desire to win every battle, to score every chance, to lead his team and give everything he's got. That's the sort of thing Hiddink was referring to between Liverpool and Leicester when talking about him and it's manifested itself even more over the past season, he stood up and took the team on his back in a way I've not seen many academy players do in the past few years, even with the riches of abundant talent available.
  12. I think it's just as much warm bodies for first-team training at a time when the U21s have four games in ten days and players might ordinarily not be available to fill in.
  13. 19 of those points in the 13 games since he joined, half a point increase on the season average to that point. Even if it's not solely down to him he's had a major impact on their fortunes. Not really keen to get into the league strength debate but when Spanish teams are only knocked out of Europe by other Spanish teams it's a pretty strong barometer of the depth of that league.
  14. Could do with scoring more goals but he's a better passer and creator than Quaresma, a more intelligent player and far more tactically responsible. Genuinely already good enough to have been considered a squad player at Chelsea; going from U21 football to a key role in a mid-table team in the best league in the world is testament to what he can do.
  15. Extremely.