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Everything posted by xCELERYx

  1. What a bloody good win! Resolute down back and lively enough upfront to cause enough issues. Absolutely thrilled to see both Thiago Silva and Azpilicueta lift the trophy, two the finest defenders we've had play for this club. With long distinguished careers this will have iced the cake. Also a great experience for the younger lads who all stood up and have shown time again that they'll carry this team forward for years to come.
  2. Official: Frank Lampard Sacked As Chelsea Head Coach

    Jody Morris to also leave his role by all reports. Wonder how many other staff members will follow suit.
  3. Official: Frank Lampard Sacked As Chelsea Head Coach

    Disappointed doesn't even cut it. As the years roll by the sense of connection with this club gradually fades. Modern football really doesn't have any soul whatsoever. Thank you, Frank. You deserved far better and I hope you find success in your next adventure.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm satisfied. There's reports it will be a 1+1 type deal - with either team/player option for the additional year. The age aspect doesn't bother me all too much with Silva. He reads the play at a high level and get himself into the right areas early, which will help offset some of the leg speed he's lost over the last few years. Worst case, we play a deeper defensive line. Which, given the frequency Zouma spends in no mans land, the rashness of Rudiger recently, and a lack of defensive protection in midfield, may not be a bad thing for defensively solidarity anyway.
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    He's not settled well when playing as part of a back three, and also been exposed a bit in the air and at ground level when a foot race is involved. He is however quite assertive and a physical presence. Which is also why he picks up cards, as he does like to dive into a tackle.
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    Correct. Which stems around Conte receiving a threatening letter aimed at himself, his family and staff - that also contained a bullet. The tension has been due to the manner in which the situation was handled by those at Inter when it happened, with there being an apparent leak of this information at the club.
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    That's is just a touch exaggerated. Sure, Thiago Silva hasn't got the same pep in his step of his prime years, but he's also not getting around with concrete filled boots either. People also forget just how well he reads the play ahead and subsequently is able to get himself into the right positions early. Great positional play goes a long way to helping offset a lack of speed. He's been one of the finest I've seen in this regard. Silva was also like 25/26 when he made the move to Europe. He doesn't necessarily have the same miles on the legs like most other central defenders who've been in Europe for the majority of their careers do. This shouldn't be overlooked. I think he's a smart signing and will do just fine. I'd rather have us play a little deeper defensively if needed, then play high and watch the likes of Zouma look completely bewildered on where they need to be until it's too late. Also for whatever it's worth, highlights this past season.
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    Was meant to sign for us last season I believe, but we got hit with the transfer ban and he ended up going to Barca. Looks like we kept track of him over the next 12 months and think enough of him to snap him up now.
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    Also look back over all of Man City's central defenders over the years, only two have really done a good job and improved - Kompany and Laporte. Even the latter has had his brain fades here and there. Central defenders don't seem to do well there for whatever reason. Stones would be worth the gamble because he'd still be sellable to another English side should he not pan out. For £20 million the reward outweighs the risk.
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    Bob pretty much covered it with his post. What I like about Rajkovic is both his size and footwork. He moves along his line smoothly, shuffles his feet and is often in control of the saves he does make. Of course, he isn't perfect. He's not a ball playing keeper by any means, while he could be a bit stronger claiming crosses. That all said, he'd be super affordable and an improvement on what we have.
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    Really hope one of them is Predrag Rajkovic.
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    Here's how I see it. For argument sake say we spend £60m (give or take) on Chilwell. At 23, he has the ability to possibly be our solution to the left back position for the next 7 seasons or so. The cost upfront is high but over the long term (if all goes to plan), may prove to be excellent value for money. If in the event Chilwell doesn't pan out as expected and we opt to move him on 3 or so years down the track, he'd still only be 27 or so with resale value. Even if we only managed to sell him off for half of what we paid (so, £30m in this example), he'd have only cost us a transfer fee of £30m for a three or so year period. This wouldn't be all too different to going out and spending £20-30 million on older heads like Telles or Tagliafico, both of which would also need 12 months to adapt and have little no to real resale value should they fail. Because of their ages, we'd also need to dip back into the market to look for replacements sooner rather than later - this could end up costing us more in the long term. As for the individual players themselves. Telles has excelled in a less than impressive league, where his penalty duties exaggerate his goal output and his defending isn't often put to the test. While a solid player, one would think a higher profiled European side would have well and truly be in for him over the years. I think this speaks volumes. Similar sentiment are attached to Tagliafico, who has played his career in Argentina and the Netherlands. While well rounded, he does't really excel in any particular area. Neither fit our timeline either. Reguilon is getting a lot of hype right now, but he'll be 24 in December and has less than 50 top flight league appearances to his name. For someone approaching his mid-20's he's extremely inexperienced. I'd like to see a bit more consistency and reassurance that he isn't just a flash in the pan. We can't really afford to get burned once again in a position we haven't truly filled since A.Cole left.
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    Thoughts Bob on signing an older short term CB with some leadership qualities and experience - say Thiago Silva for example? Mentioned this the other week but I'd like to see us look at Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina. Currently being linked to both Milan clubs, while only having a contact until 2022. For me, he'd be an affordable no brainer and improvement on what we already have.
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    TBF Costa isn't the same player we has been since he left here. At one point (may even still be the case, not really followed it up), but he had collected more bookings than goals.
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    People rave about him quite a bit, unfortunately every time I've made the effort to watch a RB Leipzig game he's been remarkably underwhelming and error prone.
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    To chime in on this. From my understanding, the signings of Ziyech, Werner and the impending Havertz deal will effectively be covered by the money raised through Hazard and Morata's sale. We've also sold Pasalic, Aina, Kalas, Hector, Omeruo and Luiz this season on top. This excludes any loan fees received. Then we'll have a substantial amount of money freed up with Pedro and Willian leaving. I know Frank as spoken about spending to buy from here on, and I do believe this will be the case somewhat, but I do think there'll still be some sort of general budget remaining to work with. How much that is is anyone's guess of course. We've got plenty of deadwood to ship out, so I can see us still having the ability to address possibly three main areas - GK, CB and LB. Although, we may see a couple of more budget type signings. I've seen that Stones is a possible £20m target, with Lampard believing he can turn his form around. Wouldn't be shocked if we see a deal or two like this made once we get our main targets secured.
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    Thanks Jane, although lets not exaggerate things haha. Yo Kratos! Money talks, particularly in this current environment. Although, I don't believe we'll be taking this route to begin with.
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    Solid player, would add some leadership down back. He'll be 29 in December though, and I'm not sure how willing Brighton would be to sell at a reasonable price. I'd like us to look at Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina. Good no nonsense central defender with good size and speed.
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    Man City weren't banned because they only breached the rule twice, that's a full twenty-seven less times than us. They also pleaded guilty when pulled up on it. We on the other hand were warned, ignored that and continued to sign players while knowingly breaching the rules (throw in other funky dealings) and then got caught. We were also guilty of similar years ago when it came to signing Kakuta - thus we've had prior history. What did you expect? There's absolutely nothing unjust about what has happened and both teams have been punished accordingly based on their actions.
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    I think it largely boils down to the fact we breached the rules to sign 29 players, despite having been previously warned and . Man City broke these rules to sign 2 players and pleaded guilty. We were also guilty of another rule with regards to paying Traroe's mum to get first refusal, along with the other stuff that went into that. Overall, I don't think there's really much to complain about.
  21. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    Really impressed by the manner in which Frank has handled what could have been a rather disruptive situation. He's held himself well in all of this.
  22. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    Good luck to him. Likeable character, but still showcases the same boyhood mistakes at 32. He wasn't our answer, nor will he be Arsenal's.
  23. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    I believe his situation was because he wanted to leave at the end of his contract last season, Arsenal then activated their one year extension option and he was stuck. Hence forcing the situation.
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    I get that, but at the end of the day it's not as if Luiz makes us a significantly better team, nor is he our future. What he's like off the pitch shouldn't be a defining factor, no matter how much of a character he is. We're in a unique situation where we can take more risks with the team. And truth be told, he's probably rather fortunate to have secured a new deal recently as it is. The fact we'll possibly get a transfer fee is good business.
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    With some of the reactions I've seen you'd think we're selling N'Golo Kante to Arsenal for a tenner.