James Prescott

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  1. Ross Barkley

    It's quite clear Sarris overly complex tactical instructions and philosophy are like a straightjacket to Ross. He needs to be told to work hard and just express himself - it's why he looks a different player for England.
  2. Official: Eden Hazard Joins Real Madrid

    Willian's been an excellent player for us. He's actually had a really good season this year. But he's nearly 31, getting past his peak (especially for a winger), and inconsitent as hell. He's not a bad player, but come on, he's not exactly world class. We need to rebuild with young talent for the long term. Not keep ageing wingers who are only going to decline. Playing into your thirties works for midifeilders and defenders at this level, but it's long past time we rebuilt with younger talent who can be here 5-10 years, not 1 or 2 more years.
  3. Official: Eden Hazard Joins Real Madrid

    A Belgian journo who is a friend of Hazard reporting he's off to Madrid for £100m. So is Matt Law. He's going. With a ban, we'll have to start CHO. Can't have deadwood like Willian being our first choice LW.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Matt Law and Kristoff Terruer, a Beligan journalist who is a personal friend of Hazard, are reporting Hazard is off to Madrid for £100m - Zidane wants him and he wants to go. Goodnight, sweet prince.
  5. He's already a top player. Yes, he isn't at his peak yet, of course, but he's better than Willian and Pedro right now.
  6. 30 year old Willian and 32 Pedro better than 18 year old CHO who is nowhere near his peak yet If you really think that, there's no point even discussing this. Just don't complain when CHO becomes a £200m player at Bayern.
  7. He said it last night, and in the pre-match press conference.
  8. When Sarri says CHO won't be ready until he is 22 it's not on the club.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Gareth Bale: Last season - 39 games, 21 goals This season: 34 games, 13 goals. But yep, he's injury prone and past it....
  10. That's ridiculous. We have a transfer ban, we can't afford to have a manager who will ignore generational talents like CHO, and drive people like Loftus-Cheek, Christensen, Reece James and Ampadu out of the club. These players have to be a key part of the rebuild and be getting more games. Otherwise it'll be De Bruyne, Lukaku and Mata all over again, and we'll be stuck with more mercenaries and a good short term team with bad long-term consequences - instead a crop of hugely talented players with Chelsea in their blood, who have already won things together, loyal to our club and here for a decade. Its all on Sarri.
  11. In terms of youth - CHO is gonna leave if Sarri stays, it's even been reported. After his performance Sunday and last week he deserves a run in the PL side, on merit. Christensen too, over Luiz or Rudiger. RLC definitely does. With a transfer ban it is absolutely imperitive that any head coach is willing to use our academy players - if I don't get that confidence from Sarri, I'm not even bothered what results we get. We need to look long term, and have a manager who does.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well I've heard the board are furious with Sarri for not playing CHO and Ampadu more, and didn't buy a CM in Jan as they didn't want to block the path of Mason Mount. There's definitely a shift in emphasis. Matt Law alluded to the fact there are some on the board frustrated the academy players aren't being used as much and see this as an opportunity.
  13. The structure of the club outside of the mens first team is excellent. We have one of the best academies in world football and a strong womens team. But at first team level, it's abysmal. A director of football is needed. We'll have this summer to buy players due to the appeal, and we're a big club, so we can attract players and the required manager - not Sarri, not a supercoach, but the right kind of coach for what we have now, which is a rebuilding project with academy talent and top young talent from outside. Sarri will go at some point even if we win tomorrow IMO. He's driving our best young talent out and ignoring players who deserve to start on merit, for crap like Alonso, and ageing and poorly performing players like Willian, Luiz and Pedro. He's never going to change and it will be his undoing.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    The reality is that Chelsea will have known for some time this was coming. They will appeal (they said so), and the appeals process will give us this summer to buy players - so we make sure we get what we need this summer, and finally, integrate the talented youth we have. Chelsea have arguably the best academy in world football - it's time we used it. Does it mean we won't win the title for two years? Maybe. But maybe this ban will be the kick up the arse the club need to start building a proper structure at first team level. And we get a manager who will blood youth and be able to build a new, young team - so not a supercoach like Allegri, or flavour of the month like Sarri, but a coach tailored to the project we now have. This ban could be a blessing in disguise.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think Kova will stay as part of the Hazard deal, Jorginho will stay. Morata is already gone. Cahill, Grioud and Luiz are out of contract and Zouma can come back, we have Ampadu, AC, Rudiger and him. Drinkwater, Zappa will be sold. Willian wants a 3 year deal and won't sign a 1 year extension, so he'll be sold. Pedro will go as well. Hazard obviously. There will be two summers worth of budget and we have a great academy, we'll be fine. It's a long-term rebuilding with less pressure due to a ban.