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When was the last time anyone paid any attention to what anyone connected to the club says about transfer deals?

'No-one in or out in January and 3 signings in the summer' has been the party line every year for the last 5 years.

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Chelsea FC@ChelseaFC 22m

22 minutes ago

Jose says he will not ask the board for any changes to his squad in January. He is confident we will still finish in the top four. #CFC

Wonderful....

It's not the true meaning of what he said or meant though.

What he said boiled down to "These are the players who won the league, these are the players who got us into this mess let them get us back out of it" and that it wasn't proper for him to demand players but if the board bought them then great.

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It's not the true meaning of what he said or meant though.

What he said boiled down to "These are the players who won the league, these are the players who got us into this mess let them get us back out of it" and that it wasn't proper for him to demand players but if the board bought them then great.

That sounds much better.

the last thing we need now is a quote to twist to imply JM is making demands on the board.

(I presume he is though - or better that the board see the problem the same way)

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Holymoly   

The bottom line is that we have bought far too many players of the same type recently, coupled with the moving on of the type of players who gave this club its reputation.

You look at the squad we usually send out and the majority of players are slight, flair players who one would classify as "followers". There are no leaders on the pitch any more to back up the captain. Once upon a time we had Lampard, Drogba or Cech to strengthen resolve. Now we have Costa (the invisible man), Oscar, Pedro, Hazard, Willian or Fabregas (all nice players but not ones you would want in a foxhole with you), Matic, Ramires or Obi (followers to a man) and Cahill, Azpilicueta, Raman, Zouma and, god help us, Ivanovic, none of whom is capable of nailing down a permanent spot in the defense.

Jose had it spot on when he brought back Drogba for a season. He could see the way things were moving. Now we're there and I have no idea how we dig ourselves out of the huge hole we've dug for ourselves. We need some physical midfielders who can bully teams the way we used to. We need defenders who are inked in every single match and we need strikers who get in the box inviting crosses.

Personally I'd say we're in the worst situation of Roman's reign without a doubt. Fortunately we have a lot of potential transfer income laying around the club doing nothing that other teams would be attracted to and whom we could cash in on in order to buy possibly cheaper, more useful players that the club actually needs.

Jose isn't the problem here and neither are the players per sé rather we have too many of the same sort of individuals and need a bit of a clear out and a rationalisation.

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It's the right thing to say in November.

Exactly, and also when we've still to rely on this squad until the end of the transfer window in January, or in the event of no transfers in, until the end of the season.

The players mentality may already be fragile (poor sensitive things!!!), last thing needed is for them to have an excuse.

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