Bob Singleton

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About Bob Singleton

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    Chelsea since 1968

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  1. Chelsea's forward issues

    In which case Marina is going to be really busy, given we still have 3 defenders potentially leaving in the summer who will need replacing!
  2. Squad Status: 2021/22 Season

    We have problems everywhere except in goal. Some are of our own making. We started this season with four defenders - all regular starters - in their final year of contract. At least one will need replacing. We also need to get proper cover for our first choice wing-backs. So that's at least three defenders for starters. In midfield we need someone, like a Fabregas, who has the vision sorely lacking in our current three. With Gallagher returning from loan we would then have 5 strong options. Up front seems a mess, but with all the other problems - and taking into account we've already spent £300m over the last few years on attacking players - we just have to hope that something clicks next season, otherwise it requires a big clear-out of big ticket items on high wages and finding replacements who we can but hope do better. Maybe one can be sold this summer (Ziyech? Pulisic?) without the need for an immediate replacement. Perhaps integrate Broja, who we own, to keep costs down?
  3. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    Mount certainly looked sub-par against Spurs. I felt then something wasn't quite right with him. As you say, the press and armchair critics have no idea of the actual fitness of players, so, in the case of Saturday's game, Pulisic and Ziyech picked ahead of Mount and Werner, for example, is seen as a sign of madness on Tuchel's part rather than possibly him starting with two players in a higher state of fitness than the other options. If Kepa hadn't taken that little step to the right just before de Bruyne shot, and Lukaku had gone around Ederson instead of trying to shoot over him, we might have been celebrating a 1-0 victory rather than a 0-1 loss. We weren't brilliant, but the game could have gone either way. If we had won 1-0 people would be saying that it was the sign of champions to win when not playing well. Apparently losing 0-1 when not playing well is a catastrophe!
  4. Italy is an unlikely destination (Lukaku's astronomical wages aside; who could afford his supposed £375,000/week?) due to the tax system there. Foreign players are able to pay lower rates of tax, but only on their first contract (one reason why Lukaku was happy to sign for us, rather than extend a contract with Inter). He would be eligible for the lower rate again, but only after two full years outside of Italy. So if he leaves in the summer, it won't be for Italy.
  5. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    Given how angry Tuchel looks on the touchline, I suspect these were not his initial instructions.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Gilmour would be behind Gallagher. There's a case to be made that Gallagher could challenge for a starting spot alongside one of Kanté, Kovacic or Jorginho even in the biggest games. Will Gilmour be OK with being 5th choice and the game-time that suggests (injuries/suspensions not withstanding)? Gilmour needs at least one more season on loan to get the experience required to play as the CM metronome he looks like becoming. Even if Tuchel changes to a 4-3-3 type of formation going forward, that change will more likely see Mount drop back from the front 3 to the middle 3 rather than giving greater opportunities for Gilmour.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    "In the case of transfer rumours, it is well known that the media always like to add a little more salt and pepper to make the headline a bit more explosive and bigger. Accordingly, you will not hear from me until the day of the final decision. We still have a lot to do at Chelsea this season, and my full focus at the moment is on the City game. My agent is currently taking care of everything else." - Antonio Rudiger
  8. Chelsea 5 Chesterfield 1

    I find Werner by far the most frustrating of all our players
  9. Chelsea 5 Chesterfield 1

    Impressed with Lewis Hall
  10. Chelsea 5 Chesterfield 1

    Looks like a 4-2-2-2
  11. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0

    Any win over the Spurs is welcome, but that really should have been five or six nil. Good to see both Sarr and Saul playing well and showing there are decent players in there.
  12. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0

    Confirmed Kante and Thiago Silva have Covid
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    That has to be the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard... it's worse than 'the dog ate my homework' excuse. As I said earlier. You shouldn't be allowed near a keyboard.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    No I don't... but no-one was calling you that! You've invented that slight in your head and then using it against someone else. Just like you accused me of calling you a lesbian when I did no such thing. You shouldn't be allowed near a keyboard.