RDC Williams

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    Chelsea Football Club; Ospreys and Wales Rugby; Dogs, especially Bullmastiffs; athletics; other sports; food and wine.

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  1. Brighton vs Chelsea

    Absolutely. I think the immediate dynamic uplift when Mount and CHO came on at City was quite marked and Havertz is our No1 centre forward now.
  2. Brighton vs Chelsea

    We can, but why would we? I would prefer a front 3 of Mount, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi personally.
  3. Brighton vs Chelsea

    This game is a definite banana skin under current circumstances.
  4. IF ONLY,,a chara whimsical forum for 2022

    If only Paul Elliott had done Dean Saunders, rather than the other way round.
  5. Chelsea's forward issues

    It also looks like we would have been better off sticking with and developing Tammy, rather than wasting £98 million on Lukaku.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes please to both.
  7. For £98 million he needs to be a complete striker, not a one trick pony.
  8. How dare you! JT never had a stinker in his Chelsea life !
  9. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    Criticism and fully backing are not mutually exclusive. I think TT has got a lot right, but also quite a bit wrong. Certainly injuries and Covid have played a part, but so has the fundamental failure of our forwards and the lack of creativity of our attacking midfield. We are capable of excellent performances, but even before the current crisis we regularly looked unable to beat some pretty mediocre opposition. In my opinion that is mainly down to some fundamental imbalances in the team and some poor to medium players in key positions. Some of these failings are covered up by the excellence we have in other positions and by good coaching and discipline on the part of TT, but we are still some way from being the finished article. I am more optimistic for next season than for this.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Oh yes he can. 😜
  11. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    What on earth are you talking about? The only fantasy in play here is your idea of success, constructed entirely by you, defined by you, argued by you, shifted by you and warped by you. The conventional idea of football success is victory, or at least something gloriously close to it; a successful signing is someone who contributes significantly to the team in the position in which he is picked; that is conventional thought. Seriously, which bit don't you understand?
  12. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    The idea that there is anything conventional about your opinions is risible! My abiding image of you is of a man marching up and down the pavement with a bass drum on your back, cymbals strapped to your knees, horns under your armpits, a banjo in hand and a whistle in your mouth, something initially novel and clever in appearance, but on closer examination a little sad, dull and certainly not part of the orchestra.
  13. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    Oh dear. So many straw men, so little time, so many goalposts, so much movement. You have posited a system of success which doesn't involve winning the league, or coming close in number of points to the winners and you say that I am therefore taken out of the public debate; that is the very definition of an agenda. You say that failure has always been on an absolute basis in almost the same breath as suggesting that failure is somehow predicated upon the relativist idea of appearances rather than achievement or observable prowess. You then introduce the staw man of "a player being a success without making appearances", a silly statement entirely in keeping with your argumentative nonsense and entirely conscious on your part : you know very well that the argument is that multiple appearances alone are not a measure of the success of a signing; you obviously now agree, since you have moved the goalposts to talk about the daftness of a position no-one has adopted.
  14. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    The idea that the measure of the success of a signing is in the number of appearances he goes on to make is a particularly silly one. We all know what a good signing looks like and there have not been many recently despite the many appearances made by relatively recent acquisitions. There are many reasons why someone might make a lot of appearances despite being ineffective, including having no other options, a need to justify the outlay, managerial stubbornness, the sacrifice of common sense and empirical evidence on the altar of tactical rigidity, the construction of false premises on which to judge competence........in the end if a goalkeeper continues not to be able to save goals, defenders are not competent, or have glaring inadequacies in their games, the attacking midfielders do not create or score goals and the front men are not prolific and are incapable of scoring or supplying chances, it is easy to judge that they have not been good signings. You will find that the complex human mind and its ability to multiprocess in an intuitive manner is usually accurate in this judgement process, because that is what it is evolved to do. That is why algorithmic processes have so far to go in rivalling the observational human senses (for which you have such disdain). If it looks like a pig, snorts like a pig and waddles like a pig, then it almost certainly is a pig, even if you put lipstick on it.