Juni

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  1. New Kits

    There's also the fact that a) designing something in photoshop as an amateur is very different to designing something for mass production, and b) every amateur leak of the kit always looks absurdly worse than the final product as presented by the club, and then as worn on matchday. And that comes from someone who still hates our 21-22 kit with a passion.
  2. Following Chelsea's Loans

    You can pick and choose players who had good/bad loans all day long, it's irrelevant. The concern over Gilmour at Norwich is whether or not he's getting an education out of possession and whether or not they trust him to progress the play in midfield like Chelsea did and like Scotland do. Early returns on the latter are not promising, but he'll undoubtedly learn more defensively and off the ball in a team that will spend plenty of time without it.
  3. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    The gap has been closing massively, a lot of PL money and the requirements of a Category One EPPP academy means everyone has to invest and improve, so it's harder to be as good as Chelsea have been, though not impossible, and worth noting that things aren't terrible at all, just those 5 years or so where they won everything stands out as being even more special (and it's only after the fact that you realise how special it was). Tbh the biggest takeaway I got from the Arsenal game was just how much a good coach has improved them. They were heading nowhere under Steve Bould, then hired Kevin Betsy in the summer, and it's like night and day watching them. They've always had quality players but now a damn fine coach working with them too.
  4. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    It was, somewhat. Their goalkeeper has ten senior caps for Estonia, the lad who was sent off has a senior cap for Tunisia (squared against McClelland having one for Northern Ireland mind), Balogun has played 12 first-team games, Akinola is 20, Lopez in his age-20 season, as is Alebiosu. Chelsea's oldest player was Mbuyamba (20 in December) and started five players still eligible for U18 football including 16yo Brodi Hughes. All of that said, it was a very poor performance in several regards.
  5. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Droy and I have rarely agreed on academy discussions over the years but I always enjoy them for that very reason. I see a lot more than most people are able to but that doesn't mean I'm right nor that I shouldn't ever reconsider my position. I'm right about Guehi though. ;)
  6. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    If it's all about winning trophies and not having a sense of identity and soul and a connection with the club, then it doesn't really matter what colour the shirt is or what's on the badge. Might as well support PSG. I'm not asking for a whole squad of academy products but I am asking for them to be treated with the respect their ability deserves and for just as equal a chance as some utter waster like Hakim Ziyech gets just because someone's reputation is riding on having given the nod for a £30m transfer.
  7. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    It's very simple. You have four CBs out of contract next summer and two of them in their 30s. You move on from at least one of them now and give Guehi 20-25 games in a 55-60 game season (and he is absolutely good enough), a platform to then stake his claim for more the following season. I guarantee you that would be acceptable but it won't be. They might sell Zouma but they'll probably sign Lacroix and it's that sort of behaviour that puts off talented academy players. Essentially you're also saying that Mount and James would've been acceptable sacrifices for the 'greater good' too btw, because Chelsea are apparently good enough to be able to overlook talents of their abilities in normal times. Don't worry though, there'll be another chaotic collapse in the next twelve months and they'll lurch into another direction again soon enough.
  8. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Don't think for a moment his family and his agents don't know what Chelsea are up to and what their intentions are for him. They see stories linking Chelsea to other big-money CBs and, rightly, take the decision to further his career elsewhere. Chelsea lose an asset they could've instead trusted instead of doing what they've always done, which is knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. And again, I ask you to consider how different things might've been for each of them if they'd been afforded the same experiences as Mount. Look at Chalobah, a 17 year-old bossing the Championship, who went on to play well for a Chelsea title-winning team in relief of the starters. Nobody can tell me he wouldn't have at least been able to hold down a long-term rotation spot in midfield given the right opportunity at the right time, but he was instead then sent to ****ing Billy Davies at Forest and then to Burnley? **** sort of chance did he have?
  9. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Guehi has done everything Mount and James did, perhaps more, but hasn't got a favourable manager in the dugout so doesn't get the same treatment. There's no way you can say Mount and James made it because they were good enough without recognising they had help in breaking through the closed door that so many of their predecessors were frustrated by. How many of them would've scaled new heights had they been given the chances Mount and James were given? Development isn't linear and it is absolutely affected by where you end up being forced to play. If Lampard wasn't here, Mount would've definitely been loaned out again, because Chelsea had previously shown no interest in giving a Championship player a chance in the first team, and there is a strong possibility he'd be nowhere near the first team now, or at the very least not the player he's become. Surely this much has become obvious over the last decade? Chelsea have won just the two PL titles in the last decade while ignoring the academy btw, and had just as many disastrous seasons, it's hardly like the alternatives have been much better. But sure, put your faith in the board that at best stumble into good fortune rather than the only part of the men's side of the club that has been a consistent and undeniable success.
  10. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    And yes, you could absolutely convince Guehi to sign and do one more year of loan if you weren't feeding him absolute bullshit that anyone with any remote detection could smell a mile off. As soon as Frank was sacked, the academy players knew the score. Only one returning successful academy loanee has ever been given the meritocratic opportunity to impress in the first team outside of his reign and that was Christensen. Count the academy grads/returning loanees who committed to long-term deals before a ball had been kicked under Lampard. It's really not hard to work out what the players think.
  11. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    If you're not offering pathways to players you have developed in-house and who are clearly good enough, you are wasting your time and your money. Go ahead, sink another year into a declining Thiago Silva, spend £30m on a CB nobody will remember in two years, and pretend it's a sustainable theme while forgetting exactly why Chelsea are currently Champions of Europe.
  12. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Reports are one thing. Convice him there's a real pathway and he'll sign a new contract. There isn't, so he can't be convinced. A problem entirely of Chelsea's own making.
  13. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    I doubt they'd be quite so bad as to warrant that little playing time.
  14. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    I don't see signing him back for £40m (which is pie in the sky ****, he won't come back) as cheaper either.
  15. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Decent absolutely wins you PL and CL titles when those players are getting Zappacosta's minutes and Barkley's minutes and Emerson's minutes and free up big money to go and buy Havertz or Werner or pay Thiago Silva or whatever.