Michael Tucker

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  1. I know that everybody is entitled to their opinions, and to voice them. But really, this constant nit-picking

    of our players is getting beyond a joke. So, now it's Drogba's turn. A week ago, it was Robben, who was transformed from a genius into a dunce, on the back of a couple of "quiet" games. Before that it was "what's wrong with Duff?". Gudjohnson's had a turn, same with Kezman. Parker, Cole, Ferreira, Bridge, at different times. Cech had a poor game a few week's ago, and it brought out the "bring back Carlo" brigade.

    Poor bloody Geremi cops it whether he's playing, or not! As Nilesy said, these guys aren't robots - they are men, who play football for a living. As such, they will not set the world alight every time they take the field. Not possible. Nobody does, or ever has done.

    Is Drogba worth 24 mill? Personally, I don't think anyone is, but if that was the market value at the time, then so be it. It shouldn't really concern anybody what the actual amount of money spent on a player was, as long as Chelsea FC were happy to pay it. The only thing that should matter, is what the guy delivers for our team, on the field. And that, gentlemen, we won't know until the season finishes.

    And yes, silky,you're spot-on - if Drogba nets at the same ratio as the "lazy" Crespo, then I will be more than happy! In fact, I'd be happy if all our strikers were that "lazy".


  2. Personally, I'd start with Drogba, to get amongst the Arsenal defenders. He's got the size & strength to more than match Toure & Campbell. Plus, he's got a bit of "mongrel" in him, which could unsettle the Gooners. Having said that, I wouldn't be disappointed, or surprised, if JM starts with Guddy.

    By the way, Guddy DIDN'T miss a "sitter" against Newcastle - it was a more difficult a chance than that. But, he should still have scored it. Having created the chance through his own determination, with the help of some appalling defending, he should have made it count, no question.


  3. Being in such a perfect position, and actually at the game, Harry, I'm sure you wouldn't have failed to notice the two defenders who reached kezman at the same time the ball did? They weren't within sight when the ball should have been played, though. That's the benefit of having a replay, I guess!


  4. So then, Glen... he'll be the first completely mistake-free footballer, will he? Someone asked why he was offside. Others have expressed their opinion of that. He actually DID delay his pass too long, in most people's opinion. That's also been discussed by a few. This IMO hardly constitutes being "on his case". I'm quite sure that Drogba himself, isn't quite so sensitive.


  5. trp - it was way too late for that pass by the time Drogba reached the byline. It SHOULD have been hit earlier, when Kezman was in space, and unmarked. By the time Drogba made the pass, the Porto defenders were on to Kezman. As I've said elsewhere, If that had been Joe Cole instead of Drogba, people would have been up in arms.

    As far as the offside situation is concerned, well, it's all about "inches", isn't it? If it comes off, he's a hero. When it doesn't....? The way the "ref's assistants" are performing, it's a bit of a lottery anyway, isn't it?


  6. Whiping off 80 mill's worth of debt, spending 200 mill plus on new players, a wages bill that must be astronomical and, millions on a new training facility that everyone demands, doesn't equal lower ticket prices, unfortunately. Particularly, if your stated intention is to make the club self-funding. It's THE great conundrum for all football clubs, not just Chelsea. Partially, you can compensate by increasing the ground capacity, but that in itself requires another huge investment of funds, and won't put any downwards pressure on the prices in the short term. I have no idea what the answer to this is. Sadly, it appears that football is getting farther and farther removed from it's working-class roots. Regular attendance is already beyond most average wage earners. It's a real shame, isn't it?


  7. Natalie, you ask how long it will be before Drogba adapts to the Premiership, and you say that he hasn't impressed you, so far. Firstly, we've only played four competitive games! During three of those, the service to the strikers has generally been quite poor. That hasn't stopped Drogba working his backside off for the team, and being a continuing threat to opposition defences.

    Secondly, goals, whilst obviously being important, aren't the only factors by which a striker is judged. Every team needs a player who can lead the line, get amongst the defence, hold the ball up and, link well with his other forwards. Drogba has showed all of these skills - and they will undoubtedly improve. His touch hasn't been "perfect" so far, but it has been pretty impressive for a guy fresh into the team. Unless you're only judging by goals scored, I can't see why you're unimpressed.

    Thirdly, his price has absolutely nothing to do with it. Of course, a hefty price tag brings with it, high expectations, but they have to be based on reality. For example, does Kezman get more time to settle because he only cost £5m?

    Why don't you just wait until the midfield is functioning properly, and we have Robben and Duff playing.


  8. linton, on that basis, wouldn't you have to write-off Kezman, too? I mean, he's hardly set the world alight either, has he? We are only 2 games into the season, for goodness sake! The midfield isn't functioning properly. We haven't sighted Duff or, Robben yet.

    Cole's only just got back on the field. And, Lampard's been anonymous, so far. Under those circumstances, I'd have been very surprised if Drogba, or any other striker for that matter, had been "on fire". Let's wait and see what happens when all of the above are in-place, and he's match fit.


  9. Duncan, the FA are a joke. This decision is just the latest in

    a long line of bizarre behaviour by them. You're absolutely right,

    of course, in that if the "friendly" doesn't count, then neither should any cards issued. But that would be logical, wouldn't it?

    And logic, my friend, is a concept that appears to escape those in the executive suite at FAHQ!


  10. Hi Rachel! Everton have already said that they wouldn't take less than 30 mill. But, most clubs who'd be after him (including ManU) would be looking to pay over a period of time, whereas we'd be talking money up front. So, I think that 27.5 would buy Rooney.

    You're right to say that Marseille didn't want to sell Drogba. However, money, particularly Chelsea's money, talks.

    Anyone else knocking down their door at that price? There isn't, and there won't be, because it's too high. They've also already made an 8 mill offer for Samuel Eto'o, so they're getting over their grief rather well, don't you think?

    Anyway, my quiz is just out of interest. Reality is another thing altogether!

    Happy Bastille Day, for yesterday.


  11. Ok Chelsea fans, put yourself in the hot seat for a few minutes.

    You're the new Chelsea manager. Your big name striker has just departed for Italy. The new season is only weeks away, and you need to sign a replacement, urgently. The new guy must be able to blend perfectly with the other strikers at your disposal. You have 27.5 million to spend. The 2 most obvious names on everybody's lips are: Didier Drogba and, Wayne Rooney.

    Drogba the target man. Big, strong and quick. Deadly finisher.

    Rooney the wonder boy of English football. Short, mobile "loose" striker who enjoys sitting off the target man. Deadly finisher.

    On one hand, you know that Marseille have inflated Drogba's price, simply because it's Chelsea that want him, and they know you have plenty of money to burn.

    On the other, Everton have already reduced the asking price for Rooney (their only asset) from a ludicrous 50 mill (no takers), to a more reasonable 30 mill (still no takers). You realise that if you knock on their door with 27.5 mill in your briefcase, wonder boy will be yours.

    So, people, which one do you buy?

    Not, "who do you think Chelsea will buy?", because we pretty much know the answer to that already.

    I'd like to know who YOU'D buy, and why?