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  1. Victor Moses (On Loan: 2013-2014)

    Players have mental maps, I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that Moses could see Lukaku had a lot to do if he'd passed before beating the 2nd defender and that this informed his 'instincts' in taking on the challenge.
  2. Victor Moses (On Loan: 2013-2014)

    On the basis that he shoots from an acute angle outside the box with his first touch, yes he's wide open. But any other situation and the defender is in the passing channel. You aren't exactly "releasing" Lukaku when he's still 35 yards away from goal with one defender to beat. The idea from Moses was to beat the second challenge buy time for Oscar and Lukaku to get into position and provide himself options. Ranocchia does a good job positionally which leaves Moses with a pass to Oscar, he then continues his run to drag Ranocchia away from Lukaku who is then properly open. It was good play all round and we scored one way with the possibility of scoring another way too.
  3. Victor Moses (On Loan: 2013-2014)

    I disagree. Pause this video at 29/30 seconds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=B5E2Z1v3VsY Defender is right in position, facing Moses, anticipating that pass with enough depth to close down Lukaku or force him wide. Defender to his left is totally wrong footed. Then pause it at 31/32 right before the shot and see Oscar has a choice between shooting or passing to a wide open Lukaku.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    "Stagnated" suggests that his upward trajectory has been suppressed and I'm not sure that's the case with 14 La Liga games under his belt at age 19. Competitive training sessions also count as experience and an opportunity to improve. Certainly now is the time to get lots of games though. Yes pressing isn't the toughest concept, and yet he's still not especially good at it (again, yet). I think a move to Holland is far more realistic, for 2 reasons. 1) It gives a good point of comparison to other players we've had playing there. 2) It could allow him to get regular starts as something of a luxury player for a winning side, rather than getting the odd appearance here or there for a struggling side in a better league.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    No it's a fair point. He seems something of a 'system player', by which I mean you couldn't pinpoint any stellar abilities that mark him out from many other forwards, and he appears to work best facilitating a possession. He's a tidy passer and mover that lacks much cutting edge or penetration as an attacker, rarely doing anything remarkable with the ball, and you couldn't say he was a particularly good presser of the ball yet. He'd probably fit in neatly at Liverpool, or Swansea. Maybe Southampton, but I'd say he'd struggle to press for regular first team appearances in a top league without adding to his game. I think for Chelsea, considering who we already have and considering other prospects like Traore and Boga (who I acknowledge are different, but would still compete for the same opportunities in the first team), he's a good-quality no-hoper. Not dissimilar to a player like Sergio Tejera.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Van Ginkel, De Bruyne (possibly Oscar, and Luiz if necessary). Anyone bought wouldn't be cover, they would be a replacement for someone.
  7. Van Ginkel

    His age really doesn't matter. His potential may or may not be 'world class' or whatever, I'm not really especially interested in that, because right now he looks physically and technically capable of competing in this midfield with a unique blend of abilities. At £8m he's value for a squad player, and if any upside is realised it's an enormous bonus.
  8. Official: Eden Hazard Departs For Real Madrid

    I didn't mention Neymar, my response was purely to your suggestion that Hazard hadn't proven himself in Europe. But regarding such a comparison, I think you can't compare them on shared experience. In the last 2 years alone Neymar has played about 40 times for Brazil's full senior side, compared to Hazard's 15 appearances for Belgium. And the Premier League is a vastly more challenging league than Série A. You have to have pure faith based on a great deal of mediocre-level competition that Neymar has far more significant potential than Hazard. It may work out that way, but there is nothing definite. We have a far more solid body of evidence to suggest Hazard can develop into a far greater player than he currently is, whereas we just don't know with Neymar yet. I have doubts over some technical aspects of his game, particularly how his game favors open spaces and he takes a lot of luxury touches, blind to where defenders are, but that may simply be a product of the environment's he's worked in so far. If he's going to succeed at Barca he will have to adapt well and quickly to a very different environment.
  9. Van Ginkel

    Yeah, well that will probably automatically save on about 15 goals conceded and a good 10 or so extra points. But it's a real point of interest to see how interplay develops there over the next month. You'll note all the things Guardiola is able to experiment with, using his 2 very experienced Bayern XI's. Jose is instilling the basics.
  10. Squad Status: 2013/2014 Season

    I think you're right about attitude, but I'd say that Chalobah can defend and Ake cannot. Seeing as both are essentially played in defensive roles I'd suggest more things Nate has to do, work out better than is the case for Nathan. Where it may be a toss up between which player ends up playing a marginal, defensive midfield role for Chelsea, there is only one player that is likely to be a centreback for us and he is playing that position on tour right now. Mourinho on Chalobah: "For sure, a Chelsea player (in future), for sure. We think he is there. He could be in our squad already."
  11. Van Ginkel

    Only when the rest of the midfield knows how to adapt and rotate positions judged off of where he is moving to. It looks like that sort of midfield movement will be introduced gradually and methodically. Even if one deeper lying midfielder was getting forward slightly more, it wasn't by any significant margin. I saw about 3 breaks by any central midfielder into the opponents final 3rd and one of those was by Van Ginkel.
  12. Official: Eden Hazard Departs For Real Madrid

    There's a pretty wide distinction between proving you can play and becoming a complete and consistent performer. Hazard has at least achieved the first. Neymar is yet to.
  13. Squad Status: 2013/2014 Season

    Josh already qualifies as club trained due to him being here uninterrupted from 15 to 18. Piazon won't qualify if he continues to go out on loan.
  14. Squad Status: 2013/2014 Season

    Are you surprised because you rate him higher than Chalobah (a player Jose thinks might be ready for the first team already...)?
  15. Official: Eden Hazard Departs For Real Madrid

    Did last year not happen or something? Regrettably, I must ask, 'prove himself' how?
  16. Van Ginkel

    Looked very much to be team orders. Central midfielders positions were very static.
  17. OFFICIAL - David Luiz Joins PSG.

    There aren't many that can carry the ball forward from a defensive position as well as him and provide the immediate danger that he does with his range of passing or capacity to beat a man and create space, or even his shooting ability. But his decision making does indeed leave a lot to be desired, offensively and defensively. That's why Mourinho says 'potential', which for a 26 year old could be construed as a back-handed compliment.
  18. Van Ginkel

    "Double Pivot", as it's been instituted by AVB, RDM and FSW, seems a misnomer under Jose when all 3 of the attacking midfielders were comfortable dropping deeper than Essien and Ramires, or rotating positions with them at various points, including KDB. Check out his touches, and see how much of his best work comes from finding space deep: http://www.weaintgotnohistory.com/2013/7/18/4533424/kevin-de-bruyne-vs-singha-all-star-xi-video-highlights The fabulous pass from the halfway line to find Lukaku's run for a one-on-one with the goalie. Defensively he's weak, but that's not to say he isn't a decent option.
  19. Ramires and Van Ginkel are also options further up the pitch. Not an issue.
  20. Van Ginkel

    You're quite plainly wrong.
  21. Van Ginkel

    The most important point is that he's ready to start. Physically, technically and increasingly tactically, he could over-match most opponents in our league and hang with the best ones. Not a kid.
  22. Squad Status: 2013/2014 Season

    Technical ability and workrate? Given that 'technical ability' is so broad as to be meaningless, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest first touch, passing and creativity. Work rate is also vague, but I'm also going to suggest pace, effort and defensive understanding. To me Lampard, Ramires and Van Ginkel all qualify comfortably. That's 3 players for one position out of 2. Leaving Essien (a very good holding midfielder), Mikel (an outstanding holding midfielder, with potentially huge creative upside) and De Bruyne capable of playing deeper, with Oscar offering a very different option deep. That's not a weak area. It pisses all over what Utd can muster, and is at least equivalent to Man City. It wasn't the individuals that were letting the midfield down in the post-Ancelotti era. It was the ****ing abysmal management that led to a totally disconnected midfield unit, where the "double pivot" was miles away from its 3 attacking midfielders, or stretched drastically due to a total lack of clear direction on team shape. Watch that first preseason friendly under Jose and tell me how often we ever saw the team play so compact, so high up the pitch, with such clear direction on its pressing and rotation of positions during the last 2-3 years? Midfield will be a strength again under Mourinho, and it won't require a €30m investment.
  23. Media / Press

    Like DROY I also don't see any especially 'Prima donna' and 'disruptive' aspect of Rooney as a person or player. However, he does bring with him the focus and attention of a British media that want to both lionize and annihilate him as the most talented forward England have produced for decades. That's a negative, but not one that we don't already deal with on a daily basis. Rooney was Manchester Utd's best and by far most productive player, in multiple positions, for the last decade, including that period of time where Ronaldo fully realised his abilities as a forward. Rooney was and is asked to perform as a midfielder, winger and striker. The first transfer request was apparently a way of getting the club to remunerate his performances relative to others in the team who regularly don't come close to him for top level quality or consistency. This 2nd transfer request came at the end of a season when Rooney was to some degree marginalized in some of the biggest games of the season with Van Persie preferred as a striker, whilst using defensive wide players. It was hard to argue that was 'best for the team' as Utd lost out to Real Madrid in the UCL, Chelsea in the FA Cup (and incidentally the LeagueCup & EPL head2heads too).
  24. Didier Drogba

    What, fans like you, you mean?