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17 May 2018 17:16:32
Just an "out-there" musing I had today.

Some have said that they'd play Luiz alongside Kante, and I'd be OK with that too. Obviously, he's currently not available for selection so I thought, we could play Alonso in there.

Gives us Emerson on the left, which most are happy with. Alonso can do the box to box and isn't afraid of a long shot either.

Just a different look at things from me.


1.) 17 May 2018 20:58:36
Problem is we shouldn't be looking at trying to force squares into circle holes. We need to either have a feeling that Bakayoko will come good and look the £40 million player we thought we were getting, or go out and find a top quality midfielder who can compliment Kante.

Don't get me wrong, having squad players who can fill multiple roles is a must in modern day football, but it isn't the solution for filling a position of real need.

2.) 17 May 2018 21:15:06
If we have to play a aging CB as CM then it shows how bad this club have messed up with young players and in transfer market.

3.) 18 May 2018 08:17:34
That could be disastrous or chances are slim it could pay off. It's too risky- (playing a footballer [M. Alonso] into a CM role that he hasn't played-in ever before) against a very strong opponent like ManUnited; in an FA CUP final.

Dihanio M. Alonso could posses some CM qualities in his game but it would be too much of a risk bringing him into this game to play central midfield. Besides have you considered his work rate- cos midfield is very difficult to play.



22 Mar 2018 11:21:17
Currently being linked with, Alderweireld who is 29 and has a buyout clause of £25 million.

Apparently Varane is valued at £50m, but I don't see us linked with him.

I'd prefer the latter, mainly for longevity, but Alderweireld is a warrior and a leader too, which would help us.

Who of the two would you opt for?


1.) 22 Mar 2018 13:38:56
I think Alderweireld is the better defender of the two, and would prefer him. But I don't know if we need him? We've got Zouma, who might deserve a go?

2.) 22 Mar 2018 15:26:55
TA had the prem experience and is one one best in league, but varane is younger quicker and great on ball, and better long term option. Could have long relationship with christensen, but leave Madrid for chelsea? Don’t think so personally.

3.) 22 Mar 2018 19:32:09
We lack leaders more than anything and Alderweireld will also do Christensen the world of good he’d be the best option as Zouma is still young too but it ain’t going to happen and neither will Varane.

4.) 22 Mar 2018 21:19:24
won't happen.

5.) 22 Mar 2018 22:11:40
EmilSC, did you just say that Alderwerield is better than Varane? I truly can't get my head around that.

{Ed018's Note - he is better than Varane}

6.) 22 Mar 2018 23:19:45
I think he is far ahead of Varane as a true defender. Varane is good but his pace helps him out a lot when you watch him play.

7.) 23 Mar 2018 08:18:49
Really? wow, if the Ed confirms it then it must be so. Wow! This one is really hard take-in cos something in me will always pick Varane ahead of Alderwerield.

{Ed001's Note - I am with Ed018, Varane is faster but not half as good overall as Alderweireld. Alderweireld is excellent defensively, really strong, really good on the ball and fully capable of playing right back or defensive midfield too. He just lacks genuine pace, though he is not slow, just not quick.}

8.) 23 Mar 2018 13:35:38
Alderweireld is only available at £25m if he agrees to a 1 year extension to his contract - we're looking at £40+m.



10 Jul 2017 11:54:31
Anyone else think it would be mutually beneficial all round, for Costa and Conte to work together this season with the promise to sell Costa in the summer of 2018

Costa wants to play in the WC next summer, having up until January off won't suit him or Spain.

Chelsea and Conte both need a striker (should Costa go) and Costa is proven in the league.

This would mean we don't have to splash out this season for a striker, giving us time and to scout potential replacements?


1.) 10 Jul 2017 12:01:59
yes it don't make sense to sell costa for 25-30 million then buy someone for 70-80 million, surely better to keep him and use the money on other positions.

2.) 10 Jul 2017 12:57:54
Would you perform if your manager said he wasn't interested in you!

3.) 10 Jul 2017 13:54:05
i would perform if i was a pro on wages of 170 grand a week, and 42000 fans cheering my name.

4.) 10 Jul 2017 15:15:46
Apart from the first season with us Costa has had moments of severe dispruption in the team. The man is a great player but if his head is not in the game he becomes a thug. We have seen this time and time again. I understand Conte wanting him gone and the club need to back him in this decision. A side without Costa will be stronger then a side with a Costa who doesn't want to be there.

5.) 10 Jul 2017 16:36:00
Bigphil:You like or not but you need to accept that Costa is world class striker who gives everything when on football pitch.

6.) 10 Jul 2017 16:42:02
Conte doesn't want him there. Come on sometimes last season his heart wasn't there. His head and heart is already in Madrid. Why would you want to keep a player who won't give 100% to the team?

7.) 10 Jul 2017 17:58:37
Samrat. when costa gives it all the man is unbeatable and i wouldn't have anyone else. but every season he has a good long spell where he is not only not giving 100% on the pitch but is also disruptive of the team. I can only see that getting worse now so I can't see it being possible for him to stay.

8.) 11 Jul 2017 23:51:10
i don't actually want to keep costa, i just think if for example we kept him until january, i would expect him to stay professional, as he is a professional and we pay him a lot of money to behave to a certain standard.




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20 Jul 2018 08:50:35
I don't get this Fekir chasing!

Liverpool pulled out of a deal cos they found an underlying knee problem. Why would we want to spend money on a player when it's known there's a chance of a potential career ending injury?

Makes no sense to me at all. We say Bale is injury prone when we are linked, but this case is different? I don't get it!




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20 Jul 2018 08:45:22
Both players aren't bad players, and they haven't just turned into bad players overnight.

Taking Morata first, he hit the ground running (Barring the pen miss in the Charity Shield) 10 goals up to the end of December, and we all said we had something special. A back injury, which he chose to play through obviously affected him. He didn't look the same player at all. 11 league goals and 6 assists in a season when an injury played a part is a very good return imo. Moving Morata on "cos he's crap" is not an option. If Sarri says he doesn't fit, that's a different story.

It's harder to make a case of Bakayoko, of course. Based on his last season with Monaco, he should have everything to suit the Premier League, yet he showed very little to prove this. He's looks strong and powerful but didn't stamp himself on the game last season. There's a case to be made that Contes system didn't suit/ he wasn't being used to his strengths. With Jorginho and Kante behind him, is there a case to be made for allowing Baka just to focus on driving forward?

In regards to losing Costa and Matic, it's public knowledge that both players tried to leave Chelsea before we won the league in Contes 1st season. In Costas case, he's been looking for that move for longer. Everyone focuses on Contes text to Costa, but it's reported that "Costa replied in a jokey way" to an enjoy the holidays text. Costa is a B*stard, we loved the way everyone else hated him, but "jokey way", I don't believe that. Costa and Conte definitely didn't see eye to eye.




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25 Jun 2018 08:53:17
Matt, I have no idea why anyone has disagreed with your comment.




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25 May 2018 14:09:29
obinna, Sarri is currently unemployed so his release clause is the grand sum of ZERO.

The guy is a free agent.




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17 May 2018 08:48:42
Back Conte in the market 8D.





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20 Jul 2018 12:18:51
IMO, from the little I've seen of Emerson, he's good enough to play the LB position.




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20 Jul 2018 10:22:37
Rugani knows the way Sarri wants to play ball. It looks as if Sarri is trying to get a spine of players who alreay know his style.

Rugani/ Jorghino/ Higuain all have played under Sarri before, and seem to have loved it. It makes sense for Sarri to have a number of players who understand his system, it'll make it bit easier for him to implement if other players can learn off these 3, what he wants to get from the team.

That's just my take on it.




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11 Jul 2018 08:29:23
You say Morata is too soft and goes to ground to easy and I'm not disagreeing. With the guts of a season under his belt, he'll know about the rough nature of the Premier League.

You can't say Icardi, or anyone else that's untested in the league would be any different. I mean, what makes you think Icardi is a better fit?




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11 Jul 2018 08:26:27
That Ronaldo to Juve deal has been floating about since December, when Ronaldo ask Perez not to put a ridiculous tranfer price on him.

It definitely hasn't been a 4 day turnaround.




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25 Jun 2018 08:56:34
This is the reason that deals don't just happen over night. We, the general public, have no idea what goes on with the nuts and bolts of a deal.

Getting Sarri wasn't just "paying the 8mil clause"