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18 Jan 2019 09:50:59
Hi Ed001, good morning, I heard that we are looking at Lobotka of Celta Vigo as an alternative to Leandro Paredes, Is there any truth to this and how do you rate Lobotka relative to Leandro Parades?

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{Ed001's Note - I don't know about the alternative to Paredes, other than he is someone that you have scouted through the season and before. He is highly regarded and, from what I have seen, a really good passer of the ball. I know PSG were considering him, had lots of looks at him but decided to go with a French player. He can play a more attacking midfield role, behind the forwards or a deeper role as a deep-lying playmaker as well as the kind of role Barkley etc are playing, so his versatility would be useful.

I really couldn't compare the 2 as I have not seen them play enough to do so.}

1.) 18 Jan 2019 11:50:15
Thankyou Ed, much respect.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

2.) 18 Jan 2019 13:57:54
It seems Leandro Parades is a really good player and whom Sarri wants (besides his age is good- 24years) Not every day does a club gets such a midfielder easily (as a first team player or as backup) . I am forced to say that we often tend under price ourselves out of good players. The club should get this deal wrapped up quickly so he doesn't opt for PSG whom I read- has already made a good bid for him.

3.) 18 Jan 2019 15:15:55
I don't make decisions for the club but I will be pissed off if we fail to sign Paredes. He's the kind of player we need to often release the attacking players. He also has experience for his age.

4.) 18 Jan 2019 18:17:16
I hope it doesn't become another Antonio Conte's experience of broken promises for Sarri (less than a year after been employed by Chelsea) . Sarri said that he needs a replacement for Fabregas- hopefully one midfielder has to come in (question is- who? And how is the player? ) .
Read that Inter Milan too is close to an agreement for Barella- another player that Sarri wants.
The funny thing is that when Chelsea now decides to spend- you see them pay £100 million for another Drinkwater.

5.) 19 Jan 2019 05:56:55
Is the parades deal going to be hijacked by psg . if so, who are alternatives looked at for the fabregas role.

Also, can you confirm if outgoings like Cahill Moses Drinkwater will be subject to others coming in . And will it be in this window? Or will younger academy players be given a chance?


{Ed001's Note - I don't think it would be hijacking, no deal has yet been agreed for him, so it would simply be them getting a deal done. Though I still think they are more likely to sign Gueye from Everton, for some reason. Not sure why as he is not good enough but there you go.

Cahill, Moses and Drinkwater are surplus regardless of incomings. If they can be moved on, they will be, even if no one comes in. I expect at least 2 of them to go in January, probably all 3, though it might mean loans initially.

As for academy players, Sarri will continue as he has been doing. The use of the academy is not his strength but he will have them in and around the first team.}

6.) 20 Jan 2019 06:36:16
Ed001, I think PSG are looking to sign two midfielders in the next two windows. One who is a B2B like Doucoure or Gueye and a DLP like Paredes, Weigl, Lobotka or FDJ. They will have only Verratti and Nkunku as their two midfield options next season.

PSG might have a strong attacking lineup, but their midfield and defense is poor. If they buy two MFs along with a LB and a RB, and sell Neymar to raise money, I think they would have a much more balanced squad.

7.) 20 Jan 2019 22:29:15
Are there any more players in the academy that can play for even Championship teams and excel. Sarri can't even use CHO.



22 Nov 2018 13:31:55
Hi Ed; How's your day? Any truth to Chelsea being interested in a Lyon player called Houssem Aouar?
If true, how do you rate the guy?
Have a good evening.

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{Ed001's Note - not as far as I know, I know some English clubs looked at him but felt he was a bit slow and not up to the physicality of the Prem.}

1.) 22 Nov 2018 13:58:52
Surprised they thought he was slow, I watched most Lyon games last year and the kid has some immense potential. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

{Ed001's Note - depends on what they mean by slow, could be slow of thought or slow of understanding instructions.}

2.) 22 Nov 2018 14:22:41
Thankyou Ed, Kentonio- a lot of people are saying good things about him (Houssem Aouar) .

3.) 22 Nov 2018 15:42:38
A lot of people who watched the French league also said good things of Bakayoko. French league is a pub league. 1 team dominates, the others are crap. Probably on par with the Scottish leagues,

4.) 22 Nov 2018 16:00:47
Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba, Ngolo Kante, Thierry Henry etc. were all from the French league.

5.) 22 Nov 2018 16:14:48
Disagree with Adams comment. Load of tosh.

6.) 22 Nov 2018 19:49:01
Obina and you're point being? Bakayoko was made to look good in a poor league, got found out in 2 different leagues in 2 different countries.

7.) 22 Nov 2018 19:34:52
Our greatest striker ever came from the French league 🤦🏼‍♂️ There’s some fickle fans 😂.

8.) 22 Nov 2018 21:52:56
the French league was stronger back then until a little country decided to buy PSG and turn the league into a crap one. Its hardly made the league stronger has it? Fickle hardly mate, just don't get hyped up like you Fifa lot who think you know everything because you've signed him on a game. or watched him for one season. Bakayoko, Fabinho (liverpool) both look out their depths in this league.

9.) 22 Nov 2018 21:54:23
Totally agree Obinna some fans need to take a trip down memory lane before they comment. Let’s not forget Essien either.

10.) 22 Nov 2018 22:20:21
Kingkante, its truly quite a long list.

11.) 23 Nov 2018 01:37:16
I agree mate I find it quite disturbing the lack of knowledge some apparent Chelsea fans have on here already. Doesn’t matter what league you’re from there’s class and average players in each one.

12.) 23 Nov 2018 07:59:24
Adam is one of those fans. No point wasting your breath.

He says 1 team dominates, however only recently Monaco won the league.

Mbappe, Neymar, mendy, B. Silva, Fekir etc etc. The list is endless. Get your head out mate.

13.) 23 Nov 2018 09:50:36
Yes and they all dominate the champions league don’t they?

14.) 23 Nov 2018 09:54:53
Neymar hardly made himself in the French league you whopper. He learnt his trade in brazil, then Spain and now a piss easy league in France.

I think you’re all missing the point. Some players look good in a poor league and then get found out in stronger leagues. Not going to go through every player who has made the transition from one league to another. But there are players who look good and can make the step up, others can’t.

15.) 23 Nov 2018 10:13:13
Oh such a strong league. PSG already 13 points ahead. Played 13 won 13. Monaco 7 points. 19th place. Brilliant comparison. Even our below average players look good in the French league. Joey barton anyone. just because a player looks good playing in that league doesn’t mean he’s good enough for Chelsea.

{Ed001's Note - you could say the same about a player playing in any team outside the top 6 in England....}

16.) 23 Nov 2018 12:06:20
In What way have PSG dominated in the champions league? They’ve done nothing considering the money they’ve spent. Lyon have some fantastic young players there. Fekir, Aouar, N’Dombele and Ferland Mendy could all go on to become world class one day.



16 Nov 2018 16:50:55
Hi Eds; Is Chelsea interested in the Napoli RB- Elseid Hysaj? Seems like he could be on the move with all the talk coming from his agent OR I guess it's right to say that any interest in him will depend on possible departures. Maybe is he a player that Sarri would like in his present team?

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{Ed001's Note - Sarri loves him but he has had serious injury problems I am not sure if the club would agree to move for him right now.}

1.) 16 Nov 2018 22:36:38
Thanks man.

2.) 16 Nov 2018 20:43:46
Ed001, any idea on which positions we will try to strengthen in January and in the summer?

{Ed001's Note - not really mate, the problem is that the people making the decisions there I do not know. I know Sarri wants someone for the right side to replace Willian but I don't know if they will decide to agree with him.}

3.) 17 Nov 2018 10:15:06
Thanks anyways, Ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome. Sorry I can't help more.}



09 Nov 2018 14:33:45
Hi guys, how reliable is the source El Gol Digital? They are stating that Sarri has spoken with Fekir over the phone about a move to Chelsea in January (winter) . Ordinarily, that would be tapping up but the move does make sense since Chelsea reportedly missed out on the player in the summer ; Fekir is reportedly entering the final year of his contract come summer next year and Chelsea being linked to lots of attacking midfielders. Good player.

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1.) 09 Nov 2018 16:47:44
rubbish source.



06 Nov 2018 14:23:29
Hi Ed001; would it be right to say that Chelsea is definitely in for a winger in January transfer window with all the talks going around names like Suso, Malcom, Lorzano, Nicholas Pepe, Fekir, Leo Bailey (talking) etc.? Can you please shed some light.

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{Ed001's Note - more of a right sided forward, but yes, there does seem to be a definite plan to get one.}

1.) 06 Nov 2018 14:56:29
Thanks Ed, you are a lifesaver. This guy Nicholas Pepe- how do you rate compared to others that I mentioned in my question?

{Ed001's Note - I have only seen clips of him mate, so not enough to judge him at all.}

2.) 06 Nov 2018 16:56:16
Who do you think would be best for the role Ed? I’d personally like to see Hudson-Odoi a go but no change that’ll happen. We need a direct winger like Robben. I’d try for Dembele as part of the Willian deal. Suso isn’t quick enough for me although I rate him highly.

{Ed001's Note - Lozano looks best suited to the Prem to be honest. Dembele seems to just constantly give the ball away, which is what has annoyed Barca and made them look to move him on already. Leon Bailey would probably be the best though, if he is attainable.}

3.) 06 Nov 2018 17:38:56
If Dembele gives the ball away too easily, it means that Sarri won't like him either.

{Ed001's Note - good point.}

4.) 06 Nov 2018 18:51:58
I loved Bailey last season but he’s been shocking this year. If he can’t start for Leverkusen he won’t do much for us. I like Lozano though he’s got goals and assists in him.




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08 May 2019 12:36:14
With Chelsea losing the appeal to freeze the transfer ban, I guess it's next to CAS.

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29 Apr 2019 07:00:14
Good improvement from the team on how they played against ManUnited. What I have always wanted to see from the team (which is resolute defending and quick transition into counterattack) was very much on play yesterday.

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1.) 29 Apr 2019 09:18:52
Apart from the first 15-20 minutes I thought we were pretty much in control of the match. We just needed the second goal.



03 Apr 2019 13:54:19
Hi Ed; good afternoon, please is Loftus cheek's back injury- an injury that can be treated completely or is it something that he has to keep managing and playing with all his career?

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{Ed002's Note - I am not a doctor.}

1.) 03 Apr 2019 15:58:30
Ed002.Your funny. Lol.

2.) 03 Apr 2019 21:42:07
Yes he's really funny.

3.) 04 Apr 2019 02:27:12
I think if you saw Sarri's post match press conference after the Brighton game esp his comments on Loftus Cheek's back problem, I think you will see that my question wasn't unreasonable (that is if you think my question was unreasonable) .



03 Apr 2019 13:05:27
Read L'equipe (that's sometimes reliable) saying that, Ndombele and Nabil Fekir will be allowed to leave Lyon this season. I really like Ndombele; wondering if Chelsea might be interested that is if ban is suspended, Bakayoko joins AC Milan and Chelsea eventually not interested in Kovacic.

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01 Apr 2019 14:36:23
I saw Nicholas Pepe yesterday against Nantes. He's quite a player, I must confess. Sorry Ed; do you know if Chelsea is interested in him? Thanks.

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1.) 01 Apr 2019 17:59:03
Got it Ed002; you said that he'll be moving elsewhere. Thanks.




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16 May 2019 08:03:25
None of us here is the manager, all we do comment, wish and hope. I don't and can't decide Hudson Odoi's future (and offcourse every right thinking Chelsea fan wants Hudson Odoi to stay at Chelsea and get a chance) .
I have never said that Hudson Odoi shouldn't be given a chance at Chelsea; Is Hudson Odoi good enough to be one of our wingers at the club? I think 100% YES, but I don't think his ability and experience level at the moment can replace Hazard's. Presently, he isn't as good as Hazard- when Hazard joined the club some years back from Lille and he still isn't as good as Hazard at the moment, so why should I see him as being able to replace Hazard? I think the club needs a bigger and better player than Hudson Odoi to replace Hazard if we must be a better team- (post Hazard's departure) .

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15 May 2019 08:01:51
If its possible my midfield (in Sarri's 4-3-3 formation) for next season is Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Loftus Cheek, Bruno Fernandes (or Coutinho) . I will sell Ross Barkley.

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15 May 2019 00:09:27
Hazard's shoe is so big- that it can swallow a Hudson Odoi, besides Odoi's injury at the moment is quite serious and many players don't come back from it the same (he has to be recovered gradually and getting him back to top form could take a while) .
Besides, I have never seen Hudson Odoi as a replacement for Hazard cos if we must advance after the sale of a great player like Hazard, we need someone that is proven, young and has room for improvement which is a Leroy Sane (that is if CAS favours us and Mancity is willing to sell) . A good example is replacing Courtois with good player like Kepa.
Hudson Odoi will have to be at his best for 3 years to be able to replace Hazard; at the moment, I think Hudson Odoi can replace Pedro or Willian.
Pocket Hazard's money without any capable replacement lined up will mean setting yourself up to fail.

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14 May 2019 23:47:20
David Ornstein is of BBC so the source could be reliable but Ryan Sessegnon's interest doesn't make sense.

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14 May 2019 17:25:25
I don't think Coutinho and Hazard are the same kind of player (in terms of their role on the pitch) but Leroy Sane (if he was to be available) is more similar in role to Hazard than Coutinho. But I will honestly want to have Coutinho in the squad if Hazard leaves. So if CAS were to rule in Chelsea's favour, I will rather spend Hazard's cash and cash from another sale (which is a left sided midfielder) on a midfielder with goals (like Bruno Fernandes or Coutinho) and Leroy Sane (whom is a winger/ attacking midfielder)
If a midfielder like Bruno Fernandes or Coutinho was to come in, that could mean Ross Barkley will have to go; cos I think Sarri will prefer to play such midfielder on the left side of midfield- where Loftus Cheek and Barkley plays (in that case, I preferably will want Ross Barkley gone in such a situation) .
In conclusion, I will sell Hazard and Barkley and replace both of them with Leroy Sane (if Mancity would sell) and Bruno Fernandes (or Coutinho) .

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18 May 2019 10:20:18
Yes Matt, he's fee shouldn't be high.

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18 May 2019 10:15:09
Sorry Miss Darren Wood, I don't understand your comment but my point is that-Besides the fact that he's the available choice (cos of the transfer ban), it would make complete sense (to both Sarri and the Board) ; and help the team a lot- to have a midfielder that can play Kante (RM), Jorginho (DM) and Loftus cheek/ Barkley role (LM) in the team; has good box to box runs which he hasn't been doing at Chelsea yet. I also think he's one guy in the team that can play in two or three man central midfield formation (so I think he will do well whether its Sarri or another manager that's in charge of the squad)

I said he can work and improve on adding goals and assists to his game cos- before now, Kovacic played attacking midfielder (during time at Inter-Milan) . Personally, I haven't seen some attributes of his game which I know before now (so I think he will improve or has room for improvement) . His sitting on the bench before now at Real Madrid also did some damage but I think it can be fixed.

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17 May 2019 17:52:26
I completely support that we sign him- the guy's versatility in our midfield is awesome. Besides adding goals and assists to his game is something he can work and improve on.

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17 May 2019 15:31:20
I would prefer to let Sarri continue the work that he's doing at Chelsea than sign Alegri at the moment. Let's give him a chance for two years.

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17 May 2019 08:20:31
Chelsea Nick, from your experience how long do you think it will take Loftus cheek and Hudson Odoi to make a full recovery after surgery to their ruptured Achilles tendon? Thanks.

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