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19 Jan 2020 20:02:52
Ok, not in in this transfer window, or probably the summer, just a bit of fun really, but here are four players I think would improve Chelsea. This is more about the type of players than the specific individuals.

Romagnoli (Milan - CB) Left sided CB and a leader - we desperately need a leader in the middle of defence.

Chilwell (Leicester - LB) Not the best defensively, has been caught out, but by players (Mahrez) who can catch anyone out on their day. What he offers is great service from the left. Him and James offering width would give teams problems.

Martinez (Ajax - CB/ CM) Very good holding midfielder who can slot into a defensive role when our FB's are up the pitch. We need James to be as forward as possible, Martinez is the type of player who will help with that.

Martinez (Inter - FW) Let's be honest, when you see Batshuayi coming on you're thinking it'll be a pleasent suprise if he scores - there's very little in the way of expectations. We need someone whose a threat to play in place of or alongside Abraham. Martinez is the type of player that will give us more threat up top.

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19 Jan 2020 20:41:55
J, I’ve got this feeling we will be talking about transfers in the next few days!

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19 Jan 2020 20:57:29
There is a reason Romagnoli is still at Milan he is going downhill after showing potential early on. As for Chilwell I seen enough against city and Liverpool to show he’s no upgrade on Emerson or Alonso. I agree on Lisandro Martinez he’s an animal and would be perfect at CDM he’s great on the ball too.

If this board had brains they would have signed Telles or Grimaldo this month because they’re possible, cheaper than Chilwell and better all round players. We need more warriors that’s why I’d like to see us go for Gimenez from Atletico for CB as he’s at that age now after learning from Godín he’s got a lot of experience and leadership under his belt. I rate Tammy but he’s got no creativity behind him.

So mine would be:

José Giménez - Atletico (CB)

Telles or Grimaldo (LB)

Lisandro Martinez or Ampadu (CDM) - we need some steel not a Jorginho.

Sancho - Dortmund (LW) - The big signing. Capable of 20+ goals and assists a season and he’ll help Tammy, CHO and Pulisic as well. I’m sick of Willian slowing the play down.

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19 Jan 2020 14:22:44
Ed (s) it's no secret chelsea have interest in dembele / Werner along with others, it's also no secret our targets are not coming in January, would us not getting into champions league prevent us getting our main targets in the summer or would the club have to look to other targets, and with our problems in front of goal clear and frank seeming more and more concerned will we push to get someone now or just wait.

{Ed002's Note - As I have explained repeatedly, I have no interest in commenting on the timing of transfers. The club have players they would like to recruit and on that list are a number of strikers, but they will not look to buy players simply for the sake of it or to placate the fans.}

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19 Jan 2020 19:57:40
I’d rather we didn’t buy for the sake of it. But I do worry not getting top 4 wouldn’t attract players like Werner / dembele / Havertz etc etc.

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19 Jan 2020 19:56:37
I'm glad to hear that Ed002. Far too often we've made knee jerk reactionary signings and a six-to-twelve months later they've been irrelevant. Pato, Higuain, Falcao, Drinkwater all spring to mind. If we were going to take a punt on someone though, I'd love to see bids for Ollie Watkins or Said Benhrama at Brentford. Former is an excellent striker and can play across the front 3, latter is a quality winger in the mould of a Mahrez.

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19 Jan 2020 21:29:18
have to take time to make sure we get the right people. I am sure we all want champions league football next year, but no point in panic buying to try and achieve this goal. If we miss out then I am sure Roman has told Frank that he has time to build, to get the right players and get us back to the top.

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19 Jan 2020 17:11:18
N'Golo kante to be sold. If we sell then we don't have ambition and are a selling club. We sold hazard and there's talk of selling the only world class player in our squad, he needs the right man beside him, we should build around him, what other top teams sell there best players, we ain't arsenal!

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19 Jan 2020 17:23:18
Can’t see him being sold Matt.

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19 Jan 2020 17:35:55
Tbf Liverpool sold Coutinho, one of their best players at the time and they aren't doing half bad.

The thing is with us is if we sell players we have to replace them with a few big signings. We still need to replace Hazard, and if Kante were to leave he'd need replacing too, we can't just expect the kids to cover these world class players.

I know we've had a transfer ban, but during our ban you'd have hoped our club were still putting things in place behind the scenes to replace Hazard in particular. But our transfer business always seems so messy, like this month you'd expect the club to know what they want and already put things in place before the window opened.

I know transfer business isn't as simple as that and I don't know all the technicalities, but we never seem very organised in our business.

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19 Jan 2020 17:39:18
It depends what formation Lampard wants to implement in the future. He fits a two man to a T. I don’t think he fits a 3 man midfield.

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19 Jan 2020 17:45:59
We shouldn’t even be thinking about it, see stuff on Twitter and fans opinions about cashing in on him, i was shocked,

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19 Jan 2020 17:51:34
I did see the same thing about a week or so Matt.

I don’t think he has been at his best all season and suspect he isn’t 100% fit.

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19 Jan 2020 18:41:18
Coutinho was never and has never been Liverpool’s best player, he scored some rockets but when you shoot 20 times a game the odd few go in, Liverpool haven’t looked back since selling him, Barcelona want him gone and Bayern may not buy him so that’s all you need to know about coutinho. Kante needs a partner who can cover for him when needed and work hard, ie . Fabian Ruiz, and the formation should be to get the best out of kante, his one of the best in the world, play 4231, left footed beside him. And some end product in attack with a creative 10 who will have kante + another behind to press win it and play it with being able to get back and defend, only way I’d be ok with kante going is if casermiro came in,

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19 Jan 2020 19:27:46
Stunned that fans are even discussing it. Of all the big problems within our team he is hardly one of them. There are atleast 5 or 6 players that need to be moved on before we even consider selling Kante. If he wants to move then that's different. No doubt we'd be able to get a lot of money for him which would help the rebuild but i wouldn't want to see him go without seeing other players moved on first.

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19 Jan 2020 19:44:50
Tbf Matt what you're say about Coutinho, you could say the same about Hazard at Madrid. I know he's injured now, but he's not exactly been pulling up tree's since he left us. The grass isn't always greener as Coutinho and to an extent Hazard have found out.

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19 Jan 2020 19:57:58
Our best performance this year was the Supercup where Kante played as the holding midfielder. Lampard needs to stop Sarri's silly experiment and go back to playing him in that position like France and Conte did.

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19 Jan 2020 19:58:41
His played a hand fall of games, started off overweight and not fit then got injured,

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19 Jan 2020 17:03:26
Anyway, onwards and upwards.

We will beat the gooners on Tuesday and all be right with the world, for a few days.

Be interesting to see if MA continues with the City tactic of tag team fouls!

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19 Jan 2020 17:33:41
We are poor at defending crosses, poor at delivering crosses (except James) and poor at attacking the ball both ends of the pitch.

We also allow teams to cross the ball far to easily.

The coaches have to work hard with the players on all these things in training.

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19 Jan 2020 16:48:27
Liverpool with one cross and a goal, a reminder of our 23 wasted crosses and how poor we are at corners,

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19 Jan 2020 19:59:35
Yesterday, the quality of crosses (from open play) was there, especially from James; it was the lack of end product.
As for corners, I pray one day we'll work out how to beat the first man!

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19 Jan 2020 15:39:47
Trying to cheer myself up after yesterday's disappointment - last minute losing goal always a particular blow to the stomach - I looked back at stats for Klopp''s first three seasons. He took over from Brendan Rogers on 4 October 2015 when LFC 10th after 8 games and got them up to 8th place finish at the end of the season. The next two seasons LFC were 4th, then 2nd last season and now likely to win league of course. Klopp now widely seen as great manager. Frank took over after we had finished 3rd last season, but having sold our best player and with a summer transfer ban. Who knows what the next month or so will hold, and it looks to be a very tricky period as some have said, in which we could well drift down from our current 4th spot. But so far I think that most would agree that he and the squad have exceeded expectations, we, Frank and the club have been able to have a food look at the youngsters some of whom (but not all) will be good enough long term, and he has yet to be able to make his first signing. So yes I am worried about consequences of not getting ECL football next year - but then LFC not in that position when Klopp making first summer signings having finished 8th - but am still excited by the project in hand that is rebuilding with what will become a combo of youth and experience and surely a more consistent side next season. But, yes, of course would love quality reinforcement or two before 31 Jan, but if not possible to bring in now perhaps Pulisic-type deal of buying a player or two (like Sancho or Werner) now (while still in top 4!) to loan back to selling club until the summer might be. And if so this would decrease the concern about not getting players cos of finishing outside top 4.

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19 Jan 2020 16:17:10
Like your post JBS.

The blame game is understandable but it does get boring when it’s the same players getting criticism regardless of how they play but then I guess I’m pretty stubborn with my opinions!

We have a young team and manager and we have to remain positive.

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19 Jan 2020 14:44:47
What would people do regarding Kepa? Do we sign another solid goalie to challenge him? Get a new coach to help him? Or just try and sell and go for someone like Oblak?

Odisseas of Benfica looks a good keeper. Then there are other options a bit cheaper maybe Schmeichel from Leicester who's experienced who could suit us for a couple of years.

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19 Jan 2020 15:14:10
Keep him and worship him as he becomes with experience and more coaching one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

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19 Jan 2020 15:28:36
Should of gone for Nubel, went to Bayern on a free as heir to Nuer.

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19 Jan 2020 15:35:01
We should never have let Bulka leave, always liked the look of him.

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19 Jan 2020 16:18:58
He was a good prospect Bobby but if I remember correctly we didn’t want him to go, he wanted playing assurances.

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19 Jan 2020 16:26:44
Worship him is a bit far you’d swear he already had a quality season for us. Even last season he was average. Selling Bulka was a big mistake.

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19 Jan 2020 16:39:42
Only time will tell if Kepa becomes the goalkeeper I think he can be. I also acknowledge his performances this season are not what I expected.

I repeat what I’ve already said about Bulka. I didn’t think the club wanted to sell him and he is hardly pulling up trees at PSG.

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19 Jan 2020 17:40:23
Can’t pull up trees without a chainsaw. He played one had one clean sheet then dropped.

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19 Jan 2020 17:53:15
Sounds familiar. Will be interesting to see if he hangs about at PSG.

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19 Jan 2020 14:09:04
One player who's caught my eye this season who I didn't at first think what as good as he is is Jack Grealish. The lad is sensational and exactly the type of creative player we need right now. He's a strong leader as well for someone so young and I'd definitely like to see us show interest in him. It will never happen because of Lampards love of Mount. I do like Mount but he shouldn't be played as a 10 his creativity is non existent.

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