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06 Jul 2020 10:37:30
Ed002
Would the club need to sell some players if they decide to try and sign Havertz or do they have suficient funds available?
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I am not going to get in to the finances.}

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06 Jul 2020 12:56:36
OK Ed 002 I thought it might have been a general enough question for it not to be complicated or controversial.

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05 Jul 2020 19:18:40
Eds, are Werner and Ziyech going to be training with the 1st team squad for the remainder of this season now that they've signed?

{Ed002's Note - Not just yet - there are some odds and ends to resolve.}

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05 Jul 2020 11:42:40
Jorginho doesn't seem to get look in at the moment, and at 2-0 and kante going off Gilmour was on ahead of him. Times up maybe?

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05 Jul 2020 12:19:08
Gilmour is a talent but Jorginho is an established and experienced player; Gilmour isn’t at that level yet when we can rely on him for a whole season but Jorginho is. At this moment that points are vital, I would go with Jorginho even if the club were to sell in the up coming window. Jorginho should be starting the game against Crystal Palace and should have been playing all our games since he returned from suspension.

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05 Jul 2020 12:30:13
obinna I strongly disagree regarding Jorginho, since Kante has returned to his favoured position the whole midfield looks far more energetic and proactive.

I'm interested to know why you rate him so highly and why you would put him ahead of Kante in that position?

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05 Jul 2020 12:38:07
obinna, we've won 4 out of 5 games since the restart without Jorginho!

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05 Jul 2020 12:52:05
Jorginho fanboys are devestated at the minute that we’re better without him it’s a hard time for them so take it easy please guys 😂.

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05 Jul 2020 12:56:13
I don't see a future for Jorginho at the club. I think we're seeing the future of our midfield developing without him. Mount showing he's a genuine midfielder, not a ten. Gilmour doesn't have to be consistent over a season if Kante stays, he's an alternative to Kante and can learn a lot just from watching the great man. Barkley also begining to play himself into a future at the club and Loftus-Cheek competing with Havertz (potentially) further up the pitch. I haven't even mentioned Kovacic yet who is certainly in the conversation for our player of the year.

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05 Jul 2020 13:52:54
Chelsea has got FIVE substitutions to make in every game, yet Jorginho doesn’t get to play- that’s my point.

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05 Jul 2020 13:58:01
Besides I have never said play Jorginho ahead of Kante, no one changes a winning team. Atleast let him come in as a substitute if he’s in ‘Lampard’s plan’.

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05 Jul 2020 14:04:13
Obinna you stated that "Jorginho should be starting the game against Crystal Palace and should have been playing all our games since he returned from suspension. "

In which case where would you play Jorginho if you leave Kante as the DM?

Not looking for an argument I'm just interested in your point of view regarding Jorginho because for me he offers very little.

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05 Jul 2020 14:24:35
Yes L&P; Jorginho has got to start against Crystal Palace if Kante won’t be fit cos of the knock (suspected hamstring) he had against West Ham. I would start Jorginho ahead of Gilmour for that game.

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05 Jul 2020 17:33:43
I think Jorginho will be sold this summer. His a terrific player in a system that works for him. Not sure if the issues in his personal life have had an affect on him.

Unfortunately, we don't have a reliable defence or a competent GK that can save him when a mistake is made or due to his defensive frailty. I don't want to slate Jorginho because he was very important in the run of games that we won at the start of the season.

I think we are seeing Lampards's future vision. No.6 and two no.8's

Kante (Gilmour), Kovacic (Mount) Havertz (RLC) .

I suspect Barkley, Jorginho, Bakayoko and Drinkwater will all be sold this summer.

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05 Jul 2020 20:00:28
Hi Shak; your post is good but if Jorginho leaves, Chelsea has to bring in another midfielder; that is if Barkley will leave too (going by your post) . Forgive me, I don’t think Chelsea can bank on Gilmour as backup to Kante for a whole season ‘yet’.

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05 Jul 2020 20:10:45
There's other options there Obinna, Ampadu potentially coming back, Kovacic can play that role and James is more than capable in midfield too. But, I don't think Barkley will leave this summer.

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05 Jul 2020 11:03:00
Zouma's last four games for Chelsea have come with clean sheets. Watford, Leicester, Everton, Liverpool. Not saying he's the major reason for it but by watching those games it's clear he's our best CB. Hopefully he starts from now on. A lot of talk about Pulisic and rightly so but Mount has been just as good when he's played and seems to be soo important in the way we play. Ability to press is brilliant and his link up has gotten better as the seasons progressed, would love to see a Mount, Kante and Havertz midfield next season. Big 3pts, hopefully we can finish strong now.

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05 Jul 2020 12:53:17
He’s brilliant just needs to play RCB and bring in a leader and someone good on the ball next to him. One of Rice or Romagnoli would be my pick.

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05 Jul 2020 10:23:28
Guys what are your thoughts on Pau Torres and Declan Rice? I am beginning to like both players.
Ed001; your input is very welcome.

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05 Jul 2020 11:41:23
I can see that Torres has potential and has good passing ability and his height would be a plus.
But how he would cope with the PL roughnecks I am not sure.
He and Zouma might just work together well.
Rice I think would be a good addition as we have a group of small midfield players.
He has the potential to become an important part of a tougher defensive outfit we will need to challenge for the title down the road.
I like his attitude as well which reminds me of Henderson who despite not being the most skillful player has become a rock for the Scousers .

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05 Jul 2020 12:30:54
Pau Torres reminds me of the French left footed centre back at Manchester City, I think he can be very good for Chelsea besides he isn’t too expensive.
Declan Rice is tall, physical and intelligent.

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05 Jul 2020 09:20:30
Kante has had four different injuries this season. Yesterday was his second hamstring issue, after reported muscle, ankle and the bigger knee injury from the Europa League final. 19 games missed this season and likely to miss Palace.

I would normally say the great man needs to be rested but his vital for us. Despite of his injuries, he gives 110% on the patch, plays with ❤ on his sleeves.

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05 Jul 2020 10:56:49
One of the most like able players ever. Hope he can adapt his game as he is now getting to his 30’s, really think he still has a lot to offer another 2-3 years at the top for sure.

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05 Jul 2020 08:00:31
Hi Ed001,

What is your take on Juan Castillo? Do you see a future for him with chelsea?

{Ed001's Note - you have to think he won't have a future when he is being loaned out to Ajax's U21s and he is 20 years old. I haven't seen him play, but that has to be a worry for him. Unless he has a stellar pre-season and forces his way into Lampard's thinking, it seems unlikely he is going to make it with the Blues.}

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05 Jul 2020 10:06:32
Thanks ed001. Appreciate the speedy response 😊.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

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04 Jul 2020 22:05:57
Zouma made a massive difference, his presence and the number of aerial duels won made a big difference.

Pulisic was again the best player on the pitch. He is so direct and reminds me of the great Eden Hazard. What a class player we have here. He will be his own player.

Giroud must start over Abraham every day of the week. He still has the quality to lead our line.

Willian has been brilliant recently, class act.

Reece James needs to get upto speed. Glad to see him in the pitch.

Massive 3 points.

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04 Jul 2020 22:20:50
Barkley played really well. He’s really staking a strong claim in that Midfield.

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04 Jul 2020 22:45:00
Thought Reece did okay but agree otherwise. It’s Reece’s first 90 minutes in a while so he should improve next game. He does need to look up more sometimes he’s very lazy and always looks to play backwards despite his quality on the ball.

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04 Jul 2020 22:47:56
Zouma didn’t seem interested in wrestling the attacker like rudiger just concentrated on the ball, done nothing special just went about his job which was what is needed from a CB, christensen worried me early on nearly losing it at the back, l kept sarr really quiet, few times he could run at azpi someone was over quick to help,

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05 Jul 2020 00:03:06
I didn't quite like how we were playing in the 2nd half, I felt our build up play was far too slow and there were far too many passes. For me it's a very risky game when your only winning 2-0 but decide to slow down the game. Had Kepa not made that vital Welbeck save then we would have been in trouble.

This goes onto emphasis why I rate Pulisic very highly, he is always looking to make things happen (rather than recycling the ball around), when he gets the ball the first thing he does is drive at the opposition, not only does this bring fear into opposition but it creates space for our players which leads to a chance.

Agree Matt, Zouma kept it simple. Its just consistency we lack, let's hope we can win the next three games.

As for Reeece James I've followed him a lot since last year at Wigan. I must admit, this is probably the most unfit he has looked for me. Prior to lockdown he was injured and I know it all plays a part. Just want the beast inside him to come out because when his back, his awesome.

{Ed001's Note - I found my notes earlier from the first time I looked at Pulisic when he was just a kid. Even back then all my notes were positive about him, how he was a natural athlete with lightning pace, good touch, close control and kept the ball tight to him when he dribbled. I just wonder if in a few years you will be talking about how it was good to have sold Hazard as it enabled him to get settled into the first team.}

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05 Jul 2020 09:39:21
Just a general thought: I think some time ago Ed02 said that Pulisic’s natural position was on the right wing. He hasn’t really played in that position for us, however, and I was just thinking whether his natural position is in fact the Left wing, if it’s Frank’s choice or whatever?
Regardless, he’s a really good player, and clearly one with a huge future!

{Ed001's Note - I think, from what I have seen, he is comfortable anywhere across the front line.}

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05 Jul 2020 09:58:23
Sure seems that way!
Lately, I have thought about having Alaba behind Pulisic, it would really be a dream. In general, Alaba would be such a good signing with how versatile he is. Probably not realistic, but one can dream. :)

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05 Jul 2020 10:44:03
Any of the Ed’s know if most players from the US and Canada are aiming to play in the premier league at some point? Was just thinking of Alphonso Davies, I wonder if Bayern feel it’s just a matter of time before he wants a move like Pulisic.

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what "most players" want but Germany is popular for them and Work Permit rules in England and Wales make it far more difficult for players to make a move.}

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05 Jul 2020 11:00:53
Thanks Ed1, I always appreciate your views on a player because you are dead fair and I respect them a lot. Great read too. What you seen In Pulisic when he was a kid is what he seems to be showing consistently. I love the fact that like Hazard, he is always trys to make things happen which shows his got a tough mentality being brave. He seems very humble and grounded too.

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05 Jul 2020 11:18:18
Yeah bit of a generic question but I’m happy with the answer. While I have you Ed, when do you think we will see some changes to the endorsement process for work permits from what the FA have it now? I know there was uncertainty about how the recruitment process would look after brexit. Perhaps there may well be as much chance of a young Mexican kid making his debut in the Prem as their is a young Frenchman soon.

{Ed002's Note - Post Brexit the same rules will apply to EU players as do to non EU-players now, but the rules are being adapted to take in to account International ranking and appearances again - the main drivers will be cost and wages. Eventually The FA will push to have more HG players in the senior squad but there remains considerable objection to that from a few PL clubs.}

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05 Jul 2020 12:14:30
Yeah I mean their priorities do seem at direct odds with each other sometimes, The FA concerned with the future Quality of the national team and the premier league clubs wanting to create the best squads they can wherever the players hail from. That said the Prem has been severely unbalanced compared to other leagues (60%+ non English players compared to 49% in Germany) for some time now.
The whole international appearances as a criteria doesn’t seem the part approach, but the exceptions criteria just annoys me “We’re going to pay lots of money for him and we’re going to give him really high wages, so trust us and just give him a work permit”. It’s not the money that annoys me as it isn’t mine and isn't really my concern but the logic of it all is just flawed, the endorsement criteria the FA have on international appearances is of sound logic but it’s like they have inserted this caveat in the exceptions criteria that allows rich clubs to just avoid the rules and so the entire purpose of the Endorsement process which is to almost throttle foreign signings.
*its worth noting that ofcourse Scottish, Welsh and Irish players in the Prem are also considered Non-English.

{Ed002's Note - The exceptions opportunity exist if there is a particular talent that can be obtained cheaply - and it generally works well.}

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