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15 May 2019 05:38:10
One thing I am so happy about is that next season we’re going to have three academy players in the starting lineup. Hudson-Odoi, Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. All three are good enough and I’m hoping Reece James can make the step up too and possibly Tammy Abraham.

Spurs have done incredibly well with promoting their youth and it’s about time we do the same. Good times ahead.

{Ed001's Note - James is the one I am excited to see.}

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15 May 2019 07:30:37
I’ll be honest I haven’t seen one game from him. But he’s got rave reviews from Wigan and captained them last game? Pretty good for a loanee if you ask me .

I also don’t rate Azpilicueta or Alonso in Sarri’s system. I’ve always wanted fullbacks to be able to push the line quickly and overlap with a good cross. something city and Liverpool have done immensely. Takes a longggg time for Alonso and Azpilicueta to catch up and overlap our wingers. Our biggest weakness in my opinion.

15 May 2019 09:26:17
James has some of the best crossing I've seen. Also built like a bull.

So agreed, Ed, I'm also very excited to see him back at Chelsea (if it happens) . Maybe we get a glimpse tonight against New England.

{Ed001's Note - he looked good in the Championship but it can be a difficult step up for some. Hopefully he takes it in his stride.}

15 May 2019 10:38:12
That's true, there's a big difference in quality. However, that's why I think it's good that we still have Azpi to start. He can learn from Azpi and gradually get used to PL level.

What do you think of Derby's boys, Ed? Mount and Tomori. Heard any chatter regarding them and their chances for the first team?

{Ed001's Note - the chatter I heard was about giving them another loan. Not convinced by Tomori, he lacks positional sense but is quick and uses that to make up for it. It is always risky when a player makes last ditch tackles rather than just being positioned correctly. Mount I have not seen much of.}

15 May 2019 11:23:38
Standard, have Spurs done 'incredibly well promoting their youth'? Kane is a one-off, an exceptional player like Terry was for us. Apart from that, Rose / Winks / Kyle-Peters - none of whom are guaranteed a start? I think Christensen / RLC / CHO are a more impressive trio. Ps Spurs are yet to win a trophy under Poch.

15 May 2019 11:46:47
Hmm damn, was hoping Mount would get a chance. Ideally he'd rotate with Ruben for that LCM spot. That way Ruben doesn't get overworked either.

{Ed001's Note - he may well do with the ban hanging over Chelsea's head it could change a hell of a lot of things. It is a ridiculous situation, Chelsea are being treated extremely poorly.}

15 May 2019 11:54:33
Christensen isn’t mentally good enough has nobody not noticed. He’s a good player but better suited to the bundesliga or La Liga. I’d go for Romagnoli. A leader at the back and also left footed and good on the ball.

James definitely seems to have the right mentality. That kid is brilliant wherever he plays.

15 May 2019 12:43:49
What do you mean by "Chelsea are being treated extremely poorly?

You mean the fact the ban stood while the appeal was ongoing? Because I've assumed that when they appeal to CAS the ban will probably be upheld during the appeal. So I thought there's a good chance we'll be buying after all this summer.

You think the ban will stay in place?

{Ed001's Note - I mean the ban being put in place until the appeal has been heard, it is legally dubious at best. Precedent has been set that they lift the ban until after the appeals are finished.}

15 May 2019 13:30:56
Miss Darren wood I meant more so there youth as in their young players, don’t have to be from academy. Add dier and Alli to that list and you have Kane, Alli, Dier, rose and winks, all starting many games from them. Irrelevant they haven’t won a trophy as they have a net spend of $0. If they invested Half as much as we have over the last couple of years they would have won the title or at least a trophy ( fa cup or Carling)

15 May 2019 14:01:04
Ed001, Simon Johnson came out with a report an hour ago that the 3 loanees Sarri was talking about in his presser earlier were Aina, Zouma and Tammy.
Your thoughts on that?

{Ed001's Note - I don't watch press conferences, managers do not say what they mean, just what they think will best suit their needs. It is better to not waste thinking about what was said.}

15 May 2019 14:06:11
No, what I meant was, will those three players be good additions to our squad next season in your opinion?

{Ed001's Note - Aina can cover both flanks so should be useful, though I would have preferred to see James. Zouma is not the player he was before his injuries but he is getting better due to regular playing time, I worry that he will not get that at Chelsea, he is in a similar vein to Rudiger. Abrahams is a good shout for a chance for an option up front, if he can make the step up.}

15 May 2019 14:19:53
Thanks Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome and it being Aina instead of James is consistent with what was said previously. Aina is very highly rated within the club.}

15 May 2019 14:20:02
Wouldn't surprise me, Roman. He did mention that we have to look at the level they've played at, which would suggest he was talking about the loanees in PL and Serie A.

Shame that it's not James and Mount. We're taking a big risk if we send them on another loan assignment. If they don't see a chance they might push to leave, and that'd be a big loss as they're 2 of the best talents we've produced.

And thanks for the opinion, Ed. As fans we always tend to think we're being unfairly treated, so for once it's good to hear someone else say the same lol :p.

{Ed001's Note - it is definitely unfair and extremely concerning. There is no need for them to act so high handed. Everyone deserves the right to justice.}

15 May 2019 14:44:23
Just wish it wasn't an either/ or situation with Aina and James. They should both be back and rotated with Alonso and Azpi ideally.

If James is loaned I think a club like West Ham or perhaps Palace (if Wan Bissaka is sold) could be good. Both are good team's, and would be in need of a right back (again, if AWB is sold) as Zabaleta just isn't good enough anymore.

15 May 2019 17:49:36
Agree with your dubious comments Ed001. FIFA couldn't wait to throw the book at an English team, especially with trumped-up charges available.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know about the trumped up bit, but they have certainly done themselves no favours by acting like 2-bit dictators rather than being fair.}

15 May 2019 23:06:18
Aina is going to Torino.

15 May 2019 23:25:52
Ed001 - Why the surprise at our treatment? FIFA and UEFA have always sucked up to 'old money' (Juve, Barca, Real etc) and done everything they can to help them (what else was FFP for? ) . 'New money' (e. g. Man City, Chelsea) can go whistle as for as the Powers-that-be are concerned.

{Ed001's Note - Man City and PSG don't get the same treatment, they have been very leniently dealt with. It is nothing to do with old or new money.}

16 May 2019 08:14:59
It's called corruption in any other form of business or government.

16 May 2019 08:06:37
In that case Ed001, do you think it's more to do with Roman?

{Ed001's Note - good question, one I honestly do not know the answer to, though I cannot think of one reason why it would be about him, in football terms. If you forget about his past and just think about what he has done for football and Chelsea, then he has been a very powerful force for good. We all know Chelsea have a historical problem with racist/bigoted elements (as do all of the earth to a small degree) being associated with (though nothing to do with the club itself) groups such as Combat 18 and the National Front. Or more correctly those groups have associated themselves with Chelsea. Roman has made the club take on these groups head on, and is still doing so. The club itself does far more for the community around it than it ever did before his arrival. If they really were going after Abramovich it would not be about football.}

16 May 2019 20:41:58
Thanks Ed001, really interesting reply. I have seen the change in the atmosphere at the club since Roman bought us and as you say there are a lot of positives regarding the community work and anti-discrimination initiatives that have been put in place. I think Roman deserves massive credit for making a very visible stand on the antisemitism issue.

I suppose it's not anything that any of us could know but we are living in interesting times with regards to Russian and the West and without wanting to be too conspiratorial I was wondering if that could be a part of the issue.



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