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02 Jul 2020 21:03:50
Ed002, are Valencia interested in Kepa?


{Ed002's Note - It is unimportant what is happening in that respect. He is part of the defence so there is no point explaining about any discussions.}

1.) 02 Jul 2020 22:28:39

2.) 02 Jul 2020 23:05:03
Is he Brazilian, who does he play for?

3.) 02 Jul 2020 23:08:12
Lol J.



14 Jun 2020 21:15:44
Ed002, can you tell us about any possible interest in Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Batshuayi, Baba Rahman, Lewis Baker and Victor Moses?


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed from what I said before.}



09 Jun 2020 07:00:19
Ed002, are there any new youngsters the club have looked at since your last list?
A lot of them like Bruno Guimarares, Giovanni, Jesus Reinier, Matias Godoy and Bryan Fiabema have already moved to Chelsea or elsewhere.


{Ed002's Note - Very few younsters have been playing in recent months so no.}



08 Jun 2020 17:34:34
Ed002, are Chelsea interested in Gerson of Flamengo?


{Ed002's Note - I would not hold your breath. He was on a list of three or four Brazilian players Chelsea were asked to look at by a scout a while back. A scout for Spurs has been pushing for the club to take Gerson as an Ndombele replacement should they need to.}



27 May 2020 21:32:07
Ed002, are Chelsea still looking to sign a ST despite Giroud's extension? Or will they just focus on signing a winger?


{Ed002's Note - Chelsea would like to add a striker and are willing to let MB leave. There remains an outside chance that Giroud could yet leave if another player came up and he had an option as a starter.}

1.) 28 May 2020 13:14:19
I’m hoping the stories of Leipzig not accepting a penny less than the release clause for Werner are true and we have one less competitor in getting him, hopefully there not negotiating as there annoyed with way LFC acted towards player,

2.) 28 May 2020 14:38:30
As good as Werner is if he wants Liverpool then leave him
go there. Don’t want any player at the bridge who used us as 2nd choice but that’s just me.

3.) 28 May 2020 14:56:47
Does he really want Liverpool thou, surely he knows he’d be squad players, his not getting ahead of there front 3.

4.) 28 May 2020 16:58:43
He would start and Firmino would drop back and play the 10 behind him I think with Salah and Mane out wide and two holding midfielders behind. It also gives Klopp the chance to rest one of the three and rotate. He would get plenty of games.

5.) 28 May 2020 19:25:34
I think the argument regarding forgoing players whose first choice isn’t your club is awfully petty and shortsighted. Most non-English kids don’t grow up dreaming of playing for Chelsea and if they say they do it’s likely lip service. We’ve had countless examples of guys coming here and giving their heart for the badge with affinity for other clubs such as hazard. I also don’t think that it’s realistic to fit Werner into that squad without someone exiting and that the squad wouldn’t get unsettled. The first time a big game comes up and one of the four is on the bench the cracks will start to show.




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24 Jun 2020 20:57:03
Ed001, with the difficulty of getting a good CB this summer, either due to price or unavailability, what do you think of Chelsea signing Declan Rice for the CB position?


{Ed001's Note - wouldn't you be better just using Ampadu? I don't see the point in spending money for the sake of it, much as I like Rice as a player.}

1.) 25 Jun 2020 09:39:00
Why not both, ey? ;-) Ampadu plays DM, Rice as a CB. Can definitely work. Sadly I think Lampard will persist with Jorginho in midfield. Can't wait for the day we stop getting bullied in midfield.

{Ed001's Note - I was hoping Lampard would stick with the Kante/Kovacic midfield with Mount or someone in front of them. That works well. Do you not think Rice is a better midfielder than defender?}

2.) 25 Jun 2020 12:10:00
Totally agree ED01, no point whatsoever going for Rice when we have Ampadu. I also agree that Kante looks so much better in a more central position alongside Kovacic or perhaps even Gilmour who I actually believe is going to be a very special player. Mount or Ruben or Barklay or Kai H in front of Kante and Gilmour would be my preferred midfield with Ziech, Pulisic and Werner in front of them.

{Ed001's Note - Gilmour has so much potential.}

3.) 25 Jun 2020 13:57:54
I haven't seen enough of Rice at CB to say really. He does look very good in midfield.
I'd also be fine playing Rice in midfield and then Ampadu at CB haha :p
Would love if our deeper midfield options for next season would be: Kante, Kovacic, Gilmour and Rice/ Ampadu. Ideal mix of on ball ability and defensive ability.

4.) 25 Jun 2020 17:17:24
It would be interesting to see the percentage of games Rice has played at CH.

I rate him highly and I raved about him when last at The Bridge. I’ve always thought midfield players can make good central defenders. It helps if they have the physical attributes.

{Ed002's Note - He hasn't played CB for two years.}

5.) 25 Jun 2020 18:06:19
Thanks for the information Ed. Much appreciated.



05 Jun 2020 21:40:08
Ed002, do Chelsea have an interest in Said Benhrahma? Also, do they still have an interest in Nathan Ake?


{Ed002's Note - Priorities don't include either player.}



30 May 2020 20:09:43
Ed001, if you had to rate Chelsea's current CBs (the first team ones as well as Ampadu and Guehi), what would your order be like?


{Ed001's Note - that is tough, I was just looking through, a lot depends on if you include potential or just on right now. Also a back 3 would see Azpilicueta as probably the best of the lot but he is not a centreback in a back 4 at all. I won't go on potential as that might never be realised, but if it was Ampadu would be top, with Guehi and then Tomori.

For me it would be Zouma (just), then Christensen, Ampadu, Rudiger and Tomori are too close to choose between and Guehi is just below them. There is very little to choose between any of them to be honest. The problem is Zouma has had some bad injuries and took a while to get back up to speed. Rudiger seems to miss too many games and has the intelligence of a chicken, all here, there and everywhere. I think Ampadu will make a huge difference to the team when he plays, whether in midfield or defence. He brings calmness that is lacking from Zouma and Rudiger and is excellent on the ball.

Defending is as much about building an understanding between defenders and that was badly lacking at times last season. It wasn't helped by not having a defensive-minded midfielder in front to protect them, but there was no real partnership in the centre until Christensen came back in. Rudiger, Zouma and Tomori rely too heavily on their pace to work that well together. They need someone alongside them who reads the game better. So Zouma might be the best actual defender you have, the best centre-back pairing would be either Christensen or Ampadu alongside any of the others. If that makes sense? Not sure I explained myself well there!}

1.) 30 May 2020 22:26:03
I absolutely got what you said Ed and I somewhat agree.

I am just surprised you think Guehi has such high potential. I haven't watched him much, but I thought his trajectory would be similar to JCS rather than Tomori's or Ampadu's.

{Ed001's Note - Steve Cooper has spoken of him in glowing terms mate.}

2.) 31 May 2020 00:09:40
Saying that I’ve said for a long time I’d like to see Christensen played as DM to give us an aerial presence and good ball qualities there. It’s of no surprise he plays there for Denmark often. Think he’s too soft for a CB.

3.) 31 May 2020 00:04:57
I think if Jorginho leaves Ed then we should be after Ndidi for DM. Leicester probably wouldn’t sell and if they did they’d probably ask for stupid money though. But the reason we concede so making goals is because Jorginho offers no protection to the back four. We basically need someone to just stay there and follow runners into the box a bit like Matic did when he rejoined and had great form. Just need someone more mobile than him for me and that’s Ndidi, he’s great in the air too. Think a Kova, Ndidi, RLC/ Mount trio would have a bit of everything 👌🏻.

{Ed001's Note - Ndidi is certainly one of the better players in that role.}

4.) 31 May 2020 09:26:26
Oh I like reading that, Ed. Think I'm in full agreement. I rate Zouma as probably our best defending CB right now. And I hope he can strike a partnership with Christensen soon, as they bring an excellent mix of speed, power and intelligence in theory.

Then play Ampadu or someone similar in front of them and suddenly we should look a lot stronger defensively, allowing more freedom for Pulisic, Callum, Mount, Ruben, Barkley etc.

Nice to read that Guehi is rated highly, though I'm not surprised. He looked good against United in the Cup, and while not that tall he looks strong physically while also being good on the ball. One to keep an eye on, and would be good if he can have another season at Swansea next year.

{Ed001's Note - Ampadu or Christensen or Ndidi in front of the defence, or even just letting Kante play in his proper role in central midfield, would change this team immensely. Right now the balance is off. Too many players are attack-minded and not enough who think about the defensive third. It seems odd to continue to play Kante restricted to the right side and 15 yards too far forward to help out properly defensively as well! I am shocked Lampard has not looked to change that.}

5.) 31 May 2020 10:57:39
I think Lampard's obviously trying to find the right balance. Earlier in the season, with Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic, we had little offensive support from midfield. At other times the opposition were on top of our defence With hardly any interruption from the midfield.

I thought we looked at our most balanced just before the season was halted when we had Gilmour, Mount and Barkley. But I'm wouldn't expect consistency from these guys over a longer period of time, Gilmour and Mount because of their ages and Barkley because, well, he's Ross Barkley.

I hate to say it, because of his age and the fact he's only played a couple of first team matches, but I don't think we're too far away from Gilmour being the constant in our midfield. Playing a combination of Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Kovacic (who has probably been our best player this season but could see his mins cut) or either of Ampadu or Christensen alongside him. That additional two would obviously be dependent on who the opposition are and how we set the team up. But I see our midfield being very dependent on Gilmour dictating games in the not too distant future.

{Ed001's Note - Gilmour has been incredibly impressive, might be a bit soon for him to step in consistently. He will almost certainly have at least one more growth spurt which will affect everything from balance to technique.}

6.) 31 May 2020 12:06:50
I think Gilmour will be quality he’s too creative to be holding though. For me he’s more like a Verratti type of player he’d be better on the right of the midfield three next to a holding player.

7.) 31 May 2020 14:50:47
I think Lampard has continued to play him there because he reckons Kante has quite a bit to offer in attack as well. And I believe he may be right.

But where I think our problem is, and you mentioned it already, is the fact that Jorginho plays that holding role. He simply can't screen the back 4 to allow Kante and the others to be a bit more attacking. Now if you replace Jorginho in that role with an Ampadu or Ndidi, it frees up the other players.

Think getting a proper DM really would help us immensely. They're not flashy, but they allow others to be. Ndidi, Ampadu, Rice etc. All good options to me.

8.) 31 May 2020 15:02:22
Agree with Jackson, although I’m not a fan of Rice when Especially when we have Ampadu. I am a fan of Ndidi though and his mobility.

9.) 31 May 2020 17:48:51
Hey ed001 you say about playing kante in the more defensive role which am sure all of us want to see.
But my question is why do you think lampard has stuck with jorginho in that role although most of us see that he isn't suited to it (in this league that is)

{Ed001's Note - I don't mean in a defensive role, he is not suited to that, he is more than a holding mid. I just mean a little bit further back and in the centre, rather than off to the right.

As for Jorginho, I got the impression that Lampard had realised it wasn't working and moved away from using him as first choice by the end of the season.}

10.) 31 May 2020 17:57:47
Yeah I was trying not to say defensive midfield role aswell but trying to point to a more defensive position.

I really hope so with jorginho. I would much rather see mount and ruben in there with kante and kova.

But that's just my opinion.

{Ed001's Note - certainly looked like Lampard had moved away from him in the final few games. Unless he just wanted to rest Jorginho, which seems unlikely.}

11.) 31 May 2020 21:13:21
Jorgi was banned for the last few games of the season, if you mean the final two matches, Ed?

{Ed001's Note - ah was he? I thought he picked Gilmour when he was banned and then carried on without Jorginho when he was back? It has been so long now I have forgotten to be honest! Had other things on my mind the last few weeks.}



30 May 2020 10:03:30
Ed002, I read on the Everton page long back that Chelsea's two primary CB targets were unavailable.

Would you mind telling us who those two players were?


{Ed002's Note - You have all made clear that I know nothing and that Chelsea have already signed a CB.}



25 Apr 2020 23:08:16
Ed002, are Chelsea interested in Richarlison?


{Ed002's Note - Try Twitter.}

1.) 26 Apr 2020 12:44:55
Ed has said a few times that Chelsea has no interest.




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02 Jul 2020 14:14:03
People say sign this player and sell that player like this is a video game.

I don't know if fans realise this, but these are actual human beings involved, not some bloody objects.




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01 Jul 2020 17:54:25
No. It just means that it is their own story.




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10 Jun 2020 15:43:43
Sorry for not being clear. I meant if he arrives, who would Chelsea sell to make space for Havertz in the squad?


{Ed002's Note - Yes, obviously players are being sold.}



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10 Jun 2020 15:38:01
Ed002, if Havertz were to arrive, would it accelerate any of Chelsea's current players departing?


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you mean - players move in the transfer window, you cannot accelerate that.}



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06 Jun 2020 12:47:47
So Ed, it's a winger and an LB first, then other positions should any of the existing players leave, right?


{Ed002's Note - I said nothing of the sort. This is completely hopeless.}




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02 Jul 2020 14:16:47
Ed001, what I don't understand this, whose exact fault is it that our defence is so bad?

1) Is it the quality of our CBs?
2) Is it because of Kepa?
3) Is it because our midfield fails to screen the players (as in Jorginho)
4) Is it because Lampard doesn't know how to organize the defence?

Thoughts Ed001?


{Ed001's Note - I think it is a mix of them all to differing degrees. Lampard probably could organise a defence, I don't think it is so much that he doesn't know, it's more that his ideas are risky with the players at his disposal. He is taking a chance on being more attacking, leaving gaps at the back and trusting in his defenders to be able to deal with it.

One of the goals was certainly down to the more attacking emphasis meaning the midfield failed to screen, the one when Christensen tried to chase the ball out. What Christensen should have done is been aware that the midfield were not in position to cover him. However, the midfield or right-back would normally have been in place to fill in behind him. They didn't do that because you were chasing the win and taking major risks to do so. On another day, Christensen chases it and the player on the ball messes up the pass and you recover it. So that one is a (sort of) combination of 1, 3 and 4, though I wouldn't refer to 4 as a lack of knowledge, just a conscious decision to be more pro-active and go for wins rather than sit back and take the draw. Personally I see that as a good thing.

Kepa is certainly an issue, he doesn't command his box or organise the defence effectively. The players certainly do not seem subconsciously confident in his ability to deal with things and they are second-guessing their positioning due to it. Your set-pieces are all over the place, the players are in a muddle and that is something a quality goalkeeper would help deal with. I am not sure what the thinking is behind the set up in these situations, but that is one area that does worry me with Lampard. It might just be he needs time to figure it out, but personally I would be looking to bring in an experienced set-piece coach to help him. Not necessarily Allardyce, but someone like him who has great knowledge of how to work set-pieces, that he can work with on the training ground for a few months. It is a very specialised area, it might even be worth employing a specific coach to work on these areas and create plans for dealing with specific opponents etc. Modern day players are not as flexible and adaptable as the old timers, they are coached so intensively and have instructions shoved down their throat to the point where they can no longer just figure out who marks who and who picks up what spaces for themselves.

Overall though, you do need a leader figure at the back. Without that, you will always have lapses when you least need them as a manager can only do so much from the side of the pitch.}



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18 Jun 2020 22:06:59
Cheeky question Ed, but do you think this forward line can be as devastating as Liverpool's?


{Ed001's Note - it is really an unfair comparison as you don't have the same quality of delivery from the full-backs to match up with. As a front 3 though, they can be very close to the same level.}



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13 Jun 2020 18:56:57
Really, Choudhory? I had painted him as a well-behaved kid in my mind.


{Ed001's Note - he is still a kid though and they make mistakes.}



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13 Jun 2020 17:18:22
Ed001, how do you find out about things like these?

"He is skipping training sessions or turning up late, too much nightlife and not working hard enough in training. "

You said similar things about Barkley and that turned out to be eventually correct.


{Ed001's Note - that's what I do mate, I find out these things. Though in Chilwell's case it was recently admitted by the club that he and Choudhory were dropped for a game after they both missed training. It was because it was not their first offences that they were dropped and publicly warned.}



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07 Jun 2020 18:40:20
Dazza, do you know the source of that rumor?