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17 May 2019 10:56:53
Tom’s optimism has me thinking. If Hazard leaves, CHO and RLC are out for the start of the season and the club can’t sign anyone (either because they aren’t allowed or the targets have already moved by the time our ban is frozen) who do we think will step up next season with goals?

I only really see three possibles in the squad, Ross Barkley getting into the form he was in at the start of next season, Tammy Abraham coming back and catching fire or Pulisic hitting the ground running. Marcos Alonso playing left wing because why not is the only other thing that I have even considered, I’m not sure what that says about my confidence I. The goal scoring of the rest of the team haha


1.) 17 May 2019 12:20:23
IMO, the proposed transfer ban will be suspended by CAS before June 1st.

We will sign two or three players (one being a forward) and dependant on certain current loan players.

There are variables in play lads but I am very confident we will be starting next season with another European trophy in the cabinet and a much stronger squad for the start of next season.

2.) 17 May 2019 20:00:57
Which forward do you see us signing Tom? I can’t see a quality one available now Jovic is off to Madrid. I’d prefer to use Michy for now and concentrate on getting quality signings in at RW (left footer preferably Pepe), a new LB (Chilwell or Telles) and a CB (Romagnoli) . Probably won’t get them of course but if RLC is out for some time I’d like to see us go for Ziyech, quality player who can play as a CAM or RW and he has a fantastic work rate.

3.) 17 May 2019 20:04:54
A lot of reports that we can complete Kovacic and Higuain, as they were agreed before the ban - not convinced by these stories but they state we'll only go for Kovacic which would make sense with the RLC injury and Higuain's form.

I don't see a single player to replace Hazards assists and goals. We need the squad to step up. A striker (who knows, maybe Abraham but certainly not Jovic) stepping up with a twenty goal season and maybe Pulisic to chip in with ten assists or so. When back from injury RLC and CHO will help too.

To be honest, I think the club just swallowing the ban now, and getting it over and done with, could be the best way forward.

4.) 25 May 2019 10:52:25
I "read" somewhere that Chelsea have warned Madrid off jovic as a side agreement in the hazard transfer. Jovic would then remain at Frankfurt until Chelsea are in a position to purchase.



26 Apr 2019 18:15:59
So I heard from that guy at work that we want Wan-Bissaka?


1.) 26 Apr 2019 18:55:34
I’ve heard that Utd are keen on Zouma but I just don’t believe it.

2.) 26 Apr 2019 21:06:27
We’ve Reece James if we have any sense we’ll try him first surely that’s not to say wan Bissaka isn’t a fantastic player.

3.) 26 Apr 2019 22:57:13
Can James play LB and/ or CM? Also. Utd can f@&# off! Zouma HAS to be back next season.

4.) 26 Apr 2019 23:51:48
Would be a massive slap in the face to James.

5.) 27 Apr 2019 09:38:07
Yeah, the guy was saying people at the academy are shall we say displeased with the club wanting to sign Wan Bissaka, apparently they are willing to offer quite a lot of money. hoping it isn’t true, we have Reece to come back, and a finite amount of money to spend on players (even if it is a rather large sum) .

6.) 27 Apr 2019 11:08:15
In this case, hopefully the ban sticks. Would be interesting to see how the club reacts when they'd be forced to look at the academy and loan army to bulster and improve the squad.

7.) 27 Apr 2019 21:07:26
I would take bissaka in a heartbeat he is a brilliant player and could be an Ashley Cole on the right
I'm not one for play youth for youths sake
But if a great player is for sale then buy him.



16 Apr 2019 21:45:29
I’ve been thinking, what do you think has been the reason for our decline over the last few years? We are just so inconsistent and have been since Mourinho’s final season, outside of the year we won the league (and even that adds to the inconsistency!) what is up?


1.) 16 Apr 2019 23:01:24
Don't think it's just one reason, for me it's a mix of a number of reasons. Haven't replaced star players that have left throughout the years, haven't given managers enough time, disappointing transfer windows, managers causing issues within the team, players we've bought not living up to expectations, losing our future star players due to not suiting current systems. Personally i'd say the recruitment over the years has been our biggest issue, we've had numerous windows where we've wasted money on players that weren't needed, rarely strengthened after a successful season and just bought players for big money that never worked out.

2.) 16 Apr 2019 23:16:32
Has to be a mentality thing. We lost our big characters, then lost other good fighters like Zouma. Conte did well for one season, but the players lost interest.

This is why it is so important we integrate CHO, RLC, Christensen, Ampadu, and James. They will see the club as something a lot bigger and personal than the likes of Jorginho, Kovacic, Higuain, Alonso.

The above is key. However, there is a problem at board level too. Really, we should have stuck to our guns and remained defense and counter attack orientated.

3.) 16 Apr 2019 23:27:32
We have been more keen on quantity over quality unfortunately. A striker is a big miss for us. With a striker we are automatically title contenders.

4.) 17 Apr 2019 00:43:22
Recruitment, signing back up average players rather than players who are going to push the starters for a spot, not backing world class managers and lastly luck. We’ve had a few big name signings not work out and that happens.

Would love ed001’s opinion and also Ed002.

{Ed001's Note - changing managers who need different players to suit their style but not keeping them long enough to build a squad suited to that style has not helped. You have a mish-mash squad left over, as none of them have been able to last long enough to get the team sorted out properly.}

5.) 17 Apr 2019 10:04:56
Agree with Ed. A director of football would help s but, better scouting / signings, less change in managers, lack of a goal scorer up front. We saw the difference costa made scoring goals regularly. Hopefully things improve, transfer ban gets lifted and we can have a overhaul, tidy the books and get some these young loanees into the squad ( not starting 11 )

6.) 17 Apr 2019 10:15:13
The thing is, a lot of us are thinking this, and have been for a few seasons now I’d wager, so how come no one at the club seems to be able to see it?



02 Mar 2019 16:44:02
I’ve heard from the person I mentioned before that we fully expect to lose the appeal and are just using it as a way to extend the ban back by as far as possible to allow us to sign players.

Apparently we will get as many in as possible, though I’m told not just for the first team but also to allow us to sign younger players for the youth teams to prevent us having to recall certain players that we don’t want anymore.

I’m hoping that this means we can get a few prospects in and then sell off some of the players currently out on loan, in addition to a few first team players.
What do you guys think?


1.) 03 Mar 2019 15:06:38
To be honest rowey I’m happy to have a few years of transition I for one believe we definitely have a few younger players on loan that are good enough for our first team and maybe this will be the only way we see them. If we don’t finish top 4 for a year or 2 but see the intergration of some good youth and the building of a new vibrant team I’d be very happy with that.

2.) 04 Mar 2019 15:43:54
There's no reason why we should have to keep outside of the top 4 to do that. You could argue that the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Kurt Zouma, Reece James are all better than players in the squad already. There's no doubt that bringing in some of these players would bring some character into the team.

3.) 04 Mar 2019 19:27:40
If anyone thinks doing well in the championship I’d close go prem league then there are problems imo, Hanford has proved time and time again his good on championship but no good making the step up. Playing against golf players and then up against seasoned internationals and world class players in most positions is a bit of a leap, if we get a ban and have to use these players on loan then too 4 would be a miracle. It’s tough enough with the team we have with the likes of hazard and kante, players like baker who was another next big thing who can hit the balm with both feet doesn’t get alook in the championship. It’d be the dream to have al these kids be the ones who make it but unfortunately we over hype them, Mount has shown in patches his a good player but not consistent and has gone missing yet we want him up against De Bruyne and pogba etc. Come on.

4.) 04 Mar 2019 20:02:30
Playing and training with better players week in week out Matt could only help and with the right coaching nurturing who’s to say they couldn’t be good enough for the squad
Didn’t dele Alli come from the championship Matt?
Didn’t Harry Kane have loads of loans none of them where he set the world alight?

5.) 04 Mar 2019 20:22:25
Dale Alli, and how many others have come from championship to be established first team players in a top 6 team? We do need to get Reece James and Abraham in and around squad, but a transfer ban and relying on these players and thinking we can compete for too 4 is a stretch, we know full well the win the title you need quality in depth let alone relying on them from the start. The way to do it is by adding 1 or 2 amongst the hazards and kantes etc, like Cho and RLC and Ampadu but a bit more than we are at the moment.

6.) 04 Mar 2019 22:38:29
Yeah that’s a good point Matt.



28 Jan 2019 21:04:50
So it turns out I might have been working with someone who has friends at the club for weeks...
Apparently we will be signing a young forward from Bristol City with Kalas permanently going the other way.
Posting this here to check the veracity of the rumour, so if it’s a load of rubbish don’t shoot the messenger haha.

Also have been told that the signing of Pulisic has made a lot of the youth staff disillusioned with the academy, questioning the point of it. Not sure whether that is directly linked to CHO or what, it wasn’t made clear to me, but I thought I’d post that too!
Hope this is legit, would be pretty exciting to get the occasional tidbit!


1.) 28 Jan 2019 21:25:15
Rumour it is Antoine Semenyo of Bristol City.

2.) 28 Jan 2019 21:54:22
Local Bristol press have been reporting Semenyo will sign for us for the past couple of days.

3.) 28 Jan 2019 21:59:49
That rumour regarding Semenyo has been around for a few days now. I hope the kid know what his doing before he signs for the mighty blues.

4.) 28 Jan 2019 22:47:17
Fair enough guys, I’m not sure if the guy had heard this before the papers, I’ll have to try to chat to him more regularly in future to check haha.

5.) 29 Jan 2019 00:42:50
I think the Pulusic signing absolutely could have dissalusioned the youth and the staff. There’s no chance Willian leaves in the summer therefore if no one else leaves that’s hazard Willian Pulusic CHO (in that order), Sarri also barely rotated so I don’t see why he would stay unless hazard/ Willian leave. Cho is possibly just as good as Pulusic possibly better just hasn’t had the chance.

{Ed0333's Note - CHO is not as good as Pulisic mate IMO. I think you’ll be surprised just how good the fella is Standard. He was on fire the season before last in the Bundesliga and if he gets anywhere near that level you’ll have an excellent player.

6.) 29 Jan 2019 15:31:45
I think PULISIC isn't getting in the team because he is leaving. maybe wrong but that what I think.

7.) 29 Jan 2019 15:34:24
Alright mate good to know, I’ve honestly seen Pulusic for about 120 minutes this year so I’m not clued up on it. Reckon he’ll start over Willian next year?

8.) 29 Jan 2019 07:38:45
Ed0333; I wouldn't agree with you completely yet (that Hudson Odoi isn't as good as Pulisic) ; cos this is the English football that we are talking about- a league that you must first- learn before you can make an impact in. Hudson already knows English football, I am positive that Pulisic will be great for us too but I haven't seen him in English football yet, so there's still some uncertainty there in what Pulisic can do in this unpredictable English football. My dream Ed will be seeing both Hudson Odoi and Pulisic play for Chelsea. They are both fantastic players and kudos to the board for buying a player like Pulisic but Hudson Odoi has got to stay long-term (he is the first player that has handed in a transfer request and still stayed at a club longterm for years) .

{Ed0333's Note - mate I absolutely have no doubt both Odoi and Pulisic will be tremendous for you and I hope both of them get the platform to showcase their talents. I’ve seen more of Pulisic than I have Odoi hence my sunjective opinion. You will know better than me about odois abilities. What I will say Pulisic will bring you massive exposure in the USA which is a bonus.




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10 Jun 2019 11:47:50
With James now injured for at least 3 months, I think a very real question needs to be asked. Is the club in someway cursed?!


1.) 10 Jun 2019 12:13:00
Haha. Look at the trophy cabinet.

2.) 11 Jun 2019 08:45:53
Mate I live our trophy cabinet, but maybe the other teams are so annoyed at our constant success they are plotting against us and have hired a witch?! What else could it be?!

3.) 11 Jun 2019 11:18:14
The football gods are turning against us at the moment! Haha.



08 Jun 2019 15:01:26
If Chelsea are banned from signing players this season, how does the money earned this season allow us to spend next year with regards to FFP?


1.) 08 Jun 2019 15:32:35
Too much to think about. I’m just a simple and very old supporter!

2.) 08 Jun 2019 18:09:19
It's a good point - if we're banned for 2 windows, next summer we should be able to spend in excess of £300m (including Hazard's fee) .

3.) 09 Jun 2019 11:16:12
But will we? I though FFP accounting was yearly?

4.) 09 Jun 2019 12:34:20
I see why the Ed's get annoyed. Quite simply the club would use the Hazard money to help amortize the other transfer fees and contracts for the 'years' ahead.

Hence why Chelsea were happy to take bonuses from the hazard deal.

5.) 09 Jun 2019 21:21:43
Yes, I suppose it depends on the structure of the deal. Sod it, I’ll just be optimistic and hope it means that the club can identify the best targets possible to fill any areas of need highlighted over the next year and then afford basically anything in a this season Madrid style spree.
I do love how you have thrown the term “amortize” into your totally condescending answer though, not really sure how the money would “help amortize” anything, seeing as amortisation is the process whereby players transfer fees and wages are spread over the length of the contract, but good for you using a big word!



15 Apr 2019 14:56:03
If Hazard goes next year as is looking likely and this Willian interest is real I’d love David Neres in as a backup. Keeping Pedro to mentor the young other wingers we would have, all three of the younger wingers can play either side, can rotate in game, could pretty much share minutes like Pedro and Willian used to, which would be enough for any of them I’m sure, keeping fans who want to see CHO playing loads happy too, and keeps us set there for the future years if all the signings settle well.
I love Pedro and think he would still be a good 4th choice for cup games. Sarri keeps calling the players tired this year. So 4 players for 2 positions would be important as it means players can be kept fresh and rested.
What do you guys think?


1.) 15 Apr 2019 17:11:44
I’d like us to go into next year with CHO, Pulisic, Neres and Pedro.

2.) 16 Apr 2019 07:11:40
Hasn’t Neres already been mentioned by an Ed and hasn’t got a big move in him due to his inconsistency? I’m sure I read that somewhere.

3.) 16 Apr 2019 09:36:32
I don’t know, but looking at his numbers he looks pretty consistent and the few times I’ve seen him play he always looks dangerous (and is only 21/ 22 I think? )

4.) 16 Apr 2019 15:13:06
I mentioned him in the last summer window and I seem to remember the comment was something like he was a lightweight.

I liked the look of him. Can go both ways and quick.

5.) 16 Apr 2019 21:40:39
Pedro could end up in Milan more so than Willian leaving.

6.) 16 Apr 2019 21:42:27
why would neres want to join as back up?

7.) 16 Apr 2019 22:08:48
Good point Magic unless CHO, Hazard, Willian and Pedro all leave. I am only joking lads!

8.) 16 Apr 2019 22:54:47
What makes Pulisic a starter? Just because of the stupid transfer fee for another inconsistent player.

9.) 17 Apr 2019 07:55:14
Bluedragon. badmouthing a player before he's played for us? Amazing work, start as you mean to go on.

10.) 17 Apr 2019 10:18:12
Here you go again blue dragon, although we all know you are king frank in disguise.



25 Mar 2019 16:38:17
Just a general question, how do clubs look at bringing new players to the first team? When the club wants a player is it a case of they are looking for a player that plays in “position A” with “X Skillset”, so they first look to within at the young players and loaned out players, and then if they have not got the required characteristics already on the books they would then look to sign a player?
And then how do they choose who to sign? Is there some sort of shortlist that is devised with a first, second, third choice etc.?




02 Aug 2017 17:57:27
I totally get that it's a massive fee and completely get that the club maybe just can't compete financially for that type of transfer, but if this Neymar to PSG deal goes through I think that will be the end to any chance of us signing any similar truly world class and highly marketable players like him for the considerable future (not that I was holding my breath anyway) as all players in that bracket will have similar fees demanded for them.

Not being negative as I still think we can get quality players and compete for top honours, but seeing someone like him moving to the French league shows that there really is only one thing that some players really care about. At least it's not China and we can still see him play against top teams in the CL.


1.) 02 Aug 2017 18:33:23
Im not joking and I know we've spent big on morata but that's due to fee's being over board but the Torres deal I think has made us so much more cautious when going for players, we done £50m and he was a flop. ( some might say )

2.) 02 Aug 2017 19:33:46
I've said this before but nowadays I feel we go for the good players and don't get me wrong, Kante, Luiz etc are very very good players. But the top top players we don't look to anymore, whether that's the actual case I don't know but from the outside that's how it looks. We used to be linked with all these top players (neymar, bale and so on) . Since the Torres signing things seem to have changed with the way we target players.

3.) 02 Aug 2017 21:59:56
I feel Hazard, Costa and Kante when we signed them were all truly top players, so I'd have to disagree with you there bobby, but players worth much more we don't even get linked to really anymore, I'll agree there.

4.) 02 Aug 2017 22:07:05
The year before Utd signed Pogba, we pushed really hard for him and I believe we got quite close but Juve didn't want to sell. Last year we pushed hard for Griezmann but his behaviour put us off. A couple years before that we were interested in Reus (before his injuries) but his issues put us off. And we also held talks about signing Messi a few years ago but in the end he didn't want to leave.

Whilst the fact that we didn't sign any of the above may be disappointing, the club has indeed tried to sign the sort of superstar players you're talking about. And it's mostly been down to either personal issues or the fact that the clubs/ players changed their minds and decided to stay.
I wouldn't fault the club for it. The fact that we're seemingly willing to spend nearly £60m on a Left back, should indicate that the club will pay world record fees for top tier players.

5.) 03 Aug 2017 12:07:41
We've registered our interest in Mbappe and Verratti - the problem is not that we don't try for them but that, if either Barcelona or Real are interested, the player wants to go to them (can't really say I blame them! ) .




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03 Jul 2019 17:25:42
True I suppose, and someone earlier told me Rashfords new wage, so suddenly Rubes looks positively cheap!




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03 Jul 2019 07:40:03
Not my money I know, but am I the only one who thinks the reported wages are very risky for someone with essentially half a good season for us? I really like the player and think he will go on to be great, but we can’t deny he has injury issues, and will be coming off an Achilles injury next year.

I hope I’m three years time we aren’t looking at that wage as something stopping us from signing a top player that we badly need to replace him as his body just doesn’t let him perform. Still, got to be happy that the contract means they see him as close to an undisputed starter, as it’s a lot to pay a rotational option, right? Get fit and make it seem like a bargain Ruben!




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27 Apr 2019 09:38:07
Yeah, the guy was saying people at the academy are shall we say displeased with the club wanting to sign Wan Bissaka, apparently they are willing to offer quite a lot of money. hoping it isn’t true, we have Reece to come back, and a finite amount of money to spend on players (even if it is a rather large sum) .




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17 Apr 2019 10:15:13
The thing is, a lot of us are thinking this, and have been for a few seasons now I’d wager, so how come no one at the club seems to be able to see it?




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27 Mar 2019 23:02:23
Ed. I understand that you say that the club will try to use CHO next season and have signed Pulisic, so if the sales mentioned were to happen we would be left with CHo, Pulisic and Willian. I find it commendable that the club will put so much faith in CHO and the idea of having him so clearly in the first team is a very exciting prospect for the team as far as I am concerned. I do wonder however, what is the club’s contingency if we do go into the season with just those three players and one of them (hopefully not! ) goes down with a long term injury. Is there another youngster or player already at the club that would be used as emergency cover?

Thanks Ed.


{Ed002's Note - The club, like all clubs, do not buy players to cover for long term injuries that haven’t happened.}




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29 Aug 2019 21:09:34
The best passer on the team? The most press resistant midfielder we have outside of maybe Kovacic? The intelligence to usually be available to his team and dictate tempo? Not to mention the cojones to take penalties in one of the most unique fashions I have ever seen a player regularly do! I guess you were one of those people who used to boo Mikel too?




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29 Aug 2019 17:28:24
Complete lack of footballing talent? What utter nonsense honestly everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but that doesn’t mean that their opinion is not flat out wrong.




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19 Jun 2019 09:03:10
I thought it was just Chelsea fans that had those opinions Ed, glad to see it’s not a case of not realising what you have until it’s gone.


{Ed001's Note - he is just one of those players that seems to be more of a hindrance than a help, despite being a hard worker.}



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12 Jun 2019 22:07:36
I think they did yeah. Not sure if Michy is thought of that highly by the club though? Anyone know any more about that?

Seeing as it seems to not be happening now and due to the unforeseen circumstances (I think most were thinking the ban would be frozen) would you tell us who you heard the club was interested in Tom? I’d like to hear who we are targeting, see what sort of player they are looking at for that spot.




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11 Jun 2019 08:45:53
Mate I live our trophy cabinet, but maybe the other teams are so annoyed at our constant success they are plotting against us and have hired a witch?! What else could it be?!