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11 Aug 2020 09:38:51
Regarding Reguilón on the Real Page:
{Ed002's Note - Sergio Reguilon (LWB) will be assessed on return from Sevilla and keep in mind that Real Madrid need to raise significant sums through sales. As such, RM have yet to decide whether to let SR have another season on loan at Sevilla and the re-integrate him when Mendy's contract is up or whether to integrate him now and lose perhaps €25M of much needed revenue. There is also a push to integrate a couple of fine youngsters in to the Real Madrid first team squad. A change to Kia Joorabchian as his agent means the player is considering his options - but Kia's team Arsenal won't be interested unless they were to lose Kieran Tierney. Spurs are looking to sign a LB and have asked to be kept informed of progress but money is pretty tight and they are less attractive to other sides right now. PSG have the LB issue to resolve and have also been asked to be kept informed but much will surround what happens with Bernat. Chelsea have Reguilon on their list of LB options to replace Emerson and cannot sign their first choice - but they have a concern that he is so one footed it may affect his game in England as it will make him less versatile in a faster game. Everton are apparently reported to have made an offer but clubs don't usually work that way and simply throw offers out there - Real Madrid know nothing of it, but they may have made an enquiry with Kia in case Lucas Digny were to move on.


1.) 11 Aug 2020 10:20:30
Cheers for the repost. Wonder if we’ve perhaps turned our attention to Digne 🤷🏼‍♂️ Saying that I doubt he’d be much cheaper than Chilwell. I actually think getting Reguilon on loan is good for everyone. He might do well enough to wanting to stay if not Chilwell will be cheaper next summer and there might be a new quality left back on the market.

2.) 11 Aug 2020 11:27:03
Great stuff, really inetesting.

3.) 11 Aug 2020 12:23:41
His one footededness is putting us off? A bit surprising given we have Alonso who is the most one footed player I’ve ever seen. Presumably Chilwell is the first choice that isn’t attainable. I still don’t see LB as anywhere near as big a priority as CB and keeper.

4.) 11 Aug 2020 12:32:25
Maybe that’s why then, because they’ve seen alonso struggle and be predictable with his crossing.

5.) 11 Aug 2020 13:32:03
How fast is Sergio Reguilón? Speed is essential in any backline these days. Chillwell is fast, but imho is overrated and he is not worth half of the 80 million quid talked about in the papers. In this economy Chillwell is a 30 million pound player. And, although, he is fast he is not the player many imagine him to be.

6.) 11 Aug 2020 14:10:45
celeryking, Reguilón is really fast and has great close control. WAGNH did a great write up on him if you’re interested they also touched on his flaws. He looks like the best bet for me but perhaps if a loan is possible with an option to buy even better.

7.) 13 Aug 2020 14:10:12
Thanks ELi, a good solid read. All the potential LB signings have their issues. None of them are perfect. I like Chillwell, but to make him the most expensive defender of all time is just silly. Really silly. Chillwell is worth less than half of the 80 million they are asking. Especially in the current financial climate.

Sergio Reguilon as a loan or purchase makes the most sense at this time. Suddenly lots of other clubs want him to.



19 Jun 2020 03:50:26
One thing that I don't believe has been acknowledged in regards to the Werner signing is the stylistic differences between him and our other options as well as the effect that could have on those around him.

In possession he pretty much constantly plays on the back shoulder of the last defender even to the point of purposefully starting in an offside position before tucking onside prior to making a run behind the defense.

As a result defenses will sit deep to make sure he doesn't get in behind which creates a lot more space for the wingers and forwards around him. He somewhat reminds me of Torres at Liverpool in style. It'll be interesting to watch how lampard chooses to deploy him.


1.) 19 Jun 2020 07:00:20
For me, he's a mixture of Hazard and Anelka.

2.) 19 Jun 2020 08:21:16
I think we'll often see him playing off, probably to the left of, either Giroud or Abraham. Giroud especially has the ability to come deep and hold a ball up, which should pull a defence out and allow Werner more space in behind.

I look at next seasons attacking options and see Abraham and Giroud as our main striker options, although Werner can play there too. Ziyech, Werner, Hudson-Odoi, Pulisic and, fingers crossed, Havertz I see as forward options who can all play anywhere in and around one of the strikers. There'll be plenty of opportunities for all, and the ability to move those players around will cause defences problems.

3.) 19 Jun 2020 10:46:53
We all remember the Jorginho pass to Tammy in the Watford game. He loves that ball.

Can we just imagine Werner getting onto those passes from deep now?



19 Apr 2020 14:54:09
Ed, I was wondering if you would be generous enough to enlighten us about who the club are looking at as far as wingers are concerned? Pedro and Willian look to be on the move, Ziyech has been added, and I can't think of anyone on loan who is at the point of being able to break into the team. The sancho situation has been discussed ad nasseum; however I don't recall you discussing too many other options. Any insight would be tremendously appreciated!


{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed since I was last asked.}



21 Jul 2019 12:00:12
Looking at our projected squad, I truly don't think we're very far off on top level talent barring a striker and we will have quite a bit of depth at pretty much every position. The good thing about this squad is it has a very broad demographic in regards to talent which will allow frank a massive amount of tactical versatility.

I also think this years squad will have an exceptional level of motivation as they know the club can't buy and if they aren't able to integrate into the squad this year then they might as well pack their bags which will aid the club in their evaluations of whether to keep players on the books unnecessarily. Exciting yet nerve wracking times and I can't wait for the season to start.


1.) 21 Jul 2019 15:20:30
That's exactly the way to look at it. It'll be a great season to watch. Perfect time to be a youth player too.

2.) 21 Jul 2019 20:53:31
Spot on lads. It’s a time for heroes to be made!

3.) 22 Jul 2019 10:37:30
I'm more excited about this season than for many years - can't wait.

4.) 22 Jul 2019 17:14:40
Speaking from the heart, I think the season will be a good season indeed. Although, I must confess that the kind of optimism that many Chelsea fans are showing at the moment is the type that puts pressure on coaches and gets them sacked quickly. Most of us didn't show this type of optimism last season when the looked stronger (on paper- at this time of the season) . Speaking from my head, I think that if our new young players come good quickly, then it will be a wonderful season but I think that at the moment we are slightly weaker than last season.

5.) 22 Jul 2019 20:27:27
I think the break even point for this years team is qualifying for the champions league next year. While we obviously don’t have a player to replace hazard, we do have an exceptionally deep squad that will all be playing with the motivation of a clean slate. Scoring will be a challenge and I’m intrigued to see how frank goes about trying to manufacture goals.



21 Jul 2017 20:35:48
I've got to say I really don't buy into the hysteria regarding the lack of numbers in the squad. While we have the congestion of UCL football this year that only 6 games through January and it's a crap shoot beyond that. Also Conte has demonstrated (at Chelsea and June previously) that he largely sticks to the same group of players.

I think the only additions we need to make are a left wingback and a centremid, if conte doesn't feel that baker or pasalic are capable of performing the role that Chalobah did last year. Making additions beyond that would largely result in a squad player that gets minimal time that the club will look to sell the following summer and most likely struggle doing so.





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10 Apr 2022 10:03:57
I wanted to riff off of Standards post as I completely agree with them in that our recruitment has been horrendous albeit the post turned into a Werner dissertation so have posted a different thread. We seemingly buy players based on their success in various structures and playing styles rather than purchasing players based off how they fit into our style. Werner is honestly the perfect example of this. He was purchased after unmitigated success in a counter attacking and fast break style system as a secondary striker. We brought him in to play as a central striker in a ball dominant system that doesn't transition rapidly and he looks shambolic. In the right system elsewhere I assure you his performances will improve and subsequently his confidence which is inarguably in the trash at the moment and the 60m forward will return. Liverpool has been the best club I can recall at recruiting players based upon how they fit into their system which was once again validated by how quickly Luis Diaz has integrated into that squad. City and Liverpool are probably playing at the consistently highest standard of any prem team I ever recall and that is due to maintaining a consistent playing style irrespective of manager and acquiring managers and players based on said system which is how our club will move forward.




14 Mar 2022 04:59:51
I know Tuchel's football isn't everybody's cup of tea, but I've got to say the only thing more impressive than how he turned around our season last year was how he's handled this mess. He's had to address the media and complex questioning on behalf of the club multiple times weekly and he has done so with tremendous class and humility. Just wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge his grace on the matter in spite of all the other noise going around.


1.) 14 Mar 2022 07:53:54
Completely agree mate, he has done himself and the club proud by remaining calm and professional. His reaction at full time yesterday was how I imagine we all reacted, such relief and passion shown after such a difficult week for the club. Love seeing us continue to win and shutting the haters up.

2.) 15 Mar 2022 12:28:45
I also completely agree. TT has been a class act in this crisis.



17 Oct 2021 16:48:11
I'd like to commend Andreas Christensen on the best game of football I've ever witnessed him play yesterday. Brentford put more pressure on opposing defenses than all but a handful of teams in the league (especially physically) . He was tasked with organizing a backline of two other incredibly inexperienced defenders on the road with us absolutely pinned in our third for the final 20 minutes and he helped us keep the clean sheet (albeit with Mendy in unplayable form) . This kind of performance gives merit to the notion that Silva can be moved on and our defense won't fall apart.


1.) 17 Oct 2021 16:58:11
Tk, he is fast becoming irreplaceable. Top class player and the sooner he signs a new contract the better.

2.) 17 Oct 2021 17:25:02
I have always thought highly of Christensen, if I had to choose between him and Rudiger, I would go for Andreas. Tk not sure what you mean by moving Silva on he is likely to leave in the summer; he has been great for us.

3.) 17 Oct 2021 18:07:31
I hope TS stays and becomes backroom staff coach type role. He's so important in and around the camp.

4.) 17 Oct 2021 20:26:07
Wheely that would be good but I have a feeling he will go home to Brazil.

5.) 17 Oct 2021 20:51:19
I meant TS moving on as in his contract expires in the summer in addition to the expiring contracts of CA, AC, and TR. I think it’s fairly obvious to extend AC and TR assuming their demands aren’t exorbitant. TS has been an absolute monster in the games he’s played this year and iI can’t believe I’m saying it but I’d be more inclined to extend him than Dave at the present moment. At some point the club has to create space for the likes of Trevoh Chalobah and Levi Colwill.

6.) 18 Oct 2021 09:15:30
Been down in Tenerife but kinda had one eye on the debates going on in the forum, some really good stuff. Also managed to nick down Saturday and catch the Brentford game. So forgive me if the discussion threads have burnt out a little and I am late to the party.
Mendy? Quite excellent and getting better imo. I don’t think the board or coaching staff will be looking to part with the thick end of £100m to replace him. Not fussed around his not being short listed.
Rudiger? Sorry guys but I think Tony is working his ticket and is ready for a move.
Christiansen. I’m liking him more than ever. I think he will stay. My boy raves about him and says if he was playing for say Munich he would be regarded much higher across Europe. Chelsea have got to keep him surely?
Saturday? I disagree with some of the stuff around Chelsea not moving the ball quick enough, I thot they were a great watch, incisive and played forward, Werner causes all sorts of problems but he can’t finish and really he should have scored. (I remember Chelsea beat WHU 3-0 and never played half as well as they did Saturday. So, got to mention Brentford, they were absolutely terrific.
Finally RLC. Love, love, love this player. Everything crossed he keeps fit and can do his stuff for 90 minutes, he tired badly at the weekend, but some of that was down to Brentford, they really were busy bees.
Top of the league? Deservedly imo. No biase whatsoever.

7.) 18 Oct 2021 09:53:04
Yes Stephen we were ok for the first 60 mins without creating lots of chances and then our midfield got bypassed.

I’m very pleased that RLC is getting game time and he certainly is beginning to look like the player he was before his injury.

Werner is playing much better than last season and on occasion his first touch has been on as well. Sometimes his decision making isn’t great but I still think he lacks a bit of confidence and his playing relationship with Lukaku is only just starting.

8.) 18 Oct 2021 23:47:37
Did you just really said that you wouldn't want Cesar to signs another contract?

One (if not) of the most consistent player of the Premier league for last decade? I truly believe some fans don't appreciate our current captain enough.



27 Mar 2021 00:09:39
Hindsight is obviously 20:20 but I've got to say I'm hoping against hope that for whatever reason Tomori's purchase option isn't taken advantage of. He is literally tailor made for our current setup with his pace on the outside of the 3 CB's as well as his underrated ability on the ball. Additionally having the sweeper provides the insurance for him to step out and be aggressive to break up play which was punished when we played 2 CB's as we became outnumbered. His game is relatively similar to Rudiger's and anybody who is objective can see how much success he's had in this setup. Here's to hoping that he's back next season.


1.) 27 Mar 2021 10:45:49
Hindsight is a wonderful thing Tk and we all suffer from it.

Sadly, I think Tomori will be leaving in the summer window.



11 Mar 2021 12:17:49
I'll admit it's small sample size but I really enjoy the idea of Havertz as a #9 if the team continues to set up and play as we have under Tuchel. Most of our attacks ultimately result in situations where we're camped in the final 3rd with the opponent sitting extremely deep. Havertz has excellent close control and is great at finding pockets of space. Additionally he's very good in the air and moves extremely well for someone of his height. By playing him as the #9 he has the ability to drop deep and draw defenders while Werner runs behind (comparable to Firmino with Mane/ Salah) . All of this is obviously subject to the manner in which we play but werners pace is nullified and his lack of close control will continue to negatively impact our attacks as long as the opponents continue to park double deckers.


1.) 11 Mar 2021 12:52:31
If Havertz playing as a 9 brings the best out of our very talented squad then I couldn’t agree more Tk.

My guess is TT will go with horses for course as his tenure progresses. I do expect changes in shape according to the opposition.




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12 May 2022 22:41:49
I think Gallagher can perform the role that Mount and Kovacic do for the club and having those 3 for 2 positions makes me confident as well as having 5 subs next year in all games to keep things fresh.
I’d like to see maatsen integrated as long as we can move Alonso and Emerson.
Colwill for me absolutely should be integrated at the very least to learn from Thiago Silva and with our impending chasm at CB.
I know Tuchel rates sterling who was extremely highly thought of before running into injury issues. I honestly don’t know enough about his game to know how he would fit into our system though.
Broja has been impressive but his success is largely on running into space which isn’t something we experience often. I would LOVE to see him go to on loan to Brighton who play in a similar manner to us and need a striker.
Billy is really tough to place as he’s suited to a ball dominant team but those aren’t particularly common in bottom half of the league clubs and he gets exposed when operating as a defensive mid for a team that is under attack for the majority of the game. I would send him on loan to a better team in Germany whose league is more suited to his talents.




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03 May 2022 23:23:55
Alonso can go if he would like as he’s got one year left on his deal and is 31. He doesn’t have the legs to provide a solution at wingback and doesn’t have the defensive acumen to play fullback. Have to say it doesn’t help that we play him twice weekly without giving a shot to others such as Saul and Kennedy.

Azpi is harder for me. Sure Dave isn’t what he once was technically or athletically but you can’t put a price on his leadership and with Rudiger (as well as possibly Jorginho and Kante) going that leaves a big void. Kind of reminds me of JT’s final season under Conte where he didn’t play but everyone spoke of his impact behind the scenes. Ultimately Dave has been an incredible servant of the club and deserves to do as he pleases ala Cech to arsenal.


{Ed018's Note - it’d be nice to keep Dave. Like you mentioned his leadership is well worth keeping him here}



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29 Apr 2022 07:34:27
I’m reluctant to purchase someone that’s left sided due to Colwill being an option either this coming year or the following one.




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10 Feb 2022 04:22:18
In general I agree with you Jackson that the practice of purchasing squad players rather than promoting youth isn’t beneficial. The one thing I will say is that we are desperately short of depth at the wingback position which has been exposed by the prolonged absence of James and chilwell. Dave and alonso don’t quite have the legs anymore and CHO/ Pulisic haven’t worked there when deputizing. I can’t speak on whether maatsen is ready as I don’t watch him enough but I will say I’d feel much better going into next year if we at least had 3 dependable options.




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28 Jan 2022 23:45:04
€80m is nothing for a really young player that clearly is elite as his numbers demonstrate over multiple seasons and it comes in a position which is very hard to find solutions to.





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18 May 2022 08:03:06
I’ve thought for a while that a loan to Brighton would be excellent for him. They play in a ball dominant system similar to us and he’d be forced to work on his touch and movement. Southampton has proven a successful loan but most of his positive play has come from balls into the channel and behind the defense which is something he wouldn’t find much of here.




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12 May 2022 22:51:16
Also highly skilled at providing outballs for our buildup and breaking up counters before they start which wolves were rampant with.




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12 May 2022 22:49:20
He started playing adult football at 17 and will be 28 when that contract expires. Additionally his only world class trait is his pace so who knows what you’ll get when that wanes soon. Far better options elsewhere.




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06 May 2022 08:01:30
Completely agree that he’s the solution to our midfield conundrum. His defensive metrics (tackles, interceptions, duels won) are absurd. If we weren’t so thin at CB I would say that he’s the single most important signing.




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10 Apr 2022 09:53:05
Think Spurs will get it but hope United do because I don’t think them finishing top 4 will have implications on their ability to recruit in the summer whereas Spurs and Arsenal would undoubtedly be able to have more promising recruitment with the money/ allure of champions league.