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18 Jun 2024 17:54:54
I see we are now being linked to Openda.

Very good player.


1.) 19 Jun 2024 14:32:19
Osimhen or Omoridon or Openda or any other striker with an 'O"? somebody at the club probably said at some point to some journalist over a beer that the club were thinking about signing a striker whose name begins with the letter O. Or Oh, Duran. Yeah maybe it is him.



13 Jun 2024 20:05:00
Depending on what rumour you prefer. Apparently Palace interested in Noni and Hutchinson.


1.) 13 Jun 2024 23:24:22
think it would be a great move for hutchinson tom.

2.) 14 Jun 2024 07:53:29
Poch re Hitchinson, only if it's a loan deal with no option or obligation to buy otherwise it's not a great move by our club.

3.) 15 Jun 2024 19:42:31
Loan for Hutchinson surely.



04 Jun 2024 09:16:02
According to reports Sesko is either joining us or going across to the other side of London.

I can't say I know a lot about him but the reports are good and in the clips he looks class but then they all do in the clips.


1.) 04 Jun 2024 10:25:50
He’s very good and his upside potential is massive. It’s hard to describe him but if I had to pick I’d see he’s similar to Giroud but with pace. Sesko’s good in the air for a striker something which Jackson doesn’t have yet.

2.) 04 Jun 2024 21:43:49
Barnet, all strikers should be good in the air.



03 Jun 2024 14:39:36
I see that some news outlets are linking us with Kerkez. I can't say I've seen a lot of him but I thought he was poor against us last season.


1.) 03 Jun 2024 16:39:52
If we are investing in a left back I would go for Robinson at Fulham. Very good player who can player LB or LWB. Fast and physical too.

2.) 03 Jun 2024 23:11:56
Robinson? Fulham is the NEW Brighton. Brazilian media Globo have linked us and Spurs to have made an approach for Rodrigo Muniz of Fulham. 30 to 40 million - apparently.

3.) 04 Jun 2024 05:58:43
Don’t believe everything you hear celery or you won’t give poor Ed a break the amount of questions you ask him. Tosin was free also. Every premier league team has a couple of players ready for big clubs.

Palace being one with Eze and Olise.



01 Jun 2024 13:08:39
I've said May times how crap I am at remembering names but while on holiday j got talking to a Dutch guy who said he has a football agency.

I asked him about any signings Chelsea might be interested in Holland. In a flash he said we are very interested in a CF from Feyenoord I think called Gimenez.


1.) 01 Jun 2024 21:34:12
I guess it's goyeres. Maybe we could be loosing lots of strikers during afcon with osihmen. will have to wait and see.




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10 Jul 2024 22:08:23
Remember, despite Southgate!




09 Jul 2024 22:24:50
Congratulations Marc Cucarella on another wonderful performance.

Rodri can play a bit.


1.) 10 Jul 2024 09:37:42
He has been brilliant, I hope we keep him as I imagine there will be a lot of clubs noting his performances.

2.) 10 Jul 2024 11:14:42
If we’re looking to move on a left back, cucurella will now have more interest than chilwell so it might force our hand him having such a good tournament.



08 Jul 2024 09:52:48
I'm not sure if this a common practice but Caicedo saying that with the help of his agent a personal performance analyst was hired.

To me that shows a huge amount of desire and professionalism.


1.) 08 Jul 2024 11:52:19
He is some player Tom, just gets better and better and only young. A great bit of business by the club yet again.

2.) 08 Jul 2024 14:14:19
Caicedo said it was difficult to adapt because at Brighton it was about the ball and tactics, tactics tactics: under Poch it was run, run, run.



08 Jul 2024 08:49:30
I was looking at our 2021 champions league winning team and the bench the other day.

I then tried to work out how many of those would I have in our current squad. Obviously we still have a couple of players from that team still at Chelsea. If the others I think Silva, Dave, Rudiger and maybe Christensen.

Strange my choice's were all defenders.


1.) 08 Jul 2024 10:43:22
Not that strange Tom given how many goals we let in last season and the one before.

2.) 08 Jul 2024 11:20:00
JBS, putting aside Chilly and James who are obviously still playing for us, Christensen only being a maybe and Silva who recently retired, that only leaves Dave and Rudi.
That’s also a much smaller number than I expected.



05 Jul 2024 22:01:13
If we are looking to sign a keeper in this window, I would take Costa all day long. Looks a class player.


1.) 05 Jul 2024 23:18:36
If I recall correctly last summer ED002 said that we had interest in him, however I’m unsure if that remains or not. I really like the look of the lad, and think he’ll have a very bright future in the game. That being said, Maignan, who ED001 has said is top class, has been fantastic for France and made a couple of saves he’s not really had any right to make.

ED001, i’m pretty sure I asked for your opinion on Diogo Costa last summer, and you said you’d not seen enough of him to judge (or I dreamt this and am making everything up) . Have you managed to see any more of him during the past season and the Euros? Would you mind sharing your opinion on him now if you have?

{Ed001's Note - I have seen a little of him, but only clips which make him look good, so nothing to judge him on. His clips are extremely impressive though, they do suggest he is a genuinely good keeper, rather than just making things look spectacular ala Prickford.}

2.) 06 Jul 2024 02:27:49
Thanks for the chuckle at the end there - missed it at first! Would you put Ramsdale in the same boat as Pickford? I’ve personally always felt he was a bit of a show pony too.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Costa. I find it even more remarkable that he appears to be such a good keeper and yet he’s still so young. It’s the one position I’ve always felt they perform better towards the end of their careers.

{Ed001's Note - very much so. Both are always out of position and make simple saves look difficult. That is why pundits and fans love them, because they look like they are doing something special, when in fact they are struggling with basic, easy saves. I hate the way they just push the ball straight back out into trouble as well.

I agree on Costa, there is a lot of potential there to improve, if he has the right attitude.}

3.) 06 Jul 2024 14:38:02
Ed001, I have often commented on this site that English keepers are rubbish: Pickford and Ramsdale being prime examples. Both are fidgety and nervy. I can’t understand how anyone could enjoy watching them even less rate them. Sad that England can’t produce any decent keepers.

{Ed001's Note - England used to have some great keepers, I wonder what went wrong? They all seem to be just trying to look good, rather than concentrating on simply being in the right place. You have to question the coaching and the scouting, as neither seem to be identifying just how bad they are and pointing it out. I look at Pope and he is dodgy as heck as well. And that useless one that was at Burnley last season - Trafford - is utter cack. He has absolutely nothing to recommend him, yet Kompany thought it was worth spunking a big fee on him. What makes it especially bizarre is that he is god awful with his feet, yet he is talked up as being good at it. He punts the ball into touch any time there is the slightest bit of pressure near him.}




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09 Jul 2024 15:24:52
Jimbo, you are spot on mate. I’m not sure what “reasonable or competitive” means in the terms of contract offer but my guess is not one singe poster has a clue either.

In some people’s eyes the club should just give him a package that he can get elsewhere. The problem with that method of “non negotiation” doesn’t take into account that all clubs needs are different.




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09 Jul 2024 14:44:47
Standard, what is a competitive salary? Is it the same as Enzo, Chuka, Palmer, Lavia, Ugo or Caicedo?

I may well be wrong but I think it’s more of a problem of the new owners paying some players to much.

Personally I would only pay players a base salary with the majority being performance related.

I also believe that the club has offered CG a contract as per the Ed quote. If CG doesn’t think it’s enough he doesn’t have to sign it. I don’t want him to leave but I’m fed up with the saga and can I also add, if the club don’t value the player as much as fans or as much as he values himself it doesn’t make them wrong or bad people.




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09 Jul 2024 14:06:14
Sorry that post was sent to soon.

Ed has been referenced as saying the club have made CG an offer.

The club have made no comment and I’m not aware of the player making any comment other than him reportedly saying “he wants to stay. ”

So, it’s not a question of any supporter having to “trust the clubs version” because there is no club version.




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09 Jul 2024 14:01:06
Yet again you use phrases such as “truth” and “trust” as if you are some sort of oracle of fact.




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09 Jul 2024 12:29:14
I should have added that as virtually every player in the squad is playing better than Sterling they should all be getting more than him! hahaha.





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12 Jul 2024 10:29:41
G8, haha. We will lose players to other clubs now as we have in the past. Just me being biased but I see it as a compliment to our academy.

I think the practice of signing global young players with potential will gather more pace in seasons to come.




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11 Jul 2024 13:53:51
Matt, that the sort of rumour I like. He is a player that comes alive in the box. The question would be can he do it in the Premiership?




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10 Jul 2024 21:03:39
This is only me but because so many clubs had lengthy injury lists last season. I would have liked to have seen an industry review.




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10 Jul 2024 13:56:31
Matt, Enzo apparently played very well for Argentina last night as a holding midfielder and Lavia in my opinion is so good he can play anywhere but let’s not forget Ugo who looked a complete natural as a DM at the end of last season.




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10 Jul 2024 12:27:27
Bill, we are signing young talent across all continents. I have no idea if they have more potential than our current academy players.

As I said in an earlier post it seems to becoming a common practice with I think one premiership club projected to sign at least six academy players or players under 20 in this window.