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19 Jun 2020 12:43:18
I'm told Chelsea are very confident that an agreement will be reached with Leicester for Chilwell.

The KH deal is being pushed very hard in particular by Roman.

We can never be certain these deals will happen but these certainly are exciting times!


1.) 19 Jun 2020 14:06:11
I think both transfers will drag on until both the German and English domestic seasons are over. Let's hope both Leicester and Leverkusen Leverkusen reasonable in negotiations.

I would be ecstatic should we sign both players but it will be extremely difficult.

I could see why RA is probably keen on KH, let's be honest he does seem to have all the potential in the world.

2.) 19 Jun 2020 16:06:57
I am very sure Leicester will be unreasonable to deal with.

3.) 19 Jun 2020 16:48:47
Yes I agree Obinna. Did they not get 80m for Maguire? Wow.

4.) 19 Jun 2020 17:46:20
Told by who?

5.) 19 Jun 2020 18:36:34
Jimmy the Fish.

6.) 19 Jun 2020 20:07:03
Lol what source? Brown or red?

7.) 19 Jun 2020 20:20:56
I don’t dislike Chilwell but it’s a huge fee, what happened to Alex grimaldo, was mentioned along with others, he any good?

8.) 19 Jun 2020 21:16:02
Grimaldo i think was just twitter talk. Feels like it's between Chilwell, Tagliafico and Telles. Sure more names may pop up but those three seem to be the genuine targets. Personally would go for Tagliafico since i feel he's the best defensively of the three.

9.) 19 Jun 2020 23:35:19
I personally would go for Chilwell. He offers both defence and offence.

Whereas Tagliafico could be similiar to Azpi being defensively sound, however offensively weak.

10.) 20 Jun 2020 12:23:25
I think we should go for Kurzawa on a free from PSG.

11.) 20 Jun 2020 23:15:26
Kurzawa 😂😂😂 id rather play with 10 men every game



26 May 2020 17:06:59
I assume the rumour about the lad from Brentford signing for us is Just more paper talk.

I had the pleasure of watching him play and I was impressed but I would have reservations!

If it's true, what are the Eds and my fellow posters views?


1.) 26 May 2020 21:33:48
I’ve only seen clips of him, skilful and clips are usually him going past a player, can’t really judge a player on a highlight reel and take into account his opposition. who knows.

2.) 26 May 2020 23:43:49
As you say very skilful but he is very one footed.

He was outstanding in the game I saw and he got people out of there seats. I guess the concern of some will be can he step up to the Premiership but I think he could comfortably.



22 May 2020 19:24:17
Just as an assumption. If most clubs have a first team squad of say 25 players, is there a number of absentee players from that squad that would make that teams fixtures impossible to complete?


{Ed002's Note - Teams have a squad of 25 players over 21 as a maximum - this includes a maximum of of 17 non Home Grown players. They can supplement the squad with players under 21 so it is most unlikely, without a major infection, that games cannot be fulfilled. And if there were a major infection the games would be called off regardless.}

1.) 22 May 2020 19:46:53
That’s a very reasonable explanation of what might happen. I guess if there were s in playing staff or if players just prefer not to risk playing under the current circumstances it is just like having a bad run of injuries!

{Ed002's Note - There are a number of players uncomfortable with returning in the Premier League and there are entire teams stepping back in two other countries, but efforts will be made to continue. The problem will be police advice, medical advive and the opinion of players being ignored - and not waiting at least beyond the incubation period for a couple of weeks once there is a manageable level. Then there will be the issues at the grounds which neutral venues will alleviate - but that could change. Chelsea has the advantage over most clubs in that public transport in the area is poor and the site is easier to protect than most in the Premier League, but the views of the mayor of London are also being ignored. Realisically Liverpool will be the major issue and whilst the club have given assurances they will not underwrite the problem - so it is possible games may need to be scrapped in real time. The Premier League have tried to discuss this but right now they are continuing to fail to achieve.}

2.) 22 May 2020 19:46:53
That’s a very reasonable explanation of what might happen. I guess if there were s in playing staff or if players just prefer not to risk playing under the current circumstances it is just like having a bad run of injuries!

{Ed002's Note - Right, you just remove the players from the "available" list.}

3.) 22 May 2020 20:41:39
A very dangerous decision to ignore players concerns Ed. Surely they could be leaving themselves open to legal action? Although, I guess they could say we allowed the the players to make the final decision about if they wanted to play!

{Ed002's Note - I would put legal action out of you mind.}

4.) 22 May 2020 22:06:17
Never on my mind Ed but some legal parasites I’m sure are looking on with eager anticipation.



11 May 2020 16:50:30
Does anyone know if the scheduled Premier League meeting took place today and if yes, did the meeting make any decisions?


{Ed002's Note - It did. No vote on neutral grounds - it is being suggested that the reluctance to have a vote on the neutral venues will see some clubs look to use it to end the season as there is no end in sight. The confirmed start for next season has been "set as" the previously suggested September 12.; It has been argued that the UEFA July 31 end date can be shifted as to allow PL to continue if the clubs involved in CL and PL agree. But this is all whatif stuff.; the view of players needs to be considered; the significant list of concerns raised by medical staff at clubs needs to be addressed - ideally before a meeting on Thursday; discussion on returning to training and then transitioning to training without social distancing. Confirmation that the season cannot be simply voided and start again as though this season never happened - that has never been on the table so it is a bit of a dumb message.}

1.) 11 May 2020 18:16:57
Thanks for the update Ed.

2.) 15 May 2020 08:29:18
Ed002, I rarely post, but always read. Like many on this site I have followed and valued your posts/ replies, and in years gone by you have always been spot on with any comings and goings. I know due to twitter etc you have been recently reluctant to offer anything much, but would love to know exactly what you see happening amid all this coronaviris thing for Chelsea! I'm only asking for your intuitive/ informed opinion, at this point in time, things change by the minute, let alone the hour, I realise, but you seem to nail it everytime! Could you possibly share your thoughts, without any judgement, as to what you see happening in the next couple of months re restart/ tranfers etc. I know you may wish not to, due to the "dickheads" out there, that may wish to distort the obvious, however, the core members on here truly value the information you supply.
All my best wishes to you, all the other Eds and your families and the other posters families (minus the dickheads) out there from New Zealand.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea are getting ready to go back to training like other clubs. Players have expressed their opinions about returning to a contact sport at this time and particularly the waivers they will be bequired to sign - but will likely be ignored by the Government, Medical advice is going by the wayside and questions remain unanswered. They would like to know where games are to be played. The transfer situation remains such that players are available but those who have been out on loan have not been assessed and spoken to yet. They have a list of players they are keen on but are aware that clubs are looking at exchanges which makes life difficult.}

3.) 16 May 2020 06:42:18
Awesome Ed002, thanks so much for the reply which made it very clear that AvB-z+y= whatever is the unfortunate situation the club (and yourself) finds itself in in regards to the future beyond today. Everything changes daily which makes it very difficult for you to give solid info as to future happenings, I realise.
Personally I'd love to see Icardi (who we were definitely interested in a couple of years ago) in blue, unfortunately he's married to Wanda lol, which makes life difficult. Your thoughts there, or an absolute "no go"
Thanks ED002, please keep up the great work and above all be safe.

{Ed002's Note - It is just a random player - he is not moving to Chelsea.}



25 Apr 2020 09:58:29
I was told last night that the club is looking at Ben Foster as a replacement for WC.

If it's true and I have my doubts, I think I would be happy with that signing!


1.) 25 Apr 2020 10:22:38
Id be very happy with that, but don't think Ben Foster will want to be a backup.

2.) 25 Apr 2020 10:43:49
I think the idea is to challenge Kepa for the No1 spot.

I was also told Foster being English was relevant but I don’t understand what difference that makes!

3.) 25 Apr 2020 12:34:17
Being English is likely to be because of home grown quotas Tom. Good to see Giroud might be staying now as well. As I have said previously I don't see any big money signings happening, either in or out until football resets.

{Ed002's Note - Being English is unrelated to being Home Grown.}

4.) 25 Apr 2020 17:01:06
I think what G8 meant was Tom being told 'hes English' makes a difference because the majority of home grown players are English.

5.) 25 Apr 2020 21:29:27
good back up keeper in my opinion.




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03 Jul 2020 12:37:33
For lots of reasons I won't be posting on the Chelsea site for a while although I will be looking in on the site to take on board the insight of all the Eds .

I would very much like to thank all the Eds for all the unpaid work they do not just on the Chelsea page but all the other teams pages.

Good luck to MY MIGHTY BLUES, my fellow posters and all football fans.


1.) 03 Jul 2020 12:55:07
All the best Tom. I hope everything is all good with you health wise. See you soon.

2.) 03 Jul 2020 13:43:00
I wish you well TomB.

3.) 03 Jul 2020 14:02:25
Take care Tom, we hope to hear from you soon.

4.) 03 Jul 2020 15:09:26
You ok Tom? best wishes.

5.) 03 Jul 2020 19:47:42
Can only join and say that I hope all is well, and that you will be back soon!

6.) 04 Jul 2020 10:34:01
Very much hope too that you are OK Tom and that we will see you back on here soon. Your usually calm and optimistic posts will be much missed, so will hope we get to see them again shortly.



01 Jul 2020 20:48:15
Why are all the Chelsea players wearing the Alonso shirt number?




29 Jun 2020 06:24:50
As I've said many times before I'm not a massive fan of judging players on TV but being bored over the weekend I did see a few matches.

I thought Norwich, I think his name was Lewis, looked better than Chilwell and also Arsenal have a left sided young player who's name I can't remember who looked useful.

If we are determined to get Chilwell Im happy that our scouts and coaching staff know what they are doing.


1.) 29 Jun 2020 08:19:40
I like Jamal Lewis. But at best he can be backup at the current level. We need someone like Alaba to challenge Liverpool and City.

2.) 29 Jun 2020 09:14:45
I agree on Lewis he’s a very good player. Both Norwich full backs will end up at top 6 clubs I’m sure.



28 Jun 2020 17:57:01
Fantastic result average performance.

Pleased for RB, he took his goal very well.

Pulisic top class but again Dave came on and was excellent. Also thought Zouma and Rudiger did ok.

Willian also worked very hard and doesn't look like a player who is leaving.


1.) 28 Jun 2020 18:17:57
Rudiger was awful again. We badly need a CB imo. Who did Ed 02 say we were looking at before people starting contradicting him again. I know we were looking at Ben White at one stage age and Ake was mentioned but was there anyone else mentioned?

2.) 28 Jun 2020 18:37:13
Pulisic was easily my MOTM again this game, he's becoming such a top player for us. Hopefully he didn't have a knock when he was taken off and was just resting. He's exceeding my expectations of him by a mile and it's great to see.

3.) 28 Jun 2020 19:00:15
The cb's we were interested according to ed002 were as follows:
Benoît Badiashile
Ruben Diaz
Boubacar Kamara.

4.) 28 Jun 2020 19:20:56
Do you mean Ruben Dias there? I don’t mean to be the spellchecker again but I haven’t seen the list Ed put up on CB’s?

5.) 28 Jun 2020 19:25:27
I thought Rudiger had a decent game, he did well.

6.) 28 Jun 2020 19:53:54
I agree Shak but we all see games and performances differently.

We now get a chance to turn over Utd in a semi. Every game against them this season has been strange!

7.) 28 Jun 2020 20:09:12
Cheers Madblue. Not mad about Kamara but wouldn't mind the other 2. I dunno Shak, off the top of my head he made at least 5 errors that put others around him like willy, Zouma, Reece and kante under unnecessary pressure.

First one was an absolute missile to willy right on goal that I've seen go horribly wrong before. Passing the ball behind Reece a couple of times. Out of position for that whipped ball in, they nearly get a head to and score. Missed placed headers nearly letting players in.

Holding on to the ball too long and inviting the press and still going out wide to full backs rather than going through the middle and breaking the line. Maybe I'm wrong but since we've been back imo he's been the weakest link.

I think he was started today with the hope he plays himself back into form but I can 100% tell you he will not start our next game.

8.) 28 Jun 2020 20:16:20
I actually thought Rudiger had a good game. He was very good defensively.

Agree Tom, strange is the right word. We have been the better team in all 3 games, however we lose due to their quick counter attacks. It's clear we need to be clinical.

It will either be 'sweet revenge' or they officially become a 'bogey team' for us.

9.) 28 Jun 2020 20:41:23
Rudiger was very good against City and Ok today IMO.

100% guarantee he will not start against the happy Hammers is a very confident prediction.

All four of our centre halves would I think prefer to play on the right side but at the moment Christensen looks first choice on that side.

I assume it will be a choice between Zouma and Rudiger.

10.) 28 Jun 2020 22:57:16
Yea Tom I honestly think he's going to be dropped based on poor form. I love his passion and he obviously wants to do well, saying that, this could be the exact reason he loses composure and makes so many mistakes. Anyway hope I'm wrong and he proves me wrong but right now for me he's not good enough a team wanting to challenge for the title.

11.) 29 Jun 2020 04:05:51
Frank said post match that Christensen has a hip issue which kept him out of training (and the squad for today’s game) . Didn’t really discuss a timeline but I have to imagine that if he isn’t able to train at the weekend he likely won’t start midweek.

12.) 29 Jun 2020 07:27:23
BLM ed002 stated our interests in CB during Jan'20 transfer window. Ruben was part of the list shared. However he was expected to move elsewhere.
I personally like badshile. Left footed, has a good reading of the game and a strong tackler. I believe ed 002 said he is our top choice.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

13.) 29 Jun 2020 08:18:16
Hi ed002, sorry didn't understand your response. Can you please clarify.

Guys as it has been discussed and agreed, rudiger problem is his overthinking which leads to brain farts. His passing is also a big problem as he keeps overhitting. Even yesterday others including the keeper were put under tremendous pressure because of his overthinking and delaying passes. He also does not have a good reading of the game which means lot of last min tackles and pressure that comes with that.

{Ed002's Note - It could not be any clearer.}

14.) 29 Jun 2020 10:14:47
The Slandering of Rudiger is borderline offensive. There is no pleasing some fans on here.

I must have watched a completely different game yesterday. The amount of times he has had to come out to assist Reece James for me was telling.

15.) 29 Jun 2020 11:25:21
Cfc Shak mate I agree to disagree. If we comment on a player performance that is not offensive. Just like we say pulisic played well, we can also say rudiger didn't. Also if you see down the page performances of Gilmour, James and others were also commented upon. It's just that rudiger performance is not up to the mark. He tends to end up messing the simple things and make it difficult. Yesterday he went in tackle at 85th min which almost led to goal. Whereas he was better off pushing the player wide with him being on foot.

Ed002 I guess you are ref to my comment that badshile being first choice. As i said I believed that to be the case. But I am wrong. Thanks for that. Keep up the good work.

16.) 29 Jun 2020 11:53:28
Fair enough Madblue. I'm not saying Rudiger is a world beater but he tends to get a lot more criticism on here than other platforms. His no better or less than the other CB's we have.



22 Jun 2020 21:10:37
Just thinking (always dangerous) if I was in a senior position at our club I would try and do all my transfer business early.

Just in case the unthinkable happened and we didn't qualify for the Champs League, we might not be attractive to some players!


1.) 22 Jun 2020 21:39:24
We have done 2 deals early and maybe another to follow soon.




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02 Jul 2020 14:22:55
Jorginho not playing will start lots of conspiracy theories.

I take your point Roman.




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02 Jul 2020 14:05:32
I would like to think so Feeling Blue.

I’ve been saying for some time questions have to be asked of our defensive coaching. Although I’m not sure anyone can cure Christensens lack of concentration or Rudiger’s walkabouts.




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02 Jul 2020 11:44:09
We will just have to except Kepa ain’t going anywhere.




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02 Jul 2020 05:57:14
It’s not just a goal keeper problem Matt.

Individual errors, a mental fragility, lack of leadership and poor organisation are bigger worries.




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30 Jun 2020 22:03:28
Is Olive Martied?





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02 Jul 2020 22:17:10
It’s to easy and flippant to say work in progress ELI. It was very poor but we move on to the next game with our destiny in our own hands.




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02 Jul 2020 22:13:28
Very confident we will be seeing him in our shirt at the Bridge next season Shak.




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02 Jul 2020 17:24:12
Shak, I’m more convinced that Rice as a leader than I am about him being a CH.




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02 Jul 2020 21:54:14
I like Zouma. Not sure he has been the same since that injury but out of all the CH’s, I think I would probably sell Rudiger.




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02 Jul 2020 21:51:32
We can always rely on Spurs to cheer us up Shak.