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  2. chiefBlueCFC

    A new striker in January.

    I think a lot here on this site may know I am a big Morata fan, and have thought he will pull this around. BUT man, its getting to that point that I'm not sure he's gonna pull this around. I hate to say it but the man cannot buy a goal. I really liked the way he got himself in position for goals against PAOK and he was there against West Ham - although Hazard should've put a shot on goal instead of trying to set up Morata after he first came in - but his confidence has to be so low and feels like he can't do anything to get a break. I hope he doesn't think like that, but I think he does think that way. With that being said, I'm not sure who we could bring in in January but they need to seriously take a look and see what is available.
  3. I wonder what PED Guardiola did to change that
  4. just

    Gary Cahill - PL CL FAC LC EL champion

    JT and Gallas were the best centre back pairing I have ever seen for Chelsea. They were both in their prime and dove-tailed perfectly. I have never felt so safe watching us defend. Anyway Gary Cahill, I kinda like him even though he is nearly 100 years old. And he is still a better defender than Luiz. By some margin.
  5. Gol15

    A new striker in January.

    We first need to sell Morata, I think. Sarri did say that we need a year to reach the level of Liverpool so I fully expect nothing to happen this whole season and then he will try to offload as many as he can.
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  7. opinionsarelike

    A new striker in January.

    Hearing people not wanting a stop gap signing, and still suggesting Arnautovic and Mitrovic, is quite baffling to me. The former has struggled with attitude up until the last season and is no profilic goal getter, and the latter has admitted that Rafa Benitez' style didn't get the best out of him, because he had to run and press from the front. A striker purchase will come with a risk. Belotti has only produced for one season, and although I like him as a player there's nothing certain there. Werner, who has a metric ton of potential, struggles with hyper sensitivity, and wears ear plugs to not get affected by the sound on the stadiums. Icardi is seems very good (haven't seen enough of him personally), but will cost 100+ million and seems (not least his wife, the boss, does) settled in Milan. Don't get me wrong, Giroud and Morata aren't good enough, and I have little to no faith in Batshuayi for a premier club like us, but just as Morata came with a risk, so will our next striker. Sarri made Mertens into a top drawer striker, and I have never rated Mertens at all. Before splashing out on another striker who may or may not succeed, I would try Hazard or Pedro or maybe even Hudson Odoi as a false 9 (read: not a Conte number 9). A sploosh, or a stop gap signing, in January is something I have no faith in, that's for certain.
  8. Munkworth

    A new striker in January.

    He’s 31 and is best making runs in behind defences. Most teams sit back against us.
  9. enigma

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    It seems that he can't go long without an injury. Could this be due to lack of playing time or just his genetics?
  10. enigma

    A new striker in January.

    For me, we need somebody who is a striker with aggression, hard work and hunger. Somebody who is not going to give up wanting to score, bit like a prime Suarez (in attitude obviously) would be perfect because we need that. I would guess, going by what Sarri said about Pedro's movement, is that he would want a striker with excellent movement. How much would Vardy go for?
  11. Semper Fi

    A new striker in January.

    One world champion striker you mean
  12. Semper Fi

    A new striker in January.

    I would recall back Batshuayi from Valencia if Morata is still flopping around like a Magikarp. I dont think its wise to spend large on a striker in january. Summer definitely, but id give Batshuayi half the season to make his mark in January-May.
  13. Hard game but it always is away to West Ham. This was their cup final.
  14. Munkworth

    Last Movie You Watched

    I was thinking about seeing that but wasn’t too sure. The First Purge - as you can probably work out for yourselves - is f**king dreadful!
  15. fitz

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/09/24/ruben-loftus-cheek-suffers-blow-bid-force-way-chelsea-england/ Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffers blow in bid to force his way into Chelsea and England contention. Matt Law, football news correspondent 24 SEPTEMBER 2018 Ruben Loftus-Cheek has suffered a blow in his bid to force his way into Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri’s plans and keep is place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad after being ruled out of the Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool. Midfielder Loftus-Cheek had an injection on an ongoing complaint on Saturday, which kept him out of Sunday’s draw with West Ham United, and it is estimated that it will be around a week until he is ready to play again.
  16. Observations - pikeys always raise their game vs CFC, and luckily the Ukrainian missed the header at the end or we'd been 1 nil'ed again Team desperately needs a striker that can score, Morata has turned into a worse version of Torres, I cant see anyway back for him realistically he looks like he turning up for the massive pay checks, wont compete with the dippers, city, spuds & united long term without a goal scoring striker contributing 20 plus in the prem league Team relies too much on Eden and when he is either not on song or tactically nullified then its a struggle to impose the brilliant Sarri-ball in the final third of the pitch. Made a good enough start sitting in 3rd place behind the 2 favorites, likely to drop points next round as well based upon the form book and our lack of a proper striker. Think 4th place is the realistic goal this season and so far so good.
  17. IliyaKrostin

    Willian

    Wilfried Zaha worth a shot as well.
  18. enigma

    Willian

    Good shout, didn't realise he had done so well.
  19. big blue

    Willian

    Looks decent, although I'm not sure he would get a work permit. I think Thauvin would be a good signing, struggled in his spell at Newcastle, but he seems to have matured a lot as player, he scored 26 past season, and this season he already has 6 from 7 games. At 25 he is ready contribute now, and we aren't going to be talking about his potential. I can't see him costing too much either, Marseille aren't really known for bringing in inflated fees for players.
  20. We got Rudiger for under half the price.
  21. Really wish we bought Virgil Van Dijk when he was available. For me he's the best CB in the league by a distance and has transformed Liverpool defensivly. They'll be hard to beat this season.
  22. turnyitb

    Antonio Rudiger

    has to be rested Wednesday and back for the game saturday. awesome defender!
  23. Boyne

    Rangers 2018/19 Match Day Thread

    https://rangers.co.uk/news/galleries/gallery-armed-forces-day/ Some cracking pictures here.
  24. Sindre

    Antonio Rudiger

    So far this season he's been one of the best CBs in the league. Long may it continue.
  25. Nickcook26

    Antonio Rudiger

    It sounds like purely muscle fatigue if he will be back in a few days (linked to two games in 4 days? Very likely) He has had an excellent start to the season but feel we can help him even more by rotating him with Ampadu/Christensen/Cahill for these early season Europa League matches.
  26. Nickcook26

    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Couldn't agree more. I feel Sarri thinks differently though and that he might be restricted to Europa League/Carabao cup/Substitute appearances. Hope I'm wrong!
  27. This is the game where a majority of the 1st team should rest, it was really showing in the west ham game, Sarri really needs to rotate. Really wanna see Ampadu, RLC in the first 11 this Wednesday.
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