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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    As I said, Pogba is a different case sure. Ballack was no where in his career at the age of 22. Anyway, my reference to DeBruyne was more to make the point of benching (and then losing) a player that could be in out first 11 in a couple of years. Not necessarily meant to be a reference to the quality / potential of RLC.
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    You could easily argue that age 22 Ballack, DeBruyne were in the same position as RLC is. Pogba ofcourse had a quick rise but has since stalled. I see no reason why RLC cant achieve as much success in his career as say Ballack.
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    I would much rather him play in the Palace first team another full season. He is in a good place at Palace with the manager who wants him. I wouldn't risk him coming back and not getting game time and becoming another DeBruyne.
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    Next Chelsea Manager

    Saari has two years left on his contract. Blanc will likely not last more than 6 months in the job.
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    2018/19 squad

    To an extent I agree with you but we are not united. I doubt we will ever be able to match what United are willing to pay De Gea. We are more likely to end up similar to what Arsenal had to do with Sanchez. As for Hazard, I would be okay for the club to sacrifice him for a 25 goal striker. I think we would have done better this season if we had lost Hazard instead of Costa last summer.
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    2018/19 squad

    First, Apart from Hazard and Courtois, every position is stronger in the squad that I list. Secondly, Hazard is not at all consistent. But most importantly, he seems to be running his contract down like Courtois has done. I would cash in now rather than lose him for half the money next summer. Also, I think we play much better when our best players are those playing in the centre rather than out wide.
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    2018/19 squad

    Either they are random players or worth 100m each. Make up your mind. Still wouldn't help though if you think Pedro, Zappa and Drinkwater are our best players.
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    2018/19 squad

    Sell : Courtois, Luiz, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Morata, Batshuayi (raise about £350m) Buy : Butland, Foster, De Vrij, Vidal, Pulisic, Bailey, Martial, Icardi (spend about £350m) Possible squad for next season GK : Butland, Foster, Caballero FB/WB : Emerson, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Moses CB : Christensen, De Vrij, Rudiger, Zouma, Cahill DM/B2B : Kante, Vidal CM/AM : Fabregas, Barkley, Mount RW/LW : Pulisic, Martial, Bailey SS : Hudson-Odoi FW : Icardi, Giroud, Abraham Obviously never going to happen. Even if our daft board wanted to do it, would take too much time and effort for them.
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    Victor Moses

    And sent him back well before the final squad selection. He failed to out perform Darmian in the trial. That's all one needs to know about the calibre of player we have here.
  10. With top 4 gone (and EL qualification pretty safe) the season is pretty much over aside from the three cup games. I think it is a great time to play 2-3 youth players in each of the next 7 games and see if we can unearth a gem for next season rather than waste these minuted of the likes of Pedro, Giroud, Fabregas or Drinkwater. Would also love to see Barkley and Bakayoko given chances to play without any pressure to assess if they are fit for a squad role for next season. What does the shed think will happen in this regard? Will we see Conte (and the squad) just go through the motions or will there be some sensible use of this opportunity?
  11. Three key people need to go from the Club - Granovskia, Hazard, Courtois Other who should depart - Pedro, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, one of Luiz/Cahill, possibly Fabregas. The club should then take 2 seasons to add 5-6 quality players, not world class but just solid young players costing between 50m-75m each rather than the 25m-40m garbage players we are buying for last three seasons. This is a very dangerous time for us as a club with a resurgent liverpool and spurs getting better each year. There is serious risk of us becoming a yoyo team competing for top4 like liverpool have been for last 10 years.
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    Victor Moses

    I vaguely remember Conte saying something to the effect of "I need to evaluate Zappacosta" when the club signed him. Clear sign of a player that Conte did not know much about.
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    Victor Moses

    Which is no surprise given he was not even on Conte's shortlist of wingbacks.
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    Thibaut Courtois

    While Pope is having a great season, he has been helped to a great extent by the cagey formation burnley use. Don't think he is actually as good as he has seemed this season. I would still like us to get Butland he is definitely as good despite his poor season. He would likely cost us half of what Pope would cost as stoke are almost certainly going down this season.
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    Cesc Fabregas

    We should keep him and play him against smaller teams. That's close to 35 games (league + 2 cups) a season he can play at a decent level. Sure he shouldn't be starting against the rest of Top 5 but can still play a part if we are chasing games late on.

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