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Nickcook26 last won the day on January 26

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  1. Nickcook26

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    I think 19 goals in 41 appearances for Roma in 16/17 was a great return. Nearly 1 goal every 2 games. 44 goals in 52 appearances last season is nothing short of outstanding. Probably a little early to be writing Salah off this season but he still has 3 goals to his name (would still be our joint second highest goalscorer this season). We can only hope he doesn't ever reach the numbers of last season again but can't rule it out.
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    Andreas Christensen

    It wasn't really Luiz I was referring too with that comment. More the fact Cahill has taken his place on the bench so not even in the matchday squad in recent times. I understand him and RLC are good friends from years in the academy. They are all struggling for game time while Hudson Odoi and Ampadu are yet to feature. I think it would be a fair to say he doesn't like youth too much based on what we have seen so far.
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    Andreas Christensen

    Completely understand his frustrations. At 22 he needs to play and we have a manager who seemingly does not favour younger players. Unless anything changes he will surely have to leave. I agree he's made a few mistakes - however I think this can be expected given his age. If he remains unhappy and we have to sell, hopefully he won't turn into a future world class defender.
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    I wonder if Kevin De Bruyne or Salah ever produced magic in training? Surely Mourinho must have noticed we had quality players in training? I'm afraid to say this proves players do need minutes to show they can be amazing...training isn't enough...
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    Eden Hazard

    I think it's obvious. He clearly wants Real Madrid as is his childhood dream. Let's all not pretend he is happy in the Europa League this season despite his affection for our club. No matter how much money we put in front of him he won't sign a new deal. If he holds out another 6 months he will hold all the playing cards just like Courtois did (although they won't leave in the same manner). We will be forced to sell next summer for a bargain price. This is also the issue with foreign stars (Suarez/Ronaldo/Coutinho etc..) They dream of Barcelona/Real Madrid. For me, this is why it is so important to be promoting homegrown youth. Terry/Lamps dreamt of Chelsea for life and nothing else.
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    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Excellent performance today. I hope he retains his place for the game against United. I think he deserves it.
  7. I agree. Can't see any way RLC will stay. In a couple of years we will probably be searching for another CM once Fabregas has retired. RLC will probably be enjoying rubbing our noses in it when he has developed into a top midfielder for another club.
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    I thought he had a good game last night in the 60 minutes he played. Agree with Coco above - Kovacic who is definitely ahead of him in the pecking order played no more an adventurous game than Ruben. Look forward to seeing him start more games (although only realistically v Derby/Bate Borisov)
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    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.
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    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!
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    I agree with your points. The Kante situation is very very concerning...a player being asked to play out of position. His effect on the games has been much smaller so far compared to previous seasons.
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    Jorginho is a Blue

    A lot of praise on this thread so far and agree he has played some solid games up to now. Thought he was quite poor today, gave the ball away a lot and was quite wasteful (other than some basic passing). Looked really tired from playing Thursday night. Perhaps team selection needs a re-think when playing two games a week (particularly Europa/Carabao cup games)
  13. Lethargic and lacklustre. For me, the writing was on the wall as soon as Sarri named his team Thursday. No point having a big squad if we aren't going to use it.
  14. No Christensen/RLC in the 18 which is not good. Fabregas/Cahill on the bench. Could find ourselves without all 4 players in 12 months (RLC/Christensen due to unhappiness & Cahill/Fabregas due to age)
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    Tammy Abraham

    Poor move for Tammy in my opinion. Listening to Sarri today, it sounded like the ball was very much in Tammy's court with regards to a loan move away. An injury/suspension to any one of Morata or Giroud and he would have surely been straight on the bench as the only other striker. Even without the above there would likely have been playing time in the Europa League/Carabao Cup/FA Cup in January. Surely it was worth hanging around until at least January, and if opportunities really were limited then to accept a loan move away until the end of the season. We already know he can score goals in the championship as his season at Bristol City proved.