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  1. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Apologies. Phrases like 'don't half stay upright for a long time' tend to throw me off. Especially when the discussion is about the comparative movement and space recognition of Morata v Michy.
  2. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    I honestly have no idea what you are on about but....ok.
  3. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Arsenal giving it? So if Morata stood in a spot he would have had the same opportunities? Strikers like Morata, like Diego Costa, regularly create with their movement. It is one of the foundations of being a good/top striker. Michy's movement and space recognition is terrible. He has very good physical qualities but the former is very easily recognized by top coaches like Conte and it is why he doesn't get enough opportunities at Chelsea.
  4. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Morata has missed one v ones that he helped create with good movement. If you really look at Michy's movement and decision-making not just today but since he arrived, he and Morata are worlds apart.
  5. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    I paid close attention to him today. There were so many occasions when he had oodles of space ahead of him, under no pressure and he plays a 5 yard pass back to a defender to make the forward pass. So the 96% is not surprising. If that's what he's going to offer then it's OK, but he shouldn't be starting for us and certainly not next to Kante. Kante's partner needs to be able to see the field, pick out passes as well do some dirty work. Over the last run we've seen time and again the opposition pressuring near our box and our inability to play out from the back and then invite further pressure. When your transition players are Kante, Bakayoko, Alonso and Moses - it is not surprising in the least.
  6. Dzeko the Gecko

    'Reportedly', which doesn't really mean much, besides the fact that the clauses themselves can be complex if the do indeed exist. Dzeko at 28m is a poor financial decision but either way he's an upgrade on our initial target, Llorente.
  7. Dzeko the Gecko

    The rumored fee is €50m combined but I see some people, who are against the transfer, using Dzeko's supposed '€25m' share as a reason not to buy. Dzeko's value in that deal should be around €15m which would out Emerson in line with Rudiger's valuation. And subsequently put Dzeko in line with Llorente's value when we wanted him. So the question is: A slightly younger Dzeko VS Llorente? It's a no brainer really.
  8. Dzeko the Gecko

    Looking at the deal it works out to a few million more than what we would have paid for Llorente. And Dzeko is a proper player who would legimately challenge Morata for a spot. Great news.
  9. Alexis Sanchez

    I like the optimism.
  10. Alexis Sanchez

    Sure but all that is hypothetical and in hindsight. At the beginning of the season we were current champions - expected to challenge again. A team in that position, with that goal, would never pick someone like Tammy as a backup striker. Then you have to consider players like Hazard, Courtois, even Morata before he signed - Would the Belgians renew if the club decided to forego a title challenge to focus on youth development? Would Morata have signed? Hazard is into his peak now, a player of his caliber needs to be playing with the best players and at a club pushing hard for titles.
  11. Alexis Sanchez

    Agreed but you can't play those guys and expect to challenge for the title as well. If Tammy is your back up striker and RLC your third choice mid then you must be satisfied to challenging for a CL spot at best. The quality of depth in the top PL teams is only increasing. And the biggest thing is, we cannot financially compete with our current revenue streams, so we need to challenge or we risk being left behind.
  12. Alexis Sanchez

    The problem is that the ones who are not RLC, Tammy quality are never going to be good enough. And then when it comes to the likes of RLC, the club must decide - play less games here or raise their profile and experience at another club. So in that specific case, if RLC never fulfills his talent then at least the club has an option to make money or use him as a squad player. If he just stays at Chelsea, hardly playing, then the option to make significant money disappears.
  13. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Luiz doesn't have the energy to get up and down. That's the sole reason for playing Bakayoko right now. At least two midfielders in the starting squad must be able to. If it's 343, both CMs must have the energy. If it's 352,that leaves Luiz and Fabregas vying for 1 spot. Most would go with Cesc in that regard.
  14. We Need a Change in Formation.

    The difference is not Luiz. It's Costa and Matic. Remember how many games Costa would change on his own. 1 ball from Fabregas over the top and that was done. Morata is very much learning so I don't blame him. Bakayoko is... whatever. This is just what happens when you trade key players for a gamble on potential to make a buck. 343 is better but then Conte knows he absolutely cannot play Fabregas. So he has to choose between Bakayoko and Drinkwater, then we'll all be back here complaining about not being able to control the midfield.
  15. He can do a job. But he is far more effective centrally. If you think Alonso doesn't have the pace to go forward then imagine what it's like in flat four. You don't actually have to imagine, we've already seen it and it wasn't pretty.