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  2. All well and good but what's that got to do with Lamps & Derby?!!
  3. Just read some pointers regarding bad transfers in another topic, which made me think... What's the worst piece of business we've done? The're are some obvious ones. - Selling Salah, KDB, Robben and Lukaku. All for cheap. - Acquiring players like Danny Drinkwater and Zappacosta - who both must be considered as pretty mediocre players - for a total of £60M. And with growing concern that we'll be buying more mediocre players for ridiculous amounts, I couldn't help but thinking of the strategic aspect. Do we need someone like Arnesen or Emenalo - or in general a DoF? I know that the made mistakes as well - but lacking a DoF could make us do even more doubtful business onwards. I've read that Sarri said he knew next to nothing about the transfer of Pulisic. All he knew was that the club asked him whether he liked him as a player - to which answered that he thought he was a great talent. A few weeks later the club had signed him for £60M. We've heard those kind of stories before. Conte wanting Bonucci or Koulibaly - instead he got Djilobodji. Wanted Alex Sandro as wingback - got Alonso (who turned our pretty good though). There a just countless examples of us buying players for no reason what so ever. And with more and more quality coming through our, in fact brilliant youth setup, should we take a break and give players like Mount, Ampadu, Abraham, Tomori, Chalobah and James a chance to show what they're capable of? Maybe even Zouma, who's been pretty decent for Everton, showing that the injury is truly behind him. Or are we gonna see history repeat itself with us selling 5/6 for cheap - and then buy some unknown guy from a middle tier club from Italy for £20M?
  4. What don't you understand? Seemed pretty straight forward. Pulisic has been used as an impact sub this year, which coincidentally is when Willian also did his best for us under Conte. When starting: Pulisic 17/18 5 goals in 3,038 minutes. 607 mins per goal Pulisic 16/17 5 goals in 2,323 minutes. 464 mins per goal Willian 18/19 8 goals in 3,514 minutes. 439 mins per goal As i said, Willian levels of output
  5. I don't think that Bale and Hazard are the same type of people, you can bet that Hazard will be treated much better.
  6. Steve Clarke named as Scotland boss. He’s worked hard for that job.
  7. Im feeling a little more positive about the possibility of lampard and morris. Sarri has laid down some decent fundamentals for us to move forward, i think he definitely should be given another season, but the rumours seem to mounting, which usually means one thing at chelsea. I'm hoping it would be more evolution than revoltion. For starters Lampard likes his teams to use a 433, he likes to play out from the back, and he likes his teams to press. With lampard though, i dont expect us to as rigid with these 3 ideas, and having seen a few derby games this season, he wont hesistate to have us sit deep and compact, if that is what is necessary. I actually think jorginho will still play at the base of midfield when we are in possession, but i dont think kante will be tasked with venturing forward. I also think we will press differently, instead of kante and RLC/Barkley pushing forward, i think we will see the front 3 work alot more, which is why i think Pulisic and Abraham could have a great impact for us, if the ban stays in place. I expect we will be a lot more direct in terms of getting crosses into the box aswell. Overall Lamps could do a decent job next season, im not expecting miracles though, any manager of this squad minus hazard is going to struggle to finish top 4. Major investment is needed in my opinion. But if Lampard can bring through some more of the academy players, so we can get some identity back, hipefully that will bring back a feel good factor that we can build on the follwing season with some quality additions.
  8. Willian = 2109 minutes, 3 goals, 6 assists. 30 years old. Pulisic= 924 minutes, 4 goals, 4 assists. 20 years old. (Almost identical goal assist / minute ratio to RLC) (Pedro, 1781, 8 goals 2 assists). Let's not use Willians stats in vain. They are on another level. Also, Pulisic like Willian prefers left but usually played on the right. So that argument doesnt wash either. ^purely used league stats.
  9. Not really, it makes sense to keep him as he gives us a different option with his play.
  10. Effectively the window is always open at the end of the season whenever. Given we have no competitive game for three months after the Europa final it doesn't really make too much difference if we officially get it frozen now or in early July, especially if it's looking likely to happen.
  11. We booed Sarri and Jorginho almost all season and we had a banner calling Hazard and Fabregas rats a couple years ago, I don't think we are much better
  12. The new contract for Giroud really suggests we are not planning to get a freeze on the transfer ban. We have been linked with plenty of younger options in recent months (e.g. Icardi) so it would make no sense to extend Giroud unless we expected no new signings.
  13. It seems odd that we haven't already requested the freeze in the ban through CAS, if we intend to. The current window has already been open for a few days so we are effectively serving our ban. As far as I know the punishment applies to full windows. So if we applied for the freeze say a month into this window, and CAS were unable to reduce our ban, we would still have 2 windows to serve afterwards. So in effect our punishment would have been more than we started with. The only logical explanation I can think of is that we are considering taking the ban now, and hoping CAS can reduce it to one window so we can make signings in January. Or am I missing something?
  14. To be fair receding lips are a known side effect of meth abuse. Well done Liam, it's good to know there is still some wit on the forum.
  15. You know what will happen, right? Come next Wednesday we'll all be shouting at the television urging Chelsea along, hoping with every fibre of our body we win this.
  16. Produces Willian level numbers, i expect nothing more from him.
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  18. I remember being nagged at the coffee machine for the entire week about "Chelsea not playing proper football", and enjoying retorting every time "Who's won the cup?" 😆 "Yeah, but...." "Who's won the cup?" "You'll have to agree that..." "Who's won the cup?" "It's anti-foo..." "Who's won the cup?" Still grinning at the memory
  19. Ah ok fair enough. Like i said, would never happen but would make it more interesting if it did.
  20. The fact he is 20? His stats will likely improve. He has scored 4 and assisted 4 in 20 this season so if he plays nearly every game and his stats get better 15 isn’t too illogical.
  21. Nope league cup gets one as well. Just isn't an easy way to organise saying "if league cup and fa cup comes from top 6, then we run a playoff system.
  22. There's more chance of Wenger returning to Arsenal and winning the title than Sarri ever winning the league with us. There's more chance of both than Ancelotti winning the league with an underdog against Juve and a pre sulking Conte.
  23. Sarri is making the plans for chances to be created, its who we have on the pitch that can't finish. Reminds me a lot of Pep's first season at City.
  24. Please don't put your money on that!
  25. I thought it was 5th and 6th were guaranteed and 7th depending on who wins the FA Cup? Even so it is usually (not always) one of the top 6 that wins the 2 domestic trophies.
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