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  1. We’re at the halfway point in the season so I thought I’d so the player reviews. Every year I find it hard to rate players out of 10 (at least when it comes to halfway, rather than individual matches). So I thought I’d leave the marks out of 10 to you guys. I’ll also add in how many man of the match awards I’ve given each player. Wishing everybody a Happy New Year from Australia! Kepa Arrizabalaga: Maybe wanting a bit more out of him, although I think he’s made a decent start to life at the Bridge. It is worth noting we have the best defence in the league after Liverpool (goals against-wise), which, I think, says something about Kepa. Despite the fact he may make an error or concede a goal we think he should have saved, he does make his fair share of stops, some of which have been really impressive. MOTM: 1 (Vidi) Antonio Rüdiger: I truly believe this guy is one of the best and certainly most underrated centre backs in the world at the moment. Big call, I know, but he’s just a solid, no nonsense defender. He’s been at this level since we signed him too. I think he and Luiz make a good centre half partnership. Always looks composed when on the ball and never shy to throw his body in the way of a shot. MOTM: 2 (Newcastle United, Manchester United) Marcos Alonso: Up and down a bit this season but I don’t think he’s a defensive liability. In my opinion, very few opposition goals or attacks come from his side of the pitch...but that’s just from memory. He’s always an attacking threat and very good on the ball too. Maybe want a bit more out of him defensively. MOTM: 1 (Tottenham Hotspur) Cesc Fàbregas: Too good to be on the bench or not involved every game and he’s shown that with some good performances in the cup games. Still can be at his frighteningly accurate self in terms of passing ability. Would be a bit harsh to judge him out of 10 anyway, I reckon. MOTM: 1 (PAOK) Jorginho: At his best, he is an absolute genius with the ball. Does have his shaky moments but that’s no different to the other three starting central midfielders (bar probably RLC). Think he’s going to be a huge part of our future and I’m sure he’ll have a successful second half of the season. Very good start to his Chelsea career. MOTM: 3 (Arsenal, West Ham United, Crystal Palace) Danny Drinkwater: Too difficult to judge, having only played one game this season. For his sake, if he isn’t going to be used, I hope he gets a move soon as he shouldn’t be not playing every week. MOTM: 0 N’Golo Kanté: It’s very rare that you will see a player of his ability be told to change his game style, so, taking that into account, I think Kanté’s done a damn, fine job this season. There were some teething problems at the start but it didn’t cost us a goal or anything. A goal return of three in half a season is very good for someone like Kanté and I’m sure it won’t be long before he makes this position seem like his natural one. As is the case with him in most seasons, he has been an honourable mention many times, rather than the actual man of the match. MOTM: 1 (Fulham) Ross Barkley: I don’t quite know how he has yet to get a man of the match from me, although I do know he has been very, very unlucky. He’s also been unlucky not to start more. There’s an element of Lampard about this guy too. He’s definitely played his part in settling some big games so far. MOTM: 0 Eden Hazard: There was something about his form at the start of the season that made me think straight out this could be his finest season ever. Looking back after half a year, I’d say it’s hard to argue. Statistics-wise, he is in the form of his life. He racks up the stats without being a selfish playe either. In my opinion, he’s the most exciting player I’ve ever seen at the Bridge. Just special. MOTM: 6 (Cardiff City, Southampton, Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford) Pedro: Not saying I wanted him gone but at the start of the year, he was one of the players I wouldn’t have minded seeing leave...even though I knew he could still do a job. How glad I am that he’s stayed now. Like Hazard, I think he’s in career-best form (at least at Chelsea). Can find the goals and has an impact in most games. Never stops trying either. MOTM: 3 (Huddersfield Town, PAOK, Crystal Palace) Ruben Loftus-Cheek: There is really no logical reason why he shouldn’t be starting games, other than the fact we have so much quality in midfield. However, I think it’s time for him to consistently start in the new year. I think his form has been ahead of the others, bar probably Jorginho, and, he’s arguably made the most impact as a substitute too. It may be a bit premature but it looks like he’s made it. MOTM: 2 (BATE Borisov, Bournemouth) Willy Caballero: You might think I’m crazy but I’ve been pleased with Caballero this season. So much so that I think he may even deserve the odd Premier League game. He makes his fair share of saves in cup matches. Couldn’t think of a better backup goalkeeper. MOTM: 2 (Manchester City, Liverpool) Victor Moses: Too difficult to rate him. Another who should be playing more and, like Drinkwater, if he isn’t going to play here, I hope he moves somewhere where he will. MOTM: 0 Mateo Kovačić: I think he’s done enough to earn a permanent move next season, providing it works for both club and player. Very good on the ball, has a bit of Hazard in him (trickery-wise) and has been involved in some big goals. Solid start to life at the Bridge. MOTM: 1 (Bournemouth) Olivier Giroud: Has been unlucky not to get a man of the match award. Wasn’t unimpressed by his performances at the start of the year at all. He was good at holding up the ball, flicking it on to the likes of Hazard, and he racked up some assists. I think the goal droughts may have affected him a bit, although he has found the net with some beauties at times. He’s still got it. MOTM: 0 Callum Hudson-Odoi: May be unfair to judge too much but he’s done just about enough for me. He’s shown so much promise and deserves a few more minutes too. The rest of the season could be crucial for him in his Chelsea future. MOTM: 1 (Vidi) Davide Zappacosta: I’m actually a big fan of this guy. Like the rest of our second-string team, I’ve been impressed with Zappacosta in the cup games. While he appears shaky at times, he’s good defensively and getting forward for me, and can put a good cross in. MOTM: 1 (Derby County) Willian: Recent form may suggest he could be on the way down but he’s still had a solid half-season for me. His form could be down to tiredness during a busy period, although some feel it’s gone on longer. In my opinion, he’s still a contributor and I’m sure he’ll have a good second half. MOTM: 1 (Burnley) Gary Cahill: Has been okay in cup games, like the rest of the second team, and doesn’t have the worst defensive partnership with Christensen. I hope he does stay until at least the end of the season as I feel he can still do a job. MOTM: 0 Andreas Christensen: Only one appearance in the league (10 overall). Like Cahill, he’s done alright in the cup games. Want to keep him for the rest of the season at least. MOTM: 0 César Azpilicueta: Began the season a bit shaky but, in typical ‘Dave’ fashion, he’s worked his way back with some solid performances. Always a hard worker, Dave has been good attack-wise, while still gets rarely beaten in one-on-one situations. Can still whip in some good crosses too. MOTM: 1 (Manchester City) Álvaro Morata: A similar case with Giroud, I think the goal drought has affected him more than it needed to. At the start of the season, I thought he actually played a good team game and the lack of goals didn’t bother me while we were undefeated for so long. Has shown glimpses of his talent and I’m hopeful he can get back into the starting 11. MOTM: 0 David Luiz: Can be outrageously good on the ball, especially picking out attackers with his long passes. Throws his body in the way and wins his fair share of defensive headers too. Has been unlucky not to get a couple more man of the match awards. Will always get his critics and, yes, sometimes, it is justified...but, for me, he’s had a good half-season. MOTM: 2 (Liverpool, Leicester City) Emerson: I think this guy has got a bright future at Chelsea. I just hope he doesn’t go out on loan because he reminds me of Kenedy (who I also rate highly). There have been calls for him to replace Alonso and, while I think more games are probably deserved, I’m not sure he’s ‘better’ yet. Is very good going forward and doesn’t seem to get exposed in defence, although he’s featured in mostly cup games...playing in the league week in, week out is a different level. Still, he’s a talent. MOTM: 1 (BATE Borisov) Ethan Ampadu: Two cup appearances mean that a rating would be unfair. He doesn’t seem out of his element when playing for the first team though. One for the future. MOTM: 0 Maurizio Sarri: If you’d have told me we would be undefeated until the start of December, I would have been delighted. A couple of dropped games that we should have won (Leicester and Wolves) but we’ve also beaten both Man City and Liverpool, the only team to have done so. I have full faith in Sarri. I can’t begin to describe how exciting it can be watching Sarri-ball. Every attack seems like an opportunity to score. He’s also shown, against Man City particularly, that he can pull off counterattack too. I can count on one hand the amount of games we have not dominated possession-wise. Considering the amount of time he had in between getting the job and the Community Shield, not to mention he had a few missing at the start of the season, due to the World Cup, I think he’s done just fine. I’m a firm believer that a higher finish than the previous year, or any season where we win a trophy, is a success. At the halfway point, I have confidence in Sarri to do one, if not both.
  2. In Eddie Howe’s words, when asked if Callum Wilson would leave Bournemouth in January, he said “not from my perspective,” which comes across as “we don’t want to sell him,” rather than “we WON’T sell for ANY price.” I genuinely think if we were to submit a good offer, Wilson would want to come. Reminds me of the Demba Ba deal a bit for the sole reason that I can see us wrapping this one up early in January. Of course, he isn’t going to be anywhere near Ba’s fee. Not sure what I make of £30 million. For a striker from a rival club in January, it doesn’t seem too bad...I just don’t know with transfer fees anymore.
  3. http://www.espn.co.uk/football/soccer-transfers/story/3356831/chelsea-consider-move-for-west-hams-marko-arnautovic-sources Absolutely inevitable Arnautović would get linked with us. Wouldn't be the worst signing but I'm now almost 100 per cent convinced the media is just making half of these stories up. I predicted he would be next and wouldn't you know it, a couple of hours later, we were 'in' for him!
  4. Just wondering what the opinions on Chelsea TV commentators are on here. This does not include pundits like Cundy, Langley, Chivers, Walker, etc. but those who actually call the game. My favourite is Ben Andrews. Has a real way with words and is good enough to commentate for one of the big companies. I also like Matt Davies, Trevor Harris and Gary Taphouse. Other commentators who have called games for us over the years have been Mark Tompkins, Dan Roebuck, Will Cope. Let me know if I've missed anyone. Understand that some may not know the commentators by names. Ha ha.
  5. Think it's pretty much official now. We have a gem at left back.
  6. I hope they wire Bakayoko the moneys so we can wrap this deal up as soon as possible.
  7. Ampadu even looks a bit like Jake! That's awesome!
  8. Perfect. Now we need a Two And A Half Men photoshop of Caballero, Rüdiger and Ampadu. Two And A Half Signings!
  9. http://www.goal.com/en-au/news/batshuayi-swats-away-transfer-talk-with/76qnud3nny6d142nou9o67vnd Nice of Bats to come out with this...even if the word 'literally' drives me crazy when it's not used properly P.s. Don't watch the vid if you don't like needles.
  10. https://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2017/07/the-champions-return.html Another absentee was Diego Costa, after it was agreed with the club that he should have an extra few days off.
  11. I didn't mean you. I just meant that fans of other clubs have always been having a go at us for buying players rather than bringing our own through and 'doing it the right way'. Just seems they think we should bring youth through just for the sake of it, as opposed to them actually being ready or good enough. I apologise, I should have made that clear. Personally, I don't mind the system we have with our academy. If they are that good, they should be able to make it with us. If not, they go on loan or sold for profit. Good point about Pogba though.
  12. Doing all that cost us what exactly? We're not going to win the league every year so bringing in Eto'o for Lukaku did not stop us finishing top in 2013-14. It just seems the only reason for bringing in youth players is for the sake of having the moral high ground in arguments (supposedly doing it the right way). Well, even teams who do bring through youth spend ridiculous amounts of money on players anyway. I respect your opinion and agree that it would be nice to see youth come through...but what players that we've got rid of could you honestly say would have improved us to the point where we are kicking ourselves that we let them go? I refer to youth here, not players like De Bruyne, Mata, Lukaku. I'm sorry, I just do not think we deserve that much criticism for having a mentality that: 1. other clubs do and 2. is successful in different ways (winning trophies).
  13. Why? We have one of the most successful academies in Europe. If a young player is going to be THAT good, we play them. They obviously haven't been so didn't make it. Remember when McEachran, Kakuta were going to be the next big thing? I agree it would be nice to see more youth players break through but it could mean a couple of lean years without trophies. That's just not what our mentality is as a club. If the choice is between our current system or going potentially years without the league, I know what I'd prefer. Anyway, we are certainly not the only club to do this...yet we seem to be the only one that comes under fire. That was my point.
  14. Probably very little...but it's getting to the point that every player we sign is somehow bad for our younger players' development. I was just using United as one example because it has spent over £150 million on two players. Not exactly showing leaps of faith in its youth there...which is fine. Each to their own...but here's Chelsea signing for reasonable fees (in today's market anyway) and still we get criticised. I look at our signings as boosting a title-winning squad, rather than disrespecting youth.
  15. As much as I love Ray Wilkins, I don't agree with his take on this deal. He criticised us for going after him when we've got Chalobah. I agree our policy with younger players (profitable as it can be) isn't always ideal...but why don't other clubs get the same criticism? Every signing we make now is seen as Chelsea saying "f**k you" to whichever up-and-coming youth player is in the same position. Man Utd has broken the English transfer record twice in successive seasons, yet you don't hear a peep about how one of its younger players will be held back.
  16. Metro reporting we could be in for Benteke, with Llorente another option. If we get both of those two, that is some serious Moneyballing there.
  17. Give it until Villa are top of the championship and his high horse will gallop right out of the window and back into the stands at Villa Park. All talk.
  18. Sky reporting we've agreed a deal. http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/10937672/chelsea-agree-deal-to-sign-antonio-rudiger-from-roma Think this one's pretty much in the bag.
  19. Welcome to Chelsea, Willy! https://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2017/07/caballero-signs.html
  20. I always said if I scored an important goal in my team's game that I would run to our crowd of about 20 people and do that. My family made it clear they would disown me I did.
  21. The BBC, to my knowledge, is almost never wrong when it reports a story of a transfer. I can't remember the last time it's erroneously reported or speculated. It may say a player has been linked to another club in a move which never happens but when it says "close to signing", "set to sign" or just plain "will sign", the deal is just about 100 per cent done. Sky is the only other news outlet I really trust...apart from the horse's mouth itself (the club).
  22. If we're resurrecting this thread (and seeing as someone's already mentioned my man), here's Quique de Lucas:
  23. Thoughts on Birmingham City looking at taking Terry? It'd be odd to see him playing for anyone else but at least it wouldn't be against us (barring that inevitable EFL Cup or FA Cup draw). If he's not going to retire, I'd like to see him continue playing in a half-decent league, which the Championship is. If he does make the move, it would just be another typical Terry thing. The likes of Beckham, Gerrard, Pirlo, even Ash and Lamps (not to mention the countless players who went to China, Middle East or down here in Australia) can all be persuaded for money or the sunshine of the states. JT? Nope. Give him good old British football.
  24. With no other goalkeeper really linked, it seems Willy Caballero could be our new second-choice. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/chelsea-willy-caballero-transfer-manchester-city-alexis-sanchez-a7788056.html As stated in the Random Rumours thread, I see him as pretty much the perfect choice to replace Begović. Hope it gets done.

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