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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 13 minutes ago, Barrettinator said:

    What moral high ground? What's the point of spending years and years developing players and pouring huge investments into our multi million pound academy and facilities if we aren't going to get the odd player every now and then from there to play in the first team? Has nothing to do with moral high ground tbqh.

    There's a case to be made that certain youngsters succeed around top clubs if you give them the chance. For example, after United got rid of Pogba, if he had gone to some small French or Portuguese club (or even a mid/bottom table English club like Morrison did) rather than Juventus, he may not have gotten to the level he's at right now. Josh McEachran was starting to look comfortable playing for us when Carlo was here until AVB binned him and the rest is history. 

    But as I said, we'll have to agree to disagree on this.

    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.

  5. 6 minutes ago, Barrettinator said:

    Real Madrid have just won back to back CLs with Casemiro, a youth player, starting in midfield. Not to mention Vasquez and Asensio playing significant roles as well. There's also Carvajal who's been a starter for them during this 3 CLs in 4 years phase at RB. Oh and then there's Morata. 

    Sometimes they send the players to other clubs and insert cheap buy back clauses but they still bring them back.

    If Real Madrid can do it seamlessly, what's our excuse? Beyond academy players, we've sold the likes of De Bruyne and Lukaku without giving them a chance. We favoured 34 year old Eto'o and 34 year old Drogba over Lukaku ffs. Had nothing to do with him not being good enough especially when he was scoring for fun in the same league at the time. As I said, we deserve a lot of criticism.

    I would expect us to try to give Baker a chance alongside our current crop of midfielders and have him replace Matic if we sell Matic but then again this is Chelsea, we might just go out and buy another CM.

    We were banned for 2 transfer windows for getting Kakuta and he still didn't get a look in. He's nowhere to be found these days. I just hope Abraham doesn't end up like that.

    Doesn't bother me as much as it used to though. I've made peace with the fact that it's just not going to happen at this club with the current structure. If it does happen, it'll be a bonus for me.

    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).

  6. 23 minutes ago, Barrettinator said:

    We deserve every bit of criticism we've gotten. Last youth player who became a first team player was JT and he's 36 playing at Villa now. Even Madrid have been winning trophies and introducing their youth at the same time. We need to make some effort. Whether the media blow it out of proportion or not, we do deserve criticism for it tbqh.

    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.

  7. 28 minutes ago, Barrettinator said:

    Because United had multiple academy players playing for them for decades and now that those have retired, they have players like Rashford (whatever your opinion on LVG and how Rashford broke into the team, he's still a first teamer right now) and Lingard who are academy boys playing for them. What criticism do they deserve?

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 5 hours ago, adineen98 said:

    He's close to signing according to BBC Sports. Not sure how true that may be but great news of it is emoji2.png

    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).

  10. 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.

  11. I'd take Caballero in a nanosecond. He would literally be the ideal backup goalkeeper. Makes the odd mistake (which you're going to get), is really, REALLY good at saving penalties, he's not on the same level as Begović or Čech and therefore shouldn't get too disheartened at being on the bench, and he has plenty of experience. Should be reliable if Courtois is unavailable. We've often been spoiled for choice when it comes to goalkeepers, especially for the past three seasons. This would be almost perfect, especially if Eduardo is not likely to be used. There are plenty of options in the goalkeeping department. I'm excited to see what happens.

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