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  1. We've bought players back after selling them or moved on from young players too soon. I don't think any of those are going to be stars any time soon though I'd prefer them over players we have on the books right now though. Gilmour is on loan right now so he wouldn't need to be displaced by anyone this season, it would be Drink and Bakayoko for example. That sounds fine with me. Christensen has an expiring contract and I think a little insurance wouldn't be a bad thing. We have 2 fullbacks who aren't past their prime, I wouldn't be sad to see Livramento asked to backup them up either. Its a 2 way street so even if the club wanted to keep these guys they may not feel the same way about staying. As far as academy players go you're right, there haven't been any misses yet.
  2. That's a good point. I wouldn't use their debut as when they made it though, several debuted and didn't get real playing time until a season or two after. They also pushed out older players not younger. I suppose that also speaks to how well those teams were put together that they could fit all of those young players in without creating a jam up at any one position unlike what is happening here now.
  3. I can only disagree with your first point. The rest has me confused. We are still on the same wave of players I think. These guys were still in the same age groups coming up for the most part. The class of 92 didn't all break in to the first team in 92, it was spread out. So the guys 17 or 18 and under are a 2nd generation. I don't think that's where the disappointment comes from though. I don't know the clubs transfer plans but it would seem they're focused on bringing in players that can help today instead of tomorrow. I know you can't integrate all of the academy players, I just don't think they're maximizing an incredibly accomplished and talented group of players.
  4. Excellent point especially seeing as how nobody has been brought in this summer. If you really wanted to make it as a young player at Chelsea wouldn't this be the optimal time to show your worth? I'm usually loath to see young players leave or be sold (Tomori kills me) but if you've seen Mount and James, to a lesser extent Gilmour and CHO, get first team appearances and still be part of a Champions League winning team why on earth would call it quits if you have confidence in yourself? The stigma of being a Chelsea youth player is being broken in front of your eyes.
  5. Rafa going to be named Everton manager. I didn't even know he was in China tbh https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/jun/29/rafael-benitez-to-be-confirmed-new-everton-manager-in-next-48-hours
  6. Welp, expect the double pivot 5-2-3 again next match with Grealish starting.
  7. Grealish will get credit for that from a lot of people.
  8. I can't understand it either. 88m for him must mean Mount is worth 120.
  9. I'm scratching my head with this team selection. Maybe he thinks the subs will win it for him
  10. Antonio Conte for England. Dead cert to walk qualifying and make the WC semi.
  11. I think that's a good point. We don't want to Spurs it up anymore. I'm eminently hopeful we'll win but the one outcome I don't want to see is a 50/50 game with us missing good chances. I don't think you can draw many positives from that at this point. If Jose could break out his phone the night before that would be great.
  12. Mendy and Thiago Silva had the biggest influences on the team. Mendy's play and Silva's passion (never knew he was like this until I saw it every week) and leadership. No way we're here without either of them two. The player of the season is Mount though and long may he reign. JT started my love for Chelsea but I never got to see him go from academy to starter to the legend he is now but seeing Mount doing this fills me with joy.
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