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Nickcook26 last won the day on January 26

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  1. Nickcook26

    Danny Drinkwater

    I hear both Skinnedy & Atomis arguments and do accept your points. I don't think the club bought these players believing they were average though. Some players bought for modest transfer fees do indeed turn out to be world class (Azpi a great example in my opinion). Emerson for me actually hasn't had a proper chance yet and but has looked good when I've seen of him.
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    Danny Drinkwater

    Not every signing can be a marquee signing and not all signings work out. Zappa and Emerson are very able deputies as we can't have one LB/RB operating all season. We are likely to play around 60 games. We need them for Europa League/Domestic Cups and in case of suspension/injuries. Transfers are easy to judge with hindsight but even in successful times there are signings which don't work out. Kezman/Shevchenko/Boulahrouz/Del Horno spring to my mind.
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    Andreas Christensen

    Yes Kepa's fault. It was straight at him. Didn't have to move. We have to expect our keeper to save those. Moving aside, Christensen isn't the perfect centre back yet but is still very young and I think has massive potential. The club definitely has a problem when it comes to young players being given a chance but some of our fans are also just as bad and quick to judge without allowing them to develop fully (I.e expecting mistake free performances from young players).
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Agree with all the above. I would love to see him starting. I believe he is still yet to start a PL game this year which isn't ideal. If he doesn't start this week v Wolves I don't know what else the lad can do.
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    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    He won't be allowed to leave on loan unless he signs a new contract (he has refused so far). We either need to give him minutes or face a Solanke situation in the last year of his contract. His deal runs until the end of next season so the player holds the cards here.
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    Alvaro Morata

    Looks like everyone is agreed he is hopeless. I watch him and constantly ask myself who was worse, him or Torres. Worryingly, they play in a very similar way.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Very well said. Fantastic post. Considering CHO limited playing time and hearing press conferences like this, he would be very well advised to get out of the club asap. I read today Bayern Munich are monitoring him as well. Surely I am not the only one extremely concerned? It makes me so frustrated.
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    Welcome N’Golo Kante

    Great analysis on Monday Night Football tonight about the Jorginho/Kante situation. Transcript below. Ginola thinks we are wrong to play him in his new position and has praised his influence on the French team in his natural role. Carragher thinks Kante looks "a very average player in the position he is playing in now." Scrolling up a lot of people agree. They did discuss some solutions to this problem which are interesting to think about. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/11564653/chelseas-midfield-problem-ngolo-kante-and-jorginhos-positioning
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    Welcome N’Golo Kante

    His best position is as a central midfielder with a focus on defending (in particular ball recovery/chasing back). That can easily be interpreted as a defensive midfielder, he is not known for his attacking attributes which is what he is currently being asked to, so yes I miss watching him in his old position.
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    Eden Hazard

    He's out of here. Way too good to be playing in the Europa League/Battling for the top 4 with Chelsea. There are many teams in Europe a long way ahead of us. Sarri already has a major headache after yesterday's result, this will be another one when he departs at the end of the year.
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    Welcome N’Golo Kante

    Great news on the contract but I miss him as our defensive midfielder. Fingers crossed we get to see him in this role again at some point.
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    Jorginho is a Blue

    The problem is I think he is untouchable though. His only alternative is Fabregas to play this role in his "system". It would be brave for Sarri to abandon his plans and restore Kante to his defensive midfield role. I might be wrong but I can't see it yet.
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    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Agree completely. Barkley always on the bench for big matches such as today (look to the United/Liverpool games at the Bridge too). Kovacic seems to have automatic selection in these matches and I'm really struggling to see what he is bringing to the team.
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    David Luiz back at Chelsea

    Agree completely with the above. Cannot be trusted in big matches where good defending is required. Against weaker opposition where we are on the front foot, I understand his selection. With Christensen not trusted and Cahill deemed surplus to requirements and allowed to leave there are major problems at centre back.
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    Jorginho is a Blue

    Terrible today. Two poor games in succession now. Arguably should have been sent off. The way Son scored his goal was actually quite embarrassing for a holding/defensive midfielder. Plenty of praise on this thread but I think equally deserving of criticism for the past 2 games. Sarri seems set on playing him in this position for the season so we can only hope he improves.