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Everything posted by Skinnedy

  1. I'd rather turn down the latter than the former....
  2. The big fear I had about the summer was that we turned down €50M for Willian. We did spend without selling for the most part, unlike the summer prior where we just traded experience for youth, but that 50 would have gone a long way towards getting younger and better. I would have loved to have cashed in on Willian if his stock was really that high. Frankly I set my mental price on him at €30M LAST year. At a year older, 50 seemed too good to be true. So it probably was. All sizzle, no steak.
  3. Chris Kamara asks Robert Huth "How do you win the Premier League with a back 4 of Simpson Morgan Huth & Fuchs" He has a one word Answer - Kante
  4. Luiz, Rudiger and Alonso were spectacular yesterday. Not only defensively, but we know what Alonso can do pushing forward, and Rudiger and Luiz pay some of the prettiest long balls around. Luiz vertically, and Rudiger on the switch. Was a terrific game yesterday, a fair result, even if it felt like a loss at the end.
  5. Willian ran out of gas and had three very bad giveaways in the second half. Lucky it didn’t cost us a goal. It’s one of the reasons he’s so much more effective as a sub, because he’s not pacing himself like he does as a starter. Solid effort, but that position is manned so well when 90 minutes are split between William and Pedro.
  6. Not to mention they are literally one year apart in age. Pedro is over the hill, better get in Willian? They're both over 30. Need a better argument than that. I've said before, probably on this thread somewhere. I think they are BOTH more effective when sharing the position. I don't particularly care who starts, depending on form, but when they were in together, for one reason or another, they both were ineffective. When we use them interchangeably it creates a good potency off the bench.
  7. Tell me you saw this, right? God Bless the Internet. I've only watched it about 20 times.
  8. No, I didn't remember it, so I looked it up... 1 goal and 2 assists from March through May in 14 appearances including 8 starts. He had a good run in February in a mixture of competitions, that may have been what you were referencing. Unfortunately, that was the only spell of form he had all season. 2 Against Hull City FA Cup 1 Against Barcelona UCL 1 Against ManU EPL How I wish Chelsea was able to get £50+ for him in the summer.
  9. It's a pretty deep squad this year. I can see a change to the entire 1st 11 and still field a strong squad CHO Giroud Willian Barkley Fabergas RLC Emerson Christensen Ampadu Zappacosta Caballero
  10. I think that was probably the right move. He's been awful for them. When Sanchez was on the move, and it wasn't yet decided where he'd go, I asked rhetorically, "do you really want him taking minutes from Sane at City or Martial at United?" -- Martial was on his best spell for United when Sanchez came in. It's no coincidence how poorly they've played since that transfer. I text my Arsenal buddy after the 3-0 last night and said "I feel good for Alexis. He handled the winding down of his contract at Arsenal with such professionalism and class, that he deserves this success at United" Sanchez runs around like a headless chicken and then pouts and blames his teammates when things don't go the way he thinks they should. Heck, I said he should have come to Chelsea. He would have loved playing in Conte's 8-1-1. He could try and do everything himself up top. But getting back to your point... Herrera at Center Back, Martial and Bailly not even in the 18, Rashford can't find any minutes... tactically and technically, they got it wrong. But benching Sanchez isn't one of those mistakes, IMHO
  11. I thought he looked more assertive and comfortable in those thirty minutes than all of last season combined
  12. Miazga's contract was extended two years before he went back out on loan. Go figure. He's definitely one I can see never playing for the first team again.
  13. Yup, I get it, and I was speaking more relatively about "why do we keep doing it with these players" than about one player in particular. Depending on his wages, Piazon may fall into the category of making a little bit of money on his loan fee. I read from Matt Law that Chelsea typically wants a player under 2 or 3 years on a contract to extend before going out on loan, so this may be the case where they are subsidizing the loss they plan on taking on him because they can't sell him, but they can stop paying his wages. In a sense, it's like cutting a guy with a non-guaranteed contract. I agree with you on the inflation, that's why Chelsea has so many of these guys. That's the only way to make money on an asset like that. Going back to my house example, the only way to make any money on real estate is to change locations, or own more than one. So if my house in London goes up 10%, everything else around me is going up 10%, but I'm insuring myself against inflation by my own appreciating asset. So I'm locking in a price to negate the inflation. Of Course, if the market eventually does correct itself and these players stop going for such astronomical fees... well... housing bubble... The other part of this risk that I was speaking of, is it only takes one of these players to really hit to pay for all of them. Chelsea paid £7.5M for Piazon. They might lose some money on him, but they made about £25M on Ake. It's definitely a numbers game. And I'd rather be in Chelsea's position hoarding assets.
  14. Because there are few assets in the world more valuable than young footballers right now. This is a business and the players are assets. It's that simple, subsidize the cost of owning the asset with loan fees while it appreciates in value for you to sell. Picture yourself having a house that you eventually want to sell. It costs you It's worth £100,000 and costs you £1000 on your mortgage and you can only get £800 per month in rent, so you're losing £2400 per year. But... it appreciates 10% per year in property value. So while you are losing £2400 per year in cost, your asset appreciates £33,100 during that time, so when you sell in 3 years, you've actually made a profit on the house you sold of £26,000. In some cases the rent is higher than the cost of the mortgage you have on the house, so you're making a profit year over year as well. The trick is cashing in before the house becomes old and run down and is a depreciating asset. Now consider that footballers' values have gone up exponentially over the course of even the last three years. Chelsea is a big club that can afford to buy up lots of houses, subsidize their cost with loans, and then sell on at a huge profit.
  15. Value... He was going to be third choice at Chelsea. So his re-sell value to sell would have stagnated at best if he had stayed. If Chelsea wants to keep him to replace Giroud next season, he will be a better player if he's first choice this year rather than a cup player. The argument could be made that he'd be much more than that at Chelsea, and should be pushing Morata as the #1, but that discussion appears to have been settled behind closed doors at Chelsea. All in All, if he was going to be #2 at best, and #3 at worst at Chelsea, he's better off playing more minutes and improving his game and keeping his resale value high to give Chelsea (and himself) as many options as possible. Frankly, I think he gets sold after this season, and Chelsea should make a decent profit on him.
  16. This is Now Official https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2018/8/14/bakayoko-heads-to-milan
  17. Looks like Zouma to Everton is done. My daughter will be crushed. Favorite player because of Paw Patrol's Zuma... lol... I'll see him in blue and tell here that's Zouma playing for Chelsea. She's easy to fool on that!
  18. I thought he was a positive influence in the Liverpool win as well, but the good performances were so few and far between. And the lack of composure with the ball is tough to get past. That win at a struggling Atletico was one of the worse things that could have happened to us. Fool's Gold for that dreadfully negative 3-5-2. Of course, how would that 3-5-2 look now with our midfield replacements?
  19. Call me crazy, but this actually makes me a bit sad. I had such high hopes for him when he signed. He was injured when he started and was rushed back into action, but kept his mouth shut about it. He played his way into being vilified by fans, and has kept his mouth shut about it. I know the millions of dollars will help make him feel better, but I really wanted this to work. It's best for the club he moves on, but it upsets me that this was such a spectacular failure, because he seems like a decent kid. Tactically Kovačić and Jorginho are massive improvements in the midfield over Bakayoko and Fabergas, don't think I don't recognize that, but I'll be keeping an eye on Bakayoko at Milan hoping that a fresh start kickstarts his career.
  20. So much of that can be in the camera angle... even fitness models get a little roll-over when they are curving forward like that... the least of my concerns with Hazard is fitness...
  21. I don't hate on Willian, but I think he's overrated. I think he is more style than substance. If we were getting points for beating people off the dribble, he'd be the second player I'd pick from Chelsea. I would love to be able to sell high on him and invest that money in a replacement. I won't be upset if Willian is back. I'll be upset if: 1. Chelsea turns down £50M+ for him Or 2. Chelsea sells him for £50M+ and fails to reinvest the money into a replacement.
  22. 10 years. That's what he could offer that the others wouldn't. I'd be pretty happy going into the season with Pulisic/Willian or Pulisic/Pedro with the combination of youth/experience/talent That said, I think this only happens with Willian money. https://youtu.be/a-d5NryHCtY
  23. He's been linked with Chelsea in the past, he'd be a terrific long term target for a right side attacker. If the price is £65M, he may sell that in the US alone in Jerseys https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/christian-pulisic-talks-chelsea-over-13001629 One of the things I like best about him, is the US media has stopped trying to force feed the next big thing in Football, and Pulisic has quietly become the best field player the states has ever produced (not a long list, I know). My friends ask me who he compares to, and a year ago, I said his ceiling would be Eden Hazard. Obviously that's best case, but Pulisic's strength is taking on defenders 1v1. He just walks by them, and he's similar in stature to Hazard (no where near as strong yet). I watched every Dortmund game that he started last year, and every game Michy played in. I'd love to have him playing under Sarri.
  24. I think nearly everyone said Barcelona would be stupid to offer 65M and Chelsea would be stupid to turn down 65M, so what that tells me, 65M was never offered (personally, I would have taken anything over 40M for Willian, but no one knows what was offered, if it even got that far). I felt Willian's reputation really started to peak in the Mourinho crash of 15/16. He had a nice run of form for about 4 consecutive games, and then road that momentum to the player of the year award. let's look at that year. 11 Goals for the Club 5 EPL 5 UCL 1 FA Cup those goals came against: Maccabi Tel-Aviv 2 Newcastle 2 Porto 2 Southampton Dynamo Kiev Crystal Palace Man City (5-1 Win in FA Cup against their Youth Squad) Bournemouth I like Pedro/Willian as one player. Meaning, one starts and the other subs in. I don't think either of them are all that effective over 90 minutes, but when they split time, they make for a dynamic RW. I don't think either of them is content with the sub role, even if that's what makes them both most effective. But in Short, I've been hoping for the last two seasons that we'd be able to sell high on Willian and replace him with some goal production.
  25. At the very least, they learned their lesson... pretty sure there are buy-back clauses in place for Ake, Traore and Chalobah. I didn't particularly want to see Ake and Traore leave, but we got really good value for each of them, but for £9M, I thought it would have been worth letting Chalobah walk as he ran out his contract. Then we go off and start the season without enough CM? I don't think anyone wondered why Conte was pissed.
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