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  1. James and Kante are back in full training, but Pulisic is still out. 

    So if that's true, by now it's 338 days and around 40 matches Pulisic's missed due to various injuries. He's just started his third season with the club and has been unavailable for close to a calendar year during that period. I'm a big fan of Christian's talent and really feel for him but unless things change dramatically in terms of his durability the club will probably look to move him.

  2. 4 hours ago, The Brit said:

    Given how poor the midfield and full backs were, I’d say Lukaku shouldn’t be the main focus for criticism or scrutiny. 
    I remember one poor bit of hold up play where he should have done a lot better but basically we never had the ball and the lethargic play from deep was the main issue. It’s not as if city’s defenders had the ball that much for Lukaku to press them

    Actually City defenders could have taken a bit of a nap when they had the ball in their own half, that's how much time and space they had because Lukaku never bothered to press. And City were always going to have the majority of possession, they're much better at ball retention than us, so we would have to chase them around no matter who plays.

    I can actually remember off the top of my head two episodes from the first half when his bad first touch turned into a pass back to a City player and another soon after when he made a poor pass to Werner on a break. In a game where we were playing without a ball for long periods of time and had to work extremely hard defensively, it's criminal to waste rare opportunities for counter attack like that. The whole point of having a powerful centre forward who doesn't track back or press and just hangs around the center of the pitch waiting for a pass is that he could at least hold up the ball and get the attack going when we do get the ball back. He was utter crap yesterday, awkward, poor on the ball and struggling to have any impact.

    Lukaku wasn't the only reason why we were poor yesterday but it was a harsh reminder why despite impressive career goal record he's not considered a world class player. Unless Tuchel finds a way to bench him in certain big games where it suits us to go without him and manages not to bruise his fragile ego, I don't see us winning anything serious with him on the team.

  3. With Giroud gone, Abraham being sold and Broja leaving on loan, we're left with only Lukaku as a lone centre forward. What happens when he's injured/tired/suspended? Do we go back to Werner as a CF, the role he didn't look comfortable with ordo we sign a back-up? Or do we keep going with a false nine system? Seems odd not to have a back-up for a long season ahead.

  4. 11 minutes ago, big blue said:

    Disappointing, but realistically what were his options? Plus he has some close friends there aswell. I think PSG were the only team in for him tbh. 

    I think other clubs didn't bother because they couldn't afford him. It all depends on what your priorities are. Picking PSG is the safest choice. Huge paycheck and and an easy domestic competition. The only real challenge is winning the CL, but what if they keep failing? 

    He could have had his pick of top clubs but he chose money over ambition. 

  5. On paper it seems quite simple. Sign him to 350,000 a week two-year contract and give him the rest of in a form of a massive sign-in  bonus or something like that.

    In reality though, it's never that simple. A player of that caliber will demand stipulations and clauses that would make the whole operation cost prohibitive to pretty much every club out there, apart from maybe City and PSG, for obvious reasons.

    So, as tempting as it may sound, signing Messi is likely a non-starter for Chelsea. 

  6. My take on the game.

    Until the substitutions we bossed the game and should have scored more. Ziyech seemed hungry and determined, which is a welcome change from his usual 'lazy, indifferent, couldn't be bothered" body language. Hopefully this is going to be his break out season at the club, he's looking sharp. Chalobah was pleasantly competent at the back. CHO was struggling on he right, so much time and space and yet wrong decisions almost every time. Werner was back to his usual self, did everything very well except finishing, and what's worse, when he did finish, the footballing Gods laughed at the miserable German and denied him a perfectly legit goal. Havertz, Kovacic, Rudiger, Zouma and Alonso were fairly good given the amount of training they've had so far. Kante was MOTM, the man is superhuman. I thought Mendy could have done better for the second goal, but it was from close range, so it's easier said than done.

    The drop off in quality after the subs was understandable. Spurs kept their first teamers, while Tuchel gave loanees and youngsters a chance to impress. Bakayoko was once again a subject of envy and a beacon of hope to all the dreamers out there that you don't have to be any good at what you do for a living to become a millionaire. Young Sarr took the hint and immediatel;y followed the lead. Those two gave their absolute best to help Spurs equalize and were well on their way to gifting Tottenham another goal scoring opportunity to finish the job but alas, the final whistle put an end to that. Well, until the next preseason then, boys, keep the dream alive.

     

  7. 1 minute ago, Hensi said:

    I dont quite get the negativity around this transfer to be honest, like really.

    If the Scums were willing to sell to us in a parallel universe, most of the guys in the forum would undoubtedly be happy if we were to spend 160m on Harry Kane, who is 28 as well. I would argue that Lukaku is the 3rd best pure striker in Europe, behind Lewa and Haaland with Kane behind him. I dont get the fuss around Kane who has done nothing significant in his career and in the 2 most important games in his life - CL and Euro finals, he was nowhere to be seen on the pitch. 

    Ever since Lukaku joined Inter, he was pivotal in their Europa League final appearance and winning the Seria A. He is a proven goal scorer, which is exactly what we need, and Haaland was causa perduta from the get go. He had his sights set on Madrid or Barcelona, considers us a "small club" and a CL victory wont change his mind. We are not getting Lewa either so this negativity when we are actually buying one of the top strikers in the world is literally beyond me.

    Tuchel wants him in the squad and that is enough for me. By getting Lukaku we would actually have some flexibility in the squad and select the starting 11 based on the opponent. I am actually hoping we wrap this up fast so that the focus can shift towards Kounde and a CM if possible. 

    When you say Lukaku "was pivotal in their Europa League final appearance" what do you mean, exactly? In that final he scored an early penalty and then scored an own goal that ended up being a winner for Sevilla. 

    I also have reservations about Lukaku's possible reaction to rotation. His impressive goal scoring record is mostly due to being prolific against fodder, against top sides he regularly struggles. Yet he's got a huge ego and I wonder how he'll take being left out of the first eleven when we decide to go with the false nine in certain important games.

    Now, he does help us massively when it comes to goal scoring, which was our biggest problem last season. As much as I dislike his limitations, Lukaku certainly is a prolific scorer and is clearly better at it than anyone in our current squad. If he can buy into Tuchel's system and score his usual seasonal amount , it's difficult to see the downside to his arrival. I just hope that he stays fit and keeps his ego in check because it looks like it's actually happening.

  8. 19 minutes ago, TomCFC85 said:

    If De Bruyne is so great, why did we sell him to Wolfsburg?

    Different managers, different formations, different circumstances 

    It's never a binary "great or not"

    That's a silly comparison. KDB was nowhere near the player he became at City years later when we sold him and at the time at Chelsea he had more experienced players with much bigger names ahead of him and that's why he wanted out. Lukaku was an established player when he joined United and unlike De Bruyne at CFC, he was a regular starter for MU those two seasons.

  9. 6 minutes ago, DidierDrogbalala said:

    Did you forget that Lukaku was made in the PL? He did get 20 goals for sides like Everton and West Brom and now you guys are flipping your own arguments about Havertz and Werner scoring a lot of goals from a weaker league but lets not mention that since its not Lukaku....

    If he's so great in the PL why did United sell him to Inter?

  10. 1 hour ago, DidierDrogbalala said:

    Yea, because Italian sides didnt parked the bus against Inter? Cmon now, you guys clearly didnt watch him since he's at Inter or Seria A in general, you  have issue with lukaku against side that sits low but you dont mind Werner ?

    Lukaku is much faster then you give him credit for he's a physical beast. and i don't think we have to change the way play, its still gonna cross after cross from the wing backs and the wingers.

     

    I did watch Lukaku on several occasions for Inter. I wouldn't say he has improved much. From what I could tell, his usual problems were still there. The difference is, he's playing in a weaker competition now and there's much less pressure to deliver. I'm afraid if he comes back to EPL, his struggles will return with him.

    As any striker who relies on physicality and pace, he's going to decline rapidly once he starts slowing down, not to mention picks up an injury or two, and he is not blessed with great technique, so once his speed and athleticism have gone, his shortcomings will be even more exposed.

    His touch got a bit better, but it's still erratic, and so is his passing. His heading is decent but he's no Drogba, and you have to be a whole lot better to dominate the air in  the EPL where you face formidable CBs on a regular basis. He can hold up the ball fairly well and you can't argue with his goalscoring record but I just feel signing him to a long tem contract as our first choce centre forward is a mistake we're destined to regret. 

  11. 8 minutes ago, ForeverCarefree said:

    Whether we, the fans, rate Lukaku or not is kind of immaterial. 

    Chelsea hold a long standing interest in him and we've got a history of signing long term targets.

    He was previously our first choice before we signed Morata. Current reports about Kounte say we've been tracking him for 2 years as another example. 

    It's not a panic buy if we bought him but as I've said elsewhere in this thread, whether he is the "right" player for us or not is a whole other discussion. 

    Just because we were looking to sign Lukaku four years ago, doesn't necessarily make him our long term target. We were looking to sign Alex Sandro around the same time, I don't think we still do. Of course, should we buy Romelu now, the party line would immediately change to him being our long term target all along. But we all know, if we could land the likes of Haaland or Kane, Lukaku's name wouldn't have even come up as an alternative.

  12. 21 minutes ago, ForeverCarefree said:

    Point I was making is that United were content to sign an aging Cavani on a free because of the lack of top class forwards available. 

    That's why that move made sense for United at the time. I wouldn't be against signing Lukaku on a free or on loan or even for a small fee if it would mean having him as just one of the attacking options, no problem.

    It's signing him for an absolute fortune on a long term contract and high wages is what I have a problem with. Let's be honest here, if it happens, it only means we couldn't get better players (Kane, Haaland, Lewandowski), so he's our consolation prize.  This is the kind of money you only spend on a genuine world class talent at the right age. Lukaku is not that, and never was. What we're doing right now is the very definition of being desperate and painicky.

     

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