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    Socrates got a reaction from haviet1 in WBA v Chelsea (PL) Sat 26th Sep 2020 17:30 GMT   
    Well, we rescued a point after an abysmal first half, so the team deserves some credit. But Alonso and James should not really be starting against Premier League opposition.
    We spent a lot of money on attacking players but are still somehow lumbered with Kante and Kovacic in the middle. We really need to sort out that mess as soon as possible. 
    Not sure Frank knows what his best side is, but it sure shouldn’t include Alonso, James, Kovacic and Kante in the same starting line-up. 
     
     
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    Socrates reacted to 2211 in Welcome to Chelsea Ben Chilwell   
    I’m probably in the minority but I think that Chilwell is very good player and will be an upgrade on what we have.
    I’d keep Alonso as back up.
    I know people are hung up on the price but this is the way I see it, whether it is value for money or not won’t be clear until further down the line depending on how it turns out.
    I think it’s possible to get bad value at a cheap price (e.g £20 million) or get excellent value at £75 million like Van Dyke.
    I also think it’s a positive if Frank is backed with who he actually wants rather than players who fits a particular budget.
     
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    Socrates reacted to nonotnowjim in Kai Havertz coming to Chelsea   
    Leverkusen's CEO saying that no bid has been received. Makes negotiating that 10m hard if we have not offered anything in the first place!
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    Socrates got a reaction from Jezz in Timo Werner   
    Fantastic news if confirmed. Top quality young striker. And a strong statement of intent.  
    I think we’re still due the transfer fee for Morata so that would make it a nice piece of business all round. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Timo Werner   
    Fantastic news if confirmed. Top quality young striker. And a strong statement of intent.  
    I think we’re still due the transfer fee for Morata so that would make it a nice piece of business all round. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Chelsbear in Random Rumours   
    Yes it does. Lampard asked for signings to make up for the lack of transfer activity last Summer. Not necessarily first choice targets. But a couple of signings to deepen the squad, add more experience. Take the pressure off Abraham specifically. The Board had several weeks to bring in at least one option. To support Lampard. It was a test. And they couldn’t manage it. Says a lot about where we are as a club and where the Board are in relation to the manager. Really doesn’t bode well. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from abramovich in Random Rumours   
    Yes it does. Lampard asked for signings to make up for the lack of transfer activity last Summer. Not necessarily first choice targets. But a couple of signings to deepen the squad, add more experience. Take the pressure off Abraham specifically. The Board had several weeks to bring in at least one option. To support Lampard. It was a test. And they couldn’t manage it. Says a lot about where we are as a club and where the Board are in relation to the manager. Really doesn’t bode well. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Jackson27 in Random Rumours   
    Yes it does. Lampard asked for signings to make up for the lack of transfer activity last Summer. Not necessarily first choice targets. But a couple of signings to deepen the squad, add more experience. Take the pressure off Abraham specifically. The Board had several weeks to bring in at least one option. To support Lampard. It was a test. And they couldn’t manage it. Says a lot about where we are as a club and where the Board are in relation to the manager. Really doesn’t bode well. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from BordeauxBlue in Random Rumours   
    Yes it does. Lampard asked for signings to make up for the lack of transfer activity last Summer. Not necessarily first choice targets. But a couple of signings to deepen the squad, add more experience. Take the pressure off Abraham specifically. The Board had several weeks to bring in at least one option. To support Lampard. It was a test. And they couldn’t manage it. Says a lot about where we are as a club and where the Board are in relation to the manager. Really doesn’t bode well. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from JPH in Random Rumours   
    Yes it does. Lampard asked for signings to make up for the lack of transfer activity last Summer. Not necessarily first choice targets. But a couple of signings to deepen the squad, add more experience. Take the pressure off Abraham specifically. The Board had several weeks to bring in at least one option. To support Lampard. It was a test. And they couldn’t manage it. Says a lot about where we are as a club and where the Board are in relation to the manager. Really doesn’t bode well. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Gol15 in Random Rumours   
    I see Minamino has started again for Liverpool. Signed in December. Been training with the first team for a month. Started two games already.
    Nobody is expecting him to tear up trees but has been introduced gradually into the set up. Got to admire how professionally Liverpool identify and introduce their targets into their system.
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    Socrates got a reaction from big blue in Random Rumours   
    I see Minamino has started again for Liverpool. Signed in December. Been training with the first team for a month. Started two games already.
    Nobody is expecting him to tear up trees but has been introduced gradually into the set up. Got to admire how professionally Liverpool identify and introduce their targets into their system.
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    Socrates got a reaction from ducavis in Random Rumours   
    I see Minamino has started again for Liverpool. Signed in December. Been training with the first team for a month. Started two games already.
    Nobody is expecting him to tear up trees but has been introduced gradually into the set up. Got to admire how professionally Liverpool identify and introduce their targets into their system.
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    Socrates reacted to Scott Harris in Random Rumours   
    Why bother getting the transfer ban reduced if we didn't actually have any plans to sign anybody? I can understand not wanting to sign a stop gap player or panic buy, I don't want us doing that either, and I would rather sign nobody at all than bring in expensive rubbish like we have done in recent times. But we have scouts looking at players all over the world, are they seriously saying there isn't a single player out there that we couldn't sign to improve this squad? You ask the manager what type of player he needs, he tells you, then you go looking for that player. They have had plenty of time to look around, all of summer, the period where the window was closed, this transfer window. Surely they can do better than Cavani or Dembele?  
    I agree with @abramovich, the person or people in charge of finding the right players hasn't been good enough for a while now. I don't believe for a second that there aren't any players around that are available, that is just nonsense.
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    Socrates got a reaction from Luiz4Chelsea in Random Rumours   
    I think the funds are there. It’s likely just indecision, uncertainty and possibly incompetence. Waiting till the last day to sign one likely stop-gap player is just a terrible way to do things. It’s blindingly obvious that you need to get players in earlier to give them time to train and adjust and even maybe play a cup game. Bringing in someone at the end of the window then asking them to hit the ground running, especially if they come from abroad, is really dubious.
    At this stage in the window we’re better off signing someone already playing in the Premier League. But, to be honest, I have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. By the look of it, neither does Lampard.
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    Socrates got a reaction from JPH in Random Rumours   
    I think Lampard is begging the Board to bring in new players. He looks increasingly frustrated and it’s very worrying that the Board are dragging their feet. We’ve seen the Board leave managers hang out to dry before over new signings. 
     
    It’s not as if players aren’t available this window. Given the transfer ban last summer the case for new players is pretty urgent given the falling off in our form as games have piled up.
     
    If the Board don’t back Lampard then things are going to be pretty bleak I’d say both for the team’s chances of securing a top four spot and for the Board’s relationship with Lampard himself.
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    Socrates got a reaction from abramovich in Random Rumours   
    I think Lampard is begging the Board to bring in new players. He looks increasingly frustrated and it’s very worrying that the Board are dragging their feet. We’ve seen the Board leave managers hang out to dry before over new signings. 
     
    It’s not as if players aren’t available this window. Given the transfer ban last summer the case for new players is pretty urgent given the falling off in our form as games have piled up.
     
    If the Board don’t back Lampard then things are going to be pretty bleak I’d say both for the team’s chances of securing a top four spot and for the Board’s relationship with Lampard himself.
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    Socrates got a reaction from abramovich in Random Rumours   
    I think the funds are there. It’s likely just indecision, uncertainty and possibly incompetence. Waiting till the last day to sign one likely stop-gap player is just a terrible way to do things. It’s blindingly obvious that you need to get players in earlier to give them time to train and adjust and even maybe play a cup game. Bringing in someone at the end of the window then asking them to hit the ground running, especially if they come from abroad, is really dubious.
    At this stage in the window we’re better off signing someone already playing in the Premier League. But, to be honest, I have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. By the look of it, neither does Lampard.
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    Socrates got a reaction from Jezz in Random Rumours   
    I think Lampard is begging the Board to bring in new players. He looks increasingly frustrated and it’s very worrying that the Board are dragging their feet. We’ve seen the Board leave managers hang out to dry before over new signings. 
     
    It’s not as if players aren’t available this window. Given the transfer ban last summer the case for new players is pretty urgent given the falling off in our form as games have piled up.
     
    If the Board don’t back Lampard then things are going to be pretty bleak I’d say both for the team’s chances of securing a top four spot and for the Board’s relationship with Lampard himself.
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    Socrates got a reaction from Jezz in Random Rumours   
    I think the funds are there. It’s likely just indecision, uncertainty and possibly incompetence. Waiting till the last day to sign one likely stop-gap player is just a terrible way to do things. It’s blindingly obvious that you need to get players in earlier to give them time to train and adjust and even maybe play a cup game. Bringing in someone at the end of the window then asking them to hit the ground running, especially if they come from abroad, is really dubious.
    At this stage in the window we’re better off signing someone already playing in the Premier League. But, to be honest, I have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. By the look of it, neither does Lampard.
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    Socrates got a reaction from Gol15 in Random Rumours   
    I think the funds are there. It’s likely just indecision, uncertainty and possibly incompetence. Waiting till the last day to sign one likely stop-gap player is just a terrible way to do things. It’s blindingly obvious that you need to get players in earlier to give them time to train and adjust and even maybe play a cup game. Bringing in someone at the end of the window then asking them to hit the ground running, especially if they come from abroad, is really dubious.
    At this stage in the window we’re better off signing someone already playing in the Premier League. But, to be honest, I have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. By the look of it, neither does Lampard.
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    Socrates got a reaction from BordeauxBlue in Chelsea v Southampton (PL) Thurs 26th Dec 15:00 GMT   
    Don’t know what Frank was thinking. Five defenders at home to Southampton? Plus, the wing backs are the two players who can’t cross? An out of form CHO starting over Mount and Pulisic? While a physically shattered Willian is trundled on again.
    So many things wrong with the starting line up you have to wonder if Frank was just pulling names out of a hat. None of it made any sense. Put us on the back foot and we never recovered.
    Frank will get a pass for now as he’s a club legend. But he needs to learn fast, and the club need to probably back him in the window.
    Spurs game looking like a freak result. Celebrations afterwards now looking premature and a bit embarrassing. The losses are piling up and Frank is looking lost. 
    Not good. Not good at all.
     
     
     
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    Socrates got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Chelsea v Southampton (PL) Thurs 26th Dec 15:00 GMT   
    Don’t know what Frank was thinking. Five defenders at home to Southampton? Plus, the wing backs are the two players who can’t cross? An out of form CHO starting over Mount and Pulisic? While a physically shattered Willian is trundled on again.
    So many things wrong with the starting line up you have to wonder if Frank was just pulling names out of a hat. None of it made any sense. Put us on the back foot and we never recovered.
    Frank will get a pass for now as he’s a club legend. But he needs to learn fast, and the club need to probably back him in the window.
    Spurs game looking like a freak result. Celebrations afterwards now looking premature and a bit embarrassing. The losses are piling up and Frank is looking lost. 
    Not good. Not good at all.
     
     
     
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    Socrates got a reaction from GhostOfDembaBa in Chelsea v Southampton (PL) Thurs 26th Dec 15:00 GMT   
    Don’t know what Frank was thinking. Five defenders at home to Southampton? Plus, the wing backs are the two players who can’t cross? An out of form CHO starting over Mount and Pulisic? While a physically shattered Willian is trundled on again.
    So many things wrong with the starting line up you have to wonder if Frank was just pulling names out of a hat. None of it made any sense. Put us on the back foot and we never recovered.
    Frank will get a pass for now as he’s a club legend. But he needs to learn fast, and the club need to probably back him in the window.
    Spurs game looking like a freak result. Celebrations afterwards now looking premature and a bit embarrassing. The losses are piling up and Frank is looking lost. 
    Not good. Not good at all.
     
     
     
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    Socrates got a reaction from Strider6003 in Chelsea v Southampton (PL) Thurs 26th Dec 15:00 GMT   
    Don’t know what Frank was thinking. Five defenders at home to Southampton? Plus, the wing backs are the two players who can’t cross? An out of form CHO starting over Mount and Pulisic? While a physically shattered Willian is trundled on again.
    So many things wrong with the starting line up you have to wonder if Frank was just pulling names out of a hat. None of it made any sense. Put us on the back foot and we never recovered.
    Frank will get a pass for now as he’s a club legend. But he needs to learn fast, and the club need to probably back him in the window.
    Spurs game looking like a freak result. Celebrations afterwards now looking premature and a bit embarrassing. The losses are piling up and Frank is looking lost. 
    Not good. Not good at all.
     
     
     
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