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  1. I’m all for managing expectations but don’t think Kenedy wasn’t rated as high as CHO when he came to us. Most were puzzled as he was seen as a one footed pony. Even discounting an English optimism premium, I think a lot of people think CHO’s ceiling is higher. Hard to tell what that likelihood will be but wouldn’t it be nice if our academy boy comes good? It’s worth paying for some of that potential upside. By all means we can be irritated with him, but let’s not tear down our own just yet. He hasn’t acted that badly - we should have done better by him first half of last season, for starters, and there wasn’t a huge press tantrum (well, there was but I think it was more the press - and some of us supporters).
  2. I’m anxious as everyone here for this to be done as well, and the awkward scenario as someone mentioned is what happens if at end of window no new contract. Do we invest in someone with 12 months left or convince through playing time (understanding it may take a few months to get back to 100%). I’m trying not to be too hard on player and his brother since we haven’t treated youth well ourselves but it doesn’t feel good all around. One idea that I don’t think we’ve ever done but I believe is the structure for young players at Barca etc is that if a certain number of appearances isn’t met the buyout clause is reduced. I don’t know what happens in injury situations but that may be a way to rebuild trust without ironclad guarantees on playing time.
  3. Yes - if we even get a minimal loan fee for Pasalic it’ll be worth it as they are covering wages. Probably not amazing but offsetting costs. As a bet that didn’t work out (I think initial fee was three million) it was worth doing in the early days and then now it’s just covering costs. I also thought he may have had a future in the early days - he’s not a bad player, just didn’t quite kick on.
  4. Apparently some reports Torino is passing on the buy-option, would would be great news given our full back options (and just that Aina always seemed like a great option who should have been given more of a chance). It does seem like he's been more of an attacking wing back than a proper full back in a four, which sounds suspiciously like Alonso and Emerson... but let's bring him back and try to make it work It felt like he was on his way out from the interviews posted above, but he still has links to the area and academy and hopefully he'll be excited to have a real shot.
  5. Quite a rotated team though. Jovic and Rode in particular. They’ve revealed their priority.
  6. Huh, that is interesting. Do you have a link to articles or explanations on how the transfer ban will work for loans and options? From what I gather (i.e. internet chatter that may be totally wrong) if we have a loan, we hold the registration, so that's fine. If Kova's registration is back to Madrid, I can see how that would work against us. But Higuain with an option for a second year or to buy, is... okay for the option for a second year loan, but not for the purchase? If no Kovacic, I wonder if we'll be forced to move Kante back to the Jorginho backup role, as I don't see anyone else in our squad or on loan who can play that (Bakayoko in a crude way, maybe Pasalic, very optimistically, Ampadu if he's trusted, Reece James if pigs fly?)
  7. Not to debate Italy vs England too much because I agree different styles, but that’s what some people were saying when Salah went there and tore it up on loan... I do think we need more than a core who are ready made for English football.
  8. Good to see the message to Bayern too. Matt Law reporting it was in part due to the way they conducted this in public. Even come the summer I'd prefer we sell to Leipzig/someone else.
  9. That is irritating, and harkens back to when Mourinho was going for height with his full backs and Ivanovic was undroppable despite his decline simply because Cech to Ivanovic was route one. That said, it's not quite so bad when you see full quote - particularly in context of saying that Emerson is definitely staying: https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2019/1/24/maurizio-sarri-praises-players-and-hails-emerson-s-quality?cardIndex=0-0 ‘Emerson will stay with us, for sure. He’s very important. He’s improving. Sometimes I had a little problem to put him in because we are not a very physical team so when we play with three little players in the same match, set-pieces could be a problem, but not for another reason. I’m very happy with him, he’s improving and he’s a very good player.’ I can kind of see his point and it's said Sarri is obsessive over set plays (not that we've seen much benefit)... It is a little problematic when you have a Hazard, Pedro, and Kante in the team - and Kovacic is a middling 5"9, while Jorginho is pants in the air. RLC and Barkley playing over Kovacic might help I guess. Having Giroud or Higuian to help out versus false 9 too. That said, it needs to be messaged differently, and we have to find a way to make it work such that Alonso can't simply walk into the team because he's tall. Ashley Cole same height as Emerson and he did perfectly fine, clearly. Also, we absolutely need Emerson's crossing for Higuain.
  10. Thanks for locating that - was curious as to how he'd been getting on.
  11. Guardian reported that we are - but I haven’t seen any reported amount.
  12. Some speculation it had to do with the potential transfer ban as well - if we get hit with a one or two window ban on signing players, this may work in our advantage (different to the Keita/Liverpool deal one poster mused, which sounds about a right). Any scouting reports worth linking to? Never seen him play. (Or if some supporters want to post their thoughts that would be nice too.) Ex-Dortmund players haven't always moved on well - not just Kagawa and Mkhitaryan in PL, but Gotze when he went to Bayern. Their entire model is developing youngsters for sale (and they're willing to go a few years without trophies to do it, unlike us) and it seems to work... mostly.
  13. It will be interesting to see what the Europa or League cup midfields are. Potentially Fab in Jorginho role - but maybe even Kovacic, or as some have said trying out Kovacic in the Kante role.
  14. Yes - different types of pace / speed, and I agree with Just that RLC doesn’t seem to cover a lot of ground. Interesting ‘top speed’ stat there in the article there (and who knows how measured) but does anyone really think of RLC as a winger as per the article? It depends on type of pace and how it is used. Reminds me of this article a few years ago, with help of ye google. http://www.espn.co.uk/football/blog/name/93/post/1839828/headline Written about that years ago win over Man City. “Back to Chelsea: Their three attacking midfielders Monday night had three separate types of pace. Willian has incredible acceleration over relatively short distances, Hazard has brilliant midrange speed and Ramires is a long-distance speedster.“ RLC does not look fast, but that’s the intensity thing that I think is noticed by multiple people throughout this thread. The appearance of ambling through a game - but when he does break through it is impressive. But I also have no idea if he’ll make it with us. A puzzling player. I certainly hope he does of course, but can’t say with any confidence whether he will.
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    We should take the 65 mn pound reports with a huge mound of salt. If Barca did bid that it seems odd they then went to a 30 mn pound option with Malcolm - so maybe it was much less, if anything. I still think it’s possible the club are trying to drum up interest in him or a counter offer for, say, United. Should we be eager to flog Willian at 30 mn? Or 20 mn? I’m much less enthusiastic at those levels than 50+.

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