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  1. 18 hours ago, Osgoodwasgood said:

    You can say what you like about closing out games and that Frank has no plan B, but when you keep conceding goals from schoolboy errors you need to change the personel, and he's known that all transfer window.

    You do know we signed six players this summer that are likely to start the majority of our games? Is that not changing the personnel? 

    We were without our first choice central defender and goalkeeper... Guess which two positions made errors leading to goals yesterday? 

    Zouma and Christensen are very limited players but we're stuck with them for now. There's a real lack of quality centre backs available and that's why we signed a 35 year old Silva... We knew we were unlikely to shift any of the current centre backs and that's why we've still got 5 on the books. 

    This is a three year plan with Lampard. Year 1 was a success because he got top 4 and promoted several academy players into the first team squad. 

    Now we can buy players we've addressed getting a quality striker in that's been lacking since Diego Costa left, we've replaced Willian and Pedro, freshening up the wide options for the first time in about 5 years. Replaced the creativity we lost through Hazard leaving with Havertz. Addressed the goalkeeper problem with signing Mendy. Addressed the problem of having no quality left back. 

    But there is still work to do, we need better centre backs, don't be surprised to see us sign 2 next summer... Or even go all in for Declan Rice come January. 

    We know the weaknesses of this team and so does Lampard and the board... It's a marathon not a sprint to fix it and Lampard's job is going to be to keep us competitive and in the top four until then. 

  2. 4 minutes ago, Sindre said:

    Yes we do. But at this point i am going to start blaming Lampard for playing him. Because Willy is at least a capable goalkeeper and can do a job every now and then.
    Yet it seems like Lampard is keen to give Kepa fifty chances to prove just how sh*t he is excactly. He's the manager and he makes the choices and he needs to make sure Kepa is nowhere near the field at any given time. It should be so bloody obvious at this point.

    But Willy isn't really any better than Kepa, he's not reliable and makes a lot of silly errors himself. 

    It's Sophie's choice really.

    End of the day Kepa is the £70m investment and it's within our interests to make that work. 

  3. Just now, jack_super_class said:

    Is it too early to say if we lose agains't Man Utd he is under big pressure?.


    The new signings have barely played. Those signings are the ones who fix the problems from today. 

    We already know Zouma and Christensen aren't good enough individually and definitely as a centre back pairing. 

    That Zouma back pass was criminal and gave Southampton the confidence to push us for 90 minutes. 

    Silva has only been here 5 minutes and already he's an automatic pick despite having 5 centre backs to choose from. 

    We all know Kepa is pony. He's rounded so easily for the first and once again gets beat by a fairly tame shot from outside the area. Mendy is by no means a world class keeper but he's walking straight back into the starting XI once fit. 

    The amount of individual errors the defence makes is ridiculous... All the coaching in the world once you step out on the pitch it's up to you as a player to be the best you can be... Our defenders and goalkeeper today aren't capable of that. 

    Until Lampard has a run of games where he can pick the best XI it's going to be hard to judge his successes and failings. 

  4. 2 minutes ago, Mod Stark said:

    Have you got a PS5 confirmed @ForeverCarefree

    Without wanting to jinx it, I've got one on pre-order with Amazon. Fluked getting one the morning after the announcement with some furious refreshing of the website as soon as they listed them. 

    Not had any emails etc. (yet) to say I might not get mine so looking good so far,,, Think I might be ill on 19th and unable to come into work.  

  5. Only watched the goals but he looked pretty suspect for two of Switzerland's three goals.

    Low is under increasing pressure to recall Hummels and Boatang to the national side, apparently he's decided it's time for a new phase for the German national side so has stopped calling them up... But when Rudiger is the alternative, is that really the smartest move? 

  6. Pre-ordering games for PS5 is so much harder than it should be. 

    Game have most of them listed but after I saw they were sticking a hidden delivery charge on the PS5 and it's peripherals I'm loath to order from them. 

    But try searching for PS5 games on Amazon and half of them don't even show up. Cyberpunk 2077 has a set release date now but no pre-orders on PS5.

    Call of Duty Cold War... No PS5 pre-order available. Looks like you have to buy it for PS4 and then "upgrade" it on your PS5 console. 

    I prefer physical copies to digital but it's looking like I'll have to buy digital for the first couple of games. 


  7. I've only seen this morning that many of the international teams are playing 3 games during this break?! 

    That's ridiculous. 

    Honestly, how did they think cramming in three games during an already packed shedule was a good idea?

    I'm not a big fan of international football at the best of times. End of the day clubs pay huge transfer fees for players and pay their huge wages. International sides then get carte blanche of call ups and playing times over a club's most valuable assets. 

    We've had 4 rounds of fixtures in the Premier League this season... Now you've got players having made up to 5 international appearances in mid October? 


  8. It's mainly unfair on clubs like Burnley whose games are shown about half as often as the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool etc. So their fans are going to be asked to shell out the £15 twice as often as the fans of bigger clubs. 

    It's immediately an unfair system. 

    They really need to look into the idea of a streaming season ticket. You pay a set fee at the start of the season that gives you access to all of the games of your chosen team(s).

  9. 16 minutes ago, driller97 said:

    Also this argument where the loans supplement income is ridiculous, the only player who we even got a loan fee for is Bakayoko and that was only a measly 1.8m, not a single one of the other loanees has a loan fee and were loaned for free.

    I refer you to the below reply I made to this in the Partey rumour thread. Bakayoko isn't the only player who received a loan fee and that fee was £4.5m no £1.8m. 

    I'm not sure why you keep making the same baseless assertion over and over? 

    If Chelsea didn't make money from the loan system, why do you think they've been doing it for over a decade now? 

    What exactly do you think the club are doing when they buy players for £5m or under and then loan them out continuously for 5 or so years? 


    EDIT: Why don't we see loan fees more widely reported? A quick Google search and the official EFL website has this:

    "48.2 Subject to Regulation 52.1, Transfer Fees, Compensation Fees and Loan Fees shall be treated as private and confidential." Source: https://www.efl.com/-more/governance/efl-rules--regulations/section-6---players/

    Just because a loan fee isn't reported doesn't mean there isn't one. Perhaps don't treat TransferMarkt.com as gospel. 

  10. We're entering mid October and players have played more times for their international side than they have league fixtures. 

    Tells you everything you need to know about how needless and distruptive these international fixtures have been. 

    Common sense says they should have scrapped the mid season breaks, ended the seasons as early as possible and had an extended window after that for international friendlies leading into the Euro 2021 finals. 

  11. 1 hour ago, driller97 said:

    Fair point, but this is a case where the 2nd choice for me is quite clearly better than the first choice.

    That's an objective opinion on your part.

    If the manager has identified a player they want at the moment the club is demonstrating they'll go all in to get that player. Previously we weren't doing that and were content to recruit plan B, C, D... That's how we ended up with the likes of Zappacosta, Bakayoko and Morata all of which no longer play for Chelsea which should tell you something. We're following a similar model to Liverpool's approach to recruit which is to target and recruit specific players. Which is why Partey was never going to come to Chelsea. 

    1 hour ago, driller97 said:

    We are just massively overstocked throughout the squad. Currently on around 30 loanees, with that number only looking to get bigger which is a shocker really because we made progress on reducing the loan players in the past couple of windows, only to go and throw it all in the bin now.

    Just hoping we can sort out the mess by next summer where the new rules come into play

    I'm sure the plan was to continue to reduce the number of players employed by Chelsea by the market right now is making it near impossible to sell players on permanent deals. Look at the transfer activity in Serie A during this window, most of it is loan deals.

    FIFA/UEFA have already had to back track on the maximum loan players deadline and they'll have to do it again. You can't reduce your number of contracted players if no one can buy them. 

    The loan system is an important means of Chelsea supplementing income, we don't have grounds as big as many other Premier League sides with no option to expand the stadium outside of a complete rebuild. So to avoid falling behind financially we have our loan system where we get a regular annual income of loan fees which has proved a successful model for years now. I really see now issues with it at all. 

    By the way, if you want to see a truly impressive number of loan players, I suggest taking a look at Atalanta https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atalanta_B.C.#Out_on_loan

  12. 11 hours ago, brownindian said:

    Which Chelsea rival had the best transfer in this window in your opinion ? 

    Spurs probably, they signed players for all the areas they most needed. 

    Partey looks a decent signing for Arsenal but outside of him I don't think any of their signings improve on what they already had.

    Man City made their obligatory defensive signings but I think it's strange they bought two centre backs when they already had decent options there, I could see Ake ending up as left back for them. Torres seems a decent enough signing but again, is he any better than what they already had? 

    Liverpool signed Jota and he's only going to act as a quite expensive back up to Mane and Salah. Thiago is a good signing, no question, let's wait and see if he can adapt to the Premier Legaue. Liverpool look a bit overstocked in midfield now, will be interesting to see who ends up missing out. 

    Manchester United arguably had the worst window. van De Beek is a good player but remains to be seen how he slots into the midfield alongside Pogba and Fernades, I could be wrong but it just seems like 3 players who all want to do similar things in midfield leaving Matic still as their best holding midfielder. 

  13. 2 hours ago, driller97 said:

    Only player we got a loan fee for atm is Bakayoko and its only a measly,good for nothing 1.8m!

    Pretty much every player leaving on loan carries a loan fee, that's literally how they work. It's just not widely reported what those fees are.

    Barkley's loan to Villa is rumoured to be up to £11m. Bakayoko's fee to Napoli is widely reported to be £4.5m, RLC is apparently £2m. 

    So that's getting on for £20m in loan fees already, not too shabby if you ask me. 

  14. 24 minutes ago, driller97 said:

    He was definitely the 2nd choice behind Rice, but when the Rice deal wasn't going through Partey could have definitely happened. But we just didnt have the funds as we failed to offload any of our deadwood, not a single one.

    If this transfer window has taught us anything it's that we're not settling for 2nd choice transfer targets. 

    Arsenal have been tracking Partey for 2 years, they've had personal terms agreed with him for ages. He was never realistically going to sign for Chelsea. 

    Selling the likes of Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Zappacosta wouldn't have had any bearing on signing Rice. We needed to sell 1 or 2 players currently in the first team set up to do that... Truth is we were massively overstocked on midfielders, many of them more suited to playing in more advanced positions than sitting deep. We've let Barkley and RLC go out on loan but we've still got Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante and Gillmore fighting it out for 2 positions then you've got Mount, Havertz and possibly Ziyech competing for the attacking midfield option. 

    There's too much work to do to create space for another midfielder in the squad to make signing another midfielder realistic right now, especially in a market where so few clubs are willing to spend any money. 

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