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Johan Gruyff

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I would love to sign him but would he give us the something different that we need?

I think so, cause he's been used as a winger more than a striker for Bayern. But when needed he's fulfilled the role of striker really well. He has great pace, skill and an awesome left foot. If we don't at least go for this one, Kenyon must go.

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He has just stated he only goes to club he will play at. Honestly we are not it. Anelka, Drogba, Kalou, Malouda and Joey. Where would Podolski fit?

If he'd wish to come here I wouldn't mind but I just can't see it. I think Kalou is better than him.

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He has just stated he only goes to club he will play at. Honestly we are not it. Anelka, Drogba, Kalou, Malouda and Joey. Where would Podolski fit?

If he'd wish to come here I wouldn't mind but I just can't see it. I think Kalou is better than him.

'xcuse me ? Kalou better than Podolski ? With all due respect, evissy, you are comparing a talented forward, who is a star in one of the best international teams out there to a chronically incostistent, once promising semi-winger. I would take Podolski any day of the week and put him in the starting line-up any day ahead of our dear Kalou. Mark my words, in two or three years time Kalou will be playing in a mid-table team and will be competing for a starting place with the likes of Crouch, Heskey and Bent.

On the topic at hand, though, I like Podolski very much, but pace and creativity is what we lack at the moment upfront and not the solid, but rather tactical play of the young German.

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Sounds like a good deal for under 10 Millions, but we are Chelsea, we dont do good business deal, so I doubt we will get him . There is a case for sell before buy right now, first it's the money issue, secondly any player who is good enough for Chelsea will not come here sitting on the bench. We alreday know the likes of Kalou and Malouda are not good enough, surely we need get rid of one if not both of them to accomodate new signings.

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Will people stop saying we have malouda, the guy is rubbish, there is no hope for him, and when i think that we could have had ribbery for less!!

Right on Podolski, id be all for it at that price, its a punt but if your going to gamble gamble on some one with age on there side and he has it, has played at every level and has always given an excellent account of him self. I think he'd be best suited to a 4-4-2 mind wich is ironicly the only formation i see us getting anything with this season

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Will people stop saying we have malouda, the guy is rubbish, there is no hope for him, and when i think that we could have had ribbery for less!!

Right on Podolski, id be all for it at that price, its a punt but if your going to gamble gamble on some one with age on there side and he has it, has played at every level and has always given an excellent account of him self. I think he'd be best suited to a 4-4-2 mind wich is ironicly the only formation i see us getting anything with this season

he's hugely overrated, and bayern are letting him go for a very good reason.

you're right about malouda though. he's not a footballer.

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Another way we could get him, Malouda for Podolski? Bayern are rumoured to be interested and, let's face it, Malouda is crap. I would also swap Ribery for Malouda but when you think about it, we have a few injuries a game! And when it comes to Anelka or Drogba getting injured we would have Podolski (who could play on the wing when Drogs and Nic are playing) to step into the centre role and still have Joey and Kalou.

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but surely bringing in new, hungry players would make the idle, comfortable players already here have to fight for their place. they need a kick up the arse and made to fight more.

If thats the only way to motivate players we are doomed.

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I would agree that there appears to be a motivation problem that needs a better solution than just new faces hwoever I do agree that any new faces we do bring in (if any) should be younger players who still have a lot to win and prove in their careers. The last thing we need is a few more players in the late 20s who already have successful careers.

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I would agree that there appears to be a motivation problem that needs a better solution than just new faces hwoever I do agree that any new faces we do bring in (if any) should be younger players who still have a lot to win and prove in their careers. The last thing we need is a few more players in the late 20s who already have successful careers.

Right now the team is composed of that, and youth callups. Anelka, Drogba, Lamps, JT, Carvalho, Ballack, Deco, etc.

I dont know if Podolski is the answer, and I dont want to buy just to buy, but we need someone or something to shake this lineup out of its dulldrums. If we dont see some new blood during this transfer window, I think management have lost their minds. More than change the team, willingness to invest sends the message "yes, we believe with this addition you are now good enough to win trophies" and might give the players the heart to do just that.

And I doubt Bayern would ever swap Franck Ribery for Florent Malouda. Not unless they know something we dont.

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'xcuse me ? Kalou better than Podolski ? With all due respect, evissy, you are comparing a talented forward, who is a star in one of the best international teams out there to a chronically incostistent, once promising semi-winger. I would take Podolski any day of the week and put him in the starting line-up any day ahead of our dear Kalou. Mark my words, in two or three years time Kalou will be playing in a mid-table team and will be competing for a starting place with the likes of Crouch, Heskey and Bent.

On the topic at hand, though, I like Podolski very much, but pace and creativity is what we lack at the moment upfront and not the solid, but rather tactical play of the young German.

Well, Kalou plays rarely for us and have scored in almost every game he has handed including the ManU game. You also don't see him talking to press about wanting a move or giving murdering eyes to the manager when he subs him off the field. They are also roughly the same age and Kalou has the benefit of knowing this league and the team.

Podolski would sit lot on our bench if we'd buy him. I think he will end up in mid-table german team or spuds. He is good with German national team and has done well in the big competitions but still Kalou has done very well for us everytime he plays.

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Podolski would sit lot on our bench if we'd buy him. I think he will end up in mid-table german team or spuds. He is good with German national team and has done well in the big competitions but still Kalou has done very well for us everytime he plays.

which kalou is this now? not the one that plays for chelsea, surely?

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Whether it's Podolski or uncle tom cobley the basic concern is that our recent history of success from dabbling in the transfer market must be in the less than 10% category. When was the last big success?

Admittedly a substantial profit was made on the arriving and departing deals with Arjen Robben but how Chelsea could do with his contribution now! Obviously he being injury-prone was a concern-as he is at Real- but our recent efforts at making chances have cried out for wing play.

Recent arrivals(in no particular order)

Ballack

Deco

Ivan the terrible

Malouda

Bosinga

Alex

Anelka

Of these Alex wants to leave, Anelka (despite his goals) is not everybody's choice, Deco is showing why Barca were happy to let him go, Bos can't defend under pressure, Malouda???, Ballack inconsistent, Ivan-the jury is out.

Last minute headed goals in last 2 games (plus a late headed equaliser for Bordeaux) suggest that only JT knows what he's doing when the ball is in the air and he's hardly been invincible lately.

Whoever comes or goes we have to get it right this time.

All is never lost! Second in the table, replay followed, we hope ,by Ipswich at home and a tough trip to O T at weekend. Always optimistic but.....

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