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Wasnt 3 out 3 in a quote from Bruce Buck a couple of weeks ago? well today we find out 3 midfielders have gone, leaving us light in that department. If we now need to replace them then will it come from within and youth or new signings? As much as we all hope for the youth of the club, i cant see us replacing all 3 of them with youth (maybe even 4 if Deco goes as expected), so this would leave us with the following midfielders at the club from last years first team squad:- Lampard, Essien, Mikel, Malouda, Kalou. now from that only 3 are can play central midfield positions, and only one is a true attacking midfielder so I would expect any signing to be in that position. The players leaving look to me like a decisive action to bring down the age level and also freshen the squad up, and i dont think it will end there with players like riccy also expected to go.

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Wasnt 3 out 3 in a quote from Bruce Buck a couple of weeks ago? well today we find out 3 midfielders have gone, leaving us light in that department. If we now need to replace them then will it come from within and youth or new signings? As much as we all hope for the youth of the club, i cant see us replacing all 3 of them with youth (maybe even 4 if Deco goes as expected), so this would leave us with the following midfielders at the club from last years first team squad:- Lampard, Essien, Mikel, Malouda, Kalou. now from that only 3 are can play central midfield positions, and only one is a true attacking midfielder so I would expect any signing to be in that position. The players leaving look to me like a decisive action to bring down the age level and also freshen the squad up, and i dont think it will end there with players like riccy also expected to go.

But if you ended up with

.........................................................Drogs

Malouda .................................................................................................Kalou

..........................Lamps....................................................Essien

............................................................Mikel

I wouldn't be that unhappy

But I think you are right, there's gonna be somebody new

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Wasnt 3 out 3 in a quote from Bruce Buck a couple of weeks ago? well today we find out 3 midfielders have gone, leaving us light in that department. If we now need to replace them then will it come from within and youth or new signings? As much as we all hope for the youth of the club, i cant see us replacing all 3 of them with youth (maybe even 4 if Deco goes as expected), so this would leave us with the following midfielders at the club from last years first team squad:- Lampard, Essien, Mikel, Malouda, Kalou. now from that only 3 are can play central midfield positions, and only one is a true attacking midfielder so I would expect any signing to be in that position. The players leaving look to me like a decisive action to bring down the age level and also freshen the squad up, and i dont think it will end there with players like riccy also expected to go.

I wouldn't include Kalou as a midfielder.

So that leaves Lamps, Mikel, Malouda and Essien. Given that Malouda can also play further forward we have ample space for 2 new midfielders. Let's assume that Matic will be one. So we need one more who can play either holding or further forward. My favourite would be Sneijder but that may be unrealistic!

With Joe going we also need another wide player. Again, it is likely we will bring Kakuta through. Stoch would be another possibility. If we were looking to buy then I'm not really sure who would be good. They need to be already better than those two and in their mid to late twenties.

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The shirt numbers 7 - 9 - 10 are all available to new signings.

It would be good to have 3 transfers into the club to fill those shirt numbers, along with Matic, Stoc and Kakuta.

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The shirt numbers 7 - 9 - 10 are all available to new signings.

It would be good to have 3 transfers into the club to fill those shirt numbers, along with Matic, Stoc and Kakuta.

Matic number 4.

Stoch number 7.

Aguero number 9.

Kakuta number 10.

;)

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We can only make one foreign signing over the age of 21 now in order to be fill the quotas, so expect another one or two to leave.

Deco would hardly be a surprise......

Add Paulo Ferreira and that makes 3 places available for foregin signings over 21yo, thats plenty with the youth players we have on the fringe, so it could be 5 out and 3 in.

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Add Paulo Ferreira and that makes 3 places available for foregin signings over 21yo, thats plenty with the youth players we have on the fringe, so it could be 5 out and 3 in.

Feirrera going would make room for Hutchinson for sure who looks like hes gonna be a great RB.

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Hopefully Ballack (and Deco) leaving will see more of Essien playing the more advanced role, with Mikel staying back in the holding role, tired of seeing Essien wasted in that position.

Regarding new midfield players, Stoch has to be ready for the first team, especially after the World Cup he's about to have. I'd rather see us give him a good deal of playing time on the right than go after someone like Srna. However, if we don't think Stoch is ready for a constant spot in the starting XI, I'm not against a versatile player like Srna, or a more attack-minded player like Milos Krasic.

If we are buying someone for more of a central midfield / attacking central midfielder role, I'd say some of the names we'd be foolish not to look at are Dzagoev and Hamsik, Dzagoev would hopefully be immune from World Cup inflation since Russia is obviously sitting at home this summer.

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CHELSEA SQUAD

1 Petr Cech

2 Branislav Ivanovic

3 Ashley Cole

4 Yaya Toure

5 Michael Essien

6 Ricardo Carvalho

7 Miroslav Stoch

8 Frank Lampard

9 Sergio Aguero

10 Gael Kakuta

11 Didier Drogba

12 John Obi Mikel

15 Florent Malouda

17 Jose Bosingwa

18 Yury Zhirkov

19 Paulo Ferreira

20 James Milner

21 Salomon Kalou

22 Ross Turnbull

23 Daniel Sturridge

24 Nemanja Matic

26 John Terry

33 Alex

39 Nicolas Anelka

40 Matej Delac

41 Sam Hutchinson

43 Jeffrey Bruma

45 Fabio Borini

47 Patrick van Aanholt

49 Josh McEachran

Make it happen, please?

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CHELSEA SQUAD

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4 Yaya Toure

I'm not sure if it's a wise idea to sign another African central midfielder. We'd have Yaya Toure, Essien and Mikel all missing during the next African Cup of Nations and as they're changing ACN to odd years, there will be tournaments in 2012 and 2013.

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You guys don't count Yuri as a midfielder? He was playing out of position at LB!!!!! He is a mid/winger by trade!

I think we will bring in 2 profile players (a striker and a utility/defencive mid) and the rest will be brought up through youth. Well I hope anyways!

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You guys don't count Yuri as a midfielder? He was playing out of position at LB!!!!! He is a mid/winger by trade!

I don't think I've ever seen Yuri play anywhere but on the left(whether it's as a leftback or a winger), so he can't replace any of the three that are leaving.

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while I think matic should and will get more games, I don't think there is much evidence to suggest he's ready to play as often as ballack has. given deco's expected departure I'd hope we'd go for someone like hamsik (who is I suppose halfway between deco and lamps). in joe's position we don't necessarily need to sign. we've still got anelka and kalou, plus hopefully kakuta and stoch to get involved. p.s. it seems every summer we hear the "3 in 3 out" line, but it never seems to materialise. I'd be surprised if there were no more exits.

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The shirt numbers 7 - 9 - 10 are all available to new signings.

It would be good to have 3 transfers into the club to fill those shirt numbers, along with Matic, Stoc and Kakuta.

Call me old fashioned, but I cant stand it when people wear shirt numbers that are way outside of their traditional positions. So when Boularouz or Sidwell wore #9 it did my head in. The same thing goes for other clubs, like Diarra wearing 10 in Madrid. Its just one of those things that bugs me.

In the interest of making sure this never happens again... ;)

7 - that lad Stevan Jovetic

9 - El Kuuuuunnnn

10 - Mr. Sylvie van der Vaart

Sorry RBJ, my numbers just have more pop than yours. And I will debut them at a star studded event at a packed Bridge in July by having them parachute in after jumping off the hotel. Top THAT Perez

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We have Kakuta, Stoch, Matic in the squad. Hope we end up using them next season.

I also think portugese exodus is in our hands. Carvalho and Deco are players we really don't have use for. I hope Boss stays cause I think he is class and will improve still.

D-line: Bossy-Alex-JT-Cole(hey, you don't need the A. anymore!) backup: Ivanovic, Zhirkov, Mancienne??

Coming in(hoping): Aguero, midfielder?

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If we keep playing 4-3-3, where is Aguero going to play? There doesn't seem to be a place for him in that formation.

You are right. There isn't a natural place in our formation as a starter but he would compete against Anelka, Kalou and perhaps Malouda for his place. As I understand he can play on wings and behind the striker.

It probably don't seem very sane looking at our formation and squad but I would love us to get a player with creativity and firepower with a bright future. He would be our Robben.

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You are right. There isn't a natural place in our formation as a starter but he would compete against Anelka, Kalou and perhaps Malouda for his place. As I understand he can play on wings and behind the striker.

It probably don't seem very sane looking at our formation and squad but I would love us to get a player with creativity and firepower with a bright future. He would be our Robben.

Carlo's 4-3-3 is not as rigid as Jose's. Basically Anelka, Kalou etc had a lot of opportunity to roam around the opposition D area. That would suit someone like Aguero who likes to collect the ball deep and run at defenders. Somewhat like Rooney of previous years.

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