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Well it's not even a 'rumour' that Robinho may be coming now is it! 30 damn pages on it for nothing!

No players signed and the window closes! Optimistically, we still have Frank on a long term (very long term) and Drogba due back after injury to play again. 2 signings that I was sure to see at Inter with Jose again this year! Essien and Cech on a new contract recently, among others.

Transfer window shuts, no Robinho, but it could be worse, we could be Tottenham!

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assume you have a taregt in mind and the team for which he currently plays seems unreasonable. either has their panties in a twist and doesn't want to release him, or is waiting for a replacement who may never come, or is valuing him too high.

do you:

(1) continue to negotiate them straight up until the deadline, hoping they will finally give in;

or

(2) build some leverage by actually identifying other options -- that way, the team realizes that you might just ditch them and not be hijacked by their demands, and if things fall through, you can go to Option B?

i think Kenyon is a nitwit, and the fact that the Ashley Cole deal went down to the wire gave him confidence he'd be able to do it again.

if i were Roman I'd fire the idiot. and i'd also buy a new car, just because i could.

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Im not bothered about Robinho going to City to be honest, one player doesn't win the league. Well Ronaldo won the league last year but they have overall better quality than City.

The main thing im bothered about is that our premiership rivals Man utd have signed a quality forward and we have a forward coming back from injury and one which is not performing. It's quite worrying, unless Di Santo takes the world by storm im not as optimistic about taking the league as i was.

Anelka, Drogba, Malouda, Cole

or

Ronaldo, Tevez, Rooney, Berbatov

Be honest, just look at the these names and look at there performances, i am a bit worried i have to say.

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Anelka, Drogba, Malouda, Cole

or

Ronaldo, Tevez, Rooney, Berbatov

Be honest, just look at the these names and look at there performances, i am a bit worried i have to say.

Honestly, comparing the four to four, I would only swap Ronaldo with Malouda and maybe Berbatov for Anelka. I would keep Drogs and Coley over any of them!

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assume you have a taregt in mind and the team for which he currently plays seems unreasonable. either has their panties in a twist and doesn't want to release him, or is waiting for a replacement who may never come, or is valuing him too high.

do you:

(1) continue to negotiate them straight up until the deadline, hoping they will finally give in;

or

(2) build some leverage by actually identifying other options -- that way, the team realizes that you might just ditch them and not be hijacked by their demands, and if things fall through, you can go to Option B?

i think Kenyon is a nitwit, and the fact that the Ashley Cole deal went down to the wire gave him confidence he'd be able to do it again.

if i were Roman I'd fire the idiot. and i'd also buy a new car, just because i could.

100 fecking percent. Kenyon seems to be unaware that option 2 exists. There is no backup plan, ever

Anyway, im not bothered about missing out on Robinho. He might be great, but might be the biggest flop England has yet seen. And if we need reinforcements we can always get them in January

ROMAN: KENYON OUT! Let LFS and Arnesen control transfers from now on.

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True but look at Drogba, he performs one week and he just vanishes. We need forwards that are consistant, we hoped we would get that from Anelka but he's been every bit of a flop as Sheva.

If im being honest Tevez works his socks of for Man Utd every game and is a fantastic player, i'd swap him for Drogba(The Drogba of last season). Cole is the only one i'd like to keep but he is also inconsistant. Like it or not Ronaldo won Man utd the league last season and quite frankely if Drogba doesn't perform or any of our strikers don't perform we could be looking at 2nd again.

I just hate the fact that the goals are coming from a midfield and not our forwards, surely that tells us something.

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Yep, that Drogba has been out through injury ;)

I know we have a different manager, but look at our top scorer last season it was Frank Lampard. As much as i love Frank but our forwards should be banging in the goals.

But also what if Drogba gets injured again and Anelka is still under performing, we can't rely on an unexperienced striker in Di santo. We sold Sheva and Pizzaro and did not get a replacement that could back fire.

But i know people have faith in Drogba and i hope he repays them.

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8 goals in the premier league i believe, Drogba was a sulk when Grant was at the helm and that's well documented. But 8 goals is not good enough for our main striker, when you got Torres and Ronaldo banging in 20+.

Drogba 8

Anelka 1 (10 at Bolton)

Lampard 10

Lamps scored more goals than our strikeforce combined, i know there was injuries but it's not good enough.

We have the best midfield in the world, i firmly believe that but we need our strikers to perform to win the league.

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8 goals in the premier league i believe, Drogba was a sulk when Grant was at the helm and that's well documented. But 8 goals is not good enough for our main striker, when you got Torres and Ronaldo banging in 20+.

Drogba 8

Anelka 1 (10 at Bolton)

Lampard 10

Lamps scored more goals than our strikeforce combined, i know there was injuries but it's not good enough.

We have the best midfield in the world, i firmly believe that but we need our strikers to perform to win the league.

France won the 1998 World Cup without their strikers offering anything ;)

On a serious note, Drogba is the best player in the world on his day. Hopefully with Scolari at the helm he'll get his arse into gear, and he won't have constant injury problems like last year...

Kalou and Di Santo are very promising prospects, and will hopefully be reasonably good.

As for Anelka... he's more inconsistent than Benitez's facial hair...

But all it takes is for Drogba to get injured and have an off-day and Anelka off sulking somewhere and we're pretty much relying on Lampard and Deco, attack-wise...

I had a half-hope that we might sign someone useful and hard-working like Michael Owen, who would score goals no matter what. I think Robinho would have been another Anelka...

Sadly this wasn't the case...

Joe Cole - Drogba - SWP would have been a pretty lethal front three for what it's worth...

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Rofl. Blame Kenyon for not signing Robinho. We offer 20 and they want 25. We offer 25 and then it goes to 28. We offer 28 only to see city outdo us. How is this Kenyon's fault? Real madrid was under no circumstances going to let Robinho join us. Not unless we offered them a ridiculous sum. All of you whine when we pay over the top for players and also expect us to be able sign every player who's available on the transfer market. We can't have it both ways. Wake up please.

It seems Kenyon actually learned something from the Shevchenco saga.

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It's not the fact we didn't sign Robinho, it's the fact we didn't sign anyone to replace Sheva/Pizzaro/SWP to make our attack force stronger, the fact that Scolari wanted Robinho shows that he felt it was needed to boost our strike force and we've come out with nothing.

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It's not the fact we didn't sign Robinho, it's the fact we didn't sign anyone to replace Sheva/Pizzaro/SWP to make our attack force stronger, the fact that Scolari wanted Robinho shows that he felt it was needed to boost our strike force and we've come out with nothing.

Yep, mate of mine texted me earlier to say we have gone from over 30 players to 22. Not sure that is true, but it sounds roughly correct.

Never put all your eggs in one basket!

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Look I think this is a good thing, for the first time we were not held to ransom and I think we should start as we mean to go on. Yes we have had a great run the last few years, winning titles buying whoever we wanted at whatever price but those times have gone. It is time we start producing our own players and bringing them up through the ranks, only then can we be considered a truly great club. Real Madrid were just out to get paid for a player who lets face it has not set the world on fire. Lets just forget about it because there is nothing we can do about it now, I actually do not hold Kenyon responsible but in fact quite the opposite. He and the rest of the exec's at CFC showed that they will not be bullied into paying over the price evaluated by CFC. Let another club have a turn at doing this, they will soon realise they made a big mistake for 35mil as will the mancs. They have spent nearly 70 mil on 2 players who I am sorry for me are just not worth it. Lets get Sinclair and Di Santo playing more often and send Anelka to the reserves to remember how to finish off beautiful touches and control. He has not lost it but rather misplaced it !

KEEP THE FAITH, CHELS WILL PREVAIL THIS SEASON BECAUSE THERE IS ONE THING YOU DO NOT DO AND THAT IS UNDERESTMATE THE DROG ! TEASE HIM AT YOUR PERIL.

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Real did not want to sell to CFC. Kenyon should have had a backup plan. We do need another striker on the other hand we are on 7 points having only used Anelka.

its nothing to do with kenyon having a backup. scolari wanted deco and robinho, that was it. he got deco but didnt get robinho. but he also didnt want anyone else. so why should kenyon have other targets, or are you saying you would like to see kenyon signing players scolari doesnt want? that didnt work out too well alst time we did it.

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This maybe just what the team needed. Players should take a look now and realise they will get plenty of game time as the squad is not so big, they should also realize they need to start playing well else they will be out of the door come the January window. They can no longer hide or use excuses. I think Aneka will come into his own if we play a 442 with Anelka and Drogba up top.

It is time for some of the players to stand up and earn their money, we have the quality.

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Well, im pissed off that's for sure, but not so much because we missed out on Robinho, but because we needed extra attacking talent, and failed to get any.

Robinho is not worth anything near 30 odd million, and I find it amusing that we have apparently been 'beat' to his signing by City. He clearly wanted to come to CFC and Scolari, but we wouldn't be held to ransom by Real, and so we walked away. It's not like we couldn't have bid more than City's 32 million, we just chose not to, and for that I am happy. They can spin it how they want about shift of power blah blah blah, but that is the reality of the situation.

So, looking forward, I guess it really is 'in youth we trust' as the likes of Sinclair, Di Santo and maybe others will be needed to play a decent part this season.

I have to admit, I am nervous though, as who knows what sort of season DD will have, due to state of mind and injury, and Anelka has spectacularly failed to excite so far. Unless we see a big step up in consistency from Malouda, Kalou and Cole, we could be in trouble, as we are f**ked for width otherwise and the Sp*rs match shows how much we will need it at times.

Scolari, presumably, will not be too impressed that we failed to give him both of the players he identified, but im sure he'll make do.

Interesting times ahead, starting with the City match.

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At the end of last season we needed to strengthen at manager, right back, wide and up front. We now have a proper manager and a decent right back but if anything we are weaker out wide and up front.

I don't particularly care that we didn't get Robinho, particularly as he obviously was more keen on getting away from Madrid rather than having any desire to play for us. But I am very worried about where the goals will come from.

In a way, the Portsmouth match did us no favours. It just reminded teams that coming to the Bridge and playing two up was suicide. We can now look forward to another 16 home league matches with the opposition packing the midfield and trying to smother us. If we don't have Drogba fit then we will be in for a very frustrating time.

Incidentally, I watched the reserves last night and although it was a good match and we thoroughly deserved to win there wasn't a striker or midfield player who looked anywhere near good enough to make it in to the first team squad - and I include young Scott Sinclair in that. (But not Drogba, of course). So we will be reliant on the first team squad that we have, which at the moment includes all four of our central midfielders being injured!

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We shouldn't be so pessimistic.

We have squad of 22 highly talented players. A squad of this size is ideal to keep all the players happy and enogu oppurtunties for everyone.

And everyone above has stated that we have a dimished attack, try reading this again - Drogba, Anelka, Kalou, Di Santo, Joe Cole, Malouda and a certain Scott Sinclair who can be relied upon any time.

Picture this attack:

--J Cole-------------------------------------------------------Deco--

---------------------Drogba----------------Kalou---------------------

Doesn't seem weak to me, or am I missing something?

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