‘I will be disappointed if Conte turns into another cheque book manager’

Date published: Friday 16th June 2017 7:27

Chelsea fans reflect on the clubs transfer policy, whilst Kelechi Iheanacho’s future, the potential fee Liverpool could pay for Mohamed Salah and Leeds United’s new manager are also discussed.

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Conte should look to the academy – we have a stadium to build!

It seems a lot Chelsea fans on this forum have a short term memory issue. Since when has a manager leaving Chelsea had any profound effect on us wining a trophy.

We have a new stadium to finance and we won’t be taken to cleaners by greedy clubs regarding players we are interested in. If Conte leaves someone else just as capable will come along.

We have to negotiate at a reasonable price for the players we are interested in, otherwise we should fill the team with our brightest loan or academy players.

After all a manager is not only paid a lot of money to buy world class players it’s also his job to manage the resources he has to create the best possible output.

I strongly believe Christensen, Nathan Ake, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kasey Palmer, Charly Musonda, Lewis Baker and Tammy Abraham etc can all do a job if given the chance.

I will be highly disappointed in Conte if he turns out to be another Chequebook manager and waste a lot of those wonderful youths in our academy.



It seems that Conte is unhappy with the club concerning inactivity on the transfer market. Also, the club are unhappy with Conte regarding the text to Costa. I just hope that everyone will come back on good terms and do the best for the club.

Latest rumour: Koulibaly for £60m. A bit too expensive but seems that Conte really wants him. He is younger than Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci.


Terry could be exposed with a lack of class beside him











If that one signing (John Terry) with big wages keeps Birmingham up I am sure they will regard it it as good value for money. My reservation is that Terry is a great defender when he has top class partners to cover for his lack of pace, without that he might get exposed.


Arsenal fans underwhelmed by the prospect of Cuadrado

Apparently Arsenal have made an offer for Juan Cuadrado. The same player who failed so miserably at Chelsea. Most underwhelming I’d say.

Whilst it’s still early days, I’m not overly confident Arsene Wenger will bring in what we need to compete. Have we been here before?


Criticism of Klopp is harsh – we have deeper problems!











Liverpool’s problems come from further back in time.

1) Our scouting has been dismal to say the least
2) Our famed (or infamous) transfer committee hasn’t been competent
3) We have had Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers setting us back light years
4) We don’t have the same endless amounts of money as Manchester City or Manchester United.

Give the man at least half a chance to make his mark.


Leeds fans vow to give Christiansen a chance

This is an interesting appointment. It came completely out of left field, but it is a bit early and a bit harsh to put him into the same category as the hapless Dave Hockaday.

Anyway, the bookmakers are laughing all the way to the bank taking easy pickings from the foolish general public.

All I want to say about this is that everyone involved in this appointment has my full support and best wishes. Lets give the new guy a chance and I hope that we see tangible and positive changes so far as improving the playing squad is concerned.

Pre-season is apparently only a couple of weeks away! I am off back to the cricket! Keep the faith.


Would Iheanacho be a good fit for Spurs?

Kelechi Iheanacho: Out to repay Manuel Pellegrini's faith











Apparently Kelechi Iheanacho is no longer wanted at Manchester City. I think Mauricio Pochettino could make him in to a star at Tottenham.

He is only 20 and is an affordable option. I admit I have not seen a great deal of him but when i have i was impressed. Anyone else have any thoughts on him?


That’s a good shout. He looks a smart player, good touch, pace, strength and an eye for a goal. I wonder if fitness is a problem or he has an attitude problem, which could have restricted his game time?


£30-35m is about right for Salah in today’s market

The price is all part of being at the football negotiating table, I think with Mohamed Salah some Liverpool fans and I include myself  have doubts as to whether he could be successful at Anfield.

He didn’t do well at Chelsea but that could equally be put down to him really not getting much of a chance in the first team by Mourinho at the time. Nobody can doubt his contribution to Roma, the stats speak for themselves really and I do think he deserves another crack of the whip in the Premier League.

If anyone can make him play better it’s Jurgen Klopp, he is a people person and it goes a long way to bringing the best out of players. For me £31 million is probably about right, if they want more I would certainly make a bigger offer however I would make the extra performance based, which is a thing we are seeing more of these days.

Maybe go in with a £31m offer but boost it with performance related payments to 36m which has also been quoted. Very much like the performance based contracts we appear to offer players at the moment.

It’s all speculation really, all guess work from us and picking apart numerous reports from numerous places. It is funny though, the transfer window isn’t even open yet officially anyway!


Forget Perisic – there are better, cheaper options











I’m reading that Inter want around £55m for Ivan Perisic – I hope this means we won’t sign him.

From what I’ve seen on him in a couple of matches he’s pretty much a two-trick pony which doesn’t work very well.

Douglas Costa or Lucas Moura would be much better options.

Sympathy for the Devils

Pickford move could be a sign that Lukaku is leaving

The fact that Everton have just shelled out £30 million for a goalkeeper (Jordan Pickford) says to me they are pretty confident they will have a large sum of money coming their way.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a deal has already been agreed for Romelu Lukaku.


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