TEAMtalk readers have their say on the Sam Allardyce row, while Chelsea fans discuss a possible replacement for Thibaut Courtois.
Have Your Say on these issues or get anything else off your chest…
Allardyce in hot water
The Sam Allardyce revelations just highlight the continuing greed in football.
Allardyce has earned very well out of football and has had a long career as both a player and a manager and is the manager of England earning circa £3m a year but still that’s not enough for him. Plus what he said was unacceptable.
He’s tarnished the role and should go IMO.
I read this morning that United have agreed a new four-year deal with Lingard and doubled his wages to 50 grand a week. Can anyone think of any other club in the world that would pay this guy 25 grand a week, let alone double it?
I think Sakho is a good defender. On a good day, he’s great. This situation, however, is getting a bit silly now. While I do feel a bit for him, it very much appears that his own actions lead us to this. The club could perhaps deal with it better. Who knows. We don’t know the whole story.
What we do know, because it’s obvious, is that we’re playing very well now, and don’t need Sakho at all. He may or may not be better than some of our centre-backs, as far as footballing ability goes, but I, for one, like the no-nonsense approach by the likes of Lovren, and especially Klavan. And then we have a better ball-playing defender in Matip now anyway, and Gomez is yet to return. A man for the future.
As much as I like Sakho, I think it would be best for both parties, if Sakho left the club.
Conte deserves patience
To be fair to Conte, I think we should make sure he is given time to get his ideas across.
It seems quite clear that he did not get the defensive targets that he wanted which was always his foundation for success at Juve (and to fair ours as well over the years). On top of that he has been unlucky that JT got injured so early in the season
I think that other players are also taking time to respond because for me, Hazard has been very hit and miss so far this season (on Saturday at times you wondered if he was still on the pitch) and the main creative player previously used has failed to start until last weekend
So basically, Conte is juggling with what he has, appears to have reverted in the main to the usual Chelsea formation and the experienced players in the squad to fill those roles
Clearly some are not responding and both Cahill and Ivanovic look suspect to say the least. There is a solution for Ivanovic which Conte seems to be moving towards as Alonso has been given more game time and I see the Hull game as an ideal opportunity to start him in the EPL for the first time (I think..?). Depending on the fitness of JT may mean we need to continue with Cahill but unless he has a miraculous turnaround I think his career at Chelsea could be coming to an end
However, my main point is that Conte is still trying to make the transition from traditional Chelsea to his Chelsea and this will take time. Probably longer than most of us would have liked but he has to be given that time for him and the squad to respond.
Hart for Chelsea?
I’ve been thinking. Over the summer and since the close of the transfer window Courtois has stated about his desire to return to Spain and how he cried when told by Chelsea that he is going to return to the club.
So this got me thinking. Should we not consider selling Courtois for a massive profit and turn to Joe Hart. I know Hart has made some big errors recently but he’s a good keeper, English, and has a voice (which may help us with our defence issues). I feel Courtois is not a commanding keeper and never appears to organise his defence (which I have no doubt doesn’t help this frigle defence). I believe that Hart would organise his defence and more importantly would be demanding of them. Plus he has a point to prove to Pep, Big Sam, the media and us England fans.
If this were to happen, it would have my backing. I’m sick to death about reading about Courtois stating he wants to return to Spain, that he didn’t want to come back to Chelsea and he’s fallen out with the Goalkeeping coach. This is just an idea, and in my opinion one that would work for us, Hart and if sold to one of the Madrid clubs Courtois.
What are some of you guys smoking? (I want some)
Joe Hart is NOT good enough for Chelsea.
Sell, keep, buy
Who in your squad going from last season into this season would you have liked to have seen sold, kept and bought?