February 27, 2020 at 8:24 am #1830158
Papers today carrying suggestions of a major overhaul of the squad by Frank in the Summer it seems dramatic but I’m not sure it’s the wrong thing to do.
“Kepa Arrizabalaga: The world’s most expensive goalkeeper has been dropped in recent weeks and Lampard no longer trusts him. No good having a £72m goalkeeper sitting on your bench.
Kurt Zouma: Has had good spells this season but has since fallen behind Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori in the pecking order.
Emerson: Had the opportunity to cement the left-back position with Marcos Alonso’s injuries but failed to do so.
Marcos Alonso: Good going forward but has failed to convince Lampard with his defensive ability.
Jorginho: The vice-captain has been brilliant at times this season. Great on the ball but needs to be better without it. No doubt angered Lampard after picking up a yellow card for dissent against Bayern, meaning he’ll miss the second leg.
Ross Barkley: This was supposed to be a big season for Barkley after an impressive pre-season. But he’s been too inconsistent.
Willian: Talking of inconsistency. Willian’s contract expires in the summer as he demands a further two years with a 12-month optional extension – something the club are refusing to agree.
Pedro: Pedro’s contract also expires in the summer. He’s found opportunities very hard to come by this season, making just seven appearances in the league without scoring.”February 27, 2020 at 10:43 am #1830209
I think this is about right, you would need to factor in Giroud, Batshuayi and Cabellero leaving too. I would be inclined to keep Jorginho personally, he can play. I doubt the club will have quite such a high turnover in reality and who would pay big money for Kepa at the moment.
We would need to bring in some experienced leaders if we lost this many experienced players and bring in more of our youth (Gilmore, Ampadu, Gallagher).
Busy summer for Marina?February 27, 2020 at 1:10 pm #1830246
Sounds about right to me too Alan according to reports Frank wants another 4 signings to go with Zilyich and the balance is likely to come from young player promotions to the squad. Re Jorginho I agree but I think he wants to go back to Italy.February 27, 2020 at 7:36 pm #1830348
Sounds right to me too.
I don’t think it will happen though because thats about £500m worth of players we’d need to buy.February 27, 2020 at 9:10 pm #1830391
Bort,I think it’s doable we’ve got one in already in Zilyich,2/3 youngsters like Ampadu will be drafted into the squad and we could buy another 3/4 players utilising the Hazard/ Morata money plus the money we would make from moving those players on. But we’ll have to wait and see.February 27, 2020 at 9:37 pm #1830409
It was documented not long ago that Chelsea made losses of around £100m. We only have about £150-200m to spend this summer.
Ziyech is an ok signing but he is not a world beating talent, he’s 26. He is the player he is going to be the rest of his career, there is not much room for improvement, thats why he is only going for £35m. It’s more or less a like for like replacement for Pedro talent wise.
With the current Chelsea model I don’t see Chelsea competing with Europes elite again anytime soon.
Im fine with this but everyone needs to smell the bacon as it’s been obvious for 3-5 years now that we are declining back from whence we came. We are in and out the Champions League, we get knocked out last 16. We are way off winning league titles and probably the same for domestic cups.February 27, 2020 at 10:14 pm #1830424
I don’t think we can do a massive overhaul. Our budget 150m-200m won’t be enough. We really need to buy wisely. Look at Liverpool. Henderson is not a special player. Nor Milner. Nor Joe Gomez. But Klopp bought right in Alisson & van Dijk. Look at them before with Mignolet and Karius, not good. For me our first priority this summer is a Goalkeeper. Hopefully we’ll get Onana. I don’t think we should be happy with getting Pope. We need a world class GK, then Onana or Oblak. Ziyech will join. We do need another striker. If Jorginho leaves for 30-40m, good, we can use the money generated from his sale.February 28, 2020 at 4:25 am #1830450
Maybe we can get an injury prone Hazard back on the cheap – damaged goods.February 28, 2020 at 6:23 am #1830452
Initially I didn’t really want any imports as per the ban but now that we are not doing too great I realize we cannot just rely on young talent though injuries have also played a major part, My feeling is we need a striker, centre half that is more commanding in the area and unless there is a significant improvement another keeper, all top class of course, if you notice Liverpool only really hit their winning ways when van Dyke came in so it shows how important that area is. It also all depends on how many players leave, I read quite a few of the senior players will probably be leaving.February 28, 2020 at 1:07 pm #1830577
Bort, that loss was preceded by a profitable fy and there were lots of reasons for it inc no CL revenues.
The Club have religiously kept within the FFP rules since their introduction and Buck has confirmed even with the last fy loss the Club will still fall within the FFP rules.
The Hazard money fell outside that fy and we have £58m to come in from Morata this Summer so that’s the best part of £150m plus what we get from the proposed sales.
The Club will only spend what they can afford to spend whether it’s £150m or more than that we will have to wait and see. I agree though it’s a long way back to where we were.February 28, 2020 at 1:39 pm #1830590
Having won the FA Youth Cup in 7 of the last 10 seasons it was another big night for the Academy a professional second-half saw our youth team secure victory in the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup at Stamford Bridge.
Armando Broja’s second-half goal was the difference between the sides at the Bridge on a night when Chelsea’s professional display earned a place in the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup.
One or two of the Youth Cup squad could well come through and be part of the first team squad in a year or two. It’s important that we continue to develop our own as we can no longer spend as we once did.February 28, 2020 at 4:37 pm #1830656
9 Watched the game on the 5th stand and thought Bate was outstanding, and Broja is a possible, but Anjorin was in this game disappointing. We have had the best academy for some years, but are only now starting to use the graduates.February 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm #1830669
Interesting from Frank’s press conference:
Lampard said: “I’ve read quite a bit of false, nonsense articles this week, with people probably guessing players (who might be leaving).
“Of course there are decisions for the club ongoing in the summer – we have to look at that. But there’s no way I’m jumping into the future now – and a lot of those reports were wrong.”
Kepa has been left out for Chelsea’s past five matches, with Lampard having been critical of him following a number of errors by the Spaniard this season.
But Lampard remains adamant that there has been no rift behind the scenes.
He said: “The relationship’s fine between player and manager. I have 20 or so players to keep happy and can’t keep them all happy at the same time.
“All I expect is their professionalism in training, which Kepa’s given.
“Every position is the same: you train well to try and get in the team when you’re not in it, and when you play you try to get performance levels that keep you in the team.
“Every player is in control of their own destiny with that to a degree.
“I will decide as we go. That’s why I’m very strong on the fact that how you turn up and train every day is pivotal to whether you play.”February 29, 2020 at 7:38 am #1830735
“We have not challenged in the Premier League for a couple of years.
“We have to fight and work as hard as we can on the training pitch and in games to close that gap.
“Come the summer, of course as a club we want to move forward and make some decisions.
“We are certainly on the same page here when I speak with the board.” Frank Lampard
The above suggests that the Club is looking to be active in the Summer window.
How active of course remains the question.February 29, 2020 at 2:16 pm #1830813
Just on the money…yes we had a loss of almost £100m. But no CL and spending fortunes on sacking managers. Now take into account £150m worth of player sales, excluding the countless loans. Our wage level has reduced. No transfer activity last summer or January. Plus what the club have budgeted for excluding the above. Plus the saved income from senior players leaving..Pedro, Willian, Giroud and Bats. Thus far more than £200m available if Frank wanted it. We need a world class spine. Starts with a keeper and ends in a striker.February 29, 2020 at 10:19 pm #1830996
Chelsea have received a significant boost ahead of the summer transfer window with the news that midfield anchor N’Golo Kante has no intentions to leave the club, according to Caught Offside.
This season, the former Leicester City midfielder, who helped France win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, has not featured as regularly as he would have liked, with him being hampered by injury issues.
Nevertheless, the tough-tackling midfield man has been available to make 22 appearances this season and has chipped in with three goals.
With Kante ready to stick around in West London, it will come as a big blow to both Juventus and Real Madrid, who were keeping tabs on the Frenchman.
Good news if true?
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