February 8, 2022 at 8:59 pm #2051847
Thought I would kick this one off. This potentially could be one of our biggest windows in recent years given the loanee restrictions that are coming in to play.
Lots of reports linking us to Declan Rice with suggestions that we may have to release Kante to make this move happen.
Dont get me wrong, I am a massive fan of Kante, but given his age, fitness and the fact his contract expires in June 2023 I would not object to the move.
Rice is one of the hottest properties in football at the minute. He would be immense at the club he loves, and would also be a real contender for the Captains Armband with Mason as his vice.
The next Terry and Lamps with no reason we could not enjoy the same level of success.
Break the bank Marina, and throw in Lukaku😁😁😁February 9, 2022 at 12:03 am #2051941
Maybe Tuchel will get the opportunity to make some tweaks with appropriate purchases this summer that didn’t happen in the summer of 2021. I think the opinion was that the final addition to the jigsaw was Lukaku however that hasn’t really worked the way they would have liked as yet. Maybe due to the loss of the two wing backs however Tuchel may also be looking at potency from mid field or even that some of the forwards don’t fit his plans. No intention in slandering any of the current European champions so it will be interesting to see what Tuchel and the club come up with to make us the more complete and ‘successful’ package.February 9, 2022 at 12:53 am #2051944
I still think we need to keep Kanté. His performance in the Champions League last season should be good enough to earn his stay with Chelsea. It’s true that he is more injury prone but when he is fit: he is unbeatable in midfield. Moreover, Kanté loves Chelsea. He could play in any club in the world but he plays for us.
Rice, I start to see how good he is. But to spend 100m where we’ll have Gallagher & Gilmour back, would it be a good decision?
Agree with Lukaku. If he doesn’t improve, with that interview, just sell himFebruary 9, 2022 at 6:50 am #2051950
Thank goodness we got rid of Zouma. What a creep. What a hypocrite, what a loathsome idiot.February 9, 2022 at 7:38 am #2051963
Very difficult to predict our Summer transfer activity currently Gallagher imo has to come back in the Summer he will add something to the squad.
Much will depend on who the Club decide to let go.
Moyes is taking silly money for Rice even above £100m.
If Wing backs are key to our tactics we probably need better coverage in that area as the injuries to James and Chilwell has cost us dearly this season.
There are a number of players in the squad currently with question marks against their names.February 9, 2022 at 10:27 am #2052066
Yes Moos, I’m glad I never came across that video. I hope they throw the book at him. Why was he allowed to play for West Ham today? He should be charged with animal cruelty and immediately stood down. Disgusting and I find it very sad.February 10, 2022 at 2:51 pm #2052657
“Cesar Azpilicueta is reportedly keen to sit down with Marina Granovskaia and discuss his Chelsea contract situation.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Spaniard wishes to see Granovskaia face-to-face before making a final decision about his deal that expires in the summer.”
Personally I would like the Club to make a special case of Azpi Club Captain and 10 years at the Club should count for something.February 10, 2022 at 5:08 pm #2052740
9 could not agree more.
You cannot buy the experience and influence Azpi brings to Chelsea, and the guy is as fit as a butchers dog.
There is no doubt he has a passion for Chelsea and also his family seem to be really settled here, which I think is a big factot, not the financial gain.February 10, 2022 at 8:41 pm #2052871
I won’t understand if the club cannot make an exception to give more than 1 year contract for players aged 30 for our captain. Azpi clearly wants to play for Chelsea, if the differences between the club and his part are only about the length of the contract, I think the club should be more flexible and make an exception for him. Look at Thiago Silva, he is 37 and he is still able to start in most of our matches.
Rumours say that Chelsea offered an improved contract to Rudiger. Let’s hope that it’s true and Rudiger will accept it. Again, the players clearly wants to play for Chelsea and we need to keep this kind of players.February 10, 2022 at 10:57 pm #2052963
Aindro spot on.
This 30+ mindset is so outdated.
It is not a case of players going for a full English on the way to training and then down to the boozer beside the bookies for pie and mash, 20 John Player Specials and load of pints straight after.
I would go as far as to say many 30+ players nowadays are fitter than the 20 year olds of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
It also seems hypocritical with the signing of a, some would be polite in referring to as bulky, 28 year old on a five year deal.February 11, 2022 at 12:05 am #2052964
When both Chilwell and James are fit and picked regularly and (if) we are blessed down the track with the likes of Christensen, Silva, Rudiger, Chalobah and Sarr then where does Dave fit in? When I look at it from that perspective then I sort of understand where the club are at. Dave, the passion, the footballer, what he has given to the club, I love every bit of him but this is a business. Dave wants to guarantee his future to retirement with a long term deal, Chelsea want him on a yearly contract. Maybe that one year deal over 30 attitude is not as relevant considering the circumstances in this case. If Rudiger and Christensen were to refuse to sign on and end up moving on then they should sign on Dave for a longer term. At this point in time it would be most likely the club still fancy its chances in retaining at least one if not both those players. I would guess in the summer they will want to strengthen their wing back situation with a purchase or two, younger players with speed and plenty of skill. For all his value, passion and genuine commitment to the club unfortunately in business that counts for very little when it comes to the crunch. I found that in my workplace sadly. I was just a number. We all are.February 11, 2022 at 7:54 am #2052984
As I understand it Chelsea have offered Azpi a one year contract with a one year option and Azpi is looking for a straight 2 year contract.
If Rudiger signs a new Chelsea contract on vastly improved terms even if it’s only for 3 years he will be 30 in March 2023. That’s the bit that doesn’t make sense to me we will offer long term contracts to players which will take them past 30.
There should be room for a little bit of compromise for a player who has given 10 years to the Club without the hint of a problem.February 12, 2022 at 5:24 am #2053370
If Lukaku and Werner don’t score sufficient amount of goals by the end of this season both MUST be sold, holding up play and fast runs down the wings is not good enough, they were brought in to solve our goal scoring problems and so far they have only added to that problem. Just sell them and try out the likes of Broja. I think he will be be more successful.February 12, 2022 at 11:07 am #2053439
You could buy Harry Kane and Christiano Ronaldo and there’s no guarantee they’d do well. It’s a Chelsea thing!! No doubt you wouldn’t reemember the likes of Robert Flack and Chris Sutton. It goes that far back with the odd forwards that buck the trend, Drogna, Hasselbaink and Costa being three of the few and yes, there were others aswell that did the business consistently. The list of those that didn’t reach the heights that were expected would be well on the way to triple figures.February 12, 2022 at 11:27 am #2053444
Even in the Roman era there were at least 15 flops as listed in this article with the exceptions being, I guess, Giroud when given a chance, Drogba and Costa.February 12, 2022 at 11:31 am #2053445
Here’s another list of alleged poor purchases in Chelsea history, not just forweards.February 12, 2022 at 1:15 pm #2053482
Tough gig being a striker at Chelsea.February 12, 2022 at 2:07 pm #2053528
Indeed, bar a handful, history suggests they have been on struggle street for whatever reason. It’s been the running joke since I can remember that if they want to destroy their careers then go to Chelsea and so it continues. Notwithstanding, the trophy count this century is second to, I believe, none!! Here to be corrected. Go figure eh!February 12, 2022 at 2:11 pm #2053533
Having watched Broja again today he could solve the current problem next season. Hope he gets his chance along with Gallagher.February 14, 2022 at 2:55 pm #2054360
100% agreed. Broja and Gallagher in next season. They’re from our academy moreover.
And as I mentioned under the other thread: St-Maximin probably? We need somebody creative to help our striker and I think St-Maximin would be a tremendous help for Havertz and Lukaku/Broja if we can help him to reach a certain level of consistency in his performance.
And I read last weekend that we would probably need to sell Kepa as it makes no sense for a 150k per week GK to stay in our bench. Any thoughts?
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