August 5, 2022 at 3:40 pm #2120191August 5, 2022 at 4:36 pm #2120208
Tuchel on Cucurella;
“We also have Marcos Alonso and Emerson but Marc is the option in this position and he can play very well in the back three. He has the profile of Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) with a left foot. He gives us many options.
Ben is very ambitious, he couldn’t wait to come back to team training. It seems he needs a bit more time to adapt to the rhythm and physicality of the match itself, which is normal. It’s a demanding league, and we have to take care with him and not throw him in.”
Interesting that he describes him as similar profile to azpi, while azpi clearly better defensively and Cucurella better offensively, I think he just means he intends to use him as utility player like Azpi who can play outside CB role as well as wing back.
If that’s the case I think we will only let one of emerson or alonso go and if we are playing with wingbacks I think Alonso is better for us. Although if we can get some money in for alonso I’d have no problem if we sold him and kept emerson.August 5, 2022 at 4:48 pm #2120210
Predicted team for tomorrow
***mount**havertz**sterlingAugust 5, 2022 at 4:57 pm #2120215
I think Cucurella will prove to be a very useful and versatile signing and he’s a very good age at 22 too hence the 6 year contract. Chelsea now the biggest spenders in this window.August 5, 2022 at 5:43 pm #2120246
I think so too nine, keeping hold of colwill is a good bonus too now that it will be a loan, if he proves himself at prem league he can come in to the first team next year.August 5, 2022 at 6:52 pm #2120266
Probably as Luckydestiny said before, the high fee for Cucurella would be to ensure that Colwill can go on-loan, not permanently?
We’re the biggest spender, but it’s necessary. We lost players like Rudiger & Christensen on free due to sanctions to Abramovich and we don’t have any choice but to replace them. And considering the market at the moment, I think we should spend to get players. Fofana next? 85m, is a crazy money though, but that’s his price. With Azpi staying, I think Fofana will not be that priority anymore?
Tuchel looks happier today, a good sign !!August 5, 2022 at 8:01 pm #2120278
The other thing aindro is that this is net spend and we have not been able to offload players yet, hopefully we get some money in before end of window and also januaryAugust 6, 2022 at 9:37 am #2120331
Read that we have made 70m bid for fofana and it was rejected. We probably won’t go higher and probably shouldn’t so I think we can forget about this one and move onAugust 6, 2022 at 11:13 am #2120350
Difficult to predict Lucky. Fofana was always going to be difficult but we do need a player of his ilk and we’re running out of options.August 6, 2022 at 12:27 pm #2120383
I am really hoping Sterling can produce that spark we have been missing. Just looked back on a favourite video of mine, and wasn’t it exciting times
August 6, 2022 at 4:13 pm #2120534
I know I baulked at the price of Cucurella but for me Fofana a big and natural centre-back seems the more missing link who’s young and quick and who can compliment our more our more older and more exprienced but not so quick central defenders we have at the club.We pushed the boat out to get Cucurella so why not go in for a penny in for pound getting Forfana?…might as well.If we did go back in for Forfana I got a feeling Leicester will do a Brighton on us and try to get as much as they think they can get away with.August 6, 2022 at 4:35 pm #2120542
Chris451… I stood up with excitement every time Robben was on the ball at Chelsea,he was such a potent avenue of attack aided and abetted by scorers who didn’t miss many chances…Lamps Drogba etc.August 7, 2022 at 3:46 am #2120637
Mtal61 yes he sur made it exciting for us all. Sterling at least tries to take players on. Noticed Pulisic had a go as well, but just hasn’t got the ability or belief n himselfAugust 7, 2022 at 1:20 pm #2120694
So alonso is on his way, werner likely to be loaned out, Kepa likely to be loaned out, and reading today that CHO wants to leave for first team football.
My opinion on that is sell him to highest bidder ASAP and it seems the club have given their blessing for him to talk to other clubs.
I know he got unlucky with that injury but he pretty much took advantage of the transfer ban a few years back to get himself a contract that he hasn’t come close to justifying. He has 2 years left on that so a loan makes no sense. Hopefully if he goes we get a decent fee.
Would love to see the likes of barkley, sarr moved on too and if we are unable to get best out of ziyech it’s best he goes too…but moving these players on is evidently harder than bringing new ones in.August 7, 2022 at 5:35 pm #2120845
LuckyDestiny,we’re between a rock and a hard place.Yes admittedly Tuchel has got his work cut out,an absolute mammoth task sorting all these non performers,surplus to requirements and not up to the task players,there’s no way we’re gonna get rid of them all unless we give away or send them out on loan deals with us paying their wages.CHO especially now squealing like a Vietnamese pot bellied pig that he’s unhappy is getting on my nerves now.I was one of his biggest fan’s on here beseiging the club to hang on to him and not to sell him to Bayern Munich a couple of years or so ago.Injuries not withstanding what has CHO done for us lately?…not a …kin fat lot!.As I was alluding to in a previous post Reece and Mount will be next up on the club’s agenda to clarify their futures,unless we get shot of these non motivated players sharpish Mason and Reece will be dragging their heels to commit to us just like Rudiger and Christensen did.It pains me to say that our prospects for the new season is looking bleak,hope I can be proved wrong but my confidents is not inspiredAugust 7, 2022 at 6:36 pm #2120865
Yeah Mtal there are plenty of concerns regards this season and too many problems to sort out in one window. I think this pessimism is healthy for us as it will justifiably reduce our expectations and make the season easier to manage, very much like lampards first season.
I judged us strictly last year, I wanted 80 plus points as a clear sign of progression and to close the gap on top 2, ultimately we fell short.
This season, much like lamps first season, I know we are in a hell of a fight for top 4 and that it would be unreasonable to expect more.
The other bonus with have naturally reduced expectations though is the thrill when you exceed them, like we did winning champs league.
Regards the sale of deadwood I agree we are in trouble and may have to rely on loan deals. Ultimately it will drag on even until next summer and so like you I think as soon as window closes the priority should be new deals for the players who are our future and Mount and James are top of that list surely.August 7, 2022 at 8:28 pm #2120888
We can’t just move on the players we may not want in the squad all at once we need a squad to compete with in the here and now and we won’t be able to immediately replace those we let go over a short period of time we are already the biggest spenders in this window and ultimately we will have to adhere to the new FFP rules.
Like Lucky has suggested above it will take time to rebalance an unbalanced squad.
With regards to Mount and James they seem keen to commit their medium to long term futures to Chelsea and they’ve been at Chelsea since they were in short trousers but the Club’s priority over the next few weeks has to be the transfer market and once the window closes the Club can focus on new contracts for Mount and James.August 7, 2022 at 8:55 pm #2120893
Apparently Werner is on the brink of re-join RB Leigzig in a 5 year dealAugust 7, 2022 at 10:03 pm #2120908
That’s great news bud 👍
He is on massive wages so to clear that and get a fee would be very beneficial.
We paid 47.5m, wonder what we sell him for? I think anything over 30m would be a bonus and honestly would probably accept less.August 7, 2022 at 10:12 pm #2120909
With respect 999 Tuchel was recently openly sceptical about the amount of non-performing and non-motivated players are on our books at Chelsea.Of course,it’s nigh on impossible to move them all on en mass in one window.Fact remains these players will remain with the club and Tuchel has a massive uphill task trying to get these players to operate as a squad and to all pull in the same direction for us to salvage something tangible for this season.Tuchel’s man management skills are about to come under the spotlight
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