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  2. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    I don't think at this point anyone's under any illusion that all flaws in Ruben's game will magically disappear and he'll turn into an absolute world beater but that doesn't mean he can't still be a very useful player if he can overcome his current problems. For all his deficiencies, he offers some qualities no one else in the team has and for me that's enough to earn himself a place in the squad but probably not in his current state. He had a good year out on loan at Palace and under Sarri it wasn't just three months of good performances, I'd say he impressed pretty much every time he played but Sarri only realised that halfway through the season when he began using RLC more regularly. The Ruben from August 2017 - May 2019 was definitely good enough to be a Chelsea player, he only needed a platform to really show what he can do. Even then he might not have been a world class player and with the likes of Havertz having joined he probably wouldn't start in this current Chelsea team even at his best but I won't accept anyone telling me he wasn't a lot better than the likes of Ross Barkley. If he can go on loan to see if he can get back to that level and show some consistency, I'd happily let him go and then see later whether he should come back or not.
  3. 2. Antonio Rudiger

    Should he leave, we'll be losing even more experience at the back. I'd personally prefer to keep him over some of the other options. Putting a lot of hope on Silva remaining fit in that regard.
  4. West Brom v Chelsea

    I think this won't be far off. I don't think Chilwell's 30 minutes will probably be enough to start at the weekend. Kante needs to come back in for the midfield balance as Barnsley did have some joy attacking us in the first half. However Barkley has probably now given Lampard some food for thought that he can be trusted to play that deeper position and will offer a more attacking and creative option. Havertz performance tonight should give Lampard the confidence to just let him off now and impose himself on the game in central areas. Tammy's performance tonight has probably earned him a place for the weekend, and Werner can be moved to the left to accommodate that. Even if Pulisic and Ziyech were fit for the weekend, at best it would be on the bench for a 30 minute cameo.
  5. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    This is all well and good but RLC is 25 in January, he isn't 21 anymore. Further, he has serious deficiencies (zero off the ball work) in his game, that were still clearly there when he had is sole consistent 3 months for us at the end if Sarri's reign. Let's be honest, RLC has been riding a hype train since he was 16/17 and there hasn't been any hard proof that the talent he showed in the youth ranks can translate to the pro game on a consistent basis. Sure, he is silky on the ball when in the mood and fit, but that has only been glimsped twice which was the middle of his spell at Palace and then Feb/March-May 2019. That is about a total of 6 months for a 24 year old bloke that made his debut at 17.
  6. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Villa loan would be decent. Playing with jack grealish may not be a bad thing and villa whilst aren't a great team may be a better fit for him than if he went to a less attacking (but maybe better) team
  7. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Thing is though, RLC at his best is/was a much better player than Barkley has ever shown to be. But he needs game time and a continued period without injuries to have any chance of making it. He won't do that at Chelsea atm but if he was loaned out there's a chance he might get there elsewhere. Under no circumstance would I sell him on a permanent deal now and I don't think there'd be anyone willing to pay good money for him right now anyway due to his achilles problem. He's under contract till 2024 and has no transfer fee amortisation value hanging over his head so a loan should be relatively straightforward to sort out because the loaning club would only need to pay his wages, so for a club like Aston Villa it'd be a low-risk high-reward deal. If he can't get regain his pre-injury level out on loan, a more permanent solution can be found in another year or two but if he were to get back to his best level he would most certainly still be an asset to the club and could take a place in the squad again next year when some changes in midfield are bound to happen (some question marks over Jorginho, Kante, Barkley). Of course there's a concrete chance he would never return again with younger prospects like Gallagher, Gilmour trying their best to break through but still a loan deal would be 1000x better than selling now. I don't think Lampard has given up on him either.
  8. West Brom v Chelsea

  9. Chelsea - Barnsley

    I was paying you reps! Someone else was being jumped on more than you. Cant have that can we eh?
  10. Chelsea - Barnsley

    It’s nice that I’m living rent-free in your head.
  11. 29. Kai Havertz

    Everything he does on the ball is so calm and effortless and he looked very composed in front of goal. I think he'll add a clinical nature to our game this season which was distinctly lacking over large stretches last year.
  12. Chelsea Transfer Pub

    Its the 2nd chapter of Wheres Havertz?
  13. 29. Kai Havertz

    Did someone call me?
  14. 29. Kai Havertz

    Indeed. He is very good at finding space and timing his runs. The problem on here is that it is quite clear that a lot of people must've been only looking at stats, Twitter and Youtube clips of him prior to signing as what we have seen isn't really a surprise. Further, today he was much better as he was playing in the position that I have said all along he would/should play for us i.e. No.8/No.10. Yes, he did play No.11/No.9 last season but if anyone had actually watched him, they would've spotted that he wouldn't get away with playing those positions in the PL due to his playing style. Further he is has been a slow starter in pretty much every season he has started. For me, I am not expecting him to be fully up and running until November at the earliest and even then, he should be given this season to acclimatise.
  15. Chelsea - Barnsley

  16. West Brom v Chelsea

    Ofc not.
  17. 8. Ross Barkley

    Unless he does a Lukaku and demands a role above his station we will be insane to sell him.
  18. Chelsea - Barnsley

    You’re not funny by the way. Good result, hopefully this victory kickstarts our run.
  19. Politics & Stuff

    England And Wales Want to Make Misogyny A Hate Crime https://jezebel.com/england-and-wales-want-to-make-misogyny-a-hate-crime-1845149688 The Law Commission, an independent body that recommends legal changes in England and Wales, is recommending that misogyny be made a hate crime. Currently, hate crime legislation in the countries cover “protected characteristics” including race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation, and disability—the new recommendation would extend that list of protected characteristics to also include sex or gender. After reviewing the current hate crime laws, the commission said that the majority of evidence it had seen about gender-based crimes was related to misogyny, but that they would consult further on whether “sex or gender” as a protected category would cover both men and women, or just women. The Guardian reports that this recommendation is just one part of a broader push for misogyny to be classified as a hate crime, with an emphasis on recognizing street harassment experienced by women. And this push has already begun to influence policy and practices on a local level—a pilot program in Nottinghamshire which treated public harassment of women as a gender-based hate crime found that the majority of the people interviewed wanted the policy to continue. Professor Penney Lewis, the criminal law commissioner, said this about the recommendation: snip
  20. Today
  21. 8. Ross Barkley

    If one is to be loaned out, it should be Loftus-Cheek who seriously needs game time. Barkley has been a very useful squad player since Sarri and will continue to be. Unless they're offering to buy him for good money, we shouldn't accept it.
  22. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    For me if RLC was sold I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. The guy is pushing 25 and has yet to prove he can keep himself fit for more than six months, still does zero work off the ball and continues to dine off the hype that he built up 7 years ago. For sure, Barkley is similar but I do not really see much difference as whilst RLC has a little more quality on the ball at least you know Barkley can stay fit.
  23. 8. Ross Barkley

    I do not think anyone will ever pay 40 million for Barkley. 30 million Euros max. Gesendet von meinem VOG-L29 mit Tapatalk
  24. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Would be a decent move for him I think. I haven't given up on him at all, but in this current moment I can't see him getting enough games to fully overcome his problems if he stays this season. A year out on loan at a PL side could do him a lot of good and depending on how he gets on, there might still be a place for him to return next year. Barkley has been playing decently in the first few games this season and is clearly ahead of RLC in Lampard's books at the moment. Ruben was mysteriously missing from the lineup altogether tonight despite the League Cup being one of the best opportunities for him to gain match sharpness so I think there might be some truth to this rumor. Zouma got his act together out on loan after his bad injury and made a return so I don't see any reason why RLC couldn't as well.
  25. 9. Tammy Abraham

    He has 2 years and 9 months left. There was a clause in his contract that was activated last season. SFL confirmed this in the Summer. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/football/2020/jul/10/tammy-abraham-activates-one-year-chelsea-contract-extension
  26. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Well, he needs to sign new contract because in 9 months he is in his final year.
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