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  1. The English Football Thread

    If we're being fair, Mou brought in a lot of the garbage they have. United spent €466million on players under Mou and he got almost everything he wanted, outside of a CB during his disastrous last season(they already purchased 2 CBs for Mou). In fact, Mou was so confident in his squad that he stated they could compete for the title his first year there, something he didn't believe we could do during his first season in his second spell with us.
  2. 19. Mason Mount

    Would you say that he doesn't trust Pedro had he gone with Pulisic instead? We can't come to that conclusion based on the single statement he made. His statement only implies that Pedro's massive experience in the CL gave him the edge. We cannot say Lampard didn't trust Pulisic to put in a satisfactory performance.
  3. 19. Mason Mount

    This is why I said best team possible. Factors such as form and and managing match fitness are somewhat implied. This was to keep the post brief.
  4. 19. Mason Mount

    But it's not. Lampard's job is to play the best team possible for any given match. Who plays will be influenced by a variety of factors, but it's pretty safe to assume that individual skill plays a huge role in Lampard's decision making. In the case of Mount, it appears that Lampard believes that Mount is the best player available. The result? Mount plays. Now let's consider the case of Pedro or Pulisic replacing an injured Mount. If Lampard believes that Pulsic and Pedro are equal in ability, he has to use another factor to make his decision. In this scenario, it was experience.
  5. 19. Mason Mount

    Lampard's reasoning in this scenario isn't necessarily contradictory. In the case of Mount and Abraham, he clearly believes they are better players than the alternatives. With Tomori, there isn't another fit CB to play in his position. If Lampard believes Pulisic and Pedro are both equally good, then it would make sense to go with the more experienced player.
  6. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    Football is growing quite a bit in the states. Any day that I wear a Chelsea shirt, there will be 4-5 random people who acknowledge it. If the sport continues to grow here, the Premier League is going to see even more money go into the league!
  7. Jan Oblak

    Absolute nonsense. 1. Buying a keeper based on their ability to save penalties is absolute nonsense. 2. Jan Oblak has a better penalty save percentage than David de Gea, Manuel Neuer, Thibaut Courtois,Keylor Navas, Gianluigi Buffon, ter-Stegen and Alison. Here is the data(from transfermarkt.co.uk) on how many penalties each goalkeeper has saved and how many they have faced. Jan Oblak 12/33=36% Manuel Neuer 18/52=34% Keylor Navas 14/42=33% Gianluigi Buffon 31/101=30% Alisson 4/14=28% David de Gea 11/44=25% ter-Stegen 9/37=24% Thibaut Courtois 5/31=16% So I guess none of those keepers would be good enough, eh?
  8. Chelsea 0-2 Man City

    I agree with the first statement. Azpi needs more composure on the ball, but I don't think he will need to become profcient at playing combinations with our winger. He will need to press high and run more, but that will suit his skill set as he has high amounts of stamina.
  9. Chelsea 0-2 Man City

    Uh,what? Azpi is not a slow player. He might not be on the same level as Kyle Walker or Hector Bellerin, but he's no slouch. An attack minded LB and a more defensive minded RB is exactly how Sarri set up his Napoli side. It seems very strange that you are suggesting that Hysaj is very attack minded. In the games that I have seen, and in every analysis of Napoli and Hysaj that I have seen, not once has someone described Hysaj as a very attack minded RB. I am very curious as to how you have come to this conclusion. When I think of an attack minded RB, I think of players like Dani Alves or Kyle Walker when he played for Tottenham. Hysaj plays a more supporting role. On occasion, he does get forward, but he does not constantly attack. This is due to how focused Napoli are on their left hand side, where an attack minded LB is necessary. The RB does not needed to be very attacked minded because Callejon is the type of player to attack the space behind opposing defensive lines, rather use skill and pace to combine with other players to move the ball through opposing teams. He is able to do this because Napoli drag oppoising teams to the opposite side of the pitch. That's not to say that Napoli don't use the right hand side at all, or that Hysaj doesn't get foward at all, but to suggest that a very attack minded RB is needed seems widely inaccurate. With that being said, this doesn't mean that Azpi is ideally suited for the role, or that he doesn't need to adapt. But given his history and skill-set, it's very reasonable to believe that he can be successful as a RB for Sarri. Azpi is an intelligent player, and with the right coaching I'm sure he will be able to perform at a very high level as a RB.
  10. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    If the club evaluate him at a higher level, then either Morata or Giroud should go, as one of them is not going to get game time. This is the main reason why I find the striker position so puzzling. From a business perspective, the club is going to suffer from keeping all 3 at the club. I'm not convinced by Morata either, but in his time here, he has shown glimpses of talent. With Batshuayi, he has demonstrated an inability to contribute to the team in any meaningful way. Batshuayi has a very weak hold up game, poor movement, and is extremely selfish. He does have talent, but he is a very raw player and needs games to put it together. This part of your post is extremely confusing. From what I have seen from Higuain and Mertens, neither can be accurately described as poachers in their time with Sarri. In addition, every analysis video that I have watched indicates that Sarri's strikers are much more than poachers. If you have any videos, or something else that supports this statement, please feel free set me straight. I can agree with most of this statement. I'm hoping Morata finds confidence and adapts to the physicality of the league, because if he does, he can be a good striker for us.
  11. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    My evaluation of the player is probably different from yours, because I don't think Batshuayi has what it takes to succeed here. As a result, I'm of the opinion that he will receive next to zero playing time. It makes sense why a coach would want him here, because of the increased competition, but it does not make sense from an ownership point of view. Why? Because these aren't very young players on cheap wages, and the club has spent a significant amount of money on them. When one of the three fails, it's going to hurt the club. The value of the striker that falls to third choice is going to drop significantly. How many clubs are going to go after Batshuayi if he becomes a third choice striker? And for the clubs that do, what are they going to offer to secure his services? If Batshuayi does make it, either Giroud or Morata are going to be in the aforementioned situation. If it's Morata the club take a massive loss. If it's Giroud, it wouldn't be too significant, but let's be honest, he's not going to fall behind Batshuayi.
  12. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Most definitely not. If he doesn't get game time he will be shipped out in January. It's a little puzzling that he is still here. Surely he is behind both Giroud and Morata, so why keep him here and see his value reduced? Surely it would be better to send him out on loan to get game time, or sell him before his value takes a hit while he sits on the bench or even outside of our 18 man squad on match days.
  13. Robert Green

    Turnbull was above Hilario the season prior(Turnbull had an appearance in the League Cup and Champions league, whereas Hilario only appeared in the Community Shield.), and in the 2011-12 season Turnbull ended up with more appearances.
  14. Robert Green

    When was the last time we had a 3rd choice keeper play for us in a competitive match? It was Henrique Hilario on August 27th, 2011 vs Norwich in the Premier League. There is plenty of criticism that can be launched at the board over transfers, but this isn't one of them.
  15. General Transfer Talk

    This is what happens when you buy bang average players. The only clubs interested in these types of players are mid-table level clubs. The problem is that both players are on nice wages and Chelsea will want to recoup most of the money that we paid for them, so no mid-table level club will want to make a move. Spending 25m+ on Drinkwater would be absurd for clubs like Watford, Newcastle, or Crystal Palace. He's just not good enough. Zappacosta is much the same. There are plenty of full-backs at a similar level that could be purchased for a much lower fee.