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Everything posted by akgw13

  1. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    Quick Example, then back to Kovacic I promise. An Article from Forbes describing an NFL contract. "For ease’s sake, take former journeyman quarterback Matt Flynn. The Seahawks signed Flynn to a three-year deal reportedly worth $19.5-million prior to the 2012 season. The contract contained a $6-million signing bonus, with two of the three years possessing a fully guaranteed base salary of $2-million per season. In all reality, Flynn inked a three-year, $10-million contract with the potential for the balance of the reported value based on the third year’s status as a non-guaranteed amount. To say NFL player contracts are team friendly would be an understatement, evidenced in this case by Seattle dealing Flynn to Oakland just one year into the deal. Since the Raiders elected not to restructure the contract negotiated in Seattle and acquired Flynn via trade, Oakland became liable for second season’s $2-million in guaranteed money. Mark Davis’ camp cut Flynn after the 2013 season and the former LSU quarterback, like the countless others every year in the NFL, did not see a dime of the remaining $9.5-million in the final year, or “contract year.”
  2. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    Lets say someone signs a 4 year 50 million dollar deal. There will be a signing bonus, performance bonuses, and Salary. Not all of that Salary will reach the player unless he stays for the entirety of that contract or he is a massively important player, but if he were to get hurt in the 2nd year, NFL teams always find a way out from having to pay them. The first 100% guaranteed NFL contract was signed this off season for Kirk Cousins (Quarterback), only a quarterback would be able to get a fully guaranteed deal. But unless you're a super star or a Quarterback odds are your deal massively underpays you for the physical toll and once you get hurt, if its serious enough, the team will find a way to cut you and save money to the salary cap. Also, because there is so many cost controlled young players coming in each year with the draft, the average NFL career is like 3-5 seasons because the second there is a cheaper solution, the NFL teams go with it. Why pay a veteran Running Back 8 million when you can draft a new fresh young guy and pay him 1 million. Whereas in the NHL or NBA, the moment you sign all of your money is coming to you no matter what. An NBA player signs a 5 year 220million dollar deal, that entire amount is guaranteed. A hockey player this week signed an 8 year 50million dollar deal, no matter what happens to him he gets all of that money. (Also, NHL players make the least, NBA players make the most of any North American professional athlete) EPL Teams operate the same way as NHL/MLB/NBA
  3. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    Being in North America, its been interesting lately. The violence and concussion issue is definitely messing with people but it is so ingrained in American culture(mainly middle/southern america) that they just churn out new players every year. The biggest thing is contracts are not guaranteed, so once a player becomes expendable he is gone. Especially with Trump going at the players for their protests and negative publicity its curious to watch their fall vs the rise of the NBA. Either way every NFL team is essentially worth 1B plus and are cranking out new stadiums, Americans don't care they just want their football.
  4. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    He was highly rated and an important player for Roma before he got hurt, plus he is much faster than Alonso which is important for a Sarri fullback. Also has much better dribbling, Alonso obviously far superior on goals.
  5. Ola Aina

    Chelsea seemed to have learned their lesson in regards to this, we have been putting lots of buy back options into the young player deals and selling them below potential market value. I would rather they operate like that, sell with Buy back option as opposed to the constant loaning and uncertainty.
  6. Alex Telles

    Alonso was good in his Wingback role, he is still adapting to the fullback position and I think his physical limitations will hurt us against proper teams. During the first half while under pressure Alonso was consistently caught up the field while also never really presenting himself as an overlapping attacker. Perhaps its down to him not fully comprehending his role just yet, but he is extremely slow footed which will cause us issues with 4 at the back. I hope Emerson will establish himself as the first choice, if he does than we would not needed Telles, as of now though obviously has not.
  7. Alex Telles

    Anyone else think Telles in January could happen if Alonso/Emerson are a weak spot?
  8. Chelsea v Arsenal

    I am on team CHO but Willian/Pedro looked good enough that I believe we will start the same lineup. I don't know when but Sarri is going to lose patience with Alonso and replace him. I know he drew the penalty on saturday but in the first half for me he looked terrible. Huddersfield didn't have the skills to hurt us, but arsenal will. He barely overlapped and played constant back passes. I could stomach him as Wingback but not as fullback, and also not as partner with Azpi as he was not attacking either. I don't know what Emerson is doing but he needs to make his case to start asap. That is my mini Alonso rant, he is so frustrating for me. But yes basically, Same starting lineup. Maybe Hazard will come on at halftime or 60' to cause some problems. I expect Kovacic on the bench but probably wont make an appearance unless it is the type Hazard just made at 75'-80' to get a run in. Both teams are adapting to new coaches and new styles, we seem to have adapted quicker but we all know Arsenal can be a tricky bitch. I am confident we can get a good result with the support of the home crowd.
  9. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    I agree i am being too optimistic but at this stage but its all i/we can be. I think some of your points are fair, but the reason i am holding out optimism is we are adapting to a newer friendly striker style which will take time. at the beginning of last season we all were marveling at Morata, he started like he was shot out of a cannon. He has the talent inside and we have seen it, its all mental right now. If he stunk for the entirety of last year rather than just the 2nd half I would be right there with you. But basically he is who we have got, I am choosing to be extremely optimistic as I don't see the point in starting the season of in a negative mindset about a player who we absolutely need to perform. I believe in fresh starts, new manager - new season - new number. If he can get a goal in the next couple of games he might be reinvigorated and drop some weight from his shoulders. I understand majority of people won't agree with this, but I am just trying to believe in him for the sake of the team and him as a player. I try to always be logical but in his case I am going to throw(Edit:typo) it out the window for a month or two. Just gotta believe!
  10. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    I disagree with the attitude point, I thought he showed a good attitude. He worked hard in pressing when he could and didn't have any limp falls. Obviously those of us who are trying to support him are grasping at admittedly weaker straws but he has to start somewhere. If we are still praising just his effort in a month than I will start to give up, until then I think we need to look for these little positives.
  11. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    Agreed, the easy criticism will always be he didnt score. Once he gets one that should quiet it down for a bit. I thought he worked hard and had a positive game. There is obviously a massive confidence issue with him but as you said I didnt see any of those egregious fall downs. He ran hard and worked in the system, positive first game for me as well. The dude just needs a goal so damn badly.
  12. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Agreed, It was a decision he needed to make to show his intent. Once the games start coming fast and furious he will be playing alot and in a system that suits his skillset. He looked to move the ball forward a bit quicker than Barkley on saturday. Obviously came on when huddersfield was tired but still, if he can build a bit each time he is on the pitch thats a positive for the team. Talk about an overhaul of our midfield from weakness to strength.
  13. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    I hope Sarri finally will replace Alonso with Emerson so when we are fully fit our left side is Emerson - Kovacic - Hazard. That is a pretty terrifying left side of skill, trickery, and pace.
  14. Michy Batshuayi

    Agreed, he probably wanted assurances that Sarri could not provide. The striker structure actually makes sense this way, all we need is Morata to pot a few goals so people believe in him. Morata as main starter for Prem games, Giroud as super sub, Tammy for Europa league and lower division cup games. Michy would have wanted Prem minute assurances. Sad to see him go as I thought he could have broken through, but its understandable. Plus the false 9 possibility as well which gets 3/4 of CHO/Hazard/Pedro/Willian on the field together as a different look.
  15. Michy Batshuayi

    I think false 9 will be a serious option. Pedro or Hazard can play in that role. Fluidity and flexibility across attackers is key for Sarri. He likes his forwards to drop deep anyways. Could mean more time for CHO on the wing as well.
  16. 19. Tammy Abraham

    Massive faith has been put in Tammy this year, lets hope he produces and shows he belongs!
  17. Michy Batshuayi

    Twitter report - Looks as though Chelsea and Valencia have reached a loan agreement for Bats. Seems like a mistake for me, Sarri must really rate Tammy.
  18. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I think you're spot on, except Musonda. Feels like he is going out on loan, he didn't feature in pre season at all. If Michy goes out on loan(looking likely) Tammy will stay and be the Europa League/Cup match starter. Giroud will operate as super sub to both Morata(prem starter) & Tammy.
  19. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    Sarri mentioned when the WC players came back we can afford 1-2 in the XI. It is the first game of the season, Hazard & Kante simply have to start for me. Hazard might even be playing his first game as Captain. Smash them early and take them off at 60-75 mins. Pedro has been our best (senior/CHO has been but plays left) attacker and plays the right side, I think he starts ahead of Willian. Prediction: 3-0 Chelsea. Goals: Morata, Hazard, Barkley. I'm feeling optimistic!
  20. 29. Álvaro Morata

    Since Morata is here for another year, lets try to support him a little bit. I know its hard and he has not helped his case in 2018 but lets just blindly believe and maybe he will pull it off! 1) 2017 Morata had 12 goals before NYE. 2) No longer playing as an isolated over matched target man. 3) Sarri system of movement and passing suits him better than Contes 4) Proper midfield linking with the attackers now so they aren't as isolated 5) Full summer to get healthy + happy at home with birth of his twins. 6) Strikers are pure confidence players, we saw confidence Morata(2017) and no confidence (2018) an early goal this season could bring back his 2017 form! I am not a Morata fan boy, I am not ignoring his recent form, I am simply trying to be positive and support one of our players who needs it.
  21. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I am confident in our top 4 charge. However I view City and Liverpool as the clear 1/2. I'd expect Us 3rd followed by Spurs or United. A successful season to me is implementing sarri style successfully, re-signing Hazard & Kante, securing Champions league football. We could take the momentum of Hazard/Sarri/CL into the summer and continue with focused QUALITY buying.
  22. Nabil Fekir

    Could you imagine the madness if we got the deal sheet in. I don't think its him though. Could be any number of people, the team is taking photos right now.
  23. Nabil Fekir

    Was just about to edit my original post, he followed that tweet up by saynig OL wanted 80m Euro and we were ready to talk to negotiate but we didnt have an agreement with Fekir so no point progressing.
  24. Nabil Fekir

    Francois Piraux on twitter said Fekir turned down the opportunity to join, We were ready to pay amount requested and OL president was open to negotiation. Move was rejected from Fekir. Lack of Champs league hurt us on that one for sure.
  25. General Transfer Talk

    Successful Window for me, all things considered. We solved our Goalkeeper position, brought in an immensely important midfielder, loaned a potentially dynamic midfielder and brought in the coach who convinced them all with Europa League football to join. Goalkeepers: Kepa, Willy, Green Defenders: Azpi, Zappacosta, Christensen, Rudiger, Luiz, Ampadu, Emerson, Alonso, Moses(? might be loaned, might be an attacker) Midfielders: Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Drinkwater, Fabregas Attackers: Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Hudson-Odoi Strikers: Morata, Giroud, Tammy Abraham (expecting the Bats-Valencia loan) Our main concern is goals, I hope Morata finds his form and some confidence cause if he does we are rolling. Happy to see a nice youth imprint on the team as well. Tammy, Hudson-Odoi & RLC can hopefully produce and prove they belong.