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About Superblue_1986

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  • Birthday 09/23/1986

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Gloucester
  • Fan Since 1992
  • First Match Chelsea 0 - 3 Arsenal
  • Memory I went to the 1997 and 2000 FA Cup finals.

    Obviously the title winning campaigns and celebrations have also been fantastic.
  • Interests Chelsea obviously.
    American Football (New Orleans Saints)
    Playing on PS3
    Spending time with the wife and daughter

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  1. General Transfer Talk

    Reports this morning that Chelsea have asked Leicester for Slimani on loan.
  2. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    I think the biggest issue with upgrading our wing backs at the moment is the uncertainty with Conte. Because there wasn't great commitment in the summer, the club may have felt it was too risky to spend lots of money on wing backs only for Conte to leave and a new manager wanting to revert to a back 4. Alonso and Moses are not capable enough defensively to play as full backs week in week out (they could fill in sometimes but shouldn't be regulars). Zappacosta would be the same also. Therefore the club needs to be careful with this. Ideally buying players which are capable of playing as both a full back and wing back will be the best solution but again I don't think there are huge numbers around that are available and can play both roles so effectively.
  3. General Transfer Talk

    I think Arsenal have managed to do pretty well out of the pending Sanchez deal. Given Sanchez can walk for free in 6 months time they've effectively been able to replace him for nothing. Ok, they are different players but if Arsenal can get Miki playing how he was at Dortmund he'll chip in with his fair share of goals which they would lose with Sanchez. I think Miki will prove to be a better player at Arsenal where he'll be given more freedom in his role compared to at United where he's expected to be more rigid under Jose.
  4. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    I agree. For me Kante is the best around with regards to what he does and his abilities allow us to play a two man midfield and not be overrun by three man midfields which of course gives us more options higher up the pitch. A world class B2B would be perfect for us, and in theory having spent £75m in the summer on Drinkwater and Bakayoko that could have been done, whilst retaining Loftus Cheek as an extra option for midfield or even digging our heels in and keeping Chalobah for another year (seeing as we sold him for such a measly fee anyway). I'm also a fan of Alonso given how well he's done under such little expectations and how Moses has developed but there are clearly better options available on both wing back sides which could have been addressed properly in the summer too. I think two world class full backs/wing backs would also make a big difference.
  5. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    I think a Bakayoko that played for Monaco last season would be suited to it, but he's nowhere near that level currently. I also don't think it completely depends on those two, but other players around them too. If the intention is for two midfielders who can get around the pitch, up and down, pressing and breaking up play, then I agree you need creativity in there too somewhere. But two in midfield gives the two in front complete freedom to drift around. I know Brighton are hardly a great team but Willian and Hazard seemed to flourish today having the freedom to float around and come deep at times to pick the ball up. There should also be a creative expectation on the wing backs to create chances too. At the moment, I don't think its just our midfield but other areas of the pitch that also need either improving or tactically tweaking to get more.
  6. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Agreed but with Drinkwater and Fabregas out injured we don't have much choice but to play him at the moment. Conte has played 3 in midfield a lot this season too and we just haven't had enough midfielders fit to drop him. I personally think we look so much better in a 3-4-3 and our players are more suited to it. Reverting back to that formation will likely give chances to rest him when others are back fit.
  7. Edin Dzeko

    Agreed. We can't base game time compared to Bats, or the likes of Remy in the past because the drop off between them and our first choice striker has been so high, that managers have been reluctant to rotate too much up front. There will no longer be that drop off between Dzeko and Morata. Both have different playing styles which will hopefully suit different situations and give Conte options but I wouldn't worry seeing either of the two starting games or replacing the other during a game.
  8. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    I don't think it's that people were particularly impressed with him in comparison to other players today, but I do feel that the last two games have shown improvement compared to recent weeks. I said the same after the Norwich game, and I stand by it again after today, I'm pleased that he seems to be growing in confidence. He was getting on the ball today and showing himself for it. It sounds ridiculous really, but his confidence has look shot in recent weeks. He's looked abysmal on the ball and been scared to receive it. A lot of his passes have been simple in the last couple of games but its important he goes back to basics, works hard and shows the strength of character to play himself out of the dreadful form he's been in. I do feel like he is taking these steps. In the long term we should all expect far more from him given the amount of money invested in him. But he's young and clearly taking time to adapt to a new league (remembering also he joined after surgery in the summer and was rushed back to play), and hopefully a little time and patience will see him still develop into the player we all hope he will be.
  9. Fernando Llorente

    Not to mention that they have one of the best strikers in the world currently, so anytime they have to replace Kane it will be a huge drop off in quality and goal threat.
  10. Edin Dzeko

    Yeah I'd take this all day long given who we have been linked with recently. He's never had pace so won't lose it as he gets older, and if anything has got even better at Roma. He would take huge pressure off of Morata at the moment and give us two strikers both good enough to start (and a proper dual striking threat in a 3-5-2). And I could see Roma giving Bats good game time at a high level if he moves the other way on loan.
  11. Andy Carroll

    Looking forward to tomorrow's £50m bid for Benteke as the fall-back option...
  12. Emerson Palmieri

    I know mate, I completely understand your view on it. I agree about Andy Carroll, and cannot understand why we are after him. But for example if the club has decided that we could use him as an option whilst we're short in attack this season, I would much rather we negotiated a loan deal for the rest of the season than buy him outright and then he can go back to West Ham and we can buy someone better in the summer who will more likely be available or cheaper to buy then. And IF he was a success then we have the option then of buying him. I agree though the whole transfer business over the last three summers has been abysmal, apart from Kante. Even players that have done well like Pedro and Alonso were brought late in the window and either seemed to be panic buys or far from first choice selections.
  13. Emerson Palmieri

    Plenty of big clubs do similar deals, loan with an option to buy (isn't that what Bayern had with Coman?), but it just doesn't seem to happen in England. I guess other teams look at the money in the league and want a straight deal. The idea would be for the club to get him in properly ourselves on loan and try him out - has he recovered from his ACL, or has he lost a yard of pace? Does he adapt to the league? If he does then we have an agreement in place that we can benefit from buying a good player for a reasonable fee. If he doesn't then we haven't really lost anything. Like Pato or Falcao, can you imagine if we actually brought them and were still stuck with them? I'd rather a loan in place with an option to buy when there are huge question marks as opposed to outlaying on him. And if Barca knock us out of the Champions League, and only 2 games left in the league cup, we could be back to playing one game a week for the rest of the season so if he is no good, Alonso will still be in a position to play more often than not.
  14. Andy Carroll

    Is it not one game ban each for Pedro and Morata? Both were second booking offences which I thought was only one game.
  15. Chelsea 1-1 Norwich

    The one positive for me tonight was actually Bakayoko. He wasn't anything particularly special or ripped up trees but for the first time since his debut against Spurs, he looked solid and trustworthy. He did the basics and did them well in the first 10-15 minutes and seemed to grow into the game. A couple of passes went wayward but as things went on he seemed to grow in confidence and I feel he outperformed Drinkwater in the midfield. The most obvious example of his confidence was that he seemed to be in and around the ball regularly making himself available for the pass and wanting it. i haven't seen that from him in recent weeks, he's seemed scared to get on the ball where his confidence has been so low. As I said solid over spectacular but certainly a marked improvement over recent performances and hopefully one he can build upon, because we desperately need some of our players to kick back into form.