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Everything posted by ja1

  1. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    good work from the man
  2. 9. Tammy Abraham

    I’ve always been a fan of Tammy and thought he could do a job for any top team as a squad player - but watching him I think he has some potential to be a starting striker for a top 6 team..I am not sure if he’ll reach that potential but it is worth starting him this season to further gauge him. Either way we should probably buy a new striker next summer, but the type of striker we bring in could depend on how Tammy does. I’ve always rated his ability to get goals in any way possible (Bats has a bit of this as well, opportunistic, poacher like qualities), how hard working and tenacious he is and that he is actually quite decent at hold up play already, hence I always thought he’d be a great asset to any PL squad, even top teams. However he’s developed other parts of his game since Bristol City, which seems time ago now. For instance, I’d always been wary that, for a striker, his shooting technique from anything over 15-20 yards was quite poor unusually. Wasn’t strong at laces or curlers. It seems he’s developed that part to his game, the goals he has scored against Norwich are soooo much more varied than the Bristol City goals, that shot against United that hit the post. Even Villa he scored some nice goals that I just don’t think he’d have scored at Bristol or Swansea. He’s not great a always striking ball cleanly but that rate of development is encouraging. He is also turning into a unique striker who is not only capable of holding ball up, is 6”5 but can also run in behind and can be a threat running at defences. I am very interested to see how he develops.
  3. Ethan Ampadu

    It is early times but yes it was such a random loan. Logically, why would they play him. They have great depth in DM and CB. It feels like, sometimes, both English teams and fans think they can send any young player, no matter how inexperienced, to a Bundesliga club that isn’t Munich/Dortmund and they’ll be automatically due for a great loan (Oxford, Smith Rowe). A bit of arrogance and naivety about it. Mount, Abraham built up from low levels to get to first team now, I am not sure why they gave this aggressive loan to Ampadu when he just needs to play. A Championship loan would be perfect, give him a 40 game + season to work with.
  4. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    He created a good number of chances, Christensen’s was one of the best of the match.
  5. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Although he is 25 it is quite unusual that he has only made 127 appearances at club level, all competitions - only 79 league appearances!
  6. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Two quality goals today
  7. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    I made a comment midway through second half of last season that Emerson would be so much better if he developed a bit of confidence, aggression and proactiveness to his game - and how Andy Robertson does that really well. Tbh I thought it would come soon enough with being more comfortable as he got more games under Sarri but it never did..under Lampard now it seems to have come and he looks so improved. In attack and defence. In fact perhaps his defence is the most impressive improvement. Only two games but looking good. I also agree that in last two games he has been good everywhere other than final ball..but it also shows that to be a strong full back it’s not just the crossing..eg with Azpi and Alonso their poor crossing wasn’t the only thing hindering them. With Emerson he’s still able to support the attack quickly, break lines and interchange play quickly. And he plays out from back well. Maybe/hopefully the final ball comes. Still, in last two games he has hit crossbar, tested ‘keeper (against United), created the Pulisic offside goal and I believe scored his third pen in a shootout for us now, while injured, good effort.
  8. Ben Chilwell

    I have heard Nuno Tavares at Benfica is one to watch.
  9. Ethan Ampadu

    Not really sure about this. Going to the Championship I think would’ve been a better bet. He needs to just play at this point in his career - in fact I think he should’ve gone on loan even if just for 6 months last January to get him the ‘kickstart’ he needs appearance wise in senior football. I just do not see how he can ever get significant gametime in midfield or CB with the competition RB Leipzig have there. Why would a CL level club play him over their talent? And if fans/the club think he is good enough as he’s that good a talent..well he should have stayed here if that was the case. I hope he proves me wrong and someone like Christensen did literally go from academy player to Mochengladbach starter so it is possible but I see this going similar to Smith Rowe or Oxford getting Bundesliga loans when it’s obvious they’re not going to get the gametime they need.
  10. Ola Aina

    Considering we’ve invested in Zappacosta, Emerson and Marcos Alonso in last four years from Serie A it’s hardly unrealistic the club would go after Aina.
  11. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Interestingly only linked with Moses but not Alonso. After his first season there were of course those heavy links with Sandro but not really any strong links for first choice RWBs.
  12. 3. Marcos Alonso

    He’d definitely work in Liverpool’s system, and he’d probably be used at RB for City as well, though in aware Pep originally used him in midfield. At Barce he would definitely start at RB over what they have. He still has a good record for Germany and mainly has played RB for them more than anywhere else.
  13. 24. Reece James

    He is listed as 5”11 which is probs accurate..that pic looks like he could be 5”10 but can’t see what their feet are going and Luiz’s hair can exaggerate things.
  14. 24. Reece James

    I don’t think James is slow at all but not lightning quick, similar to TAA although James seems better at carrying the ball.
  15. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Costa didn’t, unless at his very best where he did make a few goals through beating players on front foot. But there’s a reason why literally all of his goals for Atletico and Chelsea came inside the box.
  16. 29. Fikayo Tomori

    His development has been nice to watch, he has a lot of good qualities in his locker. He is quite two footed and comfortable playing ball out, extremely quick and hard to beat one on one. He reminds me of Joe Gomez in style. To me he seems a little mistake prone, or at least earlier in the season he was, particularly with aerial balls. A common phrase but if he irons them out, I’m sure he could be a Chelsea player one day - though most likely as a squad player. Next step would be top 5 league loan, maybe in the Premier League but I wouldn’t mind him going to Germany, maybe even on a 2 year deal. I think this type of stability would suit his development. I doubt it’s on the cards though, more likely he goes PL.
  17. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Emerson has been average as opposed to Alonso being truly awful. Last night he wasn’t an issue, poor crossing but good energy levels and still found RLC, Higuain multiple times in the box. We attacked many times down our left with him. 6/10 performance. I think there’s a lot of negative hyperbole with him, I concede he’s not the answer as starting LB going forward but, for instance I think in his recent run in the team he’s done better than Azpilicueta.
  18. 29. Fikayo Tomori

    https://twitter.com/fikayotomori_/status/1117133429877944321?s=21 Tomori wins Derby supporters’ player of the season
  19. Mikel John Obi

    Sounds great, lucky you. Forgive me for being nosy but any particularly interesting anecdotes or points from him?
  20. 3. Marcos Alonso

    @RobchelsTonight’s game from Alonso was a perfect example that reflects both our points of view discussed on the Emerson thread haha
  21. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    This would work if Alonso was good at football, eg. Good at crossing, passing, ball control, dribbling aka yes the classic things that a LB should be good at. Giving Alonso freedom may work better in 3 at the back but not with 4, he’s been at other teams of Leicester standard and been completely average as he is now. Sarri tried exactly what you’re saying this at the start of the season, probably under the impression/myth that Alonso is good attacking full back, similar what what he did at Napoli. Alonso had full freedom to attack and goalhang, Azpi became basically 3rd CB and if he did overlap, Alonso was allowed to stay in the box. It doesn’t work as pushing Alonso up doesn’t lead to more chances being created down the left as you expect with a good attacking LB, he just goes into the box. Attacks break down leaving us very open. Sarri reverted back to a more even attacking contribution after maybe 5-10 games. If Azpi overlaps and Alonso is in the box, he goes back to Lb position. HT against United when Rashford kept taking advantage of the space Alonso leaves behind while doing nothing going forward is when I think this started. Recently against Everton Sarri tried the early season tactic again, probably again under the belief that Alonso, who he believes or at least has said is one of the best LBs in the world, was back in form after a goal and assist vs Kiev. Again it just didn’t work, and Everton win. Sarri’s tactics at Napoli where the LB was more attacking, fits Emerson’s profile more than Alonso.
  22. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Emerson since joining Chelsea has a goal or assist every 525 minutes. Alonso in same time has one every 487 minutes so it clearly is on par. Some things such as Alonso being taller and a better threat from corners as opposed to Emerson who stays back at halfway line and Alonso’s fees kicks are things that have little - no baring on how good they are as a LB. Alonso probably has more ‘contributions’ than Cole did and yet it’s clear that Cole is better, comparing LBs purely on contributions and not on how well they play at LB seems a little short sighted. I appreciate there are different gauges on how one can perceive a game but with respect I think it’s a very shallow view / black and white to say that x played had a good game because they won a header even if the performance was terrible and another player has a better performance, is involved with good moves but it isn’t a good game because there no clear contribution as defined by goals or assists.. And also it is not just about offensive measures, Alonso is poor defensively and has been at fault for many goals going against us. Emerson has not been much better on the most part but, for example, he had a good game defensively against Brighton. He also had a good defensive game against City. This all contributes as well to him having a good game, imo. If Alonso is getting torn apart by a winger for the whole 90 minutes, slows our play down the left hand side going forward and wastes the ball from wide areas but happens to head the ball across the box from a set piece for another player to convert it’s still not a good game for me. Against Brighton Emerson started multiple attacks from either smart/quick interplay in our own third or pressing the opposition into mistakes in middle/final third - Alonso is simply not capable of this, and an example of how it goes deeper than just how many goals/assists they get. Emerson in the final minute of the Spurs cup game created a fantastic chance for Giroud by dribbling past their RB and putting in a 40 yard cross to his feet, again, Alonso is just not capable of that, and part of why I described Emerson’s game against Tottenham as good.
  23. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    He has had good games against both City and Tottenham. Alonso even against weak opposition tends to still be poor.
  24. 19. Mason Mount

    RB Leipzig good for young players but he’d still have his work cut out to force his way into their XI. Most suited to the attacking midfield two of their 4-2-2-2.
  25. 24. Reece James

    I very much used to feel like that. Added to this he has some very good options for PL loan. West Ham, Brighton, Palace (if AWB goes) he probably goes almost straight into first XI. However Sarri has started to improve his rotation slowly but surely with the more talented back ups, Emerson, CHO, RLC good examples and so maybe James does have a decent chance of making 20-30 apps. Im still very much wary of us bringing him back to make no league appearances and only start early rounds of cup matches but less wary than I was during Winter time.