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Everything posted by ja1

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Fikayo Tomori

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

    Sounds great, lucky you. Forgive me for being nosy but any particularly interesting anecdotes or points from him?
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    He has had good games against both City and Tottenham. Alonso even against weak opposition tends to still be poor.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    I also thought he was bit more aggressive in defence last night which was good. He was better than Azpi in one on ones and pressing them into mistakes. He is also good at playing it out. More than one move yday started out with him doing quite smart interplay in our own third. i do like him and maintain he has potential, however I do sometimes wanna shove a rocket up his arse, yesterday he was pretty good but I think he could be better..sometimes his movement is odd, still overall of course an improvement on Alonso and I think he should start for remainder of season. I also think a number of games in our side with Hazard, with RLC will improve his game further. just to divulge bit further about his movement, a player like him should be making best use of space I feel. And tbf this may be tactical, but sometimes the space is ahead of him and he doesn’t make the run or doesn’t take the player on, even though he is pacy and good at dribbling. This could also be a confidence thing as well, hence why increased gametime could help. If you watch Andy Robertson, who is really good, he’s not actually insanely talented well not like Kimmich or Marcelo he just does everything quickly, on the front foot, and excellent stamina (one of the best in PL) to dominate left hand side, that is what Emerson needs to improve further.
  18. Reece James

    Is this the official team of the season or just a BBC one?
  19. Reece James

    Longer James highlights video
  20. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Yeah he did play ok last night, he did well defensively but poor offensively although a couple of decent long balls to Hazard and Pedro respectively. The power of competition eh. I do wonder now whether Sarri will keep rotating (that would be very un-Sarri like actually though he does do that in wing positions and Kova position) or does he think Alonso is now played back in form as his first XI LB and keep him in side?
  21. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Two of those assists were him getting fouled in the box
  22. 3. Marcos Alonso

    And other fans try and convince themselves the only thing he has over Alonso is pace.
  23. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Yeah that ‘he still thinks’ was still actually quite worrying, does he think Alonso is just out of form and Emerson is the short term stop gap?
  24. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Another fine performance from him. His best defensive performance yet. This man still has room to grow, he has potential, and is already an improvement on Alonso. Not sure why he’s getting written off by some.
  25. Reece James

    I think after a strong, 30 game + season in a top flight league James will be at the point where he HAS to be brought through, if that makes sense, the club/manager will have little-no excuse not to play him. It shouldn’t be like that but it would guarantee him game time and a fair chance