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Everything posted by BlueLyon

  1. Nicolas Pepe

    Nothing new here... Lille was ready to sell and they already agreed with Lyon back in summer, but Pepe didnt want to move to further develop himself.
  2. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    IMO he has done all the right steps forward. Last year at Palace, he was great. Enough to warrant him place with England, so far he made some positive impressions in given chances. At Chelsea, he again improved over last few months, his workrate has improved and he finaly looks like he gives a shit when playing, that was one thing I hated about him. Talent was always there and now he is going up with his mentality. We all scream for youth to be given chances, but as soon they get couple games (if that), they get criticised into oblivion. Its a process that might take couple years with some players. Some explode at 18 like Messi, Mbappe, Fabregas,...some are late bloomers. We should give RLC two seasons at chelsea with enough matches and then see what will happen. I always though we dont trust youth enough. For example, Kovacic came here and instantly became starter. Due to good form of RLC and Barkley, spot is open. But who knows if how would RLC play if he was given week in week out matches? Including big games? He might suck in some, but so did Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante or any other midfielder. Thing is his ceiling is high and he has room to improve. I dont get excited and hype players generaly, but I have big hopes for RLC. If he wont have playtime here, he will eventualy play for other big team.
  3. Isco

    Unless Eden leaves, no point in having two players who love to haggle on ball and dribble. One is fine, but not two. Also there is a reason Isco isnt a regular. He looks super player and realy fancy on the ball with those tricks, but does absolute fuck all in 80% of the time he plays.
  4. 12. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Probably lacks in tactical understanding, positioning, offside traps,... Besides he is more useful in middle with his powerful runs. He can be extremely useful carrying ball forward with his strenght, pace and technical qualities. Has good shot too, so its quite unpredictable for defenders. If he develops well, he is going to be some player.
  5. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Again, the board just showed how clueless they are when they extended Alonso contract from 3 to 5 years.
  6. Nicolas Pepe

    IMO he isnt ready for top team. I watch most of lille games and last year he was dragging them above the relegation along Thiago Mendes. This year he continues his development, but along better teammates. Thing is, he isnt very hard working and when he isnt in form, he offers almost nothing in those games. That said Lille is a joy to watch. Him and Bamba are great this season. But they arent ready for top team yet IMO.
  7. Paul Pogba

  8. General Transfer Talk

    I gotta disagree. Its all about promoting youth. What pisses me off is that we buy fucking Drinkwaters instead of trusting our youth players. We have Tomori, James, Mount, CHO, Ampadu plus Barkley and RLC. Add 3rd GK and we are set. But the board will buy some dead average players on inflated english fees instead. Only exceptions would be Ramsey who is free or someone like Sancho, Lookman or Chillwell who look like real deals.
  9. 10. Eden Hazard

    Agree but I would prefer we get someone before Hazard leaves, so the transition will be easier. Having no "star" player will push us at least one place further down. We are not Eden Fc and will continue to play at top level after he leaves, but there is no denying he is by far our best player and brings 1/3rd of points per season easily. If we want to win any title or even finish top 4 anytime soon, he has to stay. He is simply that important even if people dont see it. What makes us serioud title contender is another player like Hazard. Costa was that in some spells, but now we dont have anyone else. Solution to a better team will be to bring more Hazard level players, not selling him to buy 2 promising ones. And in the end we dont need to sell Eden to generate money for another star player either. There is enough cash to spend already and plenty of deadwood to get rid of if we need more money. That said, idealy I would understand Hazard sale, establishing CHO in his role and strenghten other areas too, a process that would take few years like you said, but it would pay off. However the club is a mess at the top and I dont believe they can pull off something like that. They lack knowledge, trust and belief in our youth to do it. At best we would throw all cash at couple players and pray sarri makes them work or fire him if he doesnt. Rinse and repeat.
  10. 10. Eden Hazard

    And what makes you think our board will get proper replacements? Liverpool has 3 TOP attackers. City has even more. We have Eden. Even with him, we should still aim to get two players next to him on similar level. But the board is happy with what we have. If Hazard leaves, at best we will spend shitload of cash on ONE new player. And then pray he turns good. We did the same with Costa who was replaced by Morata. And Matic with Bakayoko. If people think we will suddenly sign two top players to make a better team if Hazard leaves, they are living in fantasy world. We wont be able to attract the likes of Dybala or Griezmann, so we will target someone a level below that. And he is still going to be expensive as shit and the outcome might be either a positve or another Morata scenario. In the later case, we would be screwed. So yeah, for the moment the best for the club is if Hazard stays and Chelsea decides to actualy buy someone on similar level to Hazard, something we should have done years ago.
  11. Brighton - Chelsea

    I kind of accepted it when he plays on rw because he is clearly better on left. But today was his same old average and he played in his preffered spot. Not cool.
  12. Brighton - Chelsea

    RLC is much better talent than Barkley. I dont know how people didnt see it. But performances recently finaly show it for everyone to see. Only player that has both phyisical and technical qualities. With some more polishing, he will be good player and hopefuly we dont regress him into squad filler but full first 11 material. Alonso was realy poor, but that challenge in the end was right one or March would be 1v1 with kepa. Also Soton winning vs arse. Hasenhutll already showing his worth.
  13. Brighton - Chelsea

    Pedro, Willian, Hazard again. Great. Thank god Sarri is going with new approach, Im surprised he didnt do it earlier.
  14. 10. Eden Hazard

    We couldnt even replace Costa who was lesser player than Hazard and only turned up for half a season. Sure there are players in other teams and we could improve the team even if Hazard leaves. Similar to what Liverpool did after Suarez left. Now they might not have a player as good as him, but much better team and manager. Unfortunately our board is wack and if we lose Hazard it will took 5 years before we turn it around.
  15. Christian Pulisic

    Alassane Plea is also doing great in germany. Lw atm, but should be even better as striker.
  16. General Transfer Talk

    Speaking of CBs, what about Eder Militao?
  17. Videoton 2-2 Chelsea

    Mildly dissapointed with Rlc, Barkley, Christensen performance. Dont realy care for regular starters like Willian in such game because they are already established. But for up and coming players, even and especialy games like these are where you prove yourself and show growth to manager. Always 110% even in a shit game like tonight. But RLC, Barkley, Christensen didnt try hard enough. How are you supposed to get in first 11 then? How can you even claim for more play time if in the given playtime, you dont put 110% effort?
  18. Nicolo Barella

    I feel our players hang on the ball too long. Try to dribble and stop the play instead of passing fluidly. Not sure how Barella fits this but Aouar is definately the better pick in keeping possesion under pressure and quick pass'n'move. Barella despite his size is very agressive and hard player which I like. Whoever Sarri thinks will suit us more. Considering we will sell Fabregas, Bakayoko, Drinkwater and maybe not buy Kovacic, either two of Aouar, Ndombele or Barella would be great. Kante, Jorgi, RLC, Barkley and two more would make our midfield seriously competitive.
  19. Edinson Cavani

    We need a clinical striker that will take out teams like Wolverhampton, Everton,... Cavani is on the old side, but I would have no complaints with this transfer. Any good striker is better than our current lot and ending 4th or 5th will depend on quality of our striker.
  20. Elseid Hysaj

    As far as I know, in spain, you can either pursue justice on court or in more "family" matter. At least for first offence in specific situations. In this case Alonso and victim family cooperated and there was no need for criminal pursue. I believe if the family of victim wouldnt cooperate, Alonso would face more severe punishment.
  21. Christian Pulisic

    Yes its possible indeed. But its also possible he still goes to Liverpool or some team and improves them greatly.
  22. Christian Pulisic

    We dont need true winger aka someone who can cross or drift in middle. We need someone who is good on the ball in tight spaces, can pass and score. At least not in Sarri system and if we tried false 9, as I suggested. Our play will become more and more dominant under Sarri, as opposed to counter attacking football and therefore superfast direct wingers arent as important as techicaly superior all round ones like Fekir, Hazard, Insigne,...
  23. Christian Pulisic

    IMO we should go for Fekir who is left footed, has physicality to play in PL, can score goals, has prime years ahead, but isnt completely green like Pulisic. Also most importantly, he can keep possesion and play in tight space which is perfect for Sarri football. Unless there is some real injury concern in the background, I dunno why arent we going after him (lyon president said we were in talks but we stopped pursuit). We might aswell take risk with false 9 because there isnt single quality striker available (Icardi too expensive, Suarez and Lewa wont move,...). Depay, Richarlison,...maybe it could work under Sarri. And the best bit is versatility since Fekir and even Hazard can play uptop or either flank, so there would be alot of movement and fluidity.
  24. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Lewandowski in early years was donkey on the ball too, but he improved massively. He is no Ronaldo, but he is more than good on the ball.
  25. Videoton 2-2 Chelsea