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Everything posted by Robchels

  1. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Give it time... makes sense, thanks for the clarification.
  2. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    While you may have a knack for data analysis form your profession, you’d still lack time and focus, which the professionals who do this for a living have in abundance. I think it’s also an issue with the quality of the data. They have access to a lot more information about players than what is publicly available. Some from their own network (which is priced in their services) and some within the club. Often scouts travel to location to observe players and regions. They attend live games to get that extra detail regarding how the player moves and behaves when the ball isn’t nearby. They also speak with current and former colleagues (managers and coaches) to find out about the player (and/or use their network). Yes bakayoko is one of those who makes you scratch your head, but sometimes it’s something as simple as an influential agent pushing his product. And even after all that, we still have a morata who fails for completely different reasons. Mental aspect and football style. Sometimes they won’t adapt to life, region and language, like Diego costa. case in point, the fact that scouts and agents move so much money. Regarding, Marina, does not seem like she does a whole lot more than contracts and deals in general, which is a whole lot already with these complex player contract ownerships. Would also be very surprised if she did more than that.
  3. Davide Zappacosta

    In certain situations, yes. Better at what? We use the word “better” which usually encompasses a lot: like a particular characteristic that we value, an ability we value, and finally perhaps a deficiency we don’t mind. In other words personal preference plays a big part. At defending and tactics, not even close. pulisic was average against Leicester and that will happen a lot this season given his age and fact he’s not used to the PL. cho had several poor games last season, which is also normal and expected. senior players oscillate less. Willian is a weird one, but I’d not put Pedro in the same boat. experience is much downplayed around here. And yet you look at the teams winning silverware and the vast majority of their players are very experienced. When a team like Ajax loses to a mediocre team like spurs in UCL, folks say wow but they are a young team, as an excuse. even the physicality is different with younger players usually being more lightweight. So they are far more likely to get bullied by say a team like Leicester. so it is relative imo. Point being it’s nice to have options. I don’t agree that merely throwing youngsters in the team will make them develop.
  4. Davide Zappacosta

    We’d have established at least two youth players without fucking up our chances regardless. Same as we did last season with Cho and RLC. Lamps would naturally give more minutes to homegrown. All this is just making us less competitive in all fronts without any real benefit. now if the manager and coaches believe James can offer about the same, then it kinda makes sense given how little Zapa played.
  5. Davide Zappacosta

    Do you think language will be a barrier? man we do like to roll with very thin squads esp in UCL seasons! Isn’t James injured atm?
  6. Davide Zappacosta

    On the other hand, using your bats argument, we’ve got quite a few managers who consistently did not give him minutes. 2 of them also happened to be Italian.
  7. Davide Zappacosta

    Yeah esp at home when chasing a goal. And get azpi to rest a bit... managers clearly value azpi’s leadership on and off the pitch, but thought that with Jorginho they could rest him a bit and playing Zapacosta more. Odd.
  8. 19. Mason Mount

    Reminds me a lot of Oscar - before Oscar lost his pace and acceleration (for whatever reason). clever player with loads of skill and tight control, which makes him able to operate in tight spaces. A goal threat. On top o f that great work rate and aggression. Reckon he’s going to be a key player against the big teams. where did he come from? Slipped under most peoples radar or was i the one sleeping under a rock? didier above likes bakayoko, but Oscar was the shit one. Reminds me a lot of a different didier on here.
  9. Chelsea 1-1 Leicester

    Heh good point.
  10. Chelsea 1-1 Leicester

    Leicester city dominated the second half. They won every second ball esp after giroud left. They bullied us and did not need to sit and counter. we have more opportunities to score in the first, and they had far more chances in the second. yes, legs were prob a bit heavy given pool game, but some problems are recurring.
  11. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Brilliant! if you stick cho and james in this squad my money would be on relegation, but whatever. I see a vast improvement in our performance when giroud in on. I think it has more to do with Tammy being poor, but I digress.
  12. Chelsea 1-1 Leicester

    Think zouma remains a problem, once again not for having a poor game, or making mistakes, but by being unable to work in a high press. And his positioning is also a bit disappointing considering his other shortcomings. second half was as bad as it gets. Bullied, esp once giroud left, because then we lost all second balls and could not keep possession. Another 15 minutes and Leicester would’ve easily won the match. lots of work to do and I’m worried by what I see from Lampard. I’m yet to see an improvement coming from the locker room. His subs rarely improve the team and are ill-timed.
  13. 9. Tammy Abraham

    but we are not a small club. I’m just telling you, from experience, what can happen, not what I want to happen. The scenario you picture is a nice one, but the ones I’ve experienced are far less rosy. football is a game of imposition, and the physically, not to mention experience, of the senior players does make a difference. We were bullied today at home by Leicester city. They won all second balls esp after Tammy came on. That’s why you don’t throw many youngsters in the starting xi at once. Do it gradually to retain balance and remain competitive. They develop better that way too. strikers need confidence and Tammy must not be feeling very confident today. Did you see that shot in row z? He was very bad when he came on. People will focus on those 2 good plays, but he was bad at everything else. We were unable to keep possession, hence why we got bullied and Leicester were the far better side in the second half.
  14. 8. Ross Barkley

    I like mount and think he has a lot of qualities. Reminds me a lot of Oscar - the good things. sure with a midfield of 3 Ross can make that a bit more attacking which he’s done last season. dont think the pivot is working very well atm.
  15. 8. Ross Barkley

    Sure it does feel unfair. Ross is also the established player, which makes it a bit odd.
  16. 8. Ross Barkley

    Managers have favorites. It’s a pretty known and accepted thing. It’s their prerogative to rely on certain individuals to carry out his ideas. it’s also about characteristics though. How they want their team to play and what they are expecting from each player. If conte were still here, Alonso would still be playing a big part - and likely well enough in that system.
  17. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Yes and that’s usually the hardest thing esp at a top club, give minutes to the aspiring player. I think many here are disregarding the negative effects that struggling and losing can have on youth. once their confidence is in the shitter they won’t be improving a whole lot.
  18. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Nobody said he’s not going to be good enough for Chelsea. Agree that it is too soon for that, but we need goals and good play to win games and help the team, and right now tammy is providing neither. Good enough to lead the line is about perceived potential and also characteristics. We have to look at other top clubs and what type of players work nowadays. I see a lot of mobile skillful strikers and not many target men. Perhaps a really dominant target man would break that, myself and others don’t see that sort of potential in Tammy. Would very much like to be very wrong here tho. Very often hat I want to happen isn’t what I think will happen.
  19. 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    What a sliding tackle that was!
  20. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Don’t bother. He never replies with arguments - he has none. that guy just a fucking troll who only likes kids, not chelsea. Absolute worst poster on this site. Some here also overvalue the impact young players can have. Everybody (myself included) wants the shiny new toy, esp homegrown, but results are important to develop these very same younger players. They need stability which is only found with balance and patience. I’ve seen attempts to develop a lot of youngsters all at once... it never ends well. tammy is so very green,. It does not matter if in 6 months from now he’s more settled and scores a few goals, right now it’s hard to win games with him on the pitch. Perhaps @LAM09 has a point and we need to give bats a run of game to actually get some goals in and results.
  21. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Oh no, he’s definitely a good finisher and a proven one at that. Unfortunately, he’s also not a very good football player, which makes him quite the wrong choice for a high press.
  22. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Hah fair enough. I’m paid for the stuff I actually know, as it should be. the difference between you and I is that I understand I’m a fan and no more than that. The arrogance is very strong on this one. and once again your replies add no content whatsoever. Just a troll.
  23. 9. Tammy Abraham

    I very much disagree with calling a player who won us many games, playing as a starter for the entire winning campaign, a turd. I just happen to value silverware, winning, and important goals. you get that I was actually referring to batshuaiy and why he does not get games and has not during the tenure of several managers, right? for every Emerson, who might have been able to contribute sooner and even rotate with Alonso, there were players we never got to see bc they were bad. Emerson btw who had barely played (made that point in his thread many times). I barely saw KDB play. I was one of the 3-4 ppl who saw a lot of potential in salah, but you can’t even do that if the player does not play. The question is always should he even get minutes? whether a player plays or not is entirely up to the manager and coaches at the club. They watch them in practice drills, we don’t. A lot of the poor players we never get to see because coaches will take one look at them and see that they aren’t going to cut it. sometimes they err in not giving time to players who deserve it, and others by giving time to players who don’t, like bakayoko. That’s normal and happens everywhere, but again, we don’t see a lot of their successes. Of course KDB and salah were special fuckups, but those too happen a lot. We shouldn’t be crying for missing on lukaku for 70m now should we? regarding giroud, not sure who you are arguing with - nobody said giroud is going to improve or that he’s a solution for us. Just that at this time, against tough opposition, he’s the better option. Losing or struggling does not help with the confidence of the younger players either. Senior players are more used to these various different situations, whereas youngsters may lose confidence more easily. Giroud also offers more even when he is not scoring, which at this time is more important for the team. I also do not see a lot of potential in tammy tbh, but he should and will get minutes this season. There is no need to rush him though, given that giroud can help at this time of transition and give that air of stability this young team needs.
  24. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Couldn’t care less. Either sign the contract or move back to the youth team.
  25. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    I suspect the reason is that bats is indisciplined and unfocused (low work rate too), which is something managers usually hate, esp in the modern game. regarding cover, we usually run very thin squads regardless of UCL or not. Kinda weird but that’s the way we roll.