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Only real excuse I can think of is that it's hard for him to be consistent when he's in and out of the team. Just like Felipe Luis last season. He just looks completely out of his depth in the PL defensively. Ripped to shreds today and that was against a relegation level side with nobodies in their attack.

Pretty clear we need a new LB and let's hope Conte is allowed to sign one. My bet is the club will force him to stick with what we have, though.

If we're going to play with 4 at the back then Azpj must play on the right, Ivanovic never playing anything other than at CB (a squad one) and we need a modern, class LB who is good both attacking and defending. Baba can do the attacking bit well enough but is a total liability defending. 

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Baba's first day at the club.

Let this be the end of Ivanovic please

List of things it took to get this club's best LB games: Mourinho to get fired CB #1 to tear his ACL CB #2 to injure his hamstring Natural RB to move to RB RB to move

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6 minutes ago, Pizy said:

Pretty clear we need a new LB and let's hope Conte is allowed to sign one. My bet is the club will force him to stick with what we have, though.

 

A long time ago, we had Ryan Bertrand (LB).Why the direction of the 1905 sold this promising player...

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7 hours ago, Captain Ahmed said:

A long time ago, we had Ryan Bertrand (LB).Why the direction of the 1905 sold this promising player...

I think ake will turn out better than bertrand, if we don't screw it up. he should he in the team next season

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I have a feeling baba going to be loaned out if we do loan him out I think we should loan him to a PL team so he can adapt to life in the PL 

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28 minutes ago, lucio said:

I think ake will turn out better than bertrand, if we don't screw it up. he should he in the team next season

I agree mate I just hope conte gives him a chance next season 

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Baba Rahman's Chelsea chance under Antonio Conte

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Left-back is a prime case in point. Ashley Cole had excelled in the position at Chelsea for seven seasons, but the return of Jose Mourinho to manage the Blues for a second time in June 2013 spelt the beginning of the end of Cole's career at Stamford Bridge.Mourinho, who had originally signed Cole from Arsenal in August 2006, phased the defender out of the team during the course of the 2013-14 season, favouring right-footed right-back Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spaniard, a £7 million signing from Marseille in August 2012, arrived during the short managerial reign of Roberto Di Matteo. He soon found himself jockeying for the right-back position with Branislav Ivanovic -- a duel that continued during the brief tenure of interim boss Rafael Benitez, who replaced Di Matteo when the Italian was sacked in November 2012.Cole was released in the summer of 2014, and the signing of specialist left-back Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid for £15.8 million, coupled Ryan Bertrand leaving on loan, suggested Mourinho had made his mind up about the position.

However, Azpilicueta's form, the immovable presence of Ivanovic at right-back and Chelsea's searing start to what was to be an emphatic title-winning campaign saw the Portuguese stick to his makeshift template.Given the Blues' dominance in the top flight, the permanent sale of Bertrand for £10 million to Southampton in February 2015 -- while frustrating to those keen on seeing youth progress -- was largely ignored up until July that year. Chelsea then sold Luis back to Atletico for an undisclosed fee and subsequently spent £21.7 million on Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman.With Bertrand excelling at Southampton, the acquisition for such an astronomical sum of 21-year old Baba, widely reported to have been driven by Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo, heaped unwarranted pressure on the Ghana international.Chelsea's title defence speedily unravelling and Mourinho losing his job amid tales of dressing room angst would hardly have been the best environment for Baba to walk into. Yet sympathy was in short supply as critics rounded on the youngster following a couple of jittery early performances.

Despite this, Baba's pace, ability to read the game and get forward to make telling crosses shone through in Champions League games against Dynamo Kiev and Paris Saint-Germain. However his confidence was then given a massive knock by interim manager Guus Hiddink. The Dutchman hauled the defender off at half-time in a 2-1 win at Southampton on Feb. 27, following a mistake which allowed Saints' striker Shane Long to score.Hiddink publicly lambasting and dropping Baba was risible, but the youngster appears to have had the last laugh. The long term injury sustained by Kurt Zouma and subsequent problems encountered by both Terry and Ivanovic forced the Dutchman's hand. Shorn of realistic options at left-back as Chelsea's campaign came to a drawn out end, Baba found himself back in the side and grew in stature and composure with every game.Conte will have been impressed with Baba's standout performances in the Blues' final two games of the season, away at Liverpool where he provided the assist for Eden Hazard's goal, and at home to champions Leicester City when he shackled outstanding PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez.It's been a character-forming Premier League baptism for him, but a solid preseason under Conte could see him establish himself as Chelsea's first-choice left-back.

Another problem solved for the Italian that doesn't require much effort or expense will give Blues fans yet more reasons to be cheerful, though they are unlikely to doff their caps to Emenalo for his wisdom in signing the player just yet.

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Lazio are interested in signing Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman and the London club are even prepared to take a €10m+ loss on him. [CdS]

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Interesting if Conte can improve him defencely as he is quite average,but I do like him very much going forward reminds me of Babayaro

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" Ghana international Baba Rahman is set to join Schalke 04 on loan from Chelsea, AfricaFootballShop.com can exclusively reveal. "

 

AfricaFootballShop must have very good connections with Chelsea and Schalke. If you google "Baba Rahman Schalke" you find nothing but some articles from 2013.

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27 minutes ago, nyikolajevics said:

" Ghana international Baba Rahman is set to join Schalke 04 on loan from Chelsea, AfricaFootballShop.com can exclusively reveal. "

 

AfricaFootballShop must have very good connections with Chelsea and Schalke. If you google "Baba Rahman Schalke" you find nothing but some articles from 2013.

Apparently they do. Sky Germany also now reporting it. 

@Blue-in-me-Veins I don't see anything in your post? Edit: I see it now :lol: 

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On 25/07/2016 at 11:18 AM, mccg said:

Interesting if Conte can improve him defencely as he is quite average,but I do like him very much going forward reminds me of Babayaro

I used to like the Babayaro and Makele dance. Maybe Happy and N'Golo can get one going.

But we gotta send one up to the footballing gods to let us have a new CB and FB

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This is good news. At worst it means that Aina will be our back up fullback this season, at best it means we are going to buy a top LB to replace Iva in our starting XI.

I was one of the first and still am one of the most vocal critics of Ivanovic as a fullback, but Baba was never the answer. The best we can hope for now is him having a great season in the Bundesliga so we don't lose money if/when we sell him. 

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1 minute ago, CHOULO19 said:

This is good news. At worst it means that Aina will be our back up fullback this season, at best it means we are going to buy a top LB to replace Iva in our starting XI.

I was one of the first and still am one of the most vocal critics of Ivanovic as a fullback, but Baba was never the answer. The best we can hope for now is him having a great season in the Bundesliga so we don't lose money if/when we sell him. 

From the other side it can be Iva-Azpi in season :)

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7 minutes ago, CHOULO19 said:

This is good news. At worst it means that Aina will be our back up fullback this season, at best it means we are going to buy a top LB to replace Iva in our starting XI.

I was one of the first and still am one of the most vocal critics of Ivanovic as a fullback, but Baba was never the answer. The best we can hope for now is him having a great season in the Bundesliga so we don't lose money if/when we sell him. 

That worst-case scenario probably entails another season of Ivanovic though. Damn it. If only The Individual hadn't sold Filipe...

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