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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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3 hours ago, Thendo said:

He's apparently listed in our squad on the official PL website for whatever that's worth. Not sure if that means he's registered to play tho.

https://www.premierleague.com/clubs/4/Chelsea/squad

I hope so. We don have any change for Alonso(I dont count Kenedy). He has some talent.

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2 hours ago, Despiadado.Maleante said:

I thought he was always very good for us in the champions league. Stuggled defensively in the league though. Interesting to see how he does st wb.

His skillset seems perfect for the LWB role.  Every time I saw him play for Schalke, he had that extra bit of pace over his opponent and he seems to have more stamina than Alonso. 

He just needs a chance to stake his claim. 

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He will for sure be faster than Alonso, and more disciplined than Kenedy. Could thrive at LWB with his attributes. Ofc he could be valuable option, only question is - how fast could he get in match form?

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I also think we will never see him again unless Kenedy, Azpi and Alonso all get injured upon his return to fitness. Which is a shame. We bought him for an extraordinary amount (which in the first place was an act of stupidity against which many users here warned against just as we did against the sales of Luis and Bertrand aka the far supeiror players he ought to replace), so we should give him a genuine chance to fulfill his (mediocre) potential. On paper he seems perfect for the LWB with his pace and crossing ability and for sure can not be less solid than Alonso at the back. But I guess Alosno is just Conte's Ivanovic. 

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We have Marcos Alonso and Kenedy fighting for LWB in the same defence we have Cahill, if that doesn't scream out frailty I don't know what does. All of this points towards how poor and how much we fell short in the summer window. Luis and Bertrand are both far superior to Alonso, Kenedy and Rahman, which again poses the question as to why they were sold. This isn't something that is prominent now, I asked the same question at the time of their sales, it was just shit decision making by the manager at the time and the club as a whole.

I mean look at the midfield right now, Kante is out, Fabregas is fucking worn out and Bakayoko is apparently 70% fit. How the hell do you let things in the transfer window become so thread bare? The planning has been rank bad poor from the board, it really has. Just imagine one injury for a long period of time to one striker, we are totally then fucked with a rusty pole. No back up plan and just left hoping of no injuries or suspension to that said player.

This 'wing it' approach has to stop, too many corners cut and ambition has dropped to save pennies.

 

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Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has revealed that Chelsea left back Baba Rahman is keen to join the Bundesliga club this January.

https://theshedender.com/2018/01/tabloid-talk/bundesliga-club-confirms-chelsea-defender-wants-to-sign-for-them-this-month/

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Schalke want to sign him permanently but we only want to loan him out apparently? Just sell him, its obvious he would only be back up even if he did stay because I can't see him displacing Alonso but hes had a long lay off from an injury, he will want to play and in all honestly he didn't really look anything particularly special when he played the previous season in Germany. I know Conte has said we lack numbers and Baba fits the left wing back role, as well as the fact hes mentioned he wants to give him a chance but if he does get a chance and doesn't impress or Baba himself decides he wants to go, only we would loan him out when Schalke will more than likely give us 70-75% of what we paid for him... 

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