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Summer Transfer Window Preview 09


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It's that time of year again!

Here is a quick excerpt of BlueDomino's (Bipin, my new contributor) summer transfer window preview 2009. Obviously I'm not posting the full article here as I want people to visit the blog, all a part of link baiting :D . Apologies if I'm not meant to start this topic, but I figured I may as well set up some discussion and get a headstart on the other Chelsea blogs. :P

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Emmanuel Adebayor

Position: Striker

Estimated Price: 20-25m

Ever since Anceloti's name has been linked with the vacancy at SW6, Adebayor has always been touted as a replacement for The Drog. But no thanks. Not only do I think he is vastly over-rated & over-priced but also, as mentioned in various other forums and message boards, he is a poor man's Drogba. Has most of Drog's qualities to a limited level. But very poor work ethic and no attitude or passion or hunger either !!

Verdict: No, End of.

Frank Ribery

Position: Winger

Estimated Price: 30-35 m

Do I even need to talk what this guy is about? Everybody knows he is world class. Has a very good footballing brain. Knows were his team mates are. Never selfish on the ball. Excellent distribution and good finishing. He has got it all and for me, he should be our number 1 target this year like Robinho was during last year. Hopefully this time around our sales team dont mess it up by printing his name on our new kits too soon !!

Verdict: DEFINITELY unless he fancies himself replacing Ronaldo at ManU.

Yuri Zhirkov

Position: Wing Back

Estimated Price: 14-15 m

Haven't seen much of this guy to be honest. Watched him in the Euros' 08. Has an exceptional work rate running up and down the left flank. Is good in dribbling past an opponent, something our current players sorely lack. Has a decent enough cross. Only saw him cross 4 or 5 times in the Euros, he mostly likes running with the ball cutting inside. Though they call him the Russian Ronaldinho, I haven't ever seen him do any outstanding dribbles that has taken him past 5 r 6 men :) Like I said, I only know 30% of what this guy is actually about. Saw some videos of his at You Tube which looked great. But, I mean come on, who doesn't look good in YouTube ?!?

(Troy - even Ben Haim & Sidwell look good on YouTube!)

Verdict: Yes, because he is versatile. He is someone who could play both as a winger and if needed, left back as a cover for Ashley. That's a 2 in 1. And if Hiddink is recommending him, that means he has definitely got to be good !!

Continues with more analysis of rumoured ins, including Carlos Tevez, Diego Milito and Yoann Gourcuff.



Part Two: Outs will be up soon.

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