Chelsea F.C [2010-2011]

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Filipower

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He also hadn't been in the Portuguese League or the UEFA Cup for years. It's an easier challenge, sure, and I'm not saying he's going to win everything with Chelsea (plus I hope he wins nothing), he has proven the "young and inexperienced" criticism wrong before.
 

Zakov

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ShiftyPowers;3058629 said:
I know he's the next coming to some of you, and already a God to others, but he DOES lack experience and familiarity with a league he hasn't been in for years. Go ahead and pretend it's not the case, but it is. I'm not making any comment on how this will affect his ability to manage from Day 1. Di Matteo has that immediate experience and familiarity, which is why this is such a big signing.

Far from the second coming mate, the closest thing to that was Jose, with the way he announced himself, his media presence and such. We're optimistic with Andre, but I'm sure a lot of us are awaiting and dying to find out whether his acclaimed managerial skills will translate into success for us.

Like I said, management inexperience in England yes, but unfamiliarity no, he hasn't been in here in a couple of years but I'm sure he's had plenty of links/contacts in England that made his re-adjustment process easier. He already knows Cobham inside out, familiar with most of the players, backroom staff, board and West London.

But I agree on Robbie's signing. Definitely a big bonus having someone like him back at the club. I could say that West Brom was still mostly Robbie's team even after Hodge-podge took over.
 

ShiftyPowers

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Filipower;3058641 said:
He also hadn't been in the Portuguese League or the UEFA Cup for years. It's an easier challenge, sure, and I'm not saying he's going to win everything with Chelsea (plus I hope he wins nothing), he has proven the "young and inexperienced" criticism wrong before.

Some learning curves are a little easier.
 

pede54

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Scott Parker is a much improved player since he left Chelsea, and has done well with the Hammers, but is he that much improved as a player for Chelsea to want to resign him? It seems that we were going to loan in the player for next season, but the deal from West Ham was a little steep. So now it looks like Chelsea are interested in buying him for £8 mill.

We all know what Parker's like as a player, his tenacity and drive are not under question, but do you think he is good enough a player now to fit into the Chelsea lineup? Could he do the job that Michael Essien does?

I'd like to know what others think about Scott joining Chelsea, because I'm not sure what I think.
 

Mandieta6

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Surprised he's considering it, after his experience last time. He's a good player, and I like him, he has a fairly unique style of playing and he an definitely deputise well for anyone in midfield, the closest in style being Essien, and we'd definitely be getting him for less than his market value, but it's definitely not the midfield player we need, but more of a quick fix while Essien is injured, which is why we wanted to loan him.

A quality back-up, but I don't think he'd be a starter in a fully-fit side. Does offer something different, though, so for the price, good transfer, but the money is better used investing in Modric or Sneijder.

It looks like the Belgian trio talks have died down, seemingly because Lukaku is in no hurry to leave and so Anderlecht are holding out for 30m, which is far too steep. Dunno anything about De Bruyne, but it sounds like the Genk keeper is going to sign and stay there for another year. Glad that the board has identified our weakness in goal.

Falcao has signed a new contract, Spurs are doing all they can to hold onto Modric, and we're apparently looking for a CB. Hope it doesn't mean Luiz or Alex are leaving.
 

Zakov

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pede54;3067141 said:
Scott Parker is a much improved player since he left Chelsea, and has done well with the Hammers, but is he that much improved as a player for Chelsea to want to resign him? It seems that we were going to loan in the player for next season, but the deal from West Ham was a little steep. So now it looks like Chelsea are interested in buying him for £8 mill.

We all know what Parker's like as a player, his tenacity and drive are not under question, but do you think he is good enough a player now to fit into the Chelsea lineup? Could he do the job that Michael Essien does?

I'd like to know what others think about Scott joining Chelsea, because I'm not sure what I think.

I thought Scottie looked world class in an otherwise mediocre West Ham side(with the exception of C.Cole and Ba).

Nevertheless, he still is a good player, tremendous worker and does have the ability to carry the ball forward from defense, good tackler as well. He might be able to do the job of replacing Essien(circa last three seasons), but there's no comparison between them if they were both fit and at the top of their game.

But in saying that, Essien was a bit poor last season(and hasn't been in good form for over 3 years now), and it'll be a while before we find out if Essien can get back to his absolute best.

Although I also have reservations on Parker's own fitness and health, as he was on the sidelines a lot for West Ham last season.

Might prove to be a big gamble if you look at it that way.

I think the best deal we get out of him is if we can get him on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

That would be the plausible move rather than buying him and have him on the treatment alongside Essien after 2-3 games into the season.
 

Mandieta6

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Parker would rather stay at West Ham than go on loan, and they want too much for a loan anyway.

Kakuta was at Fulham, and was a squad player. I think another loan at a Prem club will do him good, and then we'll see. Not ready yet. But it's hard to tell with AVB, because his view on the players will be different.
 

Mandieta6

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McEachran signed a 5-year deal and Bertrand 4.

Agreed a price for Courtois who is undergoing a medical, terms no yet agreed. Glad that we're addressing the GK weakness, although Genk seemed to say something about a huge price, which I'm not as pleased about, but hey, he's supposed to have lots of potential. Sounds like he won't stay at Genk on-loan, nor will he join he squad at Asia for pre-season.

Regarding the travelling squad, Kakuta is with the France u-20, Luiz and Ramires will probably get some more time off and Essien's 6 month lay-off means he stays in London. Cech and Alex travelled despite carrying slight injuries.

Squad: Petr Cech, Henrique Hilario, Ross Turnbull, Jamal Blackman, Jose Bosingwa, Paulo Ferreira, Branislav Ivanovic, Alex, John Terry, Slobodan Rajkovic, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ashley Cole, Patrick van Aanholt, Ryan Bertrand, John Mikel Obi, Josh McEachran, Frank Lampard, Yossi Benayoun, Billy Clifford, Yury Zhirkov, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou, Daniel Sturridge, Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres.
 
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