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3 Types of Chelsea Loanee – 2018/2019 Season

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The forgotten Chelsea loan army is gearing up for battle across Europe and beyond for the 2018/2019.  

Chelsea loanees come in three different categories

  1. Youth prospects with a shot getting experience
  2. Young players with no chance of making it at Chelsea preparing for their next step
  3. Random signings that are now loaned out until their contract expires

These players range from the wonderkids to the future journeyman playing for clubs at the highest level to the lower echelons of European league football and everything in between.

Youth Prospects Getting Loanee Experience

The players going out on loan that have a realistic shot at the first team is a smaller group than you would think. Whilst every player at Chelsea hopes they have a shot, the reality is only a few will ever get a sniff of the first team.

There are a few players already out on loan in this category such as Dujon Sterling and Trevor Chalobah.

They may be joined by others who are currently playing in pre-season such as Callum Hudson-Odoi or Ethan Ampadu, depending on how ready Maurizo Sarri feels they are for the first time.

Young Players Preparing For The Next Step

There are many young talented players at Chelsea who realistically never make it. They are now entering their early to mid-twenties and the club has not shown any hint that they are on the edge of the first team.

They may have had a shot at some point in the past, but slowly the reality of a career outside Chelsea is coming into focus.

Loans for these players are more about preparing them for life outside Cobham than developing them for the first team.

Players that fit this category could include Tomas Kalas, Jhoao Rodriguez, Lucas Piazon Danilo Pantic and Victorien Angban.

Random Signings That Didn’t Pan Out

Chelsea have developed a weird habit of buying players that it seems were next intended to play for Chelsea.

The players arrive and they are shipped out on loan almost immediately and often get no closer to the first team than the fans on the front row at Stamford Bridge.

Recent examples include Papy Djilobodji, Michael Hector and Matt Miazga.

Who knows you may see one of these types of players in a European league near you soon.

Highlights Of Chelsea v Inter Milan Pre-Season Friendly

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Chelsea played their second pre-season fixture against Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup at the Allianz Riviera in Nice.

The Blues started the game well and squeaked to victory on penalties.

Top performances were again delivered by our top two youth prospects Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson Odoi.

Time For Chelsea To Act In The Transfer Market!

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The season is almost here and despite a poor season and a new manager Chelsea have not gone crazy in the transfer market and time is running out. 

The transfer window closes at the start of the season for the first time meaning there are less than two weeks before the window closes.

The club are bound to be targeting some signings but the time to act is NOW if we are to get the players we want at the right price!

The appointment of Maurizio Sarri has seen Jorginho arrive with him from Napoli, however, the only other reinforcement is veteran Robert Green who joins as a homegrown third choice goalkeeper for registration purposes.

Realistically Chelsea should have decided if Thibaut Courtois, Willian and Eden Hazard will be allowed to leave the club by now. If they have we should be signing replacements before the ink is dry to avoid any deadline day panics.

If that is going to happen we need to ACT NOW before it is too late to identify, negotiate and complete the signing of appropriate replacements.

Positions Where Chelsea Must Act!

Regardless of departures Chelsea realistically need to sign a defender and striker to improve upon the line up from last season.

Defensively we have been linked to Rugani and a host of others, whereas up front we have been linked with every European striker going without much progress.

Without direction for quite some time, it will be interesting to see who Sarri and the board are targeting. There is bound to be some activity but it is unclear who the club will be going after and why.

Let’s hope that they are ahead of where we think we are and on the verge of the signings Sarri and Zola will need to get Chelsea back into contention next season.

Video of Every Jorginho Touch on Chelsea Debut v Perth Glory

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Chelsea got more than a manager when Maurizo Sarri arrived from Napoli. He brought with him the highly rated Jorginho.

Here is a video of his debut thousands of miles away from his new home in Australia. It covers pretty much every touch he made in this low-key promotional friendly debut.

A few decent touches will be good to see how he develops to the English game once that new club smell wears off.

Check out his performance

 

Video Highlights of Sarri’s 1st Game v Perth Glory

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Chelsea started pre-season in Australis with the Blues beating the hosts 1-0 with Callum Hudson Odoi stealing the show with some brilliant skills to set up Pedro.

 

 

Time For Courtois To Put Up or Shut Up

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Thibaut Courtois talks to the media frequently and has the arrogance you need to succeed as a top-level goalkeeper which is not a great combination.

He is generally quiet when at the club and handled by the club’s PR but once he is on international duty it is like a Bonus Code from Mobilbet for the media who get a much more candid account of his relationship with the club than usual.

Courtois has had a difficult relationship with the club since he was signed and sent out on loan, he felt that he was a superstar from day one and liked to tell whoever who would listen what he thought.

This calmed slightly when he usurped Petr Cech as number one at the club but every international break he gets in front of the media and says whatever the hell he likes and normally this involves complaining about the club or courting a move back to Spain.

His performances for Chelsea have been ok on average, but nowhere near high enough to justify the “star of the show” attitude that he brings to mentions of his future.

Courtois Yearns To Return Home

I do have some sympathy for Tibo, as his family including his children have remained in Spain rather than relocating to England. If he wants to leave then I think he should be allowed to do so.

However, it should be on Chelsea’s terms rather than his and he seems to be conducting himself via the media than the club.

One Year To Go

The complicating factor on the future of Tibo is that he only has one year left on his contract. Meaning that for his future to be in control of the club he either needs to put up (request a transfer) or shut up (and sign a new contract).

The best scenario for the club would be for him to sign a new contract and leave next summer for his market rate. If he leaves this summer we will get less for him than he is worth (around £35m) however if he leaves next summer without a new contract we will get nothing.

It is a little frustrating that the club have let Tibo run down his contract to the point where he has all the power. We should avoid letting players negotiate and delay to the point of power and being near the end of their contracts whilst in their playing prime.

Should he stay or should he go? I don’t really care but it does need to be sorted soon.

Let’s hope Tibo’s future and the club’s goalkeeping options are secured well before the transfer deadline.

Chelsea, Man Utd and Everton In Grip Of Transfer Silly Season – Man City and Liverpool Settled

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With the World Cup over the media is resuming normal service when it comes to transfer rumors and filling their pages with enough hot air to power a country.

The settled squad of Manchester City means the betting offers from Moplay are mostly focused around the comings and goings at Chelsea and Manchester United.

On Merseyside, Liverpool seem to have done most of their business straight out of the gate having already nailed down a concussion-free goalkeeper, whereas their Goodison Park neighbours seem ready to go mad.

With Jose Mourinho as manager Manchester United were always likely to be the target of extensive gossip for comings and goings. Over his tenure at Old Trafford Mourinho has continued to abuse, whinge and complain about a number of different players so we are likely to see his favoured targets fly out the door and him to try and demand high-quality replacements.

Recent rumours have seen Manchester United linked to Willian, however, Chelsea fans would rather punch themselves in the eye than gift Mourinho any more players from his second stint at the club. He has already taken Matic and we would be stupid to let him take another star of that team.

The only way this might work is if Anthony Martial was to move in the other direction as some are suggesting the club want.

Rumours on the future of Willian do continue though, it is thought that Barcelona have made him a top target following the World Cup making a bid of £65m, this is tempting until you realise that Everton are about to pay £50m for Richarlison from Watford and suddenly he seems wildly underpriced.

The potential sale of players does seem to be more of the focus of Stamford Bridge in recent weeks with Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois both keeping the club guessing as to their commitment to staying at the club.

Whilst it would be a shame to lose either, Courtois needs to either sign a contract or sod off and Hazard can attract a high valuation after a successful World Cup. I would be sad to see him leave but he has more than earned the right to determine his own destiny after a successful few years at the club.

As for targets to bring into the club, it seems that Sarri is trying to bring the entire Napoli team with him. Jorginho has already arrived but rumours persist that Napoli have laid down the law to Chelsea’s board that they will not be able to cherry pick the best and brightest of Sarri’s former club.

With only two weeks of the window left Chelsea will need to act fast if they are to improve on last seasons 5th place finish.

Delighted To Have Gianfranco Zola Home!

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The club has not covered itself in glory in the latest changing of the managerial guard, however, the arrival of Gianfranco Zola brings a smile to the face of Chelsea fans.

The departure of Antonio Conte was as inevitable as a MoPlay Bonus Code but the situation became farcical when the club left a title and FA Cup winning manager hanging on through the entire summer.

Conte even took charge of some early pre-season training sessions despite the open secret that Maurizo Sarri was being lined up to replace him.

Eventually, Conte was sacked and Sarri was installed and Chelsea fans were generally lukewarm to his arrival and not sure quite how to take the next step of the Chelsea managerial rollercoaster.

Club Legend Zola Returns

One thing that has energised fans is the return of Gianfranco Zola as assistant manager, as a player, he was idolised as one of the most gifted players to wear Blue.

Already we have seen that Zola has not lost his touch, being filmed performing the rabona during a practical training session.

His status to Chelsea fans is beyond reproach, he has been voted the club’s greatest ever player in 2003.

After joining in 1996 he spent 7 years lighting up the Premier League winning player of the year 1996/1997 despite only playing half a season. He is the most technically gifted players of the game, let alone players to have played for Chelsea and he was idolised by Chelsea fans.

Although not a guaranteed starter for his entire Chelsea career he made more than 300 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 80 goals.

Sadly, he left without a proper goodbye in the dying days of the Ken Bates era and despite the offer of a contract extension by Roman Abramovich honoured his word to return to Caligari.

He spent three years at Caligari before retiring

Zola The Manager

Post-retirement Zola went into management, however, as a manager, he did not quite hit the same levels with spells at Watford and Birmingham.

A good number two does not have to be a great manager but he does need to be respected by the players. Great Chelsea no.2’s such as Steve Clarke and Ray Wilkins failed at management but were recognised as key parts of Chelsea’s success in the back-room.

Something that someone as talented and respected in football as Zola undoubtedly will be.

We look forward to welcoming him back and reminding him just how loved he is by Chelsea fans for his role in a transformational time in the club’s history.

 

JD Wetherspoons Hypocrites Over England Match Beer Pricing

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Funny sport fan with flag painted on face drinking beer

For the first time in years, there is excitement over England’s football team, meaning that the bars and pubs are full during matches.

There has been outcry in the media over reports that beer prices are higher in bars and pubs during England games.

There are reports that one pub chain is adding 50p to a pint whereas other pubs and bars are following suit across the country. It may not sound like much but for an industry in trouble, it does seem like needless profiteering.

One of the biggest bar chains JD Wetherspoons have come out saying they will not increase their prices for England games. Stating categorically that they would be against charging a premium during England games.

This makes them hypocrites as match going Chelsea fans will probably know that this is common practice at their Fulham Broadway Lloyds No 1 pub on beer and food before and after Chelsea games at Stamford Bridge.

This deliberate price gouging is designed to take advantage of the one moment that the whole country will be watching the game and feel the urge to do so with their social group.

JD Wetherspoons apply this theory every Chelsea game, when they are normally full to capacity.

There is a special match day food menu (higher prices), beer prices go up and special offers are removed. It has long been a bug bear of Chelsea fans but even more galling to hear JD Wetherspoons arguing that this price gouging would not be very good for their business or customers.

“We wouldn’t put prices up, I don’t think customers would be very impressed.

You have to show loyalty to customers who have shown loyalty to you,”

Shame that JD Wetherspoons the owners of the Lloyd’s brand do not feel the same way when Chelsea are playing. I guess its ok to rip off Chelsea fans but not England fans?

Or they are just hypocrites when the media is watching!

Michy Batshuayi Celebration v England Makes Him A Legend

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Michy Batshuayi World Cup celebration in the England v Belgium game almost knocked him out cold. The sheer hilarity highlights that outside of his contribution to the game he cannot help but be hilarious.

For months he has been one of the more genuine and entertaining players on social media and he did not disappoint after my personal highlight of the World Cup.

I think its worth giving him another season at Chelsea just for this alone.

 

 

 

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