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  • Robert M Robert M May 13, 2008 18:01 Flag

    Thats what we are up against!!!

    And the bizarre thing is we have a huge squad already. Something like 26 players played for us last year and in January we bought two good looking players who haven't yet played. So unless Chelsea is going to move to having three possible first teams, any players coming in are going to have to displace large numbers going out.

    For example, we already have two right backs, both of whom have won the CL, one of whom recently extended his contract. And that's without Essien playing there when we play Makelele, Lampard and Ballack in midfield.

    FWIW I don't believe Lampard is going to leave. Never have. Drogba - who knows? He still has two years left on his contract and it is rumoured RA doesn't need the money.


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    • I don't think Lamps will go either. Robert, What happened to Kenyon's pledge of becoming self sufficient within a time frame? I mean Chelsea pay the most inflated wages in the league, have the biggest squad bar none really, and pay the most inflated transfer fees of any club in the world. Boswinga even in Portugal is rated a lesser RB than Ferreira, so how do you rationalise 16.2m?....Abramovich is not running that club as a business, and Kenyon oversees basically a plaything with money no object. How long can it continue for? Doesn't it tarnish any achievement as not really genuine? You have no player who is a true talisman (note: no player in the pfa team of the year), and no manager that really gets any credit!

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      • I think the answer to most of that is: who cares? If Abramovitch wants to keep buying us great players, that's fine by me and, I suspect, other Chelsea supporters. It may be that by building and building we end up with a global brand with a hugely bigger turnover to justify the, um, investment, or it may not be.

        "Doesn't it tarnish any achievement as not really genuine?" Frankly, I don't think that means anything. Or "no", if you prefer.

        "You have no player who is a true talisman (note: no player in the pfa team of the year), and no manager that really gets any credit! "

        Oh, we have a number of talismen. I can think of about five. The pfa team of the year thing isn't what it seems to everyone. This year in no position has one person dominated as just about everyone has been injured at one time or another, and/or holidayed in Africa. It's hard to pick out a Chelsea team of the year. Didn't you agree with this point a while back on the Chelsea board?


    • Robert, lets assume for a moment that there is not a clear out of the current chelsea squad, but new players do arrive over the summer, so you end up with the 3 first team analogy you mentioned. At what point does it start upsetting the balance to have so many quality players?

      I have to give credit to Grant for keeping team spirit this year, when your either not naming to the squad, or playing off the bench 30 million pound players like Sheva. But are their limits when you try to bend the will of that many ego's? Just food for thought.

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      • My impression is that the current squad is too big. It was perfect mid-season, December to February, when we were beset with injuries and lost five to Africa. Players like Alex, Ben Haim, Hilario, SWP and even Sidwell came in and did a solid job. But since the regulars became fit and available, these players have struggled to get on again. The team has been fairly predictable in recent weeks and you have to wonder whether all the players who have no chance of getting in the Moscow team really will hang around for too long.

        I think the right back situation characterises it. Last year we had huge problems at right back and Essien played there most of the season, causing our midfield to suffer. We got Belletti and he and Ferreira seemed to have it more than covered. But recently Essien has gone back there to allow Ballack and Lampard to play in front of Makelele and now we have signed another. At some point it stops looking like cover and starts looking like chaos.

        Players I wouldn't be surprised to see leave are:
        Cudicini (getting too old, need a younger under-study)
        Belletti (over-crowding),
        Ben Haim (can't get in the team),
        Sidwell (not good enough),
        Pizarro (rubbish),
        Malouda (flashes of inspiration too rare), Shevchenko (I like him but Chelsea doesn't seem the right place for him)
        SWP possibly (in three years he has been more out of the team than in)