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@ Farshan Ameen: Lucas Piazón, who has shown flashes of genius and also tracks back, is the one prospect I’d keep an eye out for.
Patrick van Aanholt is probably the second best left-back in the Eredivisie behind Daley Blind.
Gaël Kakuta is a good pro but that’s about it. Hasn’t lived up to the hype that prompted Chelsea to tap him up in 2009.
Josh McEachran is class but not sure if he’ll make it with the Blues.
Jeffrey Bruma is one of the worst defenders in Europe right now.
@ Rohan Ahluwalia: It depends on how the company running the statistical data trackers defines a dribble. Some believe it’s just getting the ball and surging past an opposing players, others deem the player in possession of the ball has to manoeuvre his way around an opposing player with a trick.
@ Jerry Koh: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1618794-chelsea-why-blues-transfer-target-andre-schurrle-has-high-bust-potential
How have you been?
@ Ben Dewison: Great points. I’m inclined to plunge with Romelu Lukaku, who has shown enough potential to be a prolific goal scorer in the Premier League.
Surely, he’s going to score more at Chelsea, who have a substantially superior supporting cast.
@ Bharath Sangali: Having a dominant goalkeeper and centre-backs that aren’t defensive midfielders is a start.
Wanted to know which of Chelsea's players on-loan (not the 3 Belgians) do you see becoming big stars of the future ?
Allan, out of curiosity, what exactly does it mean to "Complete a dribble"? You always use that stat but what does it exactly mean?
thoughts on the potential signing of andre schurrle?? do you think he will be a flop or a player chelsea really needed to sign?
Thanks for the message;
Yes, I should change my whole profile really. As well as all-time sports moment there are some other areas of it that could be improved. Lukaku is still very raw but in terms of body strength he is probably stronger than Drogba. Drogba was still a much more complete player but that's who he should aspire to become.
Our performance was very funny because the result overshadowed that we were simply atrcious in a defensive point of view before we grew in confidence right at the end. Olsson, a player who I really like, was terrible yesterday and has been terrible recently. I think it is down to a complete lack of confidence, but this happens. He tried his best but takes a long time to react and read situation (being able to think quickly I think is the most important attribute for a center half), never really goes into 50-50s and he never goes in 100% when anticipating something in the game. I think you would see that I'm right if you see in particular the build up to the first goal and his miss later on. But this happens and I'm sure he will recover if he is shown appreciation for the vital role he has played for us this season, especially in the first half.
Obvious Lukaku coming on changed the game and I think in particular today United really missed Vidic and Ferdinand. Jones and in particular Evans could not deal with the physicality of Lukaku. Noone knew when to go on him and when not to which resulted in numerous midfielders and defenders getting drawn out of position. United looked completely shattered after he came on and there was noone to calm them down and relieve the tension. For me, they should have just got their positioning sorted out first before worrying about other thing. Firstly, they should have held a higher line, considering he was left loads of space from running in from deep and he is hard to stop when on the ball. This is also because his statistics tell us that his weakness is staying onside. Our other two substitutions also made a massive mipact. Fortune should get a new contract for me. Lindegaard was also very poor as well as the rest of the United defence.
For me, neither Ba or Torres are good enough. I would buy a new top, top drawer forward like Falcao or Cavani and have Lukaku as competition and the main rotation option. I would keep Ba as third choice forward for a bench option as he can change games because of his technical ability and decenty physical attrbutes. As for Torres, either keep him as fourth choice or sell him. if I go by what you tout then Feruz could be promoted to fourth choice or maybe an option out wide.
So who do you think could solve barca's defensive crisis?
So who do you think could solve Barcelona's defensive crisis?
@ Rohan Ahluwalia: If Chelsea don’t make Romelu Lukaku their starting No. 9 next season, the Belgian should put in a transfer request.
Cannot stand people who say Lukaku isn’t ready to be a Blues’ starter.
Anderson didn’t make a single tackle in that game. He gave away the ball too freely without being a creative outlet.
Anders Lindegaard didn’t stand up, either.
Crazy game, eh.
@ Bharath Sangali: This article might interest you (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1631665-barcelona-why-thiago-is-at-a-career-roadblock-just-like-xavi-was-a-decade-ago).
Thiago has the potential to be better than Cesc Fàbregas.
The 22-year-old can mimic Xavi but is too gifted in the final third to be limited to a distribution role.
Andrés Iniesta still has a few world-class years in him; just wish he’d play as a wide forward given that he’s one of the most inventive dribblers and a clutch goal scorer.
Mats Hummels is having his worst season at Borussia Dortmund. He’s constantly been out of position, made several notable errors and his passing has increasingly been erratic.
Buying him could mean another Philippe Christanval signing, which at the time was great on paper, but ended up being a disaster.
Marquinhos is a world-class ball-winner but Roma is likely to demand a king’s ransom for the closest version to Fabio Cannavaro.
Thanks for the compliment, Bharath :).
5-5? DAYUM! The second Lukaku came on I was worried, but still, that was a complete and utter capitulation. And Januzaj was about to come on... I think this reinforces our need to acquire a really good midfielder (van Ginkel or Strootman).
Hey,what do you think of Thiago Alcantara's development?Should he replace Cesc's ,Iniesta's ,or Xavi's position on the field?
Also,what do you think of a Hummels-Marquinhos CB partnership along with Alba and Montoya?
Great writing man,i really enjoy reading your articles