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Need to get more ruthless up front.........

Particularly if we can't rely on our defence at this moment in time.
One thing that is concerning me slightly at this time is our team's possible lack of confidence to not shoot sooner.

There was a few occasions yesterday (in my opinion) where shooting sooner might've yielded better results.

These are teething problems. And I full on the Frankie, 69er, Biggish and JFDI stance, that we cannot just be buying strength in depth if we buy in January. They have to be an improvement on what we already have. Especially in defence, where i think we most urgently need to buy.

But back to the heading. Whilst we cannot buy over the next 23 days or so, we need to get more ruthless in the final 3rd to try to outscore our opponents, because clean sheets are looking really unlikely in games where we're on top.

posted on 8/12/19

Apart from LB, I don't personally believe we need to do anything more than get Rudiger back to full fitness as far as the defence is concerned!

posted on 8/12/19

Yes, OP. Up front more clinical and more experienced backup striker is missing. Maybe Dzeko?

Also, you need a commanding CB. Zouma doesn't striker fear into the attacking players.

Other than that, the side is fantastic and can take any side apart

Maybe Kepa lacks a bit more experience but I am being too critical on him.

posted on 8/12/19

comment by BrummieBlue! (U3487)
posted 35 minutes ago
Apart from LB, I don't personally believe we need to do anything more than get Rudiger back to full fitness as far as the defence is concerned!
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Brummie, do you think it's a concentration level thing with our CBs? Or do you think Tomori should be back in this side? Whilst Rudiger not an option i mean.

posted on 8/12/19

comment by The Noble Lord Flash (U8334)
posted 2 minutes ago
comment by BrummieBlue! (U3487)
posted 35 minutes ago
Apart from LB, I don't personally believe we need to do anything more than get Rudiger back to full fitness as far as the defence is concerned!
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Brummie, do you think it's a concentration level thing with our CBs? Or do you think Tomori should be back in this side? Whilst Rudiger not an option i mean.
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Yeah, I personally think so. Tomori for me is more the future than both Zouma or Christensen. I even think Guehi is a better bet in the long term - but in the short term we really need Rudi back!

posted on 8/12/19

I'd agree with this if the majority of our attacking players weren't so young & weren't showing so much promise.

Willian & Pedro will more than likely go in the summer so that's not an issue long term, we'll get another winger then (probably Sancho or Zaha) & that'll naturally take care of itself.

The need to sign a backup to Abraham is very ducile IMO. He's at a critical stage in his development where the wrong profile of player could upset the balance. It's similar to the problems Spurs have with signing a backup to Kane, anyone worth buying (particularly in January) could put too much pressure on him - it's a very difficult balance to find. I'd be all for replacing Bats personally, just cos I don't rate him, but Lampard's getting performances out of him as that classic super sub guy, and Giroud's fine as a 3rd choice - if he hadn't of played how he did in the Super Cup match I might've second guessed that cos he's not the style of player you'd expect to match the high octane football we're playing, but he played well enough in that match to warrant being 3rd choice (if he's happy with that of course).

posted on 8/12/19

Regarding the issues in defense, the football we're playing will demand a world class CB being bought at some stage, it's inevitable (just like Liverpool HAD to buy VVD, it was pivotal).

Koulibaly is the obvious CB to go for, but his age will demand we'd have to make the move in the summer to get any value for money out of the deal long term.

posted on 9/12/19

Well...you know who I think we should have bought...another brace this weekend

posted on 14/12/19

As long as the money isn't spent frivolously on middling to decent standard PL level players such as Zaha, Rice, Ake etc...
Avoid like the plague.

Koulibaly isn't worth the 120m outlay either.

posted on 14/12/19

comment by Chelseamf™®© (U1677)
posted 33 minutes ago
As long as the money isn't spent frivolously on middling to decent standard PL level players such as Zaha, Rice, Ake etc...
Avoid like the plague.

Koulibaly isn't worth the 120m outlay either.
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who is though....

Maybe Mbappe would be worth whatever ludicrous sum he'd attract because he's so far ahead given his age...

Who knows what Messi would cost if he ever moved...even now

Remember when CR7 left Utd for £80 odd million....that was a sum then....it's just so not now

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