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Time to reinvest into Aubameyang
has to be homegrown player. We were already short in that department and we just got rid of another one. I doubt we'll sign anymore players. We'll be offloading some more players though
Terry, Cahill, Ake, Cesc and Baker would all count as HG. We would have to include 2 more youth players and we're still in the market for 1 more HG. Maybe Swift, who knows? Maybe someone knows more on the quota breakdown. This graph shows we have only 6 HG players, of which 3 are likely to not be in the team at all, Moses, Kakuta and McEachran.

http://thechels.info/wiki/First_team_squad

This is a bit perplexing. We need to pick up some more HG players in a hurry or we're including alot of youngsters.

Real Madrid's recovery Doctor has signed with CFC!

https://mobile.twitter.com/FutbolSergi/status/494256598764638208

Our medical staff just got a whole lot better!
Lol! Ash has a great sense of humour! His response to the pic of him at Roma where he was caught creeping on the outside. XD

https://mobile.twitter.com/TheRealAC3/status/494542048653869057
Cesc's free kick goal. Nice curl on his shot!

http://gfycat.com/ClearSpicyHectorsdolphin

Matic goal with a beast run and assist by Costa!

http://gfycat.com/OddVictoriousArctichare
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His first goal. And it is a beauty.
Hmm... last season number 4 kept taking the free kicks away from Hazard. I guess it will repeat again this season.
But this time many of them will end up inside the net not at the stand.
http://www1.skysports.com/transfer-centre/#ooid=91cDNjbzpJQqkSBPDs2e_8rvgAhg_rqW

Go down to 22:23 to hear Mou's reason to why Lukaku left.
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yup, what few of us have been saying for a long time. Wants guaranteed starting role without fighting for it
the other side of it is he lacks experience compared to costa and didier (would either of them be chelsea material if they were 2nd or 3rd choice at his age and not guaranteed to play every week?), and as a 21 year old striker, he will improve the most with games and trust from the technical staff and manager - which he would be getting at everton under martinez.

http://www1.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/9400955/lukaku-credits-martinez-role

he wants to get better and sees first team football under roberto, who is committed to developing him as their main striker, is his best option.

i tend to agree. i think under mou he wouldn't be the focus, and he would have to focus on being a role player, but under martinez there is greater incentive to focus on his development and play to his strengths. at everton a team can be built to suit his strengths and speed up his development.

im sure in a few years when he thinks he has gotten all he can get out of everton he will be picked off by a top club that wants him as #1 and guarantees a chance to win titles and play in CL every season.

you (i) have to respect the fact that he sees his development and playtime as more important than guaranteed CL and better chance for trophies at this stage in his career.
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Good riddance to bad rubbish when reading the line
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Well we still have time to sign another striker. Just don't know who lol.
I agree with most of what you're saying SiF, but outside of the 28m, I don't see too many positives out of this deal for Chelsea.

1. That money will have to be reinvested over the next 2 years for the strikers position.
2. We lose out on a significant game changer off the bench.
3. We'll have to rely on uncle drogba and Miss Spain as backups. Not very inspiring is it now?

Don't get me wrong, drogba will do a job, especially at the beginning of the season, with the honeymoon period. Once we get into the grind of november, if costa isn't fit, we will be screwed again.
After scoring 15 and 17 goals on his 2 years on loan at West Brom and Everton what makes you thing Lukaku wants to sit on the bench and come off as a game changer? As a 21 year old he wants the best for his career and that means playing in as many games as he can play in to further his development in order to succeed in both club level and international football. His a starter material and can score loads of goals, problem is he doesn't fit Chelsea and isn't the kind of striker Mou is fond of. Costa, Drogba and Torres are technical players that fit Cheslea's style but not Lukaku, it might not be a good thing for Cheslea but its the best option for him now.
^you out of people should understand the value of fighting for your place and performing at your best when given the opportunity to do so. Dzeko ring a bell?
Moe66, do you even know what you are talking about? Costa and Drogba are powerful strikers, and Drogba is a targetman, Lukaku can be both and has more pace. You should talk about Lukaku not wanting to play 2nd choice, yet Man City have young Jovetic as 4th choice, there is absolutely no logic in your argument. Lukaku would still get a lot of playing time to prove himself.
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ethio it's not the same, dzeko is the finished product, lukaku isnt. you dont become the finished product by being 3rd choice striker. at some point you have to decide whats best for your development.

if you accept the supersub or squad role (like welbeck and hernandez), you can get stuck there for a while, and there's no guarantee chelsea wont buy another finished striker (like we bought rvp) to keep him down the totem pole. do you think hazard would be developing as quickly if he was 2nd or third choice behind ronaldo (someone who is clearly better, like how costa is clearly better or more finished than lukaku) or something for madrid? it's the same idea.

and liq the benefit for chelsea is they will find someone else to fill that role who is happy to be a squad player. it may already have been drogba but somewhere down the line another target will emerge or player from the academy will get a chance.
Basically, what Moe66 is saying is, Dzeko, Negredo, and Jovetic are ambitionless oafs, happy to collect a paycheck while playing second fiddle to Aguero.

Mate, if a football player wants to be his own man, without competition for places, he's in the wrong sport.

@SiF: All points taken aboard, the issue really is that he never stayed back to test himself. Had he played here for a season, and then taken the call, hey, I need to move away to grow, that's fair enough. He did not ever show the will, or patience, to fight for a spot. Not even for half a season.

It is ironic, that in his presser, he said, at Everton, the staff has full trust in him. The fact is, he doesn't have any trust in the Chelsea staff, and that is why he took the way out both times he was put in a position of competition.
So Lukaku should have played tennis.
I understand both sides here but still can't accept his for being correct. What bothers me the most is that he came here alleging to love this club and last season he had ever chance to force his way into the starting line up if he would have grown a pair and stuck around to fight for his place in the side. At this point I view him as little more than a coward with a mask of arrogance. Any man would have relished the chance to prove himself, lukaku ran, and now he's running again since we had to buy another striker since lukaku still hasn't proven himself at our club.
you have a point, i think it's fair to say he's also being a bit impatient. i think he's watched himself become second choice for the belgian national team to benkteke at aston villa, and even third choice to another talent younger than him. he may feel he'll only fall behind further at chelsea and therfore rushed his decision.

but i do think he really improved his game under martinez and realizes martinez can improve him moreso than mourinho will because of their different philosophies on how strikers should play.
I'm not so sure about that. This is a really weird situation. Lukaku is a striker that attacks space, and needs a lot of work on close control, making runs, and ball retention.

He would be the perfect player for a counterattacking team, something Chelsea is accused of a lot. But, to play in a possession based team, he'd require ball retention, close control, etc. These are all aspects Mourinho wanted in his front man, and hence he got Costa.

Presumably, Martinez wants Everton to play expansively, and hoard possession. Those skillsets Lukaku does not have yet, and will have to develop them. In that sense, this is a very good move for him. His sense of entitlement is extremely irritating though, especially, since he has done ZILCH for Chelsea Football Club, aside from demonstrating cherubic 'fandom' on a youtube video.
well, let's just hope Costa stays injury free. lol.

When Aguero got injured City brought on Negredo, when chasing a goal negredo + Dzeko + jovetic, when both Aguero and Negredo got injured Dzeko won city the league.

I can't fu*cking believe this, we go into the season expecting to challenge for CL, PL, other various cups and expect Torres and 37y/o Drogba to carry the team.
If Drogba comes on for an injured Costa, he will beast. Trust in the Drog. He still looks very fit, he still looks like the Drogba that left.
They look the same age tbh. Lol.
+1
Costa is like Terry. At the end of last season he played a week after cutting his leg to the bone and a pulled hammy.
Mourinho is definitely a man of his words. I could remember when he made a statement about selling out players out of EPL all in the name of not strengthen the opposition, whereas clubs are weakened the league.

If everyone is like Daniel Levy, Mata would never go to Man Utd neither Lukaku will ever wear Everton shirt
Just saw the Costa goal highlights. Damn, typical Costa goal - Calm, composed and ruthless. Glimpse of the season to come.

On another note, Torres also showed a glimpse of the typical :P
+2
Found this in one of the WAGNH comments:

"Ironic how Lukaku who was supposed to replace Drogba, got replaced by Drogba"

-_-
+10
Brilliant.
I'm pretty sure Drogba being brought back was an incentive for Lukaku to stay. Handing Romelu the keys to the Blue machine was not part of the plan.

Meanwhile, does anyone other than Romelu think he's complete? Maybe Bentner and Hesky told him something we don't know. :P
we never needed lukaku


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