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FFP and Chelsea!

How do we go about it in January?

Now, I am actually looking at the FFP that is threatening European clubs and at the same time finding the best solution for our team.

Some people might argue that we need to undergo a spending spree to make us compete for the Premier League (forgetting we spent over £80m in the summer) but I am about to argue against that.

First I want to address the issue some of you made against David Luiz being a midfielder...some said he lacks the pace of a midfielder but out of Lluiz and Mikel who is faster?

Some say he lacks the physicality Luiz and Carrick or Lucas who is stronger?

Some say he hasn't played a big game and this same people said he better than Mikel in midfield yet Mmikel was our DMF in the UCL final, what other game is bigger than that?

Remember Mikel started his career as an AMF and he has been our DMF over the years.

This article might be easy for you guys to criticize because you want an established midfielder like Fellaini and Wanyama but remember Fellaini started as a DMF and he now plays behind the striker/AMF for Everton and this his latest position is where he has earned more plaudits.

I am sure the Everton supporters didn.t wait for him to play a big game behind the striker before they were sure he could do it and supported him and Wanyama, with due respect, how many big teams are in the SPL that Wanyama has faced week in week out?

Well my main reason for writing this is looking at the possibility of spending £50m pounds or less this January transfer window in order to boost our chances of complying with the Financial fair play rule.

Remember we aren't saying our squad isn't strong enough to win the EPL but we are just bemoaning our squad depth that we need to strengthen at most three positions which are the Centre forward role, the Defensive Midfield and the Attacking midfield or wing.

This is my own solution to these roles the attacking midfield: we have the likes of Hazard, Mata, Marin, Oscar, Moses and Piazon, even though Moses will be away for about a month, the remaining 5 players are capable of seeing us through before Moses returns with Piazon getting more games.

Now then the Defensive midfield: David Luiz has been a revelation and the way it looks, he seems to be the best DMF we have at present and even with Mikel leaving for about a month, Chalobah is also there to step in.

And if I have to consider Luiz as a DMF that will make us short as Centre Back, but remember Jeffery Bruma?

There are reports saying Chelsea will cut his loan short in January because he wasn't able to return to the Hamburg first team after his injury but he has been a regular there, so I am of the opinion that he is experienced enough to be a 3rd choice centre back behind Terry and Cahill and even Ivanovic can be our 4th option at CB.

While Ivanovic and Azpilicueta remains our right back option... that will leave us with the centre forward role unaddressed and with Lukaku wanting to stay on loan for another season it would leave the club with an option to spend on only a CF.

It would be up to them if they are going to sign a world class striker or a decent goal scorer because the board has the power to decide that.... but in summary this is what I mean:-

David Luiz to midfield, Bruma recalled back to defence, Piazon given more time on the pitch and finally we only have to spend on a CF, with this we can still compete for the league!

What I have just written here is my own opinion the board makes the decision and I sincerely hope they get it right come January!


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Date:Wednesday December 26 2012
Time: 8:41AM


I am also against spending. We need to replace Sturridge, but other than that we don't need to spend any more on new players. I feel that our current squad is capable of competing, it all comes down to each players hunger for winning , attitude and form. Bringing in more players will crowd the the team and might create an adverse effect instead.
26/12/2012 08:56:00
I'm so confused. Paragraphs 3-5 seem to suggest Luiz is inferior to Mikel but then you go onto say Luiz is the best DMF we have.. I think it is a bit early to tout Luiz as the best DMF we have given he has only made 2 appearances in that position. But the talent is there it just needs to be polished and the only thing that can do that is time.
26/12/2012 09:02:00
@foreverchels I only compared luiz to mikel just to point out that in my opinion I think luiz is faster than mikel and luiz is more physical than carrick or lucas (for those that said luiz lacks the pace and physicality to play as a DMF) I never said he is d best I said it "SEEMS" which is different from "he is"
26/12/2012 09:11:00
Haha wow, talk about semantics. So he's not the best? If he's not then who is because SOMEBODY has to be the best in that position which is why they get the start on match day.
26/12/2012 09:17:00
You keep living in dream land, I hope u and others like u would mellow if we don't buy in january and fatigue kicks in, so u feel this squad with the addition of a CF alone and perhaps bruma will be enough for the remainder of the season? I think its time for u to wakeup that we are not strong yet and we need squad depth
26/12/2012 09:22:00
there is probably some truth in the article as well as some risk..the risk for me is that while I do acknowledge there Luiz is an immense talent, I have simply not seen enough of him in DM to be as bullish as this article suggests putting that the DM position is a very sensitive position in modern day football. One of the scenarios I am looking forward to is Luiz playing when the central middfield is congested with very tight spaces as well as against teams that pressure highup the pitch with the opposition AM almost man-marking our DM....Luiz will need to show a lot of class in those type of the question is do we hope for the best that Luiz will handle this situations perfectly or take the more cautious approach of playing him in DM this season against some opponents for him to get that overall balance that a DM needs to function properly...My opinion is that we still sign an enoforcer in January as we cannot take four is an absolute must for us as we are already out of champions league and the season is looking like there'll some very fierce competition for top 4. Ultimately from the little I have seen of David, I think he'll become a DM eventually but he still needs a bit of time which i dont think we can fully afford right now. I'll say if FFP is to be considered, we should sign an enforcer and a striker that is not expensive like Denba BA...that should guarantee a top4 finish all other things being equal....but if our intention is to actullay compete for the title very strongly, then we might be signing as many as 3 players in January...I also think we should not expect too much too soon from our youngsters..these guys are talented no doubt...but they need to be handled carefully as they are our future...I will leave Chalobah and Josh where they are till the end of the season (i have Bruma though and I think we can recall him if we want to..the guy has grown a lot)...and then start bedding them in gradually, not call them back now in the second half of the season when the pressure will be huge obviously...thats my 1 cent
26/12/2012 09:46:00
@lay say we wanted to push for title who would you sign on?
26/12/2012 10:38:00
Well I think we need a versatile mf that is composed on the ball, has an eye for a pass and is not afraid to dig in when the match gets tough. Considering Frank may leave us in January and Mikel gone for ACN here soon makes sense to strengthen that department. Along with our obvious need for a striker I think we'd be g2g.
26/12/2012 10:45:00
We jus need a striker! We dont need other players.
26/12/2012 10:50:00
@selven remind me next year to get you a snorkel for christmas so you can breathe under all that sand m8. Mikel is gone soon for ACN, what if Frank leaves in January, and Luiz picks up a knock in mid January? I know there is 4 Rambos but we only have 1...
26/12/2012 11:14:00
@Foreverchelseai have said before on another pick will be one of Montinho/Benat/ Fellani, then Ba and Walcott)....then we can sort out our left back (if cole leaves) and sriker positions properly in the summer...even if Falcao goes elsewhere, I am sure there will other world class or potentially world class strikers that will be available: Cavani, Jovetic, Lewandoski are some obvious examples...if I include the proceeds from danny's sales..signing those three players will probably cost us around 35million which i dont think is tooo bad..if we wanta spend a lot lesser just bring in ba and walcott which wont be wise in my it will imply we are assuming Luiz will slot in perfectly against all opposition immediately...that is some unneeded risk.
26/12/2012 11:22:00
and guys please Ramires is NOT an ideal defensive midfielder...even though he plays there sometimes.....
26/12/2012 11:23:00
We think pretty much alike, I would particularly like out of those 3 Fellaini, Ba & Walcott for the simple reason and GabeU alluded to this which is a great point we'd be weakening those teams by taking those players on (Ars & Ever especially).
26/12/2012 11:31:00
@Foreverchelsa...I observed that as well...hey but we aint the board, lets see what they do and who they bring in...and i do the deal(s) are completed on last minute panic buys please...!!!
26/12/2012 11:36:00
FFP or Not,,,we will buy quality players, Roman have some of the best accountants in the world and know better than us how to balance the books: we dont neecd to worry even if they spend another 100m on Falcao, Moutinho, Walcott or whoever. They understand the FFP more than any of us and will not do anything that will mae us become like Malaga. Am not worried, i will just wait and see who we get by Feb 1.
26/12/2012 11:38:00
The idea here in the article would have been ideal if we were not gunning for silverware this term. But we need our squad to be stronger enough to compete with the mancs. I support the Luiz in midfield idea cos he has already succeeded there whether you want to evaluate him based on calibre of opponents or number of matches,he has all it takes to excel in that role. And quite frankly too,a whole lot of people who understand the game has recommended him for DM severally and you don't need to be an expert to see that he is more suited in the midfield. Don't get it twisted,he'll stil be available for the CB,but should in the mean time handle the DM as he is more capable imo. We need two good attacking options added in January,1,a partial wideman like Walcot and a complete CF like Falcao. I agree that getting a DM will be a waste of fund,we should better look for quality backups for the defense. I dont see any of the loanees as ready to break into the 1st team. Piazon can continue his progress with subsequent appearances. In all,addition of 2 to 3 players will do pending on the arrival of the afcon contingents.
26/12/2012 11:41:00
Chelsea will get one of fellaini or falcao, as they are the only two players we are seriously in for, and I have a guess we'll get fellaini if everton agrees to sell him and that shows the board knows the importance of having steel in the midfield, decent sides have destroyed all the creativity we have, man utd,man city (CS) athletico madrid (Supercup) even above average sides like ,westham, westbrom and corinthians that have a defensive setup beated us with all the creativity we have, we NEED steel in the midfield and a potent clinical striker and a squad player, that's how we can attain top 3 and win any silverware, I won't be deluded by a flash in the pan appearance to coverup a midfield opinion though
26/12/2012 12:32:00
I'll love david to continue playing in the role for maybe 8 games in a roll, we'll know his strenghts and weaknesses better by then, and we'll. Know if we should scrap the bid for a DM or not, and let's be sure if luiz is suited as a DM or a CM, there is a difference in both roles
26/12/2012 12:41:00
@forever,@layorh and @desmond i totally agree with u guys,our squad is really very thin and with more players leavin for the afcon we need to sign atleast 2 or 3players to complement the ones we already have,top of the priority should be a striker who is cheap and guarantee goals i.e ba and bony,then a dm like fellaini we need his physicality and steel in the center of the pack(yes i know he plays SS now),then a winger and we are good to chalange the mancs
26/12/2012 14:20:00
@Desmond..very important point you ve got there...i think he's better as a CM as he likes to drive forward...being a good DM requires an exceptional high level of positional discipline which i think will be quite difficualyt for David, he is an impulsive player that is very talented...early days though...!
26/12/2012 18:26:00
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