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Squad depth; again!!!

Squad depth; again!!!

I know many have heard this said time and again and i also know that many here dont rate Rafa at all but i just wanted to post this link for those who are interestd to read;

These are very recent comments from our interim manager.
Much as many love to hate the guy..the truth is compared to the members on our board and our owner Rafa has way more experience and knowledge about football matters and this is what he thinks.

It exactly mirrors what i and several others here have been saying this entire month. Roman and his three Amigos can choose to ignore the interims thoughts on this matter because after all he is just and interim and not favored by the Chelsea FC fanbase anyway.
We have only 5 days left in this window, the same board and ownership have decided to recall none of our 23 plus players on fact they added one more; Piazon and were actually contemplating sending out another; Marin. Thankfully Hazards suspension should have halted that suicidal thinking.

The point is with the game congestion coming once the Europa league reopens no coach whether he is called Rafa, Jose or Pep can succesfully manage a squad as thin as ours and compete effectively on all three fronts...something will need to give.

If i were Rafa and nothing changes i would just field a team of all youth players in the Europa league and hope they get bounced out post haste. I know Roman and his Amigos frankly could care less about the Europa league anyway. He however is trying to embellish his CV pending his summer departure so i doubt this will happen and i really fear as he further burdens our already tired first team players with the Europa league in addition to FA cup ties we will face injuries, worsening fatigue and further drop in quality on the field no matter the formation he chooses.

The bottom line is if we continue on this path a top 3 finish will be in serious jeopardy..I dont want to sound like an alarmist or a broken record saying the same thing again and again but the only Coach we have right now who works with our boys day in day out agrees. I think it is time Roman and the board listen to someone who knows more about these matters than they do.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Saturday January 26 2013
Time: 2:12PM


interesting observation @GabeU...i think the issues are quite clear...if we dont add to the present squad, then it has to be that Roman and his amigos do not give a hoot bout Europa or Fa cup...Even at that I am not sure just how far this present squad can take us in the BPL...clearly people runing our club do not appear to know a lot about the nature of the game itself and how much physical tireness can kick in when you play every 3 days...lets hope that the club is only playing some kind of joke and will get a lot more busy towards the end of the window starting monday like we always do....if that does not happen then I will have very genuine reasons to be afraid...and very afraid I will be!!
26/01/2013 14:25:00
I am worried about our lack of depth. So we've used for our outfield players: JT, Cole,Bertrand,Bane, Azpi, Cahill, Luiz, Marin,Moses,Lamps, Ramires, Mata,Oscar, Hazard, Mikel,Romeu, Ba,Torres and Piazon. Piazon and Romeu are out for the season so we have 16 players to cover our outfield positions, far from enough, not without reinforcements!
26/01/2013 14:37:00
I have the first team photo as my screensaver on my ipad and I just counted 15 players. That's all he has to pick from and that was me counting cech and turnball. So if u don't count them then it is 13 to choose from. I didn't count Luiz cause he is hurt. I didn't count hazard cause who knows how long the horrible fa will suspend him for. Sturidge is gone Moses and mikel are at the African cup, oriel is hurt. Sorry I forgot ba so 14 not counting the keepers. Go look at that first team picture it is rather disturbing there really is no other options
26/01/2013 14:47:00
Absolute truth... It now even looks like we are very thin in almost every position... look at the attack for example, if we don't play Oscar, Hazard and Mata, there is no one else to play except Marin.... Marin to me is not a solid back up and not the answer to our attacking problems.. Even Oscar and Hazard are still trying to gel in well... the Pivot has only Lamp and ramires... we have no winger now and will have only one when Moses returns, we need a back up striker, back up for cech and a solid back up for Mata. We also need to strengthen and restructure the pivot/deep midfield position.. The big question now is which position(s) do we give priority to and strengthen now as we obviously can't fix all now.... I still believe we are going to sign one or two more this window, I feel the management is just trying to analyse the situation well in order to buy the right player and fill the right positions....
26/01/2013 15:01:00
In the least we need to recall mceachran & KDB.
26/01/2013 15:04:00
Its an issue that need to be looked into in only 2 ways:either we buy players or we call back some of our loanees.its serious and hope something is done very soon
26/01/2013 15:14:00
Whom is loaning these players out? Is it the board or is it the manager? A bunch of clowns running this organization.. It just shows you how clueless this organization having a manager ask the owner to purchase more players when Chelsea has at least 3 players that could be recalled RIGHT NOW...Josh, KDB and why was PIAZON loaned out? CLUELESS just a dumb ass with a big ego that has too much money...with a bunch of YES men clowns surrounding him.
26/01/2013 15:14:00
You could almost field a whole new team with all the money this organization wastes...I am just sick how ***** poor this organization is run...
26/01/2013 15:16:00
It is very naïve to say a player is not solid when he haven't been given time, rafa is the architect of our downward spiral, if he played marin and we see that marin is not good enough then we'll be in sympathy and it might just serve as a catalyst for the board to splash out, who is to say he will use the replacement if bought sef
26/01/2013 15:28:00
#RafaOut #TorresOut #EmanaloOut
26/01/2013 15:36:00
The question is how many players have we got out on loan leaving us short Of players is anyone of any competence running our club makes you think!
26/01/2013 16:00:00
26/01/2013 16:16:00
Everyone has known this from the beginning of the season, which imberciles let Essien and Meirieles go without replacing them ? 1 striker, 1 goalie and 26 players out on loan, a great way to enter into the season ! Emenalo, Buck and Gourlay make the Venky`s look as if they know what they are doing.
26/01/2013 16:20:00
The truth is chelsea can't recall any of their loan player now!!!!you don't just recall a player because you sent him on loan,chelsea can't recall josh,lukaku or de bruyne because chelsea's option to recall them back expired on the 2nd monday of january,there is sometimes a clause that if a club loaning out a player doesn't recall the player before a specific date,it can not recall the player after a specific date,lukaku,josh and de bruyne had that clause and for now those are the players that deserves a recall but they can't be recalled anymore because the recall date has elapsed!........ ......So if we have to strenghten this january,we have to buy!!!!
26/01/2013 16:21:00
Then talking about signing players we have 2 position as priority,first the pivot and the forward line,the daily star just reported that chelsea are looking to sign fernandinho of shakhtar but he might not leave until summer,while in the forward line,for me,I would prefer we get another striker like the jovetic who has 23.5m pounds,if jovetic is out of our reach then we could activate isco release clause before he signs a new contract maybe willian will just be our last resort if we can't pull any of those deals.....for me,I would love to see a pivot player and jovetic/isco this might be a tough deal to pull but we just have to do something!!
26/01/2013 16:35:00
Hazard11 - thank you...I understand your point...but the problem is that the organization is reactive and not proactive..Basically, they don't have a plan and it really shows as they look like fools with their pants down because they are now left short handed.. What I am upset about is that we didn't recall players...I would rather recall loan players than go out and purchase players in January...Chelsea has to stop buying players without the next coaches input..this is one of the big problems.
26/01/2013 16:42:00
@Desmond... well, I think it's equally fatuous and complete delusional to think Marin is the answer to our attacking problem or is better than Mata... Marin is just decent as back up and that's it for now... He has gotten some game time, and started some games... but he still hasn't done enough to replace Mata....
26/01/2013 16:54:00
The problem with waiting till the 11th hour to do transfer business even if we end up getting anyone is that everyone will know that we are deperate. We will end up being swindled and paying well above actual market value for whoever we do get. Compared to last summer when the board actually did fairly well in the transfer window their activity this window has been abysmal. The one decent thing they have done is replace Danny with Ba..beyond that absolutely nothing of note.
26/01/2013 17:03:00
We need two players .striker who can play behind Ba or AMD like willian,or Garcia.Then the pivot we need CAPOUR or BENAT.But Willian is a must buy to bring competition for mata and hazard.
26/01/2013 17:07:00
We need two players .striker who can play behind Ba or AMD like willian,or Garcia.Then the pivot we need CAPOUR or BENAT.But Willian is a must buy to bring competition for mata and hazard.
26/01/2013 17:07:00
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