Chelsea Message Board
- Wise Son Wise Son Nov 12, 2013 11:34 Flag
Huh, a football post! I do think Moyes has handled the Rooney situation really well, considering there was still meant to be bad feeling between them when Moyes came in. Not only did he make sure Rooney stayed, he has got him playing better than last season, neither of which is any small feat.
Moyes still has a lot to prove, but we're seeing a slow and steady improvement in the performances, and if he can address the issues he says he wants to in the next transfer windows, we should see further improvements. I still think this is a transition year, but it was good to see us remind the opposition who we are - The Champions.
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 7, 2013 00:42 Flag
Says the guy so upset that he's had no reply a week later that he had to post his own reply as a desperate plea for attention.
Oink, as you say, oink.
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 7, 2013 00:40 Flag
It is a story about United, so it's automatically an embarrassment as far as you're concerned. We know this, you've repeated it so many times, so why don't you just shut up and sit in the corner?
The grown ups are trying to talk here.
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 7, 2013 00:28 Flag
I do agree that the absence of other signings is embarrassing, especially as they'd made it explicit that they wanted more players than just him.
Frankly, United should have offered that amount for Fellaini at the start and saved the fuss. From what I've read, Woodward was the one insisting on under-bidding, believing that cubs would fold just because we're United, even with Fabregas and Barca. If that's true, the guy's an idiot, and if he doesn't learn from the deserved failure of tactics like that, he's an absolute liability to the club.
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 6, 2013 15:53 Flag
See, this is where it's so interesting getting the views of supporters of other teams. So many United fans seem to say we're not physical enough, that we get bossed in midfield too easily, and that we don't have a physically imposing presence.
Hearing the view from 'outside' that those might not be the issues is valuable.
It really will have to be a case of 'wait and see', I think. I don't think Fellaini represents a guarantee of title success, but I also think the ABUs acting as if his signing is embarrassing are, as usual, talking out of their collective #$%$.
Cheers for the thoughtful reply.
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 5, 2013 11:09 Flag
I never really thought we were looking for a Scholes replacement, though. For one thing, you're obviously never going to get a pure like-for-like replacement, but I think we have players competing for that kind of role within the team - playing passes, setting up attacks, etc.
The criticisms of our midfield I've seen have been alack of physicality, a reluctance to impose ourselves when the opposition get a bit more confrontational, or press a bit harder. We still did pretty well last season without a player filling that role (and Anderson doing it quite well, but we all know how much he struggled with injuries), but Fellaini may be a good answer to that.
At the very least, the long search for the fabled better-tackler than Scholes has ended. ;-)
Also, I don't think Moyes and Woodward sat on their hands. Moyes tried to make moves, and Woodward, from what I've read, almost actively tried to screw them up.
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 4, 2013 11:47 Flag
Fair points, although I do think he offers a different approach than Carrick, so combining them and the other midfielders in different games will allow different approaches. We'll just have to wait and see (and 2 weeks until the next game is annoying). You certainly sem to be describing him as a more attacking midfielder than I've viewed him as, but again, we'll have to see.
I agree with the stick Cleverley's getting. I'm just really keen to see the young players given a chance.
I also definitely agree about Kagawa. This season s one where I really think we should be allowing him to shine, after injury hampered him for so much of last season.
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 3, 2013 13:31 Flag
Bloody hell, been reading about the farce that Ed Woodward is alleged to have made of these transfers. Sounds like the Glazers promoted someone who wasn't qualified. Just like with a manager, I'd like to give him time to learn from his mistakes, but he has gotten off to an awful start. The Coentrao loan move supposedly didn't go through because paperwork wasn't completed in time, people are saying he messed up an otherwise sorted Alacantra deal, and didn't understand the tax conditions in Spain on the Herrera bid.
If even some of that is true, he has a lot to prove, and could end up being a bit of a liability. If anything, he is being accused of operating under exactly the kind of arrogance that ABUs always accuse the club of. In this case, they might be right (stopped clock and all that...).
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 3, 2013 09:24 Flag
Yeah, would have been good, but Fellaini is exactly the kind of player that people have been saying we needed for a couple of years now (I think he even turned up on some people's shortlists of players who would fill that role), so even if he's only one signing, he looks like one that could make more difference than the more attacking midfielders we were linked with (not that it wouldn't have been nice to get one of them, but maybe not as important).
- Wise Son Wise Son Sep 2, 2013 10:50 Flag
I would like to see some more of the youth players coming in, although I can understand the Chelsea and Liverpool not being the games for that. I really do hope we see them given chances.
Didn't necessarily think Young was bad, but then, as a whole, we weren't doing enough to win. Thought Welbeck looked sharp, though.
- Wise Son Wise Son Aug 30, 2013 12:28 Flag
I'm not trying to impress you, I'd have had to stay up until about 1 in the morning to follow the match on matchcast, or watch it on TV, and I had work the next day, so I watched it on the Foxtel box.
But, if it makes you happier, sure, I stayed up til the wee hours, following it on matchcast, you got me.
- Wise Son Wise Son Aug 29, 2013 14:32 Flag
Fox Sports 1, out here, and I didn't say it was good, just that I didn't find it boring. At this early stage, there's a lot of interest in looking a changes and developments in the tactics and players after the break and change in manager.
- Wise Son Wise Son Aug 28, 2013 11:03 Flag
I saw him when he played in Australia pre-season, although, he didn't get as much time on the pitch as Lingard and Zaha, who both really impressed. I've read good things about him. I'm glad MOyes has a good record with youth, as it makes me confident that he and the others will get a chance.
- Wise Son Wise Son Aug 27, 2013 13:31 Flag
It's true - it's almost as if Mourinho is human and not the footballing demi-god the Chelsea fans remember him as. Between them and Abramovich, I would be impressed if he stayed there one season (not ruling it out - just saying it would be impressive).
On the midfield, I am still looking forward to seeing some of the kids given a chance, even if we do make a signing in the next few days. Januzaj, Lingard and Zaha could all make a difference in midfield from what I've seen and heard of them.