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The Chelsea Christmas Wishlist

As 25th December hurtles towards us with all the speed of a Japanese bullet train, I thought I’d take this opportunity to have a rummage round my sack and see what might make suitable gifts for some of the Chelsea team this year. To Petr Cech – A time machine that would take him back to the morning of 15th October 2005 and a change to the Reading line-up meaning…

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The Harding Perspective: Arsenal

With the United match now on the back-burner until March, the focus switches to another of this seasons title contenders; Arsenal. Fabianski’s return in goal should be a welcome sight for Chelsea fans. His presence in goal this season has made a shaky central pairing look even more fragile, as Vermaelen’s loss is felt with each passing game. Fabianski possesses an inability to claim crosses and is a man with…

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George’ll Fix It For You

In the continuation of our look at some of the key performers from the first half of this year’s reserve and youth campaign, we taken a look at George Saville. Alongside yesterday’s feature Todd Kane, George is the only other player to have a 100% appearance record in the Under-18 league, and he too has featured in a number of different roles so far. A left-back for much of his…

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Kane Proving More Than Able

Part of a young player’s development is understanding and experiencing different positions on the pitch. Many an individual will spend time working on and playing in an unfamiliar role to expand their knowledge of the game, and how another player in the team will see things from ther place. In the first of a series of looks at members of the youth and reserve teams who have performed well in…

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Chelsea Sign Young Dutch Starlet

In a move which has been rumoured since November, Feyenoord today confirmed that 15 year-old Nathan Aké will join Chelsea next summer. Leo Beenhakker, Technical Director at the De Kuip side, revealed that Nathan had sealed the move, and indeed, despite interest from elsewhere (most notably Manchester City), he only ever had eyes for the Blues. In an interview with Algemeen Dagblad, Beenhakker said: “I talked with Nathan and his…

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Don’t Dream It’s Over – Beyond the Scholarship

Somewhere in the region of a dozen schoolboys have featured for Chelsea’s academy team so far this season. Many, if not all of those, will go on to secure scholarships with the club going forward, as they continue their footballing development. For others, however, this time of year will be an uncertain one. Staff at Cobham will be deciding upon who will be offered a two-year academy deal (typically at…

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Who Snows What Could Have Been?

As the snow causes chaos across the country, it also prevents Chelsea from potentially sitting top of the table before St.Nic does his rounds. Shame. This could have been a perfect time to play United at home as our form has been awful to say the least, but positives were starting to show, particularly after an impressive second half display at White Hart Lane. JT showed us all why he…

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Let’s Talk About Slobodan Rajkovic

If Chelsea were linked with a nearly 22 year-old international centre-back tomorrow, one suspects the reaction would be a positive one. The player in question has over 100 appearances in club football, is versatile, has impressive size and height, and is currently captain of his club side. It all adds up quite well for a potential signing in a position the club has struggled for depth in so far this…

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The Harding Perspective: Man United

This series of articles will hopefully look to address the tactical nuances that will face the Blues before every game. What better way to start then to address our biggest rivals for the title: MANCHESTER UNITED (H) 19/12/10. The biggest tactical dilemma that Carlo will face is simply how to counteract United’s expected shape. United will surely line up very similar to the formation below, with Nani and Park possibly…

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