or you could say that Stones and Laporte are at their peak so are not improving but Ake hasn't reached their level yet.Is he really? None of three others had a stellar last season IMO. Ake was our best defending asset for the last part it. He now involves himself in attack as well and is a sharp header. His midfield work is arguably weaker than the other guys but unlike Stones and Laporte he is showing strong signs of steadily improving as a footballer.
I don’t have to answer that, and if I did it would depend on form and injuries. I thought he did really well for us second half of last season, and also like his flexibility (can play left back) and goal threat. I am glad we have kept him and prefer him to the rumoured replacement had he left (Torres)A fair comment but is he 4th best in your opinion or not?
Like I said yesterday anything over £50 mill and he’s goneAfter Chelsea's beating at the hands of a rampant Arsenal last night, Aké moving to the Chavs may not be over.
Not seen the match, but even Tuchel said they were terrible & the display was worrying. Their new owners will want instant success. The reported £50m we wanted for Aké might now seem cheap considering his commanding displays in pre-season.
Apparently Sterling was the best of their forwards, but from the midway point of the first half, he faded with the rest of the team.
Jesus was the star for Arsenal & Zinchenko played at LB & had a solid game. This will be game-time food for thought for Aké if the Chavs have a change of heart & return for him.
Fabrizio Romano: Chelsea tried to sign Nathan Ake again this week after realizing Kounde was not coming. Manchester City would only let Ake go if they could hijack the Kounde deal. But they couldn't since the player had already had an agreement with Barcelona. So they blocked the Ake move.
Pep wouldn't say it but that doesn't change that he is 4th choice. If we had a big game that we needed to win then Ake wouldn't start.It’s only fans who place members of the team as first choice, 4th choice etc. I can’t imagine Pep stating to Ake “ ..we are signing you as 4th choice”. Every place in the team is up for grabs.
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