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O.K. then , how old is too old ?

Di Motteo2010-05-02 07:17:29 +0000 #1
Why is it that every time Chelsea ( or any other club for that matter ) are linked with , or buy a new player ; most of the posts on this board rattle on about the players age . The usual comment is........."not one for the future".

Come on guys , wake up . The future is now . We've had a poor start to the season but the last 2 league results have given us hope , that we can still mount a serious league campaign ; and I'm sorry , but we are not going to do that by filling the midfield with youngsters every game .

The club must have experienced pro's in key positions . And whilst I accept that we do need to get the youngsters in the team as often as possible to give them the experience they are going to need for next season , lets not write this season off as a training exercise .

I don't think that 32 is too old anyway . Given modern training facilities and techniques , the high level of physiotherapy available , and the dietry regimes that all modern footballers are required to eat , I would think that the average pro' would now expect to still be playing top flight football ( assuming he was good enough ) until he was at least 34 - 35

chelsea212010-05-02 07:24:26 +0000 #2
Depends.. whether it's a new signing or not;

If you go out on the market to make a serious purchase for someone, I consider the age very important. There isn't much investment in buying a 32 year old.

The deal with Jokanivic isn't all that serious, and therefore the price of £1.7 is reasonable and his age doesn't matter that much.
PFC2010-05-02 07:37:17 +0000 #3
I am just happy he signed for an English club because now I get the oppurtunity to follow Jokanovic regurarly..

[This message has been edited by Grobar (edited 11 October 2000).]
Kehoe2010-05-02 07:44:59 +0000 #4
I can't believe that we've bought another player over 30. This is a pure joke what the hell is Ranieri thinking this can not be good
zOla2010-05-02 07:52:50 +0000 #5
well.. for 1.7m , I don't see much of a problem.

Jokanovic has got at least 2 more years as a quality footballier... besides.. we needed someone to replace Di Matteo, not to mention Stanic who won't return of another month or so.

He's just a replacement... not a player for the future (as Di Motteo said and I agree with him fully)
Di Motteo2010-05-02 08:18:50 +0000 #6
Oh oh Kehoe , you better get your facts right before replying to one of my posts ;-)

What do you mean " I can't believe that we've bought another player over 30 .

How many players have we bought over 30 in the last 5 seasons then ?

Jess Hogh was 33 , Deschamps was 30 ,Zola was 30 ( 183 games - 50 goals ) , Vialli was 32 ( free transfer , 88 games - 40 goals ) , Gullit was 30 something .

Please tell me of the rest that you know about !

I still think you are missing the point I was trying to make in the original post , and that is that age doesn't come into it . What is important is what the player can give to Chelsea in the time he is at the club . I remember mates of mine taking the piss out of me when Gullit signed Vialli and then Zola a few weeks later . Comments like they are past it .......and over the hill etc.. I think if you look at their playing records for us you have to agree that they are impressive . For Gods sake Franco is still playing and still a key player in the team , and he's 34 .

If you are fit enough and good enough , then age has jack shit to do with it .



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