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Pre-Show Open Thread: EPL Talk Podcast, Week 6 Review

The top of the Premier League table was rocked, with each of the Big Three dropping points on the sixth match day.  Manchester City’s performance at Eastlands, Arsenal’s flop against Brom and Manchester United’s draw at the Reebook will all be talking points, but beyond that …

What do you want to hear about on tomorrow’s edition of the EPL Talk Podcast?

Use the comments section below to leave your comments, submit your ideas, or ask your questions, and we will try to work them into today’s recording.

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  1. Scott Alexander

    September 27, 2010 at 12:47 am

    No problem but I suspect that this will be significant subtext to understanding how this season plays out regarding Chelsea in particular and the prem title run in general and maybe has a huge effect on the PL for the next few seasons moving into the financial fair play era. To start with, this seems to reflect a massive sea change in Chelsea. For years we’ve dumped a lot of money into reviving the academy but we’ve not recently given anybody a chance at first team. While it might just be because they weren’t good enough, it’s still surprising to see such a sudden commitment to incorporating our youth. I think that this speaks to a lot of things but it also implies that we’ve finally found long term managerial stability in the post Mourinho era (Ancelloti can and will play kids not only because he isn’t afraid of being sacked but he wants a better squad in 2-3 years too). And while I fully support this new approach, I do suspect that we will be dropping some points that we wouldn’t necessarily drop otherwise. I also think that we’ll be a better club for it and this might be the only realistic way for us to keep up with Arsenal, Man United, and eventually Man City in the ensuing era.

    As a side note, it also seems to me that Man City and Chelsea are taking 2 very different models for the Fair Play era. Man City seem to be acquiring assets that will not only help them get to CL but that they will also be able to sell in the Fair Play era. Since the Fair Play rules have been adopted, the average age of Man City’s transfers in have fallen by about 5 years (as compared to last year) with Yaya Toure being the only player acquired who was older than 24. Chelsea seem to be taking the line that they need to get the youth to a level where they will be ready to be major contributors in 2-3 years to bring down wage and transfer fees whereas Man City will be able to sell on some of these players without initial transfer fees counting against them and indeed subsidizing the wages/transfers of their future squads.
    I also think that this should be really scary for Liverpool. When Hodgson was put on I figured that he was coming in as a caretaker manager until new ownership came on and then he’d be gradually replaced with a high profile manager who would be given funds to guide them back to CL prominence. The timing is starting to look really bad though. Liverpool needs a large infusion of new talent and the money that it would require looks to be in an era which would prohibit them from CL unless they get this done soon. The alternative seems to be more reliance on the academy route of which they do seem to have some promising youngsters in the like of Martin Kelly, Jonjo Shelvey, and Conor Coady but does Hodgson have any impetus to develop these kids when the present looks so dire?
    looking forward to show. thanks as always

  2. Scott Alexander

    September 26, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Observations on Josh McEachran and the first real integration of Chelsea’s youth movement in a season where a majority of pundits & punters have picked them for the PL title and are 2nd favourites for CL title? A lot my fellow Chelsea supporters have decried the quality of our bench in the Man City match (Turnbull, Zhirkov, Ferreira, Sturridge, Van Aanholt, Kakuta and McEachran) and even I was surprised to see 15 year old Nathaniel Chalobah on the bench against Newcastle along with 17 year old Billy Clifford, 17 year old Josh McEachran, and 19 year old Jacob Mellis not to mention 18 year old Jeffrey Bruma, 20 year old Patrick van Aanholt, 19 year old Gael Kakuta, and 21 year old Daniel Sturridge starting.

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer

      September 26, 2010 at 10:57 pm

      We didn’t get to discuss it Scott, but I love McEachern in particular. Chelsea, unlike United and Liverpool have invested heavily in developing youths recently. Bruma and Kakuta also will be outstanding.

      It’s a sad statement on the amount of reckless spending certain debt laden clubs have engaged in that those clubs have fewer youths coming through their ranks AND have spent more on transfers than Chelsea over the past couple transfer windows.

  3. Mark

    September 26, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Should LFC use a 4-4-2 with Torres and Ngog from the start in games such as at home against Sunderland?

  4. Carolyn

    September 26, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    How long should Roy Hodgson be given before the inevitable talk of his sacking comes up?

    Liverpool have played very poorly so far and his reliance on Poulsen to anchor the midfield hasn’t worked out yet. A liverpool supporter reminded me that Poulsen was on the bench at Juventus because Momo Sissoko started all the games when he was healthy. The same Sissoko that Liverpool let go because he wasn’t good enough anymore.

    Do you see reason to be optimistic that Hodgson can turn things around at Liverpool? If not, how long before talk of his sacking takes center stage?

  5. Richard

    September 26, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Hi all:

    Even after last week’s technical problems, we’re going to try again:

  6. Scot

    September 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Just how good is Chris Brunt? Should I be surprised that he’s still with West Brom and hasn’t moved to a bigger team by now?

  7. UpTheBlues

    September 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Will Chelsea recover from the loss to Man City; and will injuries and the low squad size affect the club in the long term?

  8. dsm9412

    September 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Odds Fernando Torres is still at Anfield on September 1, 2011?

  9. The Gaffer

    September 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Question for the panel: What is it about Man City that makes them play so well against the Big 2 but play so poorly against other teams?

    The Gaffer

  10. Jason

    September 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Surely Almunia from Arsneal is going to ride the bench now. HIs performance against West Brom is the worst display of goalkeeping I have ever seen. He is an embarassment to watch and I don’t even like Arsenal.

  11. Lyle

    September 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    What are the chances a Fulham sneaks into the Champions League this year? (betting odds would be admittedly poor as of today). EPL looks really solid so far this season. “Mid-table” teams seem to have figured out how the play the top tier teams. They lack the top, top quality… but that quality of the Biguns can be mitigated through organization and patience, I think. Bolton’s draw against Manchester United is a good example of this this past weekend. They could have just have easily won the match than drawn it.

  12. PeteC

    September 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Since my Gunners looked terrible against West Brom and someone has already asked about their title chances, I’ll just ask, why are Spurs seemingly back to their underachieving ways? They looked so promising last season having qualified for the Champions League, but now look totally lackluster to start the season. My bias is showing here as an Arsenal supporter, but for me the loss to West Ham sums up Tottenham’s season so far. Do you think they can turn it around?

  13. GYU

    September 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Ask Krishnaiyer in particular what he thinks of Everton. He was far from the only “expert” picking them 4th this year, but still needs to be held accountable for what is turning into an embarrassing prediction for him and the others who touted the Toffees. His other predictions have thus far been pretty good, especially tipping West Ham and Wigan to struggle and WBA to be decent, but I suppose Everton overshadows the good picks.

  14. Edward C

    September 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Are Arsenal now out of the title race? A hiding or slim defeat at Chelsea next week and they’re 7 points off the pace already.

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