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Should Chelsea start with McEachran against Bolton on monday?

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Carlo Ancelotti reported in a press conference yesterday that Frank Lampard and John Terry are doubtful for the monday’s away game at Bolton because of injuries and hinted that Terry has more chance to play than Lampard.

If Lampard’s doesn’t play then should we start with teenager Josh McEachran? Other midfielders, Zhirkov and Mikel are not yet fully fit. Should Ancelotti take the bold decision to play McEachran? Considering his performance and abilities I would prefer to give him vote of confidence over not yet fully fit Mikel.

It may also happen that instead of starting with Josh we may shift back Malouda to midfield along-with Ramires and Essien and with three strikers, Drogba, Anelka and Kalou/Sturridge upfront. With no signing expected and the lack of availability of players in the midfield what do you think the club should do?

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  1. Muriithi

    January 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I think Josh have proven that he is capable of playing very well.Carlo should start with him,then substitute him later with Mikel.

  2. Acer

    January 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    McEeachran should start aswell as Sturridge, both when asked put in a good game and dont get enough chances

  3. terry

    January 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

    i would rather have josh and sturridge in the starting line up than mikel or kalou even at the expense of malouda on current form

  4. Charles O.O

    January 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Yeah 2 my own opinion we shld Give Josh more tym 2 play 4 d team cox i ve seen capable

  5. charles

    January 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

    yes …i think he deserve to play that match cos he is very intelligent and also got more pace with nice passes in the midfield

  6. jawwsd

    January 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    i think josh should start he is more capable than lampard and has pace too!!and he iz capable of giving good through balls than lampard!!!and he would give chelsea confidence to with his play!!and sturridge should also start because his recent form is good he is scoring goals consistently!!!so both sturridge and josh should be given starts!!

  7. inners

    January 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    If Mikel is fit, I would return him to the front-line, he protects the back four better and against the bulk of Bolton, this will be needed. I would have the Stud on for Kalou should Carlo be thinking about returning Salamon to the starting line up. Stud has one thing on his mind – SCORING GOALS! I would bring on Josh as a sub; more so if we’re in a comfortable position. He surprisingly faded in the second half of the Youth Cup on Thursday; he is of course still learning his trade – let us not put too much pressure or expectation on him.

  8. Philip

    January 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I think Carlo should start Josh and Daniel and see what happens then Kalou and Mikel

  9. Alhaji

    January 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    i like to see Josh lin up, coz he’s ……..

  10. Timlos

    January 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Guys, what an effort put up by Aston Villa against Mancity, can anyone see the diffrerence a player purchase can make to the team’s mentality. It shows the guys what the owners want to do and this raises their commitment a notch. Verdict : No purchase of players this January, no champions league football next season, anyone wanna bet?

  11. Egege Sam

    January 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    In Mikel’s and Lamp’s absence Josh should stir other than Shifting back Out of thought Malouda in the middle of the park.
    Josh’s more Creative and Pacey

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