Alright, sports fans, that time has finally come. The results of our poll on changing the name associated with the title were as follows:
Amateur Chelsea Scout - 35%
Blue Witness - 21%
Chelsea Player Tracker - 19%
Other things - 22%
As such, please use ACS when labelling your posts. If you don't like those letters for some reason, I must request with the gentlest and kindest voice that you get the hell over it, because who the funk really cares? As we turn to the business of putting up our first posts in this era, I thought it would be good to keep a few things in mind. I'll be brief.
Not as brief as this guy's stint as "best player in the world." Ba-zing! - via www.sport24.com
A) Spell your player's name right. Seriously. (Schürrle - RESPECT THE UMLAUT)
B) Things that it might be smart to include:
- the player's previous season's stats and overall evaluation (I've included a list of resources below)
- the general outlook of how many minutes they should expect to be getting, and the expected contribution from them
- a picture or two
- a few goals (as in aims, targets, aspirations) you believe they ought to have
C) If the player is on loan, be sure to give us a picture of their loan situation, including key components like club, league, quality, manager and/or any other interesting tidbits
That's all. Told you I'd be brief.
Here are those resources I mentioned:
WhoScored is a site that calculates offensive, defensive, and passing statistics for the top 5 leagues in Europe and evaluates players, breaking down their rating based on starting roles, position, and substitutions.
Soccerstats.com gives a quick-glance breakdown of matches, competitions, tables, and national teams.
Football365 does some interesting "interactive stats" if you need to compare matchups across seasons, look at a table at a given time, or check out fixtures/results from previous seasons.
TransferMarkt is a site that deals with all things transfer-related, and includes club/league spending as well as oft comical valuations of players.
There's also a cool thing called "YouTube" that has a lot of videos.
I'll try to get my post up here in the next week for those of you looking for ideas in terms of content/formatting. It will be by no means the only way to do it. I think I speak for the community when I say we don't care about how, just how well.
Now listen up! - via www.newsowl.com
IMPORTANT NOTICE: In order to prevent our posts from flooding this blog and overwhelming our friendly co-members, I've devised a loose schedule that I hope you'll follow to the best of your ability. Also, if you see someone else post for your player and you feel that you have little to add, feel free to skip the preseason burst. I really don't want people on this site to curse my name, so please do your best to not overload the site. I've spaced them out so that there are hopefully no more than two a day, but you guys are smart, so I trust you to use administrative discretion when necessary. If there's a day when no posts have gone up, and you have yours finished ahead of schedule, feel free to go ahead and post it. More importantly, if the queue is full, hold off on a finished post until a lull, if you could.
There is exactly one month between our first preseason match in Bangkok (tehe) on July 17th and the season opener against Hull City. I've divided that time up as follows. If you'd prefer to get your post posted prior to then, by all means do so. I merely felt that a preseason game would be helpful. I'm listing them by players rather than by posters, so look out for your player's name.
July 18th - Frank Lampard
July 19th - Ashley Cole
July 20th - John Terry
July 22nd - Branislav Ivanovic
July 23rd - Gary Cahill
July 24th - Fernando Torres
July 25th - Juan Mata
July 26th - Marko Marin
July 27th - Josh McEachran
July 28th - Oriol Romeu, Nathan Aké
July 29th - Demba Ba
July 30th - Michael Essien
July 31st - Jeremie Boga, Thorgan Hazard
August 1st - Eden Hazard
August 2nd - Lucas Piazón
August 3rd - Wallace, Tomáš Kalas
August 4th - Victor Moses
August 5th - Jon Obi Mikel
August 6th - André Schürrle
August 7th - Cesar Azpilicueta
August 8th - Romelu Lukaku
August 9th - Ramires
August 10th - Kevin De Bruyne
August 11th - Patrick Bamford, Islam Feruz
August 12th - David Luiz
August 13th - ANY NEW TRANSFERS (Cavani, Kondogbia, etc.)
August 14th - Oscar
August 15th - Jamal Blackman, Ruben Loftus-Cheek
August 16th - Marco Van Ginkel
An Abramovich always pays his debts. - via www.thetimes.co.uk
Oh yeah, and now that RAW is over, please toss some recs on this so everyone sees it. KTBFFH!