Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has urged his former side to replace two stars this following poor form this season.
Chelsea are struggling domestically this season and out of The EFL Cup and FA Cup. Graham Potter’s side are tenth in the Premier League and 10 points fewer away from a Champions League spot.
Their poor form is partly due to injuries, and some senior players need to be in shape.
Frank Leboeuf has insisted that Chelsea should replace struggling stars Jorginho and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Chelsea in the summer and has scored three goals in 16 appearances for the blues.
What did Frank Leboeuf say?
He wrote in a column on Chelsea news: “Jorginho has served the club very well, but he’s nowhere near it anymore.
“I had my time at Chelsea, and people made it clear that John Terry was coming, and I had to make way for him, and that’s understandable. That’s life.
“There is a present, and there is a past, and the future is not for us. You have to accept that.
“I do like the way Jorginho plays, but he’s too slow when he has the ball, and defensively he doesn’t participate enough for me.”
On the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he added: “I’m not sure Potter has the players that he wants. We all know that we need a striker.
“I like Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, I played with his father, and I love him, but I know that he’s not the guy we needed. They asked me at ESPN if I was OK with him, and I said no, it’s too late, he’s not the Aubameyang we knew.
“We can talk about Marcus Thuram, but he is not a striker, we need a striker. Romelu Lukaku didn’t work out, but Chelsea need a striker, someone who is able to create and score goals, because that is lacking right now.”
Graham Potter has come under pressure recently following Chelsea’s poor results.
Meanwhile, Frank Leboeuf has backed Graham Potter to remain as Chelsea manager.
He added: “Overall, I am behind him. We all knew when he signed what we could expect from him, and he needs to be able to build the team and the new spirit of the club.
“It would have been crazy to think he is going to change everything in a second. It’s not possible, and it doesn’t work like that.
“He’s not the guy who comes like Mourinho or maybe Tuchel and is not going to change the spirit of the team just like that. He’s going to have to prove to the players what he wants.
“I’m behind him because I know it will take some time, but he has to be clear with what he wants to do, and the board has to be clear.
“I was expecting someone from the club to talk and say, “OK, that’s what we want to do, give us some time we are going to go through bad times, yes we are Chelsea, and we know your expectations, but that’s what it is after a year of not doing well, we have to recreate something, an atmosphere in the dressing room, a way to play, more vertical way of playing, but at a Chelsea level.”
“And everybody would have understood that, but the message wasn’t clear and the performances have been horrendous.”
Chelsea’s next Premier League game will be at Anfield against Liverpool.