Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker claims the Chelsea team is overrated and has ribbed into Chelsea summer signing Kalidou Koulibaly.
Chelsea are winless in their last five matches before the World Cup break including three consecutive Premier League. The poor run of form has seen the blues drop to the eighth position.
The level of investment made by the Todd Boehly-led administration during the summer seems not to be yielding immediate results. Chelsea made history in the summer transfer market after spending over £280 on player transfers. One decision that seems to be affecting the team’s performance and spirit is the sacking of Thomas Tuchel after the defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the opening fixture of the Champions League.
Graham Potter started life as a Chelsea on a positive note, being undefeated in his first nine matches for Chelsea. He will be seeking to put the bad result before the World Cup break behind them when they face Bournemouth on Tuesday.
What did Paul Parker say?
The Former Manchester United defender said via BeMyBet: “Honestly, I think that Chelsea’s team is overrated.
“I never really understood why they signed Kalidou Koulibaly. He is lumbering and he is not doing anything.
“They don’t have a great goalkeeper or a great center forward. N´Golo Kante is past his prime and Jorginho is not performing at all.
“I really don’t see them being able to compete to finish in the top four. The midfield is lacking creativity.
“Mason Mount still has a lot of work to do to prove people wrong.
“I think that they are lucky to have Graham Potter but they don’t have a single Graham Potter player in their squad.”
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Petit has labeled Chelsea signing of Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana as panic buying.
He said on Genting Casino: “Chelsea were linked with Gvardiol last summer and they should have got him then. Instead, they got Fofana and Koulibaly.
“They already have Thiago Silva and Azpi [Cesar Azpilicueta] too so it may be difficult to get Gvardiol now. At the start of the season, it would have been a good move but I don’t know if it would be now.
“Chelsea panicked in the summer. They saw some players and put a lot of money towards them when for me, they did not meet their value.
“Some chairmen spend too much money when they have no idea what they are doing.”
Chelsea will return to Premier League action on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, when they face Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.