Article by George Coulson
There are many questions being asked about the situation at Chelsea, and who is to blame for recent lacklustre performances, more notably the 6-0 demolition job Manchester City inflicted on the West London outfit.
Previous away performances include 6-0 loss against Manchester City, 4-0 loss to Bournemouth and a 2-0 loss to Arsenal – an aggregate scoreline of 12-0 in our last three away league games clearly shows something is not right at Chelsea. The question every Chelsea fan is asking right now – who is to blame?
The first suspect everyone points the finger at first is the manager, Maurizio Sarri. A manager appointed by Chelsea who has yet to win his first major trophy with a club. Chelsea arguably have the best CDM in the world in Ngolo Kante but he’s continually being forced out of position by Jorginho. Yes, Kante has scored more this season than in his previous two seasons but it’s easy to see that Jorginho has struggled in recent games. Sarri stubbornly continues to play Jorginho in this position and will not try new formations or swap key players around. If he continues to play the same team, it is likely Chelsea will not make top 4, with Sarri being another manager shipped out by the powers above.
Chelsea arguably have one of the best youth academies in the world, as well as one of the longest list of players out on loan in the world. So much youth is being wasted when Chelsea’s team is crying out for goal scorers, wingers and a decent left back. Chelsea are in desperate need for a goal scorer, Tammy Abraham on loan to Villa has registered 20 goals this season. Alonso continues to struggle at left back, while Reece James impresses on loan at Wigan. Pedro and Willian are inconsistent, Hudson-Odoi continues to be left out the squad on the back of Chelsea rejecting multiple offers from Bayern. Youth players need to be utilised especially when regular first-team players are underperforming. Other teams such as Liverpool and Tottenham successful bring youth through to the starting 11 so why do Chelsea continue to struggle.
The management board at Chelsea is somewhat disorientated. Roman’s visa constraints mean he can no longer watch his team that’s he has invested heavily in over the last 16 years. The clubs transfer policy is now managed by Marina Granovskaia. Marina successfully bought in the likes of Jorginho and recently purchased the USA international Pulisic. Jorginho was clearly a Sarri signing, but the appointment of Pulisic seems to be a transfer made by Marina rather than Sarri. Sarri needs to be given full control of transfers in order for his philosophy and ideas to take full effect.
Will history repeat itself once again with another manager being shipped out the doors, or will the board stick with the manager and give him time to deliver results? Only time will tell.
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