Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has been warned he can’t “trust” one of his key players as the problems begin to mount at Stamford Bridge.
After the harrowing 4-1 defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday, the Blues were equally inept on Sunday, beaten 4-2 at home by Wolves with the players jeered off by the home fans.
And their latest display was savaged by ESPN pundit Steve Nicol, who particularly critical of club captain Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling, Conor Gallagher and Axel Diasi.
The ex-Liverpool man also questioned the recruitment policy at the club, arguing they’ve brought in poor players.
“Conor Gallagher doesn’t get anywhere close to any of the top four sides,” he said. “Raheem Sterling, you can’t trust this guy. When he steps on the field, you don’t know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes he’s good, sometimes he disappears.”
Nicol’s observations on Sterling are seemingly backed up by stats, with the England international having not scored in eight Premier League games. He was hauled off in the second half against Wolves, and booed as he made his way to the dugout.
As for Chelsea’s shambolic defensive display, he added: “Disasi. Who bought him? You’ve got Silva who’s 39. This is a bad team. Whoever picked these players has shown that they’re in the wrong job.”