Pundit Frank McAvennie has shared his verdict on the current state of affairs at Chelsea, taking aim at two players in particular for some criticism.
This season has seen the Blues pick up just 31 points from 24 Premier League games, leaving them in 10th place and 26 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
Their previous eight league games have seen the west London club win one, draw four and lose three, scoring just three goals in the process.
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie had this to say on what’s been going on at Chelsea on the pitch and what the summer could hold for the club and Graham Potter.
He said: “I think they will sell plenty of players this summer, they’re not his players. I think that’s why Graham Potter is getting time.
“I just can’t understand why a club of Chelsea’s size has not got a centre-forward – I just don’t get it. Kai Havertz is not for me, he might be good elsewhere but not for Chelsea – they’re desperate for a goalscorer right now.
“That will be their downfall if they don’t make it into Europe this season. The last manager pinned his hopes on [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and I don’t understand why he’s not near the team. There’s obviously something not right there, whether that be his attitude or not.
“Potter knows that he needs a centre-forward, but if Aubameyang isn’t willing to work then he won’t be around the team and will be leaving. It seemed like his attitude was wrong at Arsenal, and he’s obviously thrown his toys out at Chelsea too.”
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With 23 league goals scored in this campaign, only six other clubs in the division have found the net on fewer occasions than the Stamford Bridge outfit.
In regards to Havertz and Aubameyang, the duo, who have a combined weekly wage of £310k-per-week, have six league goals between them this season, with the former being Chelsea’s top scorer with five goals to his name.
Then with the Gabon international having only started four of the 12 league games he’s appeared in, this shows that he’s not a particularly crucial figure for Potter.
With McAvennie predicting that Chelsea will get rid of some players this summer, which seems likely given how they have one of the biggest squads in the league, it does seem likely that Aubameyang could be on his way out unless he shows he has what it takes to lead the team from the front and be their regular goalscorer.