Ex-Liverpool striker Michael Owen has blasted Chelsea over wrongful transfers over the last two windows which have led to their downfall.
After winning the Premier League title last season, Chelsea had a distraught defense to their title finishing fifth on the league table ineligible for the Champions League next season. However, the West London side lost some key players over the two transfer windows and did not manage to recruit well. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has come under heavy criticism and is facing the sack regardless of the FA Cup final result against Manchester United.
The final game of this season for both the English heavyweights will probably decide the fate of Conte but the pundits and fans seem to know the obvious reason of the collapse this season. Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic the Red half of Manchester and brought in Tiemoue Bakayoko for a fee of £40 million from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco. But the Frenchman did not manage to have even the slightest of impact in comparison to his predecessor. And Michael Owen has put the midfielder in the same bracket as Sadio Berahino in the flops of the campaign.
Owen Aghast At Chelsea Business-
Speaking to BT Sport regarding the underperformers of the season, the former Reds’ center-forward said that Berahino, Sanches, and Bakayoko fit in the same category, “Well, inevitably you’re gonna get loads of players that aren’t so successful. Berahino at Stoke has been disappointing again, considering the money that he’s gone for. There are loads of players that you can say have had disappointing seasons. Bakayoko, for me… that title defense by Chelsea, they went out with a little bit of a whimper. And, of course, they had such a strong midfield in their title-winning side, and then I think he’s been a very poor signing. Possibly they bought the wrong one from France. So I mean yeah, he’d probably be the standout.”
Have to agree with Owen regarding Bakayoko’s shocking debut season at Chelsea. But the midfielder is still just 23 years old and hasn’t adapted to the Premier League just yet. Maybe next season he could do better but this season, he was one of the worst players in the Premier League. In fairness, filling Matic’s boots were not that simple.