CAR BLIMEY PUNDITS Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have issued Chelsea fans a warning after the club’s huge transfer spending spree.
The Blues were held 0-0 by Fulham in their first match after recruiting £330million worth of talent in January, taking owner Todd Boehly’s overall purchases to £606million.
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have warned Chelsea fans that it could take a while before they see better performances
Enzo Fernandez made his debut versus Fulham
New faces Enzo Fernandez, Benoit Badiashile and Mykahilo Mudryk all started in the lacklustre performance, with the winger even getting hooked at half-time.
And Neville believes supporters may have to suffer watching more poor displays while their new stars settle in.
The ex-Manchester United man said: “Everything was really basic from Chelsea.
“‘I think it’s because Graham Potter hasn’t had time to work with them, he hasn’t had time to develop them. He’s going to need some time here.
“The front line needs to improve, the midfield needs to improve, so even though they’ve spent £600m I looked at every department and thought they need to get a lot better.
“I wasn’t that impressed. It’s going to take a lot of time for players to settle in.
“You can’t get away from the money. It’s jaw-dropping, staggering. £600m has been spent.
“They are going to need to be patient as nobody has done this before and it’s easy to see why it’s so difficult to put a team together.
“Chelsea and Potter have got a lot of work to do. Fulham were outstanding but Chelsea were toothless in attack.”
Neville’s concerns were echoed by Carragher, who was also left baffled as to why the club didn’t buy a marquee out-and-out striker.
Kai Havertz led the line for Chelsea and 20-year-old January addition David Datro Fofana came off the bench as Chelsea searched for a goal.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seemingly out of favour, it left Carragher confused as to why another centre-forward was not signed.
He said: “The thing that leaves you scratching your head a little bit is they haven’t brought a striker in, they’ve spent 5 or 600 million.
“There’s nothing really there right now. Aubameyang’s not in the Champions League squad either, it does feel really glaring that one big position for them hasn’t been addressed.”
Chelsea sit ninth in the Premier League table and nine points off the top four places.
Chelsea’s spending spree since Todd Boehly’s takeover
Graham Potter subbed Mykhailo Mudryk off at half-time