Ray Wilkins believes Cesc Fabregas is the only player who offers a much-needed “British influence” at Chelsea.
The Blues scraped through into the FA Cup fourth round on Wednesday, beating Norwich on penalties.
They struggled in the replay at Stamford Bridge, with a relatively strong second string being held to a 1-1 draw after extra-time.
“It was an awful performance. It was quite inept,” former assistant manager and captain Wilkins told talkSPORT.
“It all goes back to the transfer dealings. You look at last year’s dressing room: you had John Terry. Okay, he didn’t play, but he’s no longer at the club.
“There’s no British influence at that club anymore except for probably Cesc Fabregas. I say British, Cesc has been playing since he was 17, so he understands the situation.
“You’ve lost Matic out of that midfield. You need characters in a football club, and I think their buying and selling over the summer has been pretty poor.”
A few things, Ray:
- Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and their ‘British influence’ are Spanish and Serbian.
- John Terry and has massive ‘British influence’ was at Chelsea throughout the 2015/16 season, as was Spanish Fabregas and Serbian Matic. Why were Chelsea so sh*t in spite of this?
- Chelsea have literally just signed Ross Barkley, while Danny Drinkwater joined in the summer. How long does it take for ‘British influence’ to take effect?
- Poor Gary Cahill.