Chelsea told they will ‘struggle for a couple seasons’ and to ‘bite the bullet’ over Lukaku

Joe Williams
Chelsea player Romelu Lukaku walks to the bench

Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell thinks Chelsea will “struggle for a couple seasons” with Graham Potter having “so many fires to put out”.

The Blues are currently on a run of just one win in their last 11 matches in all competitions with pressure growing on Potter to turn around their fortunes.

If Aston Villa better Chelsea’s result over the weekend then Potter’s side will move into the bottom half of the Premier League table with 13 matches to play.

Potter has faced a lot of criticism but many people have sympathy for him as looks to gel numerous new players into the Chelsea starting line-up.

And Campbell reckons Chelsea will still “struggle for a couple seasons” no matter who the manager is.

Campbell told talkSPORT: “Things have changed so much, Graham Potter, he’s going to face the same stick that any manager would. It’s always so difficult after a regime change for the first man at the helm.

“He’s got so many fires to put out, so much to do. Graham Potter’s a very capable manager, but he doesn’t know the inner workings of Chelsea. Chelsea’s inner workings have kind of fallen apart.

“He’s trying to put all these pieces together in this jigsaw and there’s pieces missing. He’s got a hell of a tough decision to make week in week out, and that’s not even talking about picking the team.

“There’s people above him getting to know him and know the football club. No one seems to know each other, then you’re bringing in a load of new players, it’s just so disjointed.

“I think Chelsea are going to struggle for a couple seasons.”

Chelsea have spent around £600m on new players over the last couple of transfer windows and Campbell is baffled as to why they didn’t buy a new centre-forward.

Campbell added: “One problem, who’s your No.9? [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] doesn’t play. Let’s be honest, you need a No.9, someone you can rely on to score goals.

“The key is this, of all the money Chelsea have spent, why haven’t Chelsea gone for a striker?”

Campbell continued: “I think [Romelu] Lukaku, if a manager wants to work with a striker who can get 20 goals – 20 goals for Chelsea catapults them back up the league – sometimes you have to bite the bullet with these things.

“Lukaku obviously the way he left wasn’t nice but he’s still a Chelsea player.

“Something has to be worked out as far as I’m concerned.”

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