Jamie Carragher has given an assessment of Chelsea following their Premier League loss to Newcastle United on Saturday, November 12.
The Blues spent a whopping £275m during the summer transfer window. They signed Wesley Fofana from Leicester City for a fee of £70m, making him the most expensive defender in club history.
The likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Raheem Sterling were also brought in for hefty fees. Pierre-Emerick Aaubameyang also arrived on transfer deadline day.
However, Graham Potter’s side have now suffered three consecutive Premier League defeats. An away defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion and a home loss to Arsenal are now followed by another disaster against the Magpies.
Carragher noted that Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has managed to squeeze more from his players than Chelsea. The former Liverpool defender wrote about his Twitter account:
“Eddie Howe gets more from his players than any other manager in the PL. Even if you can’t believe Chelsea spent 275 million this summer, in a team that was very good for the last two years.”
In Potter’s defence, he didn’t make any of the summer signings as Thomas Tuchel was still in charge of the club.
Fofana has been out with injury problems while Koulibaly, Aubameyang, Cucurella and Sterling are yet to find their best forms for the London-based side.
The Blues currently sit eighth in the Premier League table with 21 points on the board from 14 games.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter has spoken about the lack of attacking threat in the clash with Newcastle United
Chelsea failed to put up a substantial attacking threat in their loss to Newcastle United on 12 November. The Blues had five shots, against 10 for their opponents. Only two of them were on target, although Newcastle also only managed three on that count.
Speaking to the media after the match, Potter said (via football.london):
“I thought we had chances. Too many unforced errors, I thought we got into some spaces pretty well but then a sloppy pass that doesn’t look like us normally. I have to defend the players in terms of fatigue, in terms of what we had to deal with but Newcastle don’t make it easy for you. You can see they are one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League so again, thanks to them for that. It was a tough game for us.”