It has turned into a common practice to see fans and experts blaming coaches for their team's woes, but in this case, one former Chelsea player has decided to take aim on the players and their poor form, which has seen the Blues struggle during the first months of the season.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN, former defender Frank Leboeuf aimed quite a few digs against some of Chelsea's players that have not been up to the hype created by their signings. The defender was particularly harsh against strikers, but a winger was also slammed by the former World Cup winner.
The former defender did not hold back when speaking about the team's issues in front of goal, labeling their performances when taking aim at the opposing net "clumsy".
That surprises me a lot, and I've seen so many possibilities for them to score goals and they didn't. Nicolas Jackson has a future, but last year he was struggling until the other striker from Villarreal got injured so he came on. After that, Enzo Fernandez is not a top scorer, Raheem Sterling has never been a top scorer. He has been so clumsy in front of the goal, but he does have other qualities," Leboeuf said.
Once done with those footballers, Leboeuf took a swipe at Mykhaylo Mudryk, while also waiting to see what recent signing Christopher Nkunku -who is recovering from an injury- can do to help the team's woes.
"Mykhaylo Mudryk we don't know what he's worth because he just came from nowhere for $100m. And the others, I don't know. Christopher Nkunku is injured so we'll have to wait until he comes back,"the Frenchman added.
According to the center back, Chelsea threw their money away with some fine options in the summer transfer window to boost their lineup.
"If they have so much money, they should have bought Harry Kane or so many others, I see some players in France playing for Brest or Lorient, scoring goals like crazy, being a true striker, I've talked about (Aleksandar) Mitrovic before," the former player stated.
Before the interview came to an end, Lebouef dropped one more bomb on Chelsea's strikers while also offering more advice to the team's hierarchy.
"Pick somebody with a little bit of experience who knows how to score a goal in the six-yard box. Because we see that with Chelsea. It's not even the last third, it's when they are in the box and then they don't know what to do with the ball. They're not clever. They don't pick the right choice. That's absolutely crazy," Leboeuf concluded.