Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins cannot seem to understand the decision-making made by his former club especially to sell an important player like Nemanja Matic to a title rival.
Matic was signed by former Chelsea manager and current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in the summer transfer window and the Serbian has had a great beginning to life at the Old Trafford.
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DISGRACE TO SELL MATIC TO TITLE RIVALS
According to Wilkins, their struggles stem from the baffling decision to discard one of their key men in the summer.
“The selling of Matic to Manchester United as far as I’m concerned was an absolute disgrace, because that should never have happened,” Wilkins said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“He [Matic] is going to be the difference between Manchester United winning and Manchester United not winning this year.”
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UNIMPRESSED WITH REPLACEMENT
Chelsea signed Tiemoue Bakayoko as replacement for Matic and Wilkins was not happy with the decision as the Blues could have given chances to a homegrown talent instead.
Blues signed Tiemoue Bakayoko for £40 million from Monaco in July, two days after allowing Nathaniel Chalobah to join Watford for £34m less.
Wilkins said, “Chalobah went for £6m. I can’t quite see that at £6m. I don’t really see the differential between Bakayoko at £40m and Chalobah at six. I can’t see £34m difference between the two guys. Chalobah just comes back from the Under-21 European Championships and all of a sudden he is bombed out for £6m.”
“£34m comes in and we sell the best holding midfield player in the country (Matic) to one of our biggest rivals. I can’t really see how that happens.”
Antonio Conte is surely in a tremendous amount of pressure after they were unable to regain the last year’s title-winning form and did struggle to be in the title race. Despite a 1-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday Chelsea are still in fourth place in the Premier League, nine points off pace-setters Manchester City. Now, Chelsea have time in the international break to revise their strategies to challenge for the title as their last year PFA player of the year N’Golo Kante is also back in midfield.