Chelsea’s expensively assembled squad have been blasted for a lack of leadership following their 2-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side slid to their seventh defeat in 16 Premier League matches this season at Goodison Park.
The result leaves Chelsea 12th in the Premier League and on a miserable run of form with only one win in their last five games.
Successive defeats has increased the pressure on the Chelsea squad and Pochettino, with the Blues now 14 points adrift of the Champions League places.
One former Chelsea star has expressed their alarm at a lack of leadership in the current squad, despite owner Todd Boehly splashing out over £1billion on signings across three transfer windows.
Chelsea’s poor season continued as the Blues were beaten 2-0 by Everton on Sunday
The result increases pressure on Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino after a poor run
A lack of leadership in the current Chelsea squad was blasted by a former Blues midfielder
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Speaking on his The Obi Wan podcast, two-time Premier League title winner John Obi Mikel claimed the Blues were lacking leadership compared to his time at the club, when John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba set standards.
‘There is no identity of how the team want to play. I am a big believer in giving a manager time, I am not a believer in sacking managers left, right and centre,’ Mikel said.
‘Are we just going to sit on the fence and say we are still in a rebuilding process.
‘There is no time for that. We need to start winning games. When I look at at the team, it comes down to a lack of leaders.
‘In the game against Everton, I looked around the pitch, there is not one single leader.
‘There is no-one to come out on the pitch to go at your colleagues and say, ‘Wake up, what are you doing?’, come to you and scream at you – this is what we had before.
‘The likes of Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard, when you are having a s*** game, these guys would make you wake up.
‘I look all around the pitch and I look at the manager, I didn’t see him scream at one of the players to say, “Do your f***ing job, wake up, make sure you run around and make sure we win the game”.’
John Obi Mikel expressed concern Chelsea do not have a single leader in the current squad
Mikel believes Chelsea are lacking strong leadership figures like John Terry in the current side
Marc Cucurella was one of the squad claimed to not be up to Chelsea standards by Mikel
Mikel also expressed concern over the continued fitness issues suffered by captain Reece James, who limped off in the first half at Goodison Park with a hamstring injury.
The former midfielder, who was part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning squad in 2011, insisted the club need to have their captain fit and noted Terry’s availability for the club even when he was nursing issues.
Mikel gave a stark assessment over the state of the Chelsea squad, as he claimed Marc Cucurella, Benoit Badiashile and Axel Disasi were among players who started at Everton that are ‘not up to standard’.
He expressed concerns over ‘hit and miss’ goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and said £88.5m signing Mykhailo Mudryk had a stinker against the Toffees.
Mikel added that more should be expected of £222m midfield pairing Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez, while he suggested that Conor Gallagher would have had ‘no chance’ of featuring in previous Chelsea’s sides despite being a ‘decent player.
Chelsea will aim to bounce back from successive defeats when they host relegation threatened Sheffield United on Saturday.