England rugby hero and Chelsea fan Lawrence Dallaglio has blamed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and club director Marina Granovskaia for making Chelsea a laughing stock.
Dallaglio is not happy with current state of affairs on and off the pitch at Stamford Bridge and wants to see more commitment from Abramovich. He also questioned the signings made by Granovskaia since Michael Emenalo left the club and wants the club to appoint a director of football.
Dallaglio also believes Kepa Arrizabalaga’s refusal to be substituted against Manchester City shows a real lack of leadership at the club.
“Sadly, and I say this as a season ticket holder and someone who goes down there regularly, they currently have no leadership on or off the field,” Dallaglio said on talkSPORT.
“Chelsea have always had that link to their past with the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard.
“I think Ross Barkley is probably one of the only English players in the team at the moment.
“So I think there is a disconnect between their past and their present.
“They’ve got an absent owner at the moment for whatever reasons, political or whatever it might be.
“He’s always been in and out of the club, he’s never been there 100 per cent.
“But for Chelsea fans you need your owner to show that he’s got a bit of commitment to the club there and for whatever reason he’s away.
“There’s no director of football and if you look at the transfers that Michael Emenalo delivered Chelsea in the years gone by, the likes of [Eden] Hazard and [Thibaut] Courtois and [Mohamed] Salah and [Romelu] Lukaku and [Kevin] De Bruyne.
“Marina Granovskaia’s currently running the club and if you look at the transfers that have come in over the last year it’s been [Olivier] Giroud, Barkley and the goalkeeper himself.
“The club is in a mess at the moment off the field and I think that translates itself on the field.
“And this latest act of insubordination makes us a bit of a laughing stock quite frankly.”