Despite dominating the first half at Goodison Park on Sunday, Chelsea failed to break the deadlock and conceded twice after half-time as our Premier League top-four hopes suffered a setback.
According to former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness, Chelsea is struggling to get goals because the team is too reliant on Eden Hazard and there is no goal threat in midfield. Souness believes if Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists on playing Jorginho in midfield, then you have to have goal threats on either side of him.
Souness insists Chelsea have to share the goals around and not depend solely on Eden Hazard.
“Chelsea dismay me,” Souness said on Sky Sports.
“They must be wonderful at five-a-side, but look at the stats. They have two thirds of possession, dominated things, had twice as many touches, and they lose 2-0. If you are having that much of the ball where are you having it? It’s on the halfway line and in your own half. That’s how they are playing, they’re like a five-a-side team.
“You take Eden Hazard out of the equation and where’s the threat coming from? They have a midfield that is made up of (N’Golo) Kante, who is a fabulous player but doesn’t really get goals, and Jorginho, who has two goals this season, and (Ross) Barkley. They don’t get goals. The mix is totally wrong.
“If you insist on playing Jorginho, who is neat and tidy but not a goal threat, you have to have goal threats on either side of him. You can’t rely on Hazard to do it week in, week out, it’s too much for him. You have to share the goals around.
“It’s not just about today, this is Chelsea. That’s why they look like finishing outside the top four.”
Souness also fears for Chelsea’s future and has predicted difficult times ahead for Chelsea.
“It’s difficult times ahead for Chelsea,” Souness added.
“I think there’s a big sea change in how they see things going forward. I don’t think they will be winning trophies in the immediate future.