Former Aston Villa captain Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed the reason for Chelsea’s recent poor form have been due to the absence of our two wing-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell.
Chilwell is set to miss the remainder of the season after having surgery on his anterior cruciate knee ligament injury while James is out for two months after tearing his hamstring in December.
Chilwell scored three goals and provided an assist in his six Premier League appearances this season.
James was even more prolific, netting four times and registering five assists in his 16 top-flight outings.
“When I look at Chelsea, I look at how much they miss Reece James and Ben Chilwell,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.
“You’ve got quality players to fill in like [Marcos] Alonso and [Cesar] Azpilicueta, but they’re not as good.
“How many goals has [Romelu] Lukaku scored from crosses from Chilwell and James?
“And defensively, Chilwell and James are better than Azpilicueta and Alonso.”
Meanwhile, James has admitted he’s frustrated to end 2021 with an injury.
He said: “Unfortunately, I’m ending the year with disappointment having picked up an injury on Wednesday. Hoping it’s nothing too major. I’ll be working as hard as possible to get back on the pitch soon doing what I love.”