Cape Town - Former
Chelsea and England midfielder Ray Wilkins has laid the blame for
Chelsea's underwhelming season at the feet of Michael Emenalo.
Former Nigerian international Emenalo ended a 10-year association
with Chelsea last November, switching his technical director role with
the Blues to that sporting director with French league champions,
He was said to have been one of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich's most trusted lieutenants during his time in London.
But with the defending champions in the middle of a rocky phase -
they are just two points above fifth placed Tottenham after a two
defeats and just one victory in their last five league outings, Wilkins
has taken a swipe at Emenalo, saying he, rather than manager Antonio
Conte is to blame.
"If you're paying a man as much as Chelsea are paying Conte, his
knowledge is far superior to someone like Michael Emenalo, who they
brought in to do that job," Wilkins told Talk Sport.
"The manager's knowledge is far superior. He knows the players he
wants to bring in. The squad is weaker this season than the one that won
the league last year. No Diego Costa, no Nemanja Matic - it's been a
massive blow to Conte.
"I believe it was Michael who made the changes," he continued. "To actually swap Matic with [Tiemoue] Bakayoko?
"They should have brought in Morata to play alongside Costa and they
should have signed Bakayoko just to play every now and again."