I just don’t understand why he is at Chelsea, He is not good enough for the team and he must improve if he wants to play regularly

BBC pundit Garth Crooks has used his weekly column to slam Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella.

The Spaniard endured a difficult afternoon at Villa Park, despite Chelsea recording their fifth victory in a row in the process.

Filling in at centre-back certainly did not look a natural task for the player the Blues signed for £62m in the summer.

The Blues were heavily tested by Steven Gerrard’s side yesterday. They were relying on Kepa Arrizabalaga pulling out one of his best ever performances.

Crooks has claimed he wasn’t helped by his compatriot in front, saying he may not be good enough to play for the club.

Cucurella slammed by Crooks
He said: “Chelsea made hard work of it against Aston Villa in the first half having gone 1-0 up at Villa Park. What Marc Cucurella is doing at the club never mind on the pitch at Villa Park I don’t quite understand.

“Graham Potter, having sold the player when manager at Brighton, has now inherited him at Chelsea but the Spaniard is not a top-our defender and it is showing.

“Thiago Silva on the other hand is not just a top-class defender but is having to mentor Kalidou Koulibaly and Trevoh Chalobah in the process. The Brazilian is calm, cool and sophisticated, and head and shoulders above anyone in the Chelsea back line.”

Despite the poor performance yesterday, it has been a strong start from Cucurella at Stamford Bridge.

He is involved in a heated battle with Ben Chilwell for the full-back role. However, the fact that he can play in the middle should give the Spain international a boost.

His weak performance at the weekend may see him dropped for the midweek fixture against Brentford, as the Blues look to make it six wins in a row under Graham Potter.


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