Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer has suggested that Chelsea’s major problem under their manager, Graham Potter this season is that the Blues lack a centre-forward that has a killer instinct.
Shearer said this following Chelsea’s Premier League 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
James Ward-Prowse netted the only goal of the match from a free-kick to give Southampton all three points against Chelsea.
Speaking to Match of the Day, Shearer could not understand what Potter was trying to do with Chelsea’s attacking frontline against Southampton, insisting that he was lost.
“It was a mixture of magnificent defending and goalkeeping and really poor forward play from Chelsea,” Shearer said.
“At times, I am lost to see what they are trying to do. In the first half, they had Fofana up there. They took him off and brought Sterling on because they did not create anything.
“This is what I mean when I say I struggle when I look at Chelsea. Ok, Havertz there, Felix there, they brought Sterling on, who was probably their best player in the second half.”
He added, “But Sterling has got the ball there, there are no options, so he goes back, he goes square, that allows Southampton to get men behind the ball and make it very difficult for them.
“When he [Sterling] doesn’t get his shot away, that allows Southampton to get players behind and defend. The lack of options. The lack of a centre forward, that killer instinct [is what Chelsea lacks].”
EPL: Alan Shearer names Chelsea’s major problem under Potter this season