“You have a problem!” – Former Chelsea player slams Blues’ strategy

William Gallas has just done an interesting interview for GiveMeSport where he ran through a number of topics, including his take on the situation at his old club Chelsea.

His focus was on a decision which came around before the summer even began: letting Thiago Silva leave on a free transfer. It’s a move which has puzzled Gallas somewhat, given the struggles we’ve had with a lack of experience in the squad:

“Chelsea need to keep hold of their more experienced players,” Gallas explained.

“There are too many young players at the club. Look at Thiago Silva leaving, and no world-class players coming in to replace him. I’m a little bit confused by that, because you need world-class players like Thiago Silva, and if you don’t sign an experienced player to replace him, then you have a problem.”

The shift towards a younger team has seen all of the previous dressing room leaders – and almost all of the players with major trophies to their names – replaced by young kids with potential.

Thiago Silva addresses the Chelsea fans.

Huge shoes to fill

Chelsea’s replacement for Silva, at least in terms of direct one in, one out, was Tosin Adarabioyo, who signed on a free transfer from Fulham not long after Silva’s departure was announced.

Tosin is by no means Silva in terms of experience, but he does have a decent number of Premier League games under his belt, especially compared to some of the other players in the squad. He also seems a charismatic figure who has come from a Fulham team where he really was one of the leaders in the dressing room.

We hope he keeps that up with us – but let’s face it, he will need to do more than just play well in order to generate the sort of awe that Silva did.

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