On the Spot

Not mouthwatering!



It is official. There are cracks at the Bridge! In fact, beyond the holes, cracks, eyelets on the entire structure at the Bridge, the people in and around the system have got problems too. Perhaps, health-related. Some may even have terrible mouth odours, and rather than seek medical attention, have kept their mouths shut. Thank goodness for Bournemouth, maybe, just maybe the right antiseptics have been administered, and those concerned can now open their mouths, speak out, and hopefully begin to address the disquiet at the South-West London club.

Prior to transfer deadline activities, Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte had repeatedly complained about the club’s – either perceived or apparent – inactivity in the market. His cries were predicated on the waning performances of his squad. The need to continue to compete at the highest level in the various competitions the Blues are involved also got the Italian jittery. So great was his irritation, that all manner of names were bandied around. Unnecessary to mention those names again.

Chelsea are up a gum tree at the moment. Not too many will take this to the bank. For one, the title defense is over, in fact it ended before Titanic sank (luckily, they won’t do a Leicester). The players that were brought in at the start of the season have done very little to excite faithfuls – Tiemoue Bakayoko still yet to get the right sizes of boots; Alvaro Morata’s performances have been akin to a candle in the wind. Eden Hazard’s mental dislocation hasn’t also helped their course. Issues of contract extension, playing with the ‘Real’ bigger boys has virtually turned the Belgian’s compass south.

The performance against Bournemouth was shambolic to say the least. No soul! No bite!. Conte needs help (assuming he’s interested in hanging on beyond the current campaign). The thoughts of the coming UCL matches could be driving the gaffer nuts. If they were forced to ‘shut’ their ‘mouths’ by Bournemouth, imagine what the likes of Barcelona would do.

Could the capture of Olivier Giroud from Arsenal calm frayed nerves at the Bridge? The Frenchman is known for his aerial conquest. But aren’t Chelsea vampires; afraid of crosses?


By Uche Atuma

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