Todd Boehly brutally fired long-serving Chelsea physio over Zoom, ditched medical director in staff cull and failed to fix injury-prone squad.
Chelsea Online News:
In the 56th minute, Denis Zakaria was added to a long, lengthy injury list as the Blues were back on equal terms and in control.
Later, new loan signing Joao Felix‘s moment of insanity led to a straight red card on his debut.
With Felix set to miss the next three games as Chelsea waits to learn the full extent of Zakaria’s thigh issue, Potter was suddenly without two more crucial players.
Potter‘s window of chance to change the situation closed, and Fulham went on to hand the Blues their seventh loss in the previous ten games.
The irony is that Felix was forced into the starting lineup since so many players were absent; perhaps the lack of preparation time led to his hasty challenge.
Felix’s suspension would set Chelsea back about $3 million after they agreed to pay his entire $250,000 salary and a £10m loan fee to Atletico Madrid for a five-month deal.
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All of this raises the question: At what point does this stop being bad luck and start to suggest deeper systematic failures?
Todd Boehly, a co-owner of Chelsea since May, has spent more than £300 million on players, and the Blues are presently tenth.
The American billionaire has put together a team of players that don’t fit and frequently sustain injuries while serving as the football league’s interim director.
The severity of Chelsea’s injury issues is regrettable, but given their histories, how many games can Reece James, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Wesley Fofana be expected to play each season?