Written by Albert Echatah
Asmir Begovic, a former goalkeeper for Chelsea, launched a fiery attack against his previous team’s recruitment policy, even claiming that the Blues’ purchase of Moises Caicedo was a mistake.
The west Londoners finished in 12th place in the Premier League last season, a position they currently hold this season after one win from their first four games, despite spending over £1 billion since new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital took control a little over a year ago.
Begovic believes the club’s new recruitment strategy, which almost exclusively targets players under the age of 23 who have room for improvement, is utterly at odds with the legacy of trophy-winning built up under Roman Abramovich’s leadership.
The former goalkeeper even went so far as to call Chelsea a “mid-table squad” that he hardly recognizes, and he thinks Caicedo’s signing, rather than competing with Arsenal for Declan Rice, best captures the club’s decline. Speaking on The Byline podcast, Begovic said: ‘If you’re spending £115m on Caicedo, surely you spend £120m on Declan Rice?
‘I don’t know Declan personally, I’m not saying he doesn’t want to play for Arsenal, but hand on heart I think he’d have wanted to go to Chelsea. You look at some of these players and think, “How is Declan Rice going somewhere else?” Players like this, they would go to Chelsea in the past; players in their prime, and Declan Rice is in his prime.’
He went on: ‘Honestly, I mean in the last 12 months… what has happened at Chelsea football club? It just beggars belief. I mean the squad of players at Mauricio Pochettino’s disposal, the amount of money spent is 12th in the league – it’s mid-table! It is literally mid-table. If they were any higher you would be working miracles.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that it could take Wataru Endo a while to get used to the Premier League.
Wataru Endo may need some time to adjust to playing in the Premier League and to the higher level at Anfield, according to Jurgen Klopp, who spoke to Liverpool’s official website.
Endo transferred from VfB Stuttgart to Liverpool during the summer transfer period. The Premier League team reportedly paid £16.2 million in transfer fees for the defensive midfielder, according to Sky Sports.
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