Alan Shearer Criticizes Chelsea’s Transfer Policy After Sacking of Graham Potter
Former Premier League player and pundit, Alan Shearer, has criticized Chelsea’s transfer policy after the club sacked head coach Graham Potter on Sunday. Potter had only been at Stamford Bridge since September, but the club decided to part ways with him after a run of poor form that saw them win just three of their 13 top-flight games in 2023. Despite spending over £600m on 18 players since the summer, Chelsea has dropped to 11th in the Premier League table.
The club’s huge spending followed the arrival of co-owner Todd Boehly, who replaced previous owner Roman Abramovich ahead of the 2022-23 campaign. In the January transfer window, Chelsea broke the British transfer record to bring in Argentina’s World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez in a £106.8m deal. Ukraine international Mykhailo Mudryk also arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk for £88.5m. The club is now under huge Financial Fair Play pressure.
Shearer told Match of the Day 2: “Who on earth goes to a football club, pays over £20m for the manager and his staff, puts him on a five or six-year contract, on £10m-a-year, gives them a ridiculous amount of players with a stupid amount of money that’s been spent… and sacks him seven months later? It could only happen in football… Anyone with a football brain will tell you that signing that amount of players is not going to work.”
Despite Potter’s sacking, Chelsea is continuing to spend money and has just agreed a £20m deal in principle to sign 15-year-old wonderkid Kendry Paez. The Independiente del Valle midfielder is thought to be one of the best young talents in South America and will be able to join the Blues when he turns 18. Paez was being tracked by Manchester United, Manchester City, and Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen, while Real Madrid were also previously linked to him.
Shearer’s comments come amid growing concerns about Chelsea’s transfer policy and the impact it is having on the club’s performance. While the club has spent heavily on new players, it has struggled to find a winning formula on the pitch. Some critics argue that the club is too focused on buying big-name players rather than developing its own talent.
Despite these concerns, Chelsea remains one of the biggest clubs in world football and is likely to continue to attract top talent in the future. However, it will need to find a way to balance its spending with its on-pitch performance if it is to compete at the highest level. The sacking of Potter is just the latest example of the club’s struggles, and it remains to be seen whether the appointment of a new head coach will be enough to turn things around.