Gabby Agbonlahor slams Graham Potter’s rotation and claims Chelsea summer signing was a waste of money
Gabby Agbonlahor has slammed Graham Potter for over-rotating his squad and claims Chelsea wasted £60m on summer signing Marc Cucurella.
Chelsea have largely impressed since Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat but suffered their first defeat under the former Brighton boss on Saturday.
Potter would have hoped to enjoy a better return to the Amex Stadium but saw his Chelsea side beaten 4-1 as the Blues slipped three points outside of the top-four places.
Potter made two changes to the Chelsea team that beat RB Salzburg in the Champions League in midweek, with deadline-day signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropping out of the side.
Agbonlahor cannot understand why Aubameyang did not start against Brighton and has criticised Potter’s rotation at Chelsea.
The former Aston Villa winger has also accused Chelsea of wasting £60m on Cucurella, who completed a big-money move from Brighton in August.
He told talkSPORT: ‘When I watch Cucurella, since he’s been at Chelsea… maybe [there are] two games maximum where he looked OK.
Chelsea spent £60m on Brighton defender Marc Cucurella (Picture: Getty)
‘He got dragged off after 36 minutes against Manchester United and was sacrificed for [the change of] formation, today [he was] sacrificed in the 64th minute.
‘£60million they paid for him… and you’ve got Ben Chilwell sitting on the bench. Why is Aubameyang not starting? Why is Chilwell not starting? These players can play two games in a week.
‘There’s only a few weeks before the World Cup so these players can play more often than Potter wants to play them.
‘There’s been too much rotation and Cucurella looks like a bad £60m spent by Chelsea for me.’