ENGLAND – Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, has labelled Chelsea’s defence as a ‘disgrace’.
Keown also advised Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, to reinstate Antonio Rudiger in the first team to partner with Thiago Silva, adding that the German is currently the Blues’ best defender.
He stated this ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom on Saturday evening.
Chelsea have won two of their first three games this season but were beaten 2-0 against Liverpool in the Premier League last weekend, with defender Andreas Christensen shown a straight red card during the encounter.
“The goals they [Chelsea] concede…they do not seem to know how to mark properly from crosses,” Keown told talkSPORT.
“Their defence is a disgrace. Silva comes in, maybe he resolves that. Maybe Rudiger actually is the best defender, and he will perform better with somebody alongside him who will tell him how to craft, how to mark from crosses.
“There are elements of their team at the back that are not quite right, defending’s gone out the window, by the way, in the Premier League at the moment.
“I think Rudiger [should play], I know he has problems from set-pieces, but they all do.
“Zouma’s maybe a better header of the ball, but Zouma is prone to mistakes. I think Rudiger is the best defender, tie him down with Silva, that is the long-term partnership, for me.
“But it looks like Rudiger is going out the door, so it is all opinions.”