Paul Merson slams Maurizio Sarri’s ‘lazy’ Chelsea FC transfers

The Sky Sports pundit isn't happy with Maurizio Sarri's transfer policy since taking over the reins at Chelsea FC

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has criticised Maurizio Sarri’s “lazy” approach to recruitment at Chelsea FC.

The Blues suffered a 2-0 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Goals from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba booked Manchester United’s place in the quarter-finals at Chelsea FC’s expense.

Sarri has endured a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge, having failed to implement his famous style of football at the west London side.

The Chelsea FC boss signed Jorginho in a £57m deal from Napoli in the summer transfer window but the Italy international has been a contentious signing.

The holding midfielder has underwhelmed in his favoured position ahead of two-time Premier League winner N’Golo Kante.

Sarri resorted to signing another of his former Napoli players in January when Gonzalo Higuain arrived on loan for the remainder of the season.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson has criticised Sarri’s lack of imagination in the transfer market.

Merson told Sky Sports: “Chelsea haven’t got the money to do what Pep Guardiola did at Manchester City, to say: ‘My full-backs aren’t good enough so I’m going to pay £50m for one, £50m for another one.’

“As a Chelsea fan, it looks lazy to me. ‘I was manager at Napoli, Jorginho was good for me, I’m going to buy Jorginho. I need a forward, Higuain scored a load of goals for me.’

“People are saying he was successful [at Napoli], he’s never won anything in the game. Yeah, he got more points at Napoli, I’ve never played for a team in my entire life where we’d be happy winning nothing but getting more points. You play to win.”

Chelsea FC will take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

The Blues are in a three-way battle to secure a spot in next season’s Champions League competition.

The west London side are trailing Manchester United and Arsenal in the top-four race.

Chelsea FC are a point adrift of fourth-placed Manchester United with 12 games to go.

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