Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri’s rollercoaster 2018/19 season took another major downturn on Sunday as the Blues slumped to a 2-0 loss to Everton, with both Toffees goals coming during a woeful second half showing from the Blues. Talisman Eden Hazard was uncharacteristically quiet in the game and former striker Emile Heskey hasn’t held back in his comments after the game.
Speaking to Sky Sports (via The Express), the 41-year-old said:
“I’d be very surprised if he [Sarri]’s there next season. It’s been a difficult season for him.
“You’ve got a talisman like Hazard, a couple of seasons ago we were touting him as the best in the Premier League, probably the best in Europe.
“You need players like that stepping up to the plate.”
Oh dear, Emile. Hazard has chalked up 13 goals and 11 assists in the league this season so it’s hard to argue that the Belgian isn’t pulling his weight in the race for the top four.
Perhaps more bizarre, though, is the fact that Heskey laid the blame on the number 10 when all the other Blues players – who, if their astronomical wages are anything to go by, should be doing far better – are severely underperforming.
Even amid reports of a potential summer exit, the 28-year-old has got his head down and is still giving his everything in each game – in many of which he is the match-winner.
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Clearly Heskey thinks that Hazard’s ‘underperformance’ is partly to blame for Sarri’s perceived failure since taking the wheel in the summer and that is something the Neapolitan cannot be held accountable for – perhaps the former England man should stay away from the studio for a little while if this is the insight he offers when given a microphone.