Tony Cascarino was far from impressed by the combination of Chelsea’s front three against Everton last Sunday.
Writing for The Times, the former Blues striker slammed the forward line consisting of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, who all failed to break down Frank Lampard’s men on the weekend.
Ordinarily, the trio of talented attackers should’ve had a field day against a defence who had only previously kept one clean sheet in six matches leading up the game at Goodison Park.
But the Blues have been far from ordinary lately.
They’ve struggled and stuttered recently, leaving their campaign on the brink of concluding without so as a cheer.
Chelsea’s recent inconsistencies were epitomised on Everton soil, where the European champions ended up losing 1-0.
Mediocre from Mount and the rest vs Everton
Thomas Tuchel’s team lacked any real thrust or offered much of a threat, whilst also looking weary from a stretched-out season.
This appeared most evident in the performances of Mount, Havertz and Werner.
None of them managed to click into gear or connect with one another, causing Chelsea’s assaults on Everton’s backline to be rather meagre.
Havertz had a running battle with Yerry Mina, a personal duel the German international did not win.
Mount and Werner meanwhile ran into the channels and picked up pockets of space, but to little effect.
Werner was the only one out of Tuchel’s trident that managed a shot on target; that says all you need to know about the afternoon’s events on Merseyside.
“It was a huge win for Everton and one that few people would have predicted given their form going into the game, but the thing that struck me most while watching it was nothing to do with the fighting qualities of Frank Lampard’s side but how poor Chelsea’s front three of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount were as a combination,” analysed Cascarino.
“Between them they have just 21 Premier League goals this season and looking on it was easy to see why. Werner played on the left at RB Leipzig and hasn’t really fitted in at Chelsea since he arrived.
“Meanwhile Havertz was running all over the place at Goodison but without achieving very much.
“There seems very little telepathy between the three of them and that certainly helped Everton. They didn’t link up at all.”
Time for Tuchel to switch it up
With only a handful of Premier League fixtures left to play, perhaps Tuchel will be more experimental with his line-ups.
He brought on Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic against Everton, leaving Romelu Lukaku on the bench again.
All three could potentially start Saturday’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge.
Whilst none have been in scintillating form, a complete change in personnel could give Chelsea the lift they desperately need right now
For the players, they are all on trial ahead of the FA Cup final later this month.
Put on a good show before encountering Liverpool and they might be the ones walking out at Wembley.