Frank Leboeuf feels Chelsea are too disjointed to mount a serious assault on the top four and is worried about new signing Kai Havertz.
The former Blues defender was speaking after Frank Lampard’s side conceded late on to draw 3-3 with Southampton on Saturday. The west Londoners led 2-1 at the break thanks to Timo Werner’s brace, with Danny Ings netting for Saints.
Che Adams made it 2-2 after the break before Havertz bagged his first Premier League goal for the capital club. However, Jannik Vestergaard grabbed an injury-time leveller to ensure Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men left with a point.
Lampard could not hide his frustration after a mistake by Havertz led to Ings’ strike. Lebeouf pulled no punches in his assessment of the youngster while praising his Germany team-mate.
“I’m not convinced about Havertz, I’m not that optimistic,” he told ESPN FC. “I’m very pleased with Werner, he’s a real satisfaction.”
The draw leaves Chelsea sitting sixth in the top-flight standings, with eight points from five games played. The title seems beyond them this term but Leboeuf is concerned they will not qualify for the Champions League.
The Frenchman does not see too many positives and acknowledges there is much work to be done.
“I’m not convinced at all about Chelsea right now,” he added. “It’s like they don’t know each other, they’re not fit enough, I’m very worried.
“I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt because I don’t know what they’re worth, but, really, if they keep on performing like that, for sure they’re not going to finish in the top four.”
Lampard upbeat but Werner has doubts
Despite admitting his men are “making individual mistakes in games”, the Blues chief remains positive.
The former England star felt his side’s early display was the best he has seen this season. The fact they were unable to see it through to take maximum points was disappointing but there were plusses.
Werner’s quality had Lampard purring as the former RB Leipzig hitman bagged his third of the campaign in all competitions. However, it is the other end of the park that has the man with 33 Germany caps worried.
“I don’t know if we have a problem but the last three games we concede six goals and it is not where we want to be, to compete for titles,” said Werner. “In Germany we always say defence wins titles. If we concede so many it is hard to win games and win titles.”