Tony Cascarino wouldn’t blame Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for feeling anger towards Graham Potter after being left out on the weekend.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Cascarino argued Aubameyang’s case after the Chelsea forward failed to make it off the bench against Newcastle United.
The £10m summer signing from Barcelona had to gaze on glumly as his teammates were stampeded at Saint James’ Park on Saturday.
He was dropped by Potter, having failed to seek revenge upon Arsenal in the previous Premier League game.
Armando Broja led the line instead at Newcastle, but was isolated throughout the evening and left the pitch just before the 75-minute mark.
Chelsea were 1-0 down at this point and the obvious move was to bring on the calvary.
Potter certainly looked to his attackers for inspiration.
Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic all entered the contest but to no avail.
Perhaps an actual number nine wearing number nine could’ve made the difference.
Aubameyang angry with Potter
“Why didn’t Aubameyang come on yesterday (Saturday) when he was a sub and Chelsea were losing the game?” asked Cascarino.
“Why are you even putting him on the subs bench? I’m seeing him like he’s got the raving hump and rightly so because he’s been left out or whatever.
“Graham Potter hasn’t even looked to him to get him on.”
Aubameyang also failed to make an appearance in the Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City last Wednesday, despite being in the match-day squad.
It certainly begs the question: why wasn’t Aubameyang considered?
Perhaps that poor display against his former side played on Potter’s mind.
“His performance for Arsenal didn’t justify him being in the team. He was very poor and had very few touches,” continued Cascarino.
He will now not get the chance to perform competitively again until after the World Cup.
Maybe some time alone with Potter will improve Auba’s chances of restoring his spot in the XI.