Gabby Agbonlahor has called Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly “dreadful” for his performances this season.
Koulibaly, 31, finally left Napoli in the summer after building up a reputation in recent years as one of the top defenders in European football.
However, it’s been a bit of a rocky start for the £33million centre-back as he adjusts to the English game.
He was sent off back in August against Leeds United during one of his first Premier League appearances. Also, there has been some uncertainty in his defending at times.
Agbonlahor has called Koulibaly dreadful
TalkSPORT pundit Agbonlahor hasn’t held back with his damning assessment of Koulibaly.
In fact, he thinks opposition teams will now be looking to target him one-on-one.
“Koulibaly looks dreadful. I don’t know what Koulibaly Chelsea have signed, but it’s not the Koulibaly you saw play for Napoli. He looks like he’s always second to the ball. He’s giving away fouls. If you’re playing against Chelsea now, you target Koulibaly,” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT.
It’s not the first time Koulibaly has come in for criticism from the media so far this season.
For example, Peter Crouch was highly critical last month of the Senegal international for his displays.
It’s not all doom and gloom
Yes, Koulibaly has looked shaky early into his Chelsea career. You can bet he’ll be the first to admit his standards have dipped.
However, it’s definitely not the time to write him off.
If anything, the left-sided centre-back is actually starting to turn a corner if you look at the past couple of weeks.
The powerhouse defender is now starting to adapt to his teammates at the back by showing a little more calmness and cutting out the rashness.
Chelsea have kept five consecutive clean sheets in their previous games, with Koulibaly starting in four of them.