COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three of the main talking points from Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday evening.
Luiz and Cahill must avoid injuries before the season’s end
Usual league starters Gary Cahill and David Luiz were handed a rest against the Championship outfit. However, they were replaced by Kurt Zouma and John Terry in the back four who failed to impress. Neither of the stand ins looked capable against a side from England’s second tier and huge flags were raised as to whether they would be good enough to play in the Premier League if necessary. Chelsea have set themselves in a great position to win the title and they must simply hope Luiz and Cahill remain fit until the season’s finish to avoid any awful results.
Pedro is not a wing-back
Usual attacker Pedro was another change to the Chelsea team with usual left wing-back Marcos Alonso also handed the evening off. However, it is clear from the Wolves display as to why Alonso has the position cemented. Pedro often struggled with his defensive duties in the formation, especially after coming up against a tough opponent in Helder Costa and the left side for Chelsea was a notable weakness with Eden Hazard also reluctant to help out the defence. The player showed with his goal how lethal he can be in the attack and Antonio Conte must keep the Spaniard in the front line in the future.
Zouma must be sold
Touching on the earlier point Zouma showed that he simply was not good enough for Chelsea and the 22-year-old probably won’t ever be good enough for the Premier League giants. The France international made the move to south London in the 2014 winter window for £12million and it may be in the Blues’ best interests to offload the centre-back in the summer before his value drops further.
In other Chelsea news, fans were full of vitriol for this player after their draw against Burnley.