“Seem Mad To Me…” Gary Neville Criticises Chelsea’s Decision To Pay 170M For Two Players

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Chelsea have overspent on Marc Cucurella and Enzo Fernandez.

Neville claims the two players, who cost a combined £170m, are not going to have a huge impact on results and he can’t understand why the Blues paid so much for them:

“Marc Cucurella for £64m and Enzo Fernandez for £107m – that’s a full-back and a midfielder who will sit at the base of a three. The ceiling on those types of players – like Rodri, Fabinho, Casemiro – they are £50-60m positions. These aren’t players that are playing in the forward part of the pitch and scoring you 30 goals, so what they’re paying for the positions, what they’re getting for the money, they just seem like strange transfers.”

“I’m not saying the players are no good. They could be really good and could go on to be great. But the fees for players in those positions seem mad to me.”

It remains to be seen whether Neville will be eating his words in the future. Cucurella, in particular, has had a difficult start to life at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf has already spoken out to say that the Spaniard is a flop.

Those remarks are probably premature. Manchester City were also interested in the wingback so it is not as though he wasn’t highly rated prior to his arrival in London. Manager Graham Potter has also hinted that the player is going through some personal problems.

There is more confidence, though, that Fernandez will turn out to be a success. The 21-year-old was influential as Argentina won the World Cup and the fact that he is so young means he could be a mainstay of Chelsea’s midfield for the next decade.

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