Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes that the lack of alternatives in the Chelsea defense line could cost them the Premier League title this season.
Blues have 7 points in fourth place in the Premier League table, two points behind Tottenham Hotspur, the leader.
Merson said in comments highlighted by the British newspaper, “Metro”, “I think they are huge competitors, but they let Zuma go with no alternative, when they play with three in the back, Reece James will play.”
He stressed, “If these players have to play 9, 10, 11 or 12 matches during the whole season in this position, it will be more difficult.”
“For me, surely they let Zuma go for Jules Conde, or they think Nathaniel Chalobah would be very good, and I think he would be good,” he said.
And he concluded: “But things will be difficult, in terms of winning the Premier League, I think Zuma will be missed.”
The London club signed this summer with the Belgian Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, as well as the Spaniard Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid