Shaun Wright-Phillips believes Moises Caicedo is struggling at Chelsea due to the team’s lack of structure under Mauricio Pochettino.
Caicedo has been unable to make an impact at Chelsea following his £115 million move from Brighton in the summer transfer window.
The 22-year-old was one of Brighton’s standout performers under Roberto De Zerbi last season but has found it difficult to replicate the same form since his switch to Stamford Bridge.
Former Chelsea winger Wright-Phillips feels Caicedo benefitted from De Zerbi’s tactical plan at Brighton and claims Pochettino is yet to implement a system that helps the Ecuador international flourish this term.
‘I think it’s kind of hard to improve,’ Wright-Phillips said on The Kelly and Wrighty Show.
‘Not only in the way they’ve done a supermarket sweep on players they’ve just bought, all the best brands and bundled them into one bin, there’s no stability, you very rarely see the same team.
‘I think when there’s a bunch of new players, I feel to get a system in place or a philosophy in the way you wan to play you have to at least have a core – goalkeeper, centre-backs, midfield and striker – and build around that.
‘I think if they can get that going then people might be able to see something, players might be able to be comfortable.
‘If you look at Caicedo I’ve always said he’s a good player but in a system.
‘I think since he’s come away from Brighton, especially if you look at the goal he gave up against Wolves, he doesn’t know where the ball’s going because there is no where for the ball to go, there’s no one moving in front, there’s no one moving behind him, so he takes an extra touch, the touch isn’t good enough, he gets closed down.
‘Whereas when you saw him at Brighton, you could pass him the ball and he could pass it out wide with his eyes closed because he knows where everyone is going to be. Chelsea don’t have that yet.
‘I think if you’re going to have a group of players that young, that inexperienced in the Premier League, you have to put them in a system where they have to go back to basics.’
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