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Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool striker Peter Crouch believes Kalidou Koulibaly is making a ‘right pig's ear’ out of John Terry’s iconic No.26 shirt.
The summer signing personally phoned the legendary Blues captain to ask if he could inherit his infamous shirt number when he joined the club from Napoli. After a strong start at Stamford Bridge which saw him score a wonderful volley against Tottenham, Koulibaly has endured some difficulties at the west Londoners.
He was sent off for two preventable yellow cards in Chelsea’s 3-0 away loss to Leeds United and also struggled in the Blues’ 2-1 defeat to Southampton. And Crouch brutally ripped into the Senegalese defender when the topic of famous shirt numbers came up.
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“For John Terry at Chelsea, that probably warrants it,” Crouch said on ‘That Peter Crouch podcast’ when asked about his opinions on retiring shirt numbers.
“Obviously, that Koulibaly has come in and gone ‘can I take the 26?’ You know because JT [Terry] is obviously retired. He’s come in, he’s took it, and he’s making a right pig's ear of it isn’t he?” Koulibaly joined the club in a £34m deal from Napoli.
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He was snubbed from Graham Potter’s first Chelsea line-up, with the former Brighton boss opting for a back three featuring Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, and Marc Cucurella. Potter’s deployment of Raheem Sterling in an unorthodox, but surprisingly effective, left-wing-back position could also hamper Koulibaly’s chances of returning to the backline.
Fellow summer signing Cucurella played under the new Chelsea boss at Brighton and was often deployed within the backline as a left-sided central defender. £75m signing Wesley Fofana will also, presumably, return to the back three once Potter has had a good look at the resources at his disposal.
The football world will get a much better idea of all of the above on the 1st October, when Potter takes charge of his first Premier League match as Blues’ boss. Chelsea will travel to Crystal Palace in what will be a very tricky test for the new manager.
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