Former England and Newcastle striker, Alan Shearer, blamed Nigeria’s Mikel Obi for Chelsea’s 2-1 loss at Newcastle on Saturday.
On the BBC Match of The Day programme, Shearer said Mikel did not do well enough in the midfield emphasising that Jose Mourinho side missed suspended Nemanja Matic.
“Chelsea didn’t play that well,” Shearer said. “There is no doubt they missed Nemanja Matic. He has started every game for them this season but John Mikel Obi was in there against Newcastle and didn’t do as well.
“In the build-up to Newcastle’s second goal, Mikel dives in, Eden Hazard dives in. There is no one sitting in front of the back four.
“That said it was a really committed Newcastle performance. They were really well organised and every player knew what job they had to do. It was a thoroughly deserved win.”