Frank Lebouef has called Chelsea a “big mess” over the impending signing of Arsenal transfer target Mikhailo Mudryk.
Chelsea was one of the biggest spenders in the summer transfer window, splashing out a total of £280 million.
The West London club signed Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, and Marc Cucurella from Brighton.
However, these players have done little to justify their high salaries, and former defender Lebouef is concerned that Graham Potter will not be given the time he requires to rebuild the squad.
The Blues are looking to add more players this month and have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Argentina World Cup star Enzo Fernandez.
Lebouef believes Chelsea’s interest in both players demonstrates the club’s willingness to throw money at its various problems.
“It’s sad in a way because if Mr Potter knew he didn’t have any fingerprints to put inside the club, he shouldn’t have signed because he knew he’d be in a washing machine,” he told ESPN FC.
“Someone has to pay the price, and it’s always the coach because you can’t change five or six players.
“We can all see what is wrong within that team. I don’t think Mr Potter has a chance to build something; I thought he was chosen to change Chelsea’s approach to not buying stars.
“We see all those players struggling because there is no idea and no plan. Mr Potter is the only one who can devise a strategy because he is the team’s leader.
“It’s going to be a disaster. That’s all we have right now. You buy players and put them together, but you don’t know what to do with them, so it’s a shambles.”