Chelsea defender, Kalidou Koulibaly has come out to issue an explanation as to why he has struggled to make the desired impact at Chelsea on the back of a £34 million ($38m) transfer.
The Senegal international arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer from Seria A giants Napoli with a lot of expectations from him to add more defensive steel to the Blues’ ranks in west London.
The 31-year-old has, however, collected as many Premier League red cards – having been dismissed in a 3-0 defeat at Leeds – as he has clean sheets and is still searching for the kind of form that made him one of the most sought-after center-halves in world football.
But while assessing his start to life in English football, Koulibaly has told Sky Sport Italia: “I am a player who needs to play regularly, everyone knows that. It is also true that I needed a period of adaptation, I am doing it well, I’m not perfect yet or what I want to be, but I’m getting there.”
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To back up his claims, Koulibaly was instrumental in the 3-0 Champions League win over AC Milan, but former Rossoneri and England boss Fabio Capello has said of his performances this season: “At Chelsea, he has no personality. When he has the ball at his feet he hesitates.
“He is not playing quickly, he does not do what he did at Napoli. At Napoli he commanded, he came forward, he made long passes, now he has the ball between his feet, he does not know who to pass it to and he always plays passes to someone only a few meters away.
Furthermore, he added: “I thought he had a great personality, and for Chelsea, he would be really important and explode straight away. And yet, at this moment, this is not him.”