Benoit Badiashile transfer won’t fix Chelsea’s problems after Nottingham Forest draw highlights faults

Setback: Chelsea’s problems were exposed again during a disappointing draw at Nottingham Forest  (Getty Images)
Setback: Chelsea’s problems were exposed again during a disappointing draw at Nottingham Forest (Getty Images)

Chelsea agreed on a £33million fee to sign Benoit Badiashile from Monaco less than 24 hours before their match against Nottingham Forest but are in a situation that their prospective new signing cannot fix.

The 21-year-old will arrive at Cobham on Monday for a medical but the atmosphere will be sour after a poor 1-1 draw at relegation strugglers Nottingham Forest.

Chelsea’s spending will go beyond the £300million mark this season as fellow new signing David Datro Fofana, 19, watched on at the City Ground on Sunday.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t translated into results after Serge Aurier’s equaliser was just rewards for a battling Steve Cooper side in the East Midlands.

It cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s 16th-minute volley and leaves the Blues in eighth place and seven points behind Manchester United in fourth.

It would be easy to suggest that a new signing can lift the mood for a struggling Chelsea team but their lack of identity on the pitch leaves problems beyond individuals.

Chelsea have agreed a £33million deal to sign Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile (AFP via Getty Images)
Chelsea have agreed a £33million deal to sign Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile (AFP via Getty Images)

In fact, that lack of clear structure and system left defenders Marc Cucurella, Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly all busier than ever against Forest as they dealt well with an onslaught of dangerous counter-attacks.

They lacked protection from their midfielders and forwards, while Reece James’s latest injury setback was also a factor in the dip in performance after a 2-0 midweek win over Bournemouth.

Chelsea are now without an away win since mid-October despite ending a run of three defeats on the road dating back to before the World Cup break.

A new team of recruitment staff are working to sign the likes of £105m-rated Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez.

However, Chelsea are faced with short-term problems around their system, style of play and getting points in the Premier League.

These can only be solved by the current group of players and coaches with the challenge of a Manchester City double-header to come next.