Chelsea Manager, Antonio Conte is said to be on the brink of the sack following back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Watford, with his side conceding seven goals over the two games.
The Blues are missing a number of key players through injury but they were played off the field by the Hornets as they were beaten 4-1 at Vicarage Road on Monday night.
Former Chelsea midfielder and Assistant Manager, Ray Wilkins, described their performance as â€˜ineptâ€™ and â€˜abysmalâ€™ but he believes Conteâ€™s troubles are not of his own making.
Speculation over Conteâ€™s future has continued ever since the summer, with reports claiming he was unhappy with the clubâ€™s transfer business and frustrated he was not consulted more about their new signings.
Asked why the Italian hasnâ€™t been given more control in the transfer market, Wilkins said: â€œI donâ€™t know. If youâ€™re paying a man as much as Chelsea are paying Conte, his knowledge is far superior to someone like Michael Emenalo, who they brought in to do that job.
â€œThe managerâ€™s knowledge is far superior. He knows the players he wants to bring in.
â€œThe squad is weaker this season than the one that won the league last year. No Diego Costa, no Nemanja Matic – itâ€™s been a massive blow to Conte.â€
Costa and Matic were both key members of Conteâ€™s Premier League title-winning team, and both allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.
They were replaced by Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who has struggled to settle at the club and was sent off just 30 minutes into the defeat to Watford on Monday.
Emenalo was supposedly the man behind those deals in the summer, before he ended his ten-year association with the club by resigning as their technical director in November.
Wilkins insisted 23-year-old Bakayoko, a Â£40million signing from Moanco, in particular is not ready for the Premier League and says many of Chelseaâ€™s downfalls this season have been down to poor recruitment.
Asked by Alan Brazil if Conte is now paying for Emenaloâ€™s mistakes in the market, the former Blues skipper added: â€œI believe so, yeah.
â€œI believe it was Michael who made the changes.
â€œTo actually swap Matic with Bakayoko?
â€œThey should have brought in Morata to play alongside Costa and they should have signed Bakayoko just to play every now and again.
â€œHe is 23 years of age and he came in from the French league, which is a bit of a doddle.â€