BBC pundit slams Antonio Conte for “poor judgement” in transfer market

BBC pundit slams Antonio Conte for “poor judgement” in transfer market

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BBC pundit Garth Crooks has accused Chelsea manager Antonio Conte of “exceptionally poor judgement” in transfer market, especially in the deal that brought former Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United.

After winning the league last year Chelsea made the surprising decision to sell Serbia international Nemanja Matic in a £40m deal to José Mourinho‘s side.

Matic has already become a key player for the Red Devils midfield, while Conte’s side have struggled without their Serbian enforcer.

Manchester United are in second place and nine points ahead of the defending Premier League champions.

Former Spurs forward Crooks admitted that he still can’t understand Conte’s decision to offload Matic given his obvious importance.

“Can anyone explain why Antonio Conte sold Matic to one of his main rivals?” Crooks, now a pundit at BBC Sport, said.

“I didn’t understand it at the time and it makes even less sense to me now. Against Brighton the Serbia international was imperious.

“Matic is not a star and refuses to crave the limelight in the same manner as Paul Pogba for example – although there is nothing wrong with that if you are performing.

“However Matic joining United has left Chelsea, and more importantly Conte, exposed and placed United in a much more favourable position. Exceptionally poor judgment by Conte.”