Tony Adams has called for Arsenal to get rid of both Cedric and Hector Bellerin in the summer transfer window and buy a new right-back.
The pair have been competing for the sole starting berth at right-back, however, have seemingly done nothing to impress the former Gunners captain.
Speaking to Stadium Astro, the former England international claimed that despite being brought in on a free, Cedric hasn’t proven to he’s better than Bellerin.
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Adams said: “If you’re bringing players in who is a lesser standard, you don’t get someone that’s less than what you’ve got. Cedric, is he better than Bellerin? Have you made an improvement there? Take it or leave it. Or are you telling me we need two? Get rid of two and get a good one! That would be the opinion that I would have. You always bring in players better than the ones you have got or don’t bring them to the club.”
Well, normally you’d say be careful what you wish for, however, it seems the club legend could be about to get what he wants.
Reports from CBS claimed Paris Saint Germain, who had a bid rejected for the Spaniard last summer, are reviving their interest in the full-back. Meanwhile, Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta holds a keen interest in the defender and wants to bring him to the club should he win the elections later this week.
Having displayed exasperation over the Spain international’s stuttering form, Adams’ feelings are completely understandable. Everything about the 25-year-old leaves you with your head in your hands, from his ability on the ball to his one-on-one defending.
However, the criticism of a player like Cedric, who has been brought in to be a back-up is incredibly baffling. The former Southampton man wasn’t signed to be anything but competition for Bellerin and his recent performances have shown that he’s putting his compatriot under considerable pressure.
Calling for the sale of two right-backs and the signing of one is foolish transfer business and would leave the Gunners incredibly light on the right-side of defence. We’ve seen just what having one full-back in a position can do following Kieran Tierney’s fitness issues and Arsenal can ill-afford more similar problems.