ARSENAL defender Calum Chambers will never develop into a successful Premier League defender, according to Danny Murphy.
Chambers, 23, is on a season-long loan at Murphy’s former club Fulham but has failed to impress and finds himself well down the pecking order.
He was hooked at half-time during last month’s 4-2 defeat against Cardiff and has since been left out of Slavisa Jokanovic’s match-day squads.
Murphy, who skippered Fulham to the Europa League final in 2010, said: “I think Chambers has struggled at Fulham and I can’t see him fulfilling the promise he was once mooted for at Arsenal.
“I think he lacks the pace and physical strength to be a successful central defender in the Premier League. He can be bullied one-on-one if a striker gets the opportunity.
“Chambers was a strange signing because I don’t think he fits the bill for what Fulham needed.
“Hopefully he can pick up some confidence and push on.”
Chambers is part of the Fulham defence that has shipped a joint-record 28 goals in 10 Premier League games.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side find themselves in the relegation zone, having picked up a solitary win.
And Murphy points the finger at the Serbian for Fulham’s disappointing form.
“Fulham have had a poor start to the season, there’s no escaping that,” he told bwin.
“I don’t think there’s a lack of quality in that squad to survive because the club spent a lot of money in the summer.
“I think the problem sits with Jokanovic’s refusal to adapt to the Premier League. Fulham are currently a featherweight trying to trade punches with a heavyweight.
“There’s a degree of admiration for any manager looking to play good football, but he needs to be pragmatic. Fulham can’t repeat how they played in the Championship because it’s a completely different standard.
“Jokanovic is throwing caution to the wind and leaving the defence so vulnerable it’s naive at times. Fulham are being punished so often and they’re paying the price for it badly. He needs to shut up shop and make them hard to beat.”
Fulham owner Shahid Khan has publicly given his backing to Jokanovic, who masterminded the team’s return to the Premier League.
But Murphy believes the billionaire could pull the trigger if results fail to pick up.
“I think Jokanovic will be sacked if Fulham don’t have a change in fortunes soon,” he said.
“He has shown a degree of naivety by saying he won’t change his style of play and the club will have no chance of surviving if they continue conceding so many goals.
“Jokanovic can’t keep watching his team lose to the teams in the dog fight and expect to keep his job on what he did last year, especially after the money he spent in the summer.
“He deserves the time to try turn it around, but only if he’s willing to make changes otherwise the club is facing relegation.”