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There are some people who argue that Kalou is a good player to have in our squad because he has scored some "important goals" in the past. This may be true, but scoring "crucial goals" doesn't mean anything when your performances are not consistent—and consistently good, for that matter.
Kalou has scored a total of 54 goals for the Blues in 226 appearances in all competitions, but most of his playing time is off-the-bench play, rather than starting.
He started out this campaign poorly; after an embarrassingly bad performance in Chelsea's game against West Bromwich Albion at the Bridge—their second game of the season—AVB swiftly removed the striker in the 30th minute, after taking several irresponsible and downright foolish shots, rather than passing the ball to someone in a more advantageous position.
He then went on to continue his poor playing in Chelsea's Carling Cup match against Fulham. Typically a tournament where young, inexperienced players are fielded by both sides, the League Cup competition would surely be a place for the developed and mature Kalou to shine, right? Well, apparently not. He performed badly in that match too, making awkward runs and providing little help to his teammates.
And of course his most recent exploit was his major gaffe in Chelsea's Champions League match away at Valencia two weeks ago. After a hard fought 80 minutes, and with the Blues surprisingly up by one goal in a notoriously hard place to get a result, a win for the Blues looked all but certain. Then, at about the 80th minute, AVB decided to sub Kalou on, and everything went downhill from there.
His now infamous handball in the box in the dying minutes of the game gave Valencia a penalty kick, which they took successfully, sending the Blues home with just a draw in a game they surely deserved the three points from.
All of these things and many more just prove that 'kalouless Kalou' lives up to his name flawlessly.