Graham Potter outlines Chelsea long-term vision and hints at Todd Boehly transfer plan
Chelsea manager Graham Potter has outlined the Blues’ mission statement following his arrival and hinted that there could be changes to personnel and tactics over the course of the season.
Potter is yet to lose as Chelsea boss having won three of his opening four games in charge in all competitions. The west London outfit are beginning to close the gap to the leading pack in the Premier League, with the Blues now just eight points behind Arsenal at the top of the table.
Potter has lauded Mason Mount and revealed his ‘excitement’ at working with the 23-year-old whilst highlighting the new role Christian Pulisic is playing in his system. Pulisic was keen on a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer, football.london understands, but is hoping a ‘fresh start’ under Potter will see him reignite his Chelsea career as he enters the final 18 months of his contract.
Speaking to football.london , the Chelsea manager outlined the long-term vision he is trying to implement at Stamford Bridge, why he likes working with young talents and hinted that there could be changes to formation and personnel in the coming months with a busy fixture schedule ahead. When asked whether he prefers to work with talented youngsters opposed to older players, Potter responded:
“I don’t know whether I prefer it, I think I like it, absolutely, and I think it’s important to have players that understand the club. “But ultimately if I’m being honest, it’s just the right people and the right attitude and players that want to improve and players that want to have ambition and take the club and their own career forward. And that’s what we want really.”
The Blues manager opened up on how the group of players have taken him in since his arrival, replacing Thomas Tuchel, and what he may look to change throughout the season. Potter added:
“No, I think they’ve been really open, really honest. “I think the job is to make sure they are really clear in terms of what they are doing. While the formation and personnel may change, what we want to achieve and how we want to play is consistent. I’ve always worked that way.”
Potter explaining that personnel could change hints that Todd Boehly will be keen to add more reinforcements that fit in with the new manager’s tactics and style of play, with the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Josko Gvardiol and Jude Bellingham all linked with moves to Stamford Bridge. Nkunku has already signed a pre- contractual agreement to join the Blues from RB Leipzig, but Boehly will need to activate his £52million release clause to complete a deal, football.london understands. Potter continued:
“I’ve tried to be consistent in terms of team intentions, in what we want to achieve when we’re attacking and when we’re defending. And then consistency of selection and system isn’t as important. “But I understand you have to be careful, certainly at the start when there’s less trust, you have to make sure the players understand what they are doing and feel comfortable.”