Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)
Chelsea want two add to two positions during the January transfer window. Graham Potter will be backed as boss, possibly with a new midfielder and another back-up goalkeeper.
As Blues supporters eagerly await a fresh era under newly appointed Graham Potter, speculation over his chosen system and likely personnel is widespread. Will it be a similar three-centreback setup as former boss Thomas Tuchel employed? Or will the Englishman favour a more traditional 4-4-2 or the modern 4-3-3 incarnation? Time will tell.
In the meantime, Potter characteristically requested forgiveness from his devoted onetime fan base at Brighton & Hove Albion. The ex-Seagulls manager admitted that he felt he had to “grasp a new opportunity” after being offered a five-year deal with the Blues in an ‘open letter’ to the seaside fans.
Potter said he understood if some of the Brighton faithful would never be able to forgive him for leaving. Though the 47-year-old also claimed that he will cherish the three years he had at Amex Stadium. The man now at CFC’s helm suggested that his time on the South Coast was a “special period” in his career.
It will be truly fascinating to see what Potter eventually makes of the contemporary Chels’ roster and how he carves out the best XI. Yet he may be bolstered by incoming help in the New Year. When January comes around, Todd Boehly and his assistants will no doubt dive straight into the transfer market. The new ownership group have clearly shown that player expenditure is something they will not shy away from.
According to Evening Standard journalist Nizaar Kinsella, backing the new head coach sufficiently is certainly on the agenda. When signings are permitted once again in 2023, expect a couple of potentially adequately scrutinised acquisitions to be completed. Spending on just anyone to make a headline won’t suit the latter: Potter will have exact targets in mind, prospects who fit the bill, as opposed to amplifying top billing.
Kinsella says a midfielder is wanted; Edson Alvarez’s name is mentioned afresh. With regard to the second prospective position to be strengthened, the reporter says Chelsea could desire an understudy to Edouard Mendy, with Kepa Arrizabalaga wishing for first-team football.