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Graham Potter admits integrating new players into the Chelsea squad will be tough

  • February 03, 2023
Chelsea boss Potter must try and keep a huge Chelsea squad happy (Picture: Getty)

Graham Potter has admitted he faces some ‘awkward’ conversations as he looks to integrate Chelsea’s £300million new boys into his squad.

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The deadline-day signing of Enzo Fernandez for £106million, a record deal for a British club, was the culmination of an extraordinary spending spree that saw eight new players arrive at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are only allowed to register a maximum of three new players for the knockout stages of the Champions League when they register their squad with Uefa and while he welcomed the January influx, Potter also admitted it will throw up a host of challenges.

‘If you spend money, the external noise goes up,’ said the former Brighton boss. ‘Resources are one thing but you need to align them, make the right decisions, create an environment.

‘It’s exciting, and a test for me and the staff. We have a lot of good players, we need healthy competition but there will be frustration at times, that’s how it is. There will be a few awkward questions and conversations because only 11 can play and you can only have a certain amount in your match-day squad.

‘It’s about being honest, open and transparent, and respecting the fact people want to play.’

Enzo Fernandez could make his debut for the Blues as early as tonight (Picture: Getty)

Fernandez, 22, a member of Argentina’s World Cup-winning team, could make his debut when Chelsea – languishing in tenth in the Premier League – host Fulham tonight.

Marco Silva’s side beat Chelsea 2-1 at Craven Cottage last month and are three places above their big-spending rivals in the Premier League in seventh place.
‘We’ve got to go through the paperwork and get the clearance and all that. My Spanish isn’t great and his English isn’t great, but we’ll get there,’ said Potter of Fernandez. ‘He is an impressive young man and we’re looking forward to working with him.’

Potter also insisted Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech has a Chelsea future after a proposed deadline day switch to Paris Saint-Germain fell through. ‘He is a professional and is committed to us and available for Fulham,’ he added.

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