Graham Potter already has his own Paul Pogba at Chelsea in the form of an unexpected new undroppable.
Carney Chukwuemeka, a teenager, is making his claim to be an important part of Graham Potter’s plans for the future at Stamford Bridge with some remarkable performances.
Chelsea midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka is giving Graham Potter the proper type of midfield trouble after an excellent start to 2023.
The 19-year-old joined the club from Aston Villa in August of last year and has had to wait his turn under the former Brighton manager. His stunning performance against Manchester City in the FA Cup has fans salivating about his potential progress at Stamford Bridge.
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With numerous changing elements and departures expected this summer, Potter has yet to properly establish his identity on what he wants this Chelsea club to do. Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang hasn’t exactly made a name for himself, and Romelu Lukaku’s future is also unknown.
Potter’s success at Brighton was largely due to his expectations of hard-working, relentless pressing, with midfielders such as Yves Bissouma and Alex Mac Allister thriving. Chukwuemeka has all of the tools to be cultivated in the same way as the latter, with his exceptional ball-carrying on display against City little over a week ago.
Hitting the post in the first half and completing two tackles in the City half, he was supported by Denis Zakaria’s clean anchor role, which gave those inside Stamford Bridge food for thought.
N’Golo Kante’s days appear to be numbered at 31, and Jorginho hasn’t been the same performer this season, indicating that a shift is underway. Although Potter must safely navigate his way through a difficult phase, the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday will keep things stable for the time being.
Finding the appropriate balance in the starting XI will be challenging, and with Mykhailo Mudryk’s arrival bringing more attacking talent to an already star-studded side, this summer will be crucial. Managers should be allowed time to properly settle into their roles and establish their authority.
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Chukwuemeka has emerged as one of those with presumably more to give this season, despite already demonstrating his ability to compete with the Premier League’s big guns. At only 19 years old, his height is a plus, but his low center of gravity nearly gives the sense that he glides about the pitch when in full flow.
Excellent tactical knowledge and youthful confidence have benefited his growth, with his frame and close control being compared to Paul Pogba’s. Expect more from the teenager this season as the Blues try to go further up the table and give manager Potter more difficulties about who to play.
is worth his tactical nurturing and careful praise.