Five players Chelsea should build around includes Mudryk and Fofana
But as things stand, while this lot need an upgrade, we reckon these are the five Graham Potter should build around..
James has for over a third of his Chelsea career.
Given his importance to the team, Chelsea should be more cautious over James than anyone. Signing a suitable back-up would ease the burden on his very broad shoulders.
It’s odd that someone seemingly so grounded,
happy and laid back can be such a polarising figure.
slights that they seem to take as a personal affront.
I love Mason Mount.
and with better players Mount will improve further. Perhaps even at Liverpool.
The concern will be,
as it is with James, that these knee injuries become a regular problem for the 22-year-old.
Assuming they don’t, Chelsea should be on to a winner. A partnership with Benoit Badiashile has stunning potential.
Talking of potential, the stuff oozes from every pore of this guy. Each time he’s the chance under Potter thus far it feels as though someone’s been winding a key in his back on the bench before letting him go.
Chukwuemeka is obviously inexperienced and lacks some of the tactical responsibility to be playing frequently. But he’s certainly got goals and assists in him –
something Chelsea have dearly lacked from their midfielders – and has the physicality and skill to power through opposition midfields with wonderful ease.
Firstly, there is no Chelsea fan in the world that didn’t take pleasure in stealing Mudryk from under the noses of Arsenal – it was very funny.
But their amusing chase and capture of the Ukrainian shouldn’t take away from how exciting his transfer is. Chelsea have been sorely lacking forwards who can make things happen out of nothing.
Having seen Eden Hazard drift and jink his way through opposition teams for seven years at Stamford Bridge it became the norm,
with Willian and Pedro offering similar joy on occasion. Joao Felix, who did forward-like things for 60 minutes before his daft suspension, further highlighted how dire Chelsea attackers have been since Hazard left.
Mudryk provides hope of a thrill when watching Chelsea, who have for too long been without the kind of moments of pure individual brilliance the 22-year-old can provide.