Chelsea star player convince Graham Potter not to deprive him of his playing time in the pitch, as the Chelsea play against Crystal Palace at the start of October 1st.
Graham Potter has been Chelsea manager for more than three weeks – but only managed one game. Whether that is to be a blessing or not will have to wait.
The new man in charge has been given valuable time to work closely with his players but hasn’t had the games to decipher how things might work out on the pitch.
This makes the impending transfer window a strange period. Graham Potter is still very much getting used to the Cobham camp surroundings but won’t have the bulk of his players left over to work on specific tactical instructions but he will have some time to himself to make key decisions.
The only fit first team players not away with their nations are Kepa, Marcus Bettinelli, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Trevoh Chalobah, hardly enough to do much XI-a-side practice.
More than tactical or physical preparation, Potter has a lot of spinning plates that he has walked into. As soon as he entered the doors at Cobham he took on complex transfer scenarios, unhappy players, contract negotiations – both ones that are likely and unlikely – and a team that has been extremely coordinated.
Along with catching up with Todd Boehly and analysing what his squad looks like, Potter finally has a moment or two here to lay-out his plans. He can prepare himself for what is about to come and make early judgements as to how his team might look in the near future.
It includes planning for the return of N’Golo Kante and swiftly giving input as to if his contract is worth renewing, the same can be said for Jorginho. There will be time to think about Carney Chukwuemeka and how much he is likely to be involved.
It will also allow for a glance at how to structure Chelsea’s training on a broad scale throughout the build-up to the winter World Cup. Potter has a lot going on and he has a week here to free some of it up or clear out his mind, to an extent.