Chelsea: Graham Potter says some gamers might be ‘disillusioned’ over squad locations

Enzo Fernandez
Enzo Fernandez was the final of eight Chelsea signings in January

Graham Potter says some gamers might be “disillusioned” when Chelsea submit their Champions League squad following the membership’s £289m January spending.

The Blues signed eight gamers throughout the switch window however below Uefa guidelines, solely three may be added to their squad for European fixtures.

Golf equipment should inform Uefa of their squad adjustments by midnight on Thursday.

Nevertheless, Chelsea boss Potter stated he was “excited” concerning the problem his larger squad will convey.

“There’s going to be a couple of awkward conversations. That is the truth of the place we’re,” he stated.

“Solely 11 can play and solely a certain quantity may be in squads so there’s at all times going to be a certain quantity who might be disillusioned.”

Chelsea spent £289m throughout the January switch window, taking their complete spend since American businessman Todd Boehly took possession in Could to greater than £550m on 17 new gamers.

“Problem is the precise phrase. Definitely not complaining about it – it is thrilling,” stated Potter.

“It is a take a look at for me and the workers however an thrilling one. We now have loads of actually good gamers.

“We now have to create an atmosphere the place there’s competitors – wholesome competitors the place they will push one another – however on the similar time perceive that there is going to be frustration at instances and solely 11 can play.”

In the meantime, Potter stated he was “more than happy” by the signing of midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

Chelsea accomplished a British report 121m euro (£107m) deal for the 22-year-old Argentine World Cup winner on Tuesday’s switch deadline day.

“I discovered that we would signed Enzo when it was all achieved and I am more than happy, as a result of he’s a unbelievable participant,” stated Potter.

“My Spanish is not nice, his English is not nice, so we would have liked to lean on the translator however we’ll get there! He’s a powerful younger man.”

Nevertheless, he added he’s not sure if Fernandez may have clearance to play in opposition to Fulham on Friday (20:00 GMT).

Potter additionally stated Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 29, was again in Chelsea coaching following the collapse of his proposed mortgage transfer to Paris St-Germain.

The transfer was blocked by France’s governing physique, the LFP, as a result of the documentation to finish the switch was not submitted in time.

“He is again. He educated this morning,” stated Potter. “He is knowledgeable. He understands. He is dedicated, he is obtainable. He’ll be an essential participant for the remainder of the season.”

Chelsea are tenth within the Premier League, 10 factors adrift of the competitors’s 4 Champions League locations after 20 matches.

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