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Chelsea target two January signings to help and bolster new head coach Graham Potter's squad

Matthew Debono

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Chelsea target two January signings to help and bolster new head coach Graham Potter's squad

Chelsea are looking to back Graham Potter in the January transfer window with at least two signings, according to reports. 

The club opted to change head coach’s just days after the summer transfer window closes following nine new arrivals - Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Marc Cucurella, Gabriel Slonina (loaned back to Chicago Fire), Cesare Casadei, Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria. 

Potter was appointed on a five-year contract in line with the new owners vision for Chelsea after their £4.25 billion takeover back in May. 

He will now be given time to work with the squad over the coming years with both parties ready to embark on a partnership together which will hopefully see Chelsea bridge the gap to Manchester City. 

Potter acknowledged the partnership in his welcoming statement, saying: “I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club. 

“I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of."

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He added: “We are thrilled to bring Graham to Chelsea. He is a proven coach and an innovator in the Premier League who fits our vision for the Club. Not only is he extremely talented on the pitch, he has skills and capabilities that extend beyond the pitch which will make Chelsea a more successful Club. 

“He has had a major impact at his previous Clubs and we look forward to his positive impact at Chelsea. We look forward to supporting him, his coaching team and the squad in realising their full potential in the coming months and years.”

Potter has brought his own backroom team to Stamford Bridge - his assistant Billy Reid, first-team coaches Bjorn Hamberg and Bruno, goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts and assistant head of recruitment Kyle Macaulay will join him. 

Graham Potter and coach Billy Reid at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)
Graham Potter and coach Billy Reid at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)

However, this Chelsea side is not his. Potter is yet to make his mark, and his methods will soon be ingrained and honed in over the coming days, weeks and months as they embark on a new chapter. 

The first opportunity that the 47-year-old will have to make his first signings will be in January, and Chelsea have every intention of backing Potter in the winter market, reports Nizaar Kinsella

A new midfielder and possibly a new back-up goalkeeper could arrive at Stamford Bridge in January. 

Chelsea landed Zakaria on loan on Deadline Day, with the Blues heavily linked with Ajax’s Edson Alvarez but the Dutch side wouldn’t let him leave. 

Kepa’s future was unclear in the summer after he explored his options to leave the club, but opted to remain in west London. 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Todd Boehly, Transfers, Football

Matthew Debono
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