Chelsea’s seven new signings issued brutal Graham Potter message after Thomas Tuchel sacking
Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel signed seven new players over the summer but with the German’s departure, it could have a big impact on their futures at Stamford Bridge
Graham Potter on his players’ performance against RB Salzburg
Glen Johnson believes Chelsea’s seven new signings will be “concerned” by Thomas Tuchel’s departure from the club last week.
The German was relieved of his duties as Blues head coach on Wednesday of last week. Chelsea’s new-look board, including co-owner Todd Boehly, reached the decision because they wanted a coach more suited to the collaborative approach and long-term vision they had. Just over 24 hours after the club’s statement regarding Tuchel, Chelsea announced the appointment of Graham Potter.
Potter has taken charge of one match so far in what has been a bizarre week in football terms. Following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday of last week, Chelsea have seen two matches – last weekend’s clash with Fulham and Liverpool on the coming Sunday – called off.
Chelsea had a very busy summer transfer window in terms of incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge. The new ownership wanted to make a statement in the transfer market in what was a drastic rebuild of last season’s squad.
The Blues brought in seven new players in total. Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria all came through the door at Stamford Bridge, with the club spending near £270million on the new signings.
In Potter’s first – and only – game in charge so far against FC Salzburg on Wednesday evening, Cucurella, Sterling and Aubameyang were the only new signings to start. Fofana and Koulibaly were the shock omissions, with Potter starting a back-three of Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Cucurella.
Johnson, who represented Chelsea from 2003 until 2007, believes the new signings will be concerned after being brought in by Tuchel and now having a new head coach to impress in west London.
“It will certainly be a bit of a concern for them,” Johnson told Bettingodds.com. “However, we know how the game works and we know that it’s not just the manager that signs the players.
“The players will be concerned, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing they can do about it. They have to get on with it and hope that Graham Potter rates their style of play as much as Thomas Tuchel did.”
Chelsea are now without another game until October 1 when they make the short trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Potter will get to work with some of the players who haven’t been called up, or have retired in Aubameyang’s case, for international duty.