With the international break currently in motion, Graham Potter has had some ideal time to get settled in to his new surroundings at Cobham and start looking at his plans and how we will be setting up.
Not only that, he has also had a chance to get to meet with all his new players at Chelsea, even the players who then went out on international duty. But perhaps even more important than that is the fact he has been able to continue working with the players who stayed behind for a bit as well and was able to get to know a smaller group initially by themselves.
Chelsea played in a behind closed doors friendly against Brighton last weekend and won 2-1, this gave an opportunity for Potter to try a few things that he might be thinking. And one of them was to try Trevoh Chalobah as a defensive midfielder.
It’s very reassuring and positive for me to see our new boss addressing one area on the pitch which I believe we have lacked in over recent seasons, the holding midfield area. We have lacked that real defensive midfielder, and I like the fact that Potter is prepared to take a look at other options in there to solve that problem.
Graham Potter used Trevoh Chalobah in midfield in a behind closed doors friendly last week.
— Simon Phillips (@siphillipssport) September 26, 2022
Chalobah is also fighting for his Chelsea future, so I am pleased to see as well that Potter is prepared to give these players a clean slate and a chance to impress him and nail down a place in his squad, as a new manager.
Chalobah is mainly used as a defender, but he has played as a defensive midfielder as well out on loan moves and is more than capable of playing there. It will be interesting to see if Potter continues with the experiment. We certainly need more of a traditional type DM in the ranks, and I’m not sure Denis Zakaria will be considered that yet.