Graham Potter simply needs to play Chelsea’s Wesley Fofana immediately after the international break.
Understandably, Potter opted to go with mainly experience for his first game as Chelsea’s head coach, which ended in a 1-1 draw against Red Bull Salzburg earlier this month.
However, he needs to bring Fofana into his starting line-up when making his second team selection. The Blues will return after the internationals with a trip to Crystal Palace on 1 October.
Potter needs to play Fofana
Chelsea’s new boss shouldn’t feel obliged to shoehorn any player into his team because he’s a highly successful coach that will want to enforce his own style.
There were so many eyebrows raised when Potter left Fofana on the bench, though.
First of all, Fofana’s an extremely talented centre-half that the London club splashed out £70million to sign.
The 21-year-old French defender needs to get a run of starts to prove himself at Stamford Bridge, so it would be great to see the new coach put faith in him straight away.
We’ve alluded to the fact Potter played it safe with his first team selection, but let’s hope he’s come to the same summary as most supporters that Fofana is a far better option than Cesar Azpilicueta in the starting XI.
JT rates him
Fofana’s only played two games since his arrival from Leicester City, which is why Chelsea supporters are desperate to see more of him. He must be keen to show why the club invested so much in him, too.
Described as a “top young defender” by John Terry, Fofana certainly has a lot of hype to live up to.
Those who watched him regularly in Leicester colours will know he’s an athletic centre-half with great pace, aggression and quality on the ball.
The fact he’s already had to overcome a long-term injury at his young age will help his character, but some feel he’s still working his way back to his very best.
It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos that is Chelsea when it comes to both on-field and off-field drama. But the brilliance of Fofana’s signature may not actually be recognised until a couple of months time.
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