Graham Potter excited to have new left-footed attacking option at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Graham Potter has commented on the club’s “exciting” January signing Noni Madueke and how he would fit in the team.

The Blues confirmed the signing of the Madueke on a seven-and-a-half-year deal from PSV Eindhoven on Friday.

The 20-year-old is Chelsea’s fourth attacking signing this month, following David Datro Fofana, Joao Felix (on loan) and Mykhailo Mudryk.

Potter is dealing with quite an extensive injury list at the moment, but he may have a hard time keeping all of his attackers in the future happy given the number of options he has at his disposal.

Still, the manager argued that Madueke offers something that Chelsea are currently lacking.

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“Now I can speak about him because he’s a Chelsea player,” Potter said in his post-match press conference after Saturday’s draw with Liverpool (via Football London).

“He’s an exciting player and brings a left-footed attacking option for us and competition in that area of the pitch.

“He’s a young player that has had a good start in his career, accumulated games at a big club in Holland, and he’s ready to take the next step.

“We need to help him make that step and adjust to life with us and the Premier League.

“He’s an exciting player and I think our supporters will like him.”

Prior to Madueke’s arrival, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz were the only two left-footed attackers at Chelsea, and the latter mostly plays as a number nine.

So, Madueke is likely going to compete with Ziyech for the right winger spot.

Taking into account Ziyech’s unclear future at Stamford Bridge, this makes the England youth international’s signing a sensible move by the club.

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