Graham Potter impressed by Chelsea youngster's latest display

'Huge potential': Graham Potter impressed by Chelsea youngster's latest display

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has praised young midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka whose “huge potential” excites the manager.

The midfielder, who turned 19 a couple of days ago, made his second appearance for the Blues on Wednesday’s stalemate against Brentford.

Unlike in his debut, in the 3-0 win over Wolves earlier this month, in which he was on the pitch for just four minutes, this time he had more time to show his abilities and impress the manager, which he did.

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“Carney had a good impact, I think, from the bench against Brentford,” Potter told Chelsea TV ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.

“I thought he’s shown his quality. He’s a young player, but he’s got huge potential and some really interesting attributes.

“He can attack the backline, he can affect the goal… still learning of course, but already, we can see the quality that he has.

“We need to help him enjoy his football because that will help him reach his full potential, which is really exciting.”

Chukwuemeka created one chance and had a shot on target during his 28-minute cameo against Brentford.

However, it was his pace and ability to drive with the ball which really impressed a lot of people.

It was always an uphill battle for such a young player to compete with the likes of Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Conor Gallagher for a spot in midfield, but it is also easy to see why Potter has kept him in the first-team setup.

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