Graham Potter has reportedly been tremendously taken aback by Omari Hutchinson’s performances in Chelsea training.
According to the Evening Standard, Potter has been ‘hugely impressed’ with the 19-year-old since he became fully embedded in the senior squad.
Hutchinson has regularly rubbed shoulders with the first-team since the change of management occurred in September.
Whilst he is yet to make a competitive appearance under the new coach, the signs certainly point towards a few meaningful minutes in the near future.
The teenager did start in the friendly against Aston Villa earlier this month and was arguably Chelsea’s best player on the day.
Potter himself was really impressed by the attacker’s display in Abu Dhabi, his first full glimpse of the exciting talent in action.
Games on the horizon for Omari Hutchinson
With the fixture list looking as full as certain stomachs after Christmas, the Blues boss might be seriously considering using Hutchinson properly soon.
Chelsea’s trip to relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest on New Years Day could well be a prime opportunity to play the young forward.
Especially with two consecutive contests with Manchester City just around the corner.
Pep Guardiola will face Potter twice in the space of three days in January, in the Premier League then FA Cup.
A strong team selection in both games will be required, which may just omit Hutchinson from the manager’s thought process.
But there is no reason why an opening for Omari won’t appear later on in the campaign.