Graham Potter suggests 'magnificent' Chelsea player may be dropped vs Liverpool
Graham Potter has suggested that Lewis Hall could come out of the Chelsea line-up for tomorrow’s trip to Anfield in the Premier League.
Chelsea travel to Merseyside at Saturday lunchtime to face Liverpool in a league match, with both teams desperate for three points to close the gap to the top-four positions.
Hall, who’s just 18, as been one of the few bright sparks for the Blues in recent weeks.
The academy graduate has started three consecutive games across all competitions at left-back, including the two most recent league matches.
Described as “magnificent” by Micah Richards, he’s really taking everything in his stride.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Marc Cucurella has been forced to drop to the bench to make room for the talented youngster.
Lewis Hall position
Potter said in his Friday press conference that Chelsea need to manage Hall’s game time following his promotion to the first-team side.
When asked if Cucurella is in the plans to face Liverpool, Potter responded (Football London): “Some players have dips in form, there are different solutions for a game, that is sometimes the case. Lewis Hall has done well and we have to manage his games and role because he’s a young player starting out. Marc has had a lot to deal with and sometimes these things happen in how you settle into a team and club, a new group.”
There’s nothing concrete on who will start at full-back against Liverpool, but there’s definitely hints that Hall is due a rest soon and Cucurella is still firmly in the plans.
If Hall doesn’t start tomorrow, he should look at it as rotation rather than him being dropped.
It must have taken a lot out of him, mentally, to play so much first-team football in a short space of time.
Cucurella should be fit and firing to go, so giving him the challenge at Liverpool against Mohamed Salah would be a great test.