Graham Potter must hand a start to 25-year-old for Chelsea against Manchester City tonight – opinion

A number of players will be disappointed they weren’t involved from the start for Chelsea’s match against Arsenal.

Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic and Kalidou Koulibaly will all believe they had done enough in recent fixtures to start the game, which the Blues lost 1-0.

However, one man who didn’t even get off the bench could have had the biggest grievance of them all.

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Denis Zakaria was fresh off an impressive debut for the club, where even his teammates believed he should have been handed player of the match for his performance.

The Switzerland international scored as the Blues ended their Champions League group stage campaign with a victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

Potter must start Zakaria

The game was his first opportunity to impress since his loan move to Stamford Bridge was confirmed on deadline day of the summer transfer window.

He certainly took his chance, and must have been in Graham Potter’s thinking when it came to team selection for the big London derby.

However, he elected to look elsewhere, and the Blues paid the price as they were dominated in the midfield battle.

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With the pressure off in the League Cup battle against Manchester City tonight, it is the perfect chance for the Swiss star to show he can also cut it with the best Premier League sides.

After playing him last week, it is now almost certain that he will remain at the club for the remainder of his loan spell, after reports suggested he may be set for it to be cut early in January.

With him off to the World Cup to represent his national team, he will be hoping for one more opportunity to show what he can do at club level, in order to not completely waste this season of his career.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.