Report: Potter tries out 'fantastic' Chelsea man in midfield in private friendly, Tuchel used him in defence

Reports have claimed that Trevoh Chalobah was used in a new position for Chelsea’s behind closed doors friendly win last week.

According to The Athletic, the Englishman featured in midfield as Graham Potter looked to see some of the players who didn’t start his first game in charge against RB Salzburg.

This season has seen Chalobah struggle to break into the Chelsea team, with his sole appearance of the season coming in the victory over Leicester City.

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Other than that, he has spent his time on the bench as the Blues have looked to utilise their big-money summer signings.

This is despite the 23-year-old being a solid whenever he has featured for the club, with him being described as ‘fantastic’ by former manager Thomas Tuchel.

Potter tries Chalobah in midfield

He was clearly trusted in big scenarios under the German, with him opting to start him in both domestic cup finals last season, with him only featuring him as a defender.

However, Potter may see the situation differently, as The Atheltic have reported that Chalobah featured in the role typically filled by Jorginho during the friendly against Brighton.

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With his strength on the ball a trait the Englishman is well known for, it is reasonable to imagine that he could fulfil the role to great success, whilst also being the defensive force the Blues don’t often see in that position.

With reports claiming that he could leave Chelsea if the situation regarding his playing time doesn’t change, Potter will no doubt be keen to give him a fair chance before he makes that decision, with him unlikely to be in England’s World Cup squad this winter.

He will be given the opportunity to work closely with the new man in charge for a number of weeks, allowing him the perfect chance to show what he can do.

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.