Three biggest winners and losers at Chelsea after Potter's appointment

Graham Potter has put pen to paper on a five-year deal to become Chelsea manager following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel.

The decision to select the former Brighton manager was made by the Chelsea owners with them looking for fresh eyes on the project and a manager who has not previously failed at the highest level.

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Potter will come into the squad with every player on a clean slate, although some will no doubt be happier than others to see a new face in the dugout.

Although this weekend’s game against Fulham may not go ahead, here are the three biggest winners and losers from the managerial change.


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Marc Cucurella

Chelsea signed Marc Cucurella for big money over the summer, despite seemingly being set for a first team left-back in Ben Chilwell.

However, the Spain international has been a regular starter since his introduction, and that could only be set to continue with Potter’s introduction.

The pair worked together to great success at Brighton, and in a team of mostly unknonws, the 47-year-old will be happy to have a trustworthy, familiar face at his disposal immediately.

Armando Broja

Despite his obvious Premier League quality, Armando Broja is yet to start a game this season, with it being claimed Tuchel was keen on letting him go this summer.

With a new man at the helm, he could be handed an opportunity to start and show more of what Chelsea fans have only seen in glimpses this season.

Conor Gallagher

It’s not been the best start to life at Chelsea for Conor Gallagher, with him looking like he’s been played drastically out of position so far.

A new manager is almost certain to mean tweaks in formations, and Gallagher could be one who prospers from any shifts in system.


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Billy Gilmour

The timing of this couldn’t be any worse for Billy Gilmour, with him being a player surplus to requirements for Tuchel, and sold to Brighton on deadline day.

Now though, the manager he played once for is at Stamford Bridge, and the Scotland international is no doubt cursing his luck that he won’t have the chance to perform for him at Chelsea.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Now in hindsight seeming the strangest transfer of the window, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined the club seemingly to rekindle his relationship with Tuchel.

While he has been assured that his role is safe at the club, it’s impossible to think that Potter will be as convinced by the former Arsenal man that the German was.

Ben Chilwell

The England international has struggled to break into the first team this season, with Cucurella’s introduction not helping in his comeback from injury.

With Potter surely to look to what he knows when he gets started as Chelsea manager, it could be another setback in the difficult period being suffered by Chilwell at the moment.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released