‘Understand the disappointments’: How Graham Potter has dealt with unhappy players at Chelsea - journalist
Journalist Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport that Graham Potter has made an effort to speak individually with Chelsea players who are unhappy at the club.
The former Brighton boss has been coming to terms with a completely new dressing room, with the standards at the club meaning Champions League winners are often left out of the squad.
There had become a culture of reported unhappiness around the fringe players under Thomas Tuchel, with many seemingly wanting their time at the club to come to an end.
This was apparently true in particular of Christian Pulisic, who will be happier than most to see a new man through the door.
Potter dealing with unhappy players
Jones has claimed that Potter has already made it his goal to engage in conversations with those who have spent extended time on the side, as he goes about keeping team spirits high in his first season in charge.
He said: “I know he’s had a lot of one-to-one conversations to understand the disappointments of the players that have been left out of the team and he’s spoken about players that he knows will have a key role.
“I think he just wants to see how things go in the early weeks before making any rash decisions on what players will need to come in.”
All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge tonight to see who Graham Potter selects in his first Chelsea side, with his first system likely to be similar to that operated by prior manager Tuchel.
One constant that is likely to remain under the new man in charge is the presence of Mason Mount, with it already being reported that Potter can be added to the growing list of managers who admire the talents of the Englishman, despite only being at Stamford Bridge for a few days.