'We've been told': Potter is already considering making big change with 23-year-old Chelsea man – journalist

Journalist Liam Twoney has claimed on The Athletic’s ‘Straight outta Cobham’ podcast that Graham Potter is considering playing Trevoh Chalobah in midfield.

The 23-year-old has been operated as a defender since Thomas Tuchel joined the club, breaking into the first team last season.

He clearly made an impact on the German originally, starting in both of Chelsea’s domestic cup finals last season.

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However, that ultimately failed to continue into the current campaign, with him making just one appearance so far in the victory over Leicester City.

There were reports that new manager Potter has already got a viewing of Chalobah in a midfield role, with him operating there in a behind closed doors friendly against Brighton.

Twomey has now claimed that the position could be the future for the Englishman, with the Blues hoping to make sure he stays at the club.

Chalobah could be used in midfield

He said: “We’ve been told that Potter sees him as a potential number six at the base of midfield as well as a ball playing defender.

“That’s something he has played pretty extensively in his career to date. In his season on loan at Lorient he was in midfield and when he was at Huddersfield the same, it was only Tuchel who only really saw Chalobah as a ball playing defender and towards the end of his time he didn’t really see him as anything.

“That is one of the tweaks we could see under Potter but of course there is plenty of competition in that area of the pitch.

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“We haven’t heard anything substantial that Chalobah is looking for a move away but it would make sense that if he doesn’t play in the next six weeks or so, he will be assessing his options. I don’t think he will be alone in that.”

With his ability on the ball, it feels like Chalobah will be able to operate effectively in midfield, bringing defensive stability too.

He will also potentially open up the option for the Blues to strengthen elsewhere, with them currently interested in signing a defensive midfielder.

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.