Levi Colwill now reacts to Graham Potter leaving Brighton to join Chelsea
Levi Colwill fully understands why Chelsea appointed Graham Potter as their new head coach earlier this month.
The international break has allowed the dust to settle on a wild month at Stamford Bridge, which has seen Thomas Tuchel leave the manager’s dugout in West London.
Chelsea moved quickly to snatch Potter from Brighton as the replacement, who kickstarted his reign in charge with a 1-1 draw against Red Bull Salzburg. Up next, his Blues side travel to Crystal Palace on 1 October in the Premier League.
Colwill understands why Chelsea appointed Potter
Colwill, who’s in quite a unique position, has given a glowing verdict on Potter.
The 19-year-old defender was loaned out to Chelsea in the summer to develop at Brighton, who were playing some really eye-catching football with Potter in charge.
However, the teenage centre-back will now try to improve during his season-long loan under Brighton’s new boss, Roberto De Zerbi.
Colwill said, as quoted by Football Daily: “You could tell straight away from stepping in on day one that he’s such a big person to be around. In terms of the team, everyone respects him for what he does on and off the pitch. You could tell his levels were the highest they could be. I understand why Chelsea have gone for him.”
It’s going to be fascinating to see how the next year unfolds for Colwill.
Developed in the Blues academy, the left-footed centre-half is now a rising talent well known to supporters following his brilliant year out on loan with Huddersfield Town last season.
His loan to Brighton this campaign seemed like a no-brainer in his progression, but he’s played just three games so far while being eased into top-flight level.
Potter recently highlighted how “mature” Colwill is despite the fact he’s a teenager, so it’s a boost that Chelsea’s current first-team boss is an admirer.
However, Colwill will only get closer to the senior squad at Stamford Bridge if he gets opportunities this season.