'Got to stop': Paul Merson thinks he's got a question that even '100 die-hard Chelsea fans' couldn't answer
Paul Merson believes even the most loyal Chelsea supporters wouldn’t be able to name the team’s best XI right now.
Writing for Sky Sports, the former Arsenal midfielder made a point of Graham Potter’s constant tinkering of the side.
Potter hasn’t yet stumbled upon his strongest 11 since taking over from Thomas Tuchel in September.
His predecessor often failed to land upon a definitive line-up, mainly because of the wealth and depth of talent available to him.
Tuchel’s successor certainly has the same problem now.
Potter chops and changes
With so many players to pick from, and more importantly to keep content, it cannot be easy selecting the same team every week.
This is an issue Potter must resolve quickly, otherwise results will continue to slip away from him, as they did against Arsenal on the weekend.
“He’s got to stop changing the team – I don’t think he knows what his best team is at the moment,” proposed Merson.
“When you’ve got a lorry load of top players it becomes more difficult to know what your best team is.
“The problem for Potter is that he has such a talented squad, which he’s got to keep happy, but he’s got to get his team right quickly.”
Mikel Arteta proved the benefits of producing a steady side at Stamford Bride on Sunday.
He arguably sent out his best 11 players and they reflected that in the performance.
Try and guess Chelsea’s best XI
Not for the first time this season, Chelsea followers were left guessing until the last minute who would be picked by Potter.
“We can go to a shopping centre tomorrow and ask 100 people to name the Arsenal team and they would be able to name the team,” continued Merson.
“You could stop 100 die-hard Chelsea fans and ask them to name the team for this weekend and I don’t know if anybody would get it right.
“That’s why Arsenal are where they are.”
There are just a handful of names guaranteed to be in Potter’s strongest XI right now.
Of those fully-fit, only Thiago Silva and Trevoh Chalobah get the nod.
Mateo Kovacic obviously gets in, but he’s been struggling with a knee problem since pre-season.
Reece James is the other clear pick, yet he might not play again until after the World Cup.
Can you try answer Merson’s question?