‘No idea’: Tim Sherwood still doesn’t have a clue where Potter will play £48m Chelsea player

Tim Sherwood remains confused as to where Graham Potter believes Raheem Sterling’s best position is for Chelsea.

Speaking on the Kelly & Wright Show, Sherwood voiced his confusion at Potter’s irregular use of the England international.

When Sterling arrived at Stamford Bridge from Manchester City in the summer for £47.5m, the consensus was that Todd Boehly had landed an established Premier League attacker.

The 27-year-old scored 131 times and provided 95 assists for the reigning English champions, predominantly as a winger or wide forward.

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This positional trend continued under Thomas Tuchel, who deployed the new signing either through the middle or out to the left.

But Tuchel’s abrupt departure changed all that for Sterling.

He quickly found himself stuck out at either right or left-wing back, an area relatively unfamiliar to such an offensive player.

Sterling still searching for his best position

After a few trial runs in a defensive station, Potter returned Sterling to a more natural attacking birth on the right flank against Arsenal.

It seemed the handful of games as a wing-back messed up his coordinates, as he looked rather lost in transition.

The same could be said for a number of those wearing blue on the weekend.

Chelsea are at a crossroads under Potter, with major uncertainty surrounding their identity right now.   

“Who is his best side? If we were sat there at the Bridge now and all sat next to each other as season ticket holders we wouldn’t be able to pick the team which he picks,” argued Sherwood.

“We have no idea where Raheem Sterling is going to play. Is he going to play high on the right, left-wing back? He’s not the only one, everyone is in different positions and they need to get continuity – a way of playing and stick to it.”

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Potter’s cluttered Chelsea team

Potter will obviously point to the numerous injuries as to why his side have underperformed lately.

Reece James, Wesley Fofana, N’Golo Kante, Ben Chilwell and Kepa Arrizabalaga are all noticeable absentees.

But then why wasn’t Kalidou Koulibaly selected for the derby, an experienced professional well acclimatized to huge occasions?  

“He’s trying to keep everyone happy and that’s fine you can keep everyone happy but you will be out of the job because a new manager will come in and wave him goodbye,” continued Sherwood.

“He works hard on that training field, but he needs to work even harder and he needs to start leaving big players out.”

Some big names will certainly be left out against Manchester City on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."