Paul Winstanley’s appointment as the Director of Global Talent and Transfers at Chelsea should not be brushed over admittedly.

Often when figures are introduced behind the scenes, they can quickly be jumbled up and forgotten within the intense flurry of action on the field.

Senior individuals come and go rather surreptitiously at any club, even those in the higher echelons of the sport.

Stamford Bridge is no different.

What has Paul Winstanley done?

Whilst Winstanley will get his name in the small print, his move from Brighton & Hove Albion will soon be shoved to the side by transfer rumours, World Cup controversies and other punchy stories.

But Chelsea fans might want to pay closer attention to the latest man who has followed Graham Potter from the South Coast to South West London.

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Winstanley spent eight years at Brighton, where he began as a talent identification manager.

He was then named head of recruitment, a role he clearly excelled at.

The Seagulls have shone in the transfer market in the last few years, making excellent and efficient signings at a very reasonable price.

They have also managed to rake in an extremely tidy profit for several players previously noticed and nurture before anybody else.

Brighton have received £150m for selling Marc Cucurella – incidentally to Chelsea – Ben White, Yves Bissouma and Dan Burn.

Although he cannot take all the credit for such sterling work in the market, Winstanley can certainly claim a significant role.

Pinching Brighton’s best

Todd Boehly will be hoping his new recruit can repeat his tricks as part of the blue family instead.

Not only to sniff out incredible deals for players with potential, but to possibly persuade some of the Brighton gang to head to the Bridge.

Winstanley was still in position at the AMEX when Leandro Trossard, Robert Sanchez and Moises Caicedo headed to the seaside.

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Three individuals that have all been linked to Chelsea at various points in the campaign.

Caicedo has probably heard his title tied the most to Potter’s employers.

Boehly is apparently lining up a move for the midfielder, a transaction that could cost a whopping £85m.

The 21-year-old might be viewed as the successor to N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, both nearly a decade his senior and nearing the end of their contracts.

Sanchez may also be brought in to replace somebody who could be leaving Chelsea soon as well.

Edouard Mendy is reportedly considering his future as a blue, having recently faced competition for the number one goalkeeping spot from Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Aside from sharing Spanish nationality, Sanchez and Kepa have been in similar form this season, keeping four and three league clean sheets respectively.

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Brighton’s shot-stopper continues to grow into his gloves, with Potter saying his former soldier ‘has got everything he needs to be a top goalkeeper’.

Winstanley may have only just taken the job, but the work must get underway immediately.

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