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Graham Potter makes a Chelsea transfer pledge amid speculation about a January midfielder

Graham Potter makes a Chelsea transfer pledge amid speculation about a January midfielder

Graham Potter is not currently focused on potential Chelsea transfer activity, but he did not rule out the possibility of adding to his midfield options in January.

The Blues have been without N’Golo Kante since mid-August due to a hamstring injury, while Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho have also been sidelined this season.

Carney Chukwuemeka made his senior Blues debut off the bench in Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League win over Wolves. 

The 18-year-old was signed over the summer alongside fellow youngster Cesare Casadei as part of a potential succession plan for Kante and Jorginho, who are both out of contract at the end of the 2022/23 season and have yet to agree extensions.

Chelsea addressed their midfield concerns further on deadline day with the season-long loan signing of Swiss international Denis Zakaria from Juventus, though rumours persist that they may be on the lookout for more midfield additions when the transfer market reopens in the New Year.

Since being hired to replace Thomas Tuchel last month, Potter’s thoughts have yet to turn to possible incomings, but he has pledged to be open to January arrivals if the right players can be found.

“I’ve not thought about the transfer window,” he told reporters after the win over Wolves, a match for which he made a surprising seven changes as Armando Broja scored his first Chelsea goal and Diego Costa returned to Stamford Bridge.

“Thanks for reminding me of that! I’ve been busy with three matches in a week, but my answer is always that any club has to be, when the window is open, looking for options and how they can improve. But my job as head coach is to help the players that are here and help them improve.

“You can see from the team today that there are a lot of positives, but we are not at our maximum, but that is exciting as well because we can help the team and individuals get better.”

Graham Potter makes a Chelsea transfer pledge amid speculation about a January midfielder

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