Graham Potter, the head coach of Chelsea, has led the Blues to an amazing start to life at Stamford Bridge since taking over in September.
The English coach has won four games and drawn one during a five-game winning streak. Additionally, he was successful in reviving Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League and Premier League campaigns.
The Blues’ playing style has also changed as a result of Potter’s arrival; they are now more direct and aggressive on offense while still retaining a solid defensive shape. The west London team has scored 11 goals in five matches while also giving up just two goals and recording three straight clean sheets.
Potter has also been accommodating with his roster rotation, giving a few unimportant guys some playing time. However, after five games under the new Chelsea head coach, a few players are still waiting to participate.
We examine three first-team players who haven’t played a single minute for the Blues’ new manager.
3. Denis Zakaria
What hopes Potter has for midfielder Denis Zakaria are unknown. Under the Blues management, the Swiss midfielder has yet to play a single minute of football.
Zakaria, a season-long loanee from Juventus, was one of the players Chelsea acquired during the summer transfer window. Zakaria appears to be in the dark right now, whereas the other summer newcomers have gotten used to life at the club.
His lack of playing time at Chelsea does not appear to have improved with the new management in place. The west London team may decide to end the midfielder’s contract in January, according to the DailyStar.
2. Edouard Mendy
One of the handful of players whose playing time appears to have been reduced by Potter’s hiring at Chelsea is Edouard Mendy. Despite recovering from injury, the Senegalese goalkeeper has yet to play for the Blues for even a single minute.
In his first five games, Chelsea’s new coach has chosen to start Spanish shot-blocker Kepa Arrizabalaga in net. Mendy is currently in a strange position at the club because, since signing in 2020, he has always been the Blues’ first-choice goalkeeper.
Mendy’s performance at the beginning of the current season was poor, as he allowed 10 goals in Chelsea’s first six games. In the process, he also recorded one clean sheet for the Blues.
1. N’Golo Kante
Injury setbacks caused the French midfielder’s 2022–23 season to end in disappointment. N’Golo Kante has yet to appear for Chelsea in any tournament after suffering a hamstring injury on August 14 against London rivals Tottenham.
The 31-year-old is now one of the players under the new head coach Potter who has yet to play any minutes. Kante is regarded as a crucial member of the Blues’ starting lineup. Once deemed fit, he should be counted on to start for the west London team.