Chelsea hired Graham Potter from Brighton after firing Tuchel following a catastrophic season, and under his leadership, they won their Champions League group and moved up to fourth place in the Premier League.
But then came two draws with Brentford and Manchester United. In the rematch, Chelsea overcame Salzburg 2-1 after having to dig deep.
After that, they suffered defeats against Manchester City and Brighton (4-1 and 1-0 respectively), before losing to Arsenal and exiting the Carabao Cup in the third round. The following weekend, Newcastle United defeated Chelsea at St. James’ Park. Newcastle was the superior team for the majority of the game.
The performances have raised concerns regarding Potter’s degree of tactical ability and his ability to maximize the potential of the present Chelsea team. Potter is already noticing the pressure that comes with working for Chelsea. He has to change the club’s fortunes under pressure.
There are a few excellent options on the market if the club decides to cut ties with Potter despite the fact that he signed a five-year contract a month ago. It will be unexpected if Potter is fired by Chelsea despite the team’s recent struggles. The club’s main problems are the result of poor hiring practices and choosing players with the improper profiles.
Chelsea needed to upgrade its midfield this summer, but instead used its time to hunt down defenders. Since Nemanja Matic left, the Blues haven’t had a combative sitting midfielder. Jorginho’s lack of physicality has been compensated for by N’Golo Kante’s defensive acumen. The France international, though, is deteriorating quickly as a result of injuries.
One of the factors contributing to the club’s declining form is their inability to keep games under control and win middle-division battles. Chelsea also overspent without justification. Despite having Ian Maatsen, they paid £62 million to get Marc Cucurella this summer.
The Cobham alumnus is playing for Burnley in the Championship and is having a fantastic season. Additionally, Chelsea failed to bring in any exciting wingers, which made the team predictable in the final third.
They will be hoping the new recruitment team can assist in putting together a team that can compete for titles before they think about changing coaches. The Chelsea team as it stands now is lopsided. Most coaches will have trouble getting this team to produce consistently.
Paul Winstanley, who will take over as the club’s new Director of Global Talent and Transfers, has been welcomed by Chelsea. He will collaborate with the club’s decision-makers, Joe Shields, the head of recruitment, and Christophe Vivell, the incoming technical director.
However, the midfield department is where they need to invest in if the club wishes to get back to winning ways and challenge for the Premier League title.