View: Graham Potter's appointment at Chelsea can kickstart Carney Chukwuemeka's career
Graham Potter’s track record of improving young stars should give new Chelsea signing Carney Chukwuemeka plenty of hope.
Throughout his coaching career, Potter has done a superb job of nurturing talented young players into well established starters.
At both Swansea City and Brighton, Potter was able to construct very impressive teams on relatively low budgets – all thanks to his incredible ability to coach younger players.
After signing a five-year deal with Chelsea this month, he’ll have plenty more talent to work with in London – with the Blues boasting one of the best acadmies in the country.
But while Chelsea’s infamous Cobham Training Centre is mightily impressive, Potter might be most excited about working with one of the club’s new signings this summer.
Carney Chukwuemeka arrived at Stamford Bridge in August from Aston Villa for an estimated fee of £20million, but the 18-year-old was completely overlooked by Thomas Tuchel during his final weeks at the club.
Still yet to make his first team debut at Stamford Bridge, the English midfielder will hope to catch the eye of Potter in training and become his latest prodigy.
Potter left Brighton having improved several players during his three years with the club, with Tariq Lamptey, Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caiceido in particular all thriving under the English manager.
Chukwuemeka is clearly held in a high regard by the Chelsea heirarchy after they splashed £20million on his signature, so progressing him to the first team will be high on their priority list.
A packed schedule before and after the World Cup suits Chukwuemeka to a tee, with Potter forced to rotate his side for a flurry of cup matches.
If he’s able to grasp his limited opportunities on the pitch with both hands, then Potter is the exact type of manager to reward him with further stints in the lineup.
Chelsea are looking to enter a new era under Potter, and there’s a good chance Chukwuemeka can be a big part of it.
In other Chelsea news, Alan Nixon claims Bily Gilmour only left for Brighton to work under Potter