Chelsea They just gave 100 million reasons why they are completely behind Graham Potter.
The news that Chelsea is about to strike Premier League leaders Arsenal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk striker Mikhailo Modric, Paying an initial €70m (£62m), plus a further €30m (£26.5m) in add-onsis an important statement of intent.
There will be more people questioning why the owners did this and if this was a panic buying after yet another disappointing Premier League defeat. Fulham Thursday night. similar accusations It came after the acquisition of Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid earlier in the week.
It is certainly fair to highlight if there are other areas of the pitch that need improvement at the moment. Midfielder and back-up Reese James is a greater priority.
But remarkably, Modric is the player Potter wants. Naturally, this should be the case for every player brought into a football club, but it is not always the case. No one can say that about the 22-year-old.
Chelsea’s attack struggled to function all season. One of the reasons they are so late in 10th place is that they have scored just 21 goals in 18 games, which is the 13th best in the First Division. Meanwhile, Chelsea have the fourth best defensive record in the Premier League – highlighting exactly where they have struggled this season.
Potter sees in Mudryk someone who can give her some much needed spark and urges the club to go get him.
After every setback Chelsea have suffered in recent times – there have been seven defeats in their last 10 matches – speculation has increased over Potter’s position at Stamford Bridge. A section of the fan base already wants to replace him as head coach.
the athlete He has consistently made it clear that Potter’s job is not threatened and He explained more about the current situation earlier on Saturday. The 47-year-old also revealed how he met co-owner Behdad Eghbali in California during the world Cup He broke his masks even more so that the hierarchy was completely behind him.
This signature sends a bigger message about what the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Association thinks than any vote of confidence or statement on the club’s official website. Yes, they’re looking to add to the squad anyway but you don’t spend that much cash on a player the manager is asking if you’re about to get rid of him.
– Chelsea (ChelseaFC) January 14, 2023
Chelsea are clear that the deals they sign are from the club, not just from the coach. The subject of Modric had been discussed between the co-owners and recruitment team before making the trip to Turkey for another round of talks with Shakhtar Donetsk after he hosted the referees for Manchester City’s Premier League match on January 5. But Potter loves what he sees in the Ukraine international and Paul Winstanley was part of the negotiating team. Winstanley worked with Potter at Brighton as Head of Recruitment and started a new role as Director of Global Talent and Transfers at Chelsea two months ago. He is a key ally.
Now Arsenal were the favorites to secure Modric’s signature all along. The player made it clear how focused he is on moving to the Emirates Stadium by posting photos on social media of him watching Mikel Arteta’s team play.
However, Modric will travel to England on Saturday night to complete a high-profile move to West London rather than North London. His popularity among Chelsea fans is certainly already guaranteed. There are similarities here to how Chelsea stares spurs at 11 o’clock to sign Willian In 2013. Fans created a hymn about him and have been singing it all these years. He heard it at Craven Cottage even after the Brazilian had put Fulham ahead against his former club two days earlier.
Potter will be under pressure to integrate Modric into the team as quickly as possible and get him to perform.
If he succeeds, Chelsea may still be able to salvage something from this season. But whatever happens, the Chelsea boss knows his co-owners are ready to support him with action, not just words.
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