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Chelsea boss Graham Potter will not spend in January transfer window, says pundit

Graham Potter Chelsea September 2022

Graham Potter will not need to go and spend any serious money in the January transfer market, instead he will be focused on the current Chelsea squad, says Glen Johnson.

Potter was installed as Chelsea boss earlier this month after the sacking of Thomas Tuchel. The shock dismissal of the German coach took the former Blues defender by surprise.

Johnson, who made 71 appearances for Chelsea, believes that Tuchel was harshly done by after doing “a pretty good job” at Stamford Bridge. But he has revealed he is a fan of Potter, who made Brighton into an established top flight team.

Potter, 47, faces a different proposition at Stamford Bridge though. He will be expected to manage elite international players, recruit top-class players and improve the existing squad. And while he may have no problems doing the latter, his ability to land elite players could make or break him in west London.

That said, he’s not expected to do much business in January, at least according to Johnson.

Todd Boehly spent north of £200m in the summer with the arrivals of Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Johnson believes that Potter will not be asking for any new players in January.

Johnson ‘shocked’ by Tuchel axe

“I was just as shocked as everyone to see Tuchel get sacked after doing what I thought was a pretty good job,” Johnson told the Daily Express.

“He had a lot of new players there who had to settle in, so I was a bit shocked by that. I was probably just as shocked that it was Graham Potter they decided to go for.

“I’m a fan of Potter. But it’s one thing being at Brighton and getting players to play than it is going into the top of world football with the best players, competing against the best teams in the best competitions. If he can get the Chelsea side playing as good as Brighton were then they’re certainly going to improve.

“I think they’ve got a good enough squad, to be honest. I think his priority will be getting used to the players, settling in and just trying to get his feet under the desk.

“And I don’t think he necessarily needs to go and sign certain players but just needs to find out the players that don’t want to be there, and the ones that do, and then cipher it out that way.”

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