Leeds learn prospects of major transfer on Chelsea as Graham Potter comes to big decision ahead of January window

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Chelsea manager Graham Potter has revealed he is willing to give Christian Pulisic another chance to impress at Stamford Bridge, amid growing reports of interest from Leeds United.

The American fell out of favour with former Blues boss Thomas Tuchel. Since March, the midfielder has played just one full Premier League game for the club.

Pulisic started just 13 league games last season and has featured in the starting line-up once this term.

During the summer transfer window, Pulisic was heavily linked with a move away from London. Manchester United were among those keen, though a bid never materialised. Since then, Leeds United are strongly tipped to make an approach ahead of the January window. Furthermore, the Blues are reportedly willing to cash in, having seemingly placed a knockdown price on the American.

New manager Potter, though, is willing to give the out-of-favour American another shot, according to 90min.

The report states that Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has been urged to put Pulisic’s future on hold as Potter continues to work with the player on the training ground.

The Blues have struggled for goals this season, scoring just eight times in six games. Potter has plenty of attacking options with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount in the team.

However, should Pulisic discover an upswing in form, he could become another credible attacking option for Potter.

Chelsea star fighting for his future

Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, Potter was asked about Pulisic and other out-of-form players.

The 47-year-old revealed he is not willing to judge players on their past.

He said: “I think players go through periods of their careers where they have to suffer a little bit for whatever reason and don’t get their gametime that they would like and it’s part of the job, it’s part of the sign up to being a Premier League player. It’s not straightforward to be a regular in a top-four team.

“I can only comment on him in terms of how he’s been with me. Really positive, he’s an intelligent guy, articulate, knows how to express himself.

“My conversation with him has been good and positive, I’m not going to judge anybody on what has happened in the past, I’m going to make my own mind up. Football hopefully decides.”

Pulisic came off the bench and played just seven minutes as Potter marked his first match in charge with a 1-1 draw against Salzburg in the Champions League.

Despite this, Potter’s comments would suggest Pulisic could be in line for more minutes over the next few weeks.

Leeds are not alone in Pulisic race

Leeds were linked with Pulisic during the summer transfer window, and recent reports suggest the Whites are still in the hunt for the midfielder.

According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Chelsea would be willing to accept an offer of around £31million for the American.

The report mentions Leeds, though the likes of Juventus, Newcastle and former club Borussia Dortmund are also linked.

The arrival of Potter at Stamford Bridge could mark a fresh new start for Pulisic in the capital. However, if his minutes continue to be limited, expect the American to push for a move away.

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