Chelsea splashed out huge sums of money this past summer on the likes of Raheem Sterling, Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly but, with Graham Potter now in charge, the Blues starting XI could look a little different next year. Express Sport takes a look at how Potter’s starting line-up could look in 12 months time.
Kepa Arrizabalaga may have started both games so far under Graham Potter, but Edouard Mendy is expected to keep his place as Chelsea No 1. Mendy has had a shaky start to the new season with just one clean sheet in six Premier League appearances.
But he has largely impressed since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2020 and was named FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper of the year just last season. Kepa may finally get his move away from Stamford Bridge next summer, giving Chelsea the cash to reinvest it elsewhere.
Defence: James, Torres, Koulibaly, Fofana, Cucurella
Chelsea’s defence has changed drastically this summer with both Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana coming in for Antonio Rudiger and Andres Christensen. Both Reece James and Marc Cucurella could well be the starting full-backs for years to come with Ben Chilwell also a strong option on the left.
Thiago Silva has stayed, signing a one-year extension, but questions will be raised on whether he’s given another deal. Pau Torres has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League for several years now and Chelsea are said to be in the race for his signature.
The Spain international has been a huge part of Villarreal’s success in recent years, but the La Liga outfit are running out of time to give him an extension and may have to sell up next summer.
Midfield: Alvarez, Jorginho, Nkunku
Chelsea’s midfield may be the main area that gets a reboot next year with N’Golo Kante’s injuries taking their toll while there aren’t many other options. Jorginho remains a key part of the midfield trio and if he doesn’t push for a move away then he’s likely to be a regular starter still.
But reports have suggested Chelsea are keen to reignite their interest in Edson Alvarez, who has earned rave reviews for his performances as a defensive midfielder. The Blues have also lacked a serious goal threat from midfield in recent years and Christopher Nkunku may be the answer to their problems.
A medical is already said to have taken place for Chelsea to swoop in and Nkunku’s versatility could be a huge plus for Potter’s plans.