The 47-year-old will use the break to determine precisely where he needs to add players in January, and there may be one in Qatar who has caught his eye already.
Despite Brighton and Hove Albion placing a £100 million price tag on the 21-year-old midfielder over the summer, Potter should take the possibility of a Moises Caicedo transfer to Chelsea very seriously.
With 54 touches of the ball in Ecuador’s opening World Cup game against Qatar, Caicedo made an impression.
He displayed outstanding composure throughout the game, completing 92% of his passes successfully, and was outstanding defensively, winning 67% of his duels and securing two interceptions as they won 2-0 on opening night.
The Ecuadorian has previously been compared to N’Golo Kante of France, suggesting that he could be Chelsea’s new take on the aggressive World Cup winner.
In fact, their playing styles are remarkably similar. Tim Vickery, an authority on South American football, praised him last year in an interview with talkSPOrT, saying: “He is a terrific athlete who makes football look easy. an all-around midfielder.
“He was saying that Chelsea’s Kante is his role model a year ago, but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.
“That type of box-to-box midfielder, which is very much in the English game’s tradition. Strong, swift, smart, and stylish. He certainly has the appearance of the real deal.
Last season, he made just eight appearances for Brighton under Potter and earned a WhoScored rating of 7.07, placing him first in the team. He more than lived up to the comparisons to the Frenchman, winning two tackles, making 1.3 interceptions, and contributing offensively with 1.3 shots and 0.9 successful dribbles per game.
In an interview with Het Niuewsblad (via Sport Witness), ecuadorian football historian Enrico Castro-montes praised Caicedo as well, saying: “In his own country, he is really seen as the crown jewel of a new generation.
“Caicedo certainly has a chance to go down in history as the greatest football player from Ecuador. Off the ball, he does, in my opinion, have a Kante-like quality, but when he’s on it, his flair and technique remind me more of Paul Pogba.
With Kante out of contract next year, Potter might be aiming to secure a move for Caicedo sooner rather than later, especially if he continues to impress for his country at the World Cup.
Chelsea to pay £300,000-a-week to convince ‘unbelievable’ Liverpool target to sign new deal
Mason Mount would reportedly demand £300,000 per week from CHELSEA under a new contract.
The Blues are preparing a bold double swoop for Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, two friends from England.
Chelsea could end up having to pay Mason Mount £300,000-a-week on a new deal Credit: Getty
The Blues are hoping to land England pals Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice next summer Credit: Getty
Since making his team three years ago, Mount, 23, has been a crucial member of Chelsea.
For the previous two years, he has been the team’s Player of the Year.
And Mount is now a regular for his nation, having contributed significantly to the 6-2 World Cup victory over Iran on Monday.
In a midfield three alongside Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund and Rice of West Ham, he appeared completely at home.
And according to The Telegraph, Chelsea will reportedly make a major midfield rebuilding move for both aces next summer.
The Blues might then be forced to pay top cash to sign ԀissiԀenт Mount, who makes one of their lowest salaries at £88k per week.
His contract at Stamford Bridge just has 18 months left on it.
Even if negotiations are moving forward, new terms have not yet been agreed upon.
Now, it’s believed that Juventus and Liverpool are both interested in Mount.
But if offered a contract with a £300k weekly salary, he will undoubtedly stay.
This is due to the fact that Rice and Bellingham allegedly demanded that pay if they relocated to west London.
Furthermore, Mount would want to get along with his Three Lions teammates.
Now, it will be interesting to see if Chelsea can make a breakthrough after the World Cup.
When England plays the United States on Friday, Mount will be hoping to keep winning fans over.