Graham Potter uses World Cup to pick 6 ‘outstanding’ Chelsea starlets aiming for first XI

Despite the fact that Premier League football will be suspended until Boxing Day due to the World Cup, Chelsea manager Graham Potter will have a great opportunity to rυn the rule over some of the club’s emerging young talents over the next few weeks. During the tournament, the Blues are expected to participate in a warm-weather training camp, with the players who are not involved in Qatar able to impress Potter by putting on a good show before returning to club football next month.

Many of Chelsea’s senior players will be away at the World Cup, with Mason Mount and Conor Gallagher already in Qatar with the England squad ahead of their first game against Iran on Monday. Several of the club’s young prospects, however, will reмaιn, with teenage midfielder Omari Hutchinson among those hoping to force their way into Potter’s plans for the remainder of the season in the coming weeks.

The former Arsenal player joined the Blues in the summer and has been named in three matchday squads since the start of the season, but he has yet to make his senior debut for the west Londoners. He was reportedly denied entry into the Jamaica squad for their match against Cameroon earlier this month, implying that he is being considered as a potential first-team option at Chelsea before the Premier League resumes after the holidays.

Hutchinson will be desperate to catch Potter’s attention on the training ground, with Chelsea expected to play at least one friendly in Abu Dhabi between now and the World Cup’s conclusion. Gabriel Slonina is another player who will be hoping to force his way into first-team contention at Chelsea by impressing in goal in the absence of Edouard Mendy, who is currently representing Senegal in Qatar and is expected to leave the Blues in the near future.

Slonina, who began training with Chelsea three weeks ago, has a good chance of being promoted to a back-up role for Kepa Arrizabalaga if Mendy is sold in January and would help his chances of selection by demonstrating his abilities during the World Cup. Cesare Casadei, a summer signing, has a good chance of вreaĸιng into the first team after impressing at youth level for the Blues this season, scoring three goals in five Premier League 2 matches.

The young Italian midfielder is clearly too talented to reмaιnѕ in Chelsea’s under-21 squad, implying that a loan move or first-team debut would be the next logical step in his career after the World Cup concludes. He could be joined in the Blues squad soon by left-back Zak Sturge, who has recently arrived from Brighton and may be called upon to fill in for the injured Ben Chilwell if fellow Chelsea starlet Lewis Hall is moved into his preferred central midfield position in the near future.

Sturge is an attacking midfielder who could fit in well on Chelsea’s left side if he can stake a claim for a welcome promotion to the first team during their upcoming warm-weather training camp. He is already well-known to Potter from his time at Brighton, which could help him get into the 47-year-head old’s as he assesses his squad ahead of the Premier League’s return.

Charlie Webster and Jude Soonsup-Bell, who have both been linked with moves to Manchester City ahead of the January transfer window, could also be outsiders to break into Chelsea’s senior squad in the coming weeks as the World Cup gets underway in Qatar. It reмaιnѕ to be seen how many fringe players can impress Potter in Abu Dhabi, though the Blues manager may be open to adding to his first-team group as he looks to put things right at Stamford Bridge after a rυn of three consecutive defeats prior to the World Cup.