Graham Potter explains decision to bring on Carney Chukwuemeka in 0-0 draw against Brentford

    Carney Chukwuemeka made his second Premier League appearance of the season (Picture: Getty)
    Carney Chukwuemeka made his second Premier League appearance of the season (Picture: Getty)

    Chelsea boss Graham Potter says he decided to bring on Carney Chukwuemeka against Brentford due to the player’s ‘physicality’.

    The Blues were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw at the Brentford Community Stadium on Wednesday night.

    Chukwuemeka played the last 28 minutes, making his second Premier League appearance of the season, replacing Mason Mount.

    The 19-year-old midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge from Aston Villa in a £20m deal this summer and has been in and out of the matchday squad.

    Chukwuemeka has been an unused substitute on six occasions, three times in the Premier League and three times in the Champions League.

    His only other first team appearance this term came in the 3-0 top-flight victory over Wolves as he played the last four minutes.

    Speaking about his decision to utilise Chukwuemeka in the goalless stalemate at Brentford, Potter said that the player has ‘exciting attributes’ and said that his ‘potential is exciting’.

    ‘Well, if you look at these attributes, he’s a big powerful boy that can run and run away from people, and in a game like Brentford, you’re often in duels and need physicality, and I thought he and Christian [Pulisic] did well when they came on,’ he said.

    ‘They affected the game. That was just the thinking. He’s a young player, but he’s got exciting attributes. 

    ‘We just need to help him reach his potential because his potential is exciting.’

    Meanwhile, Potter has described Armando Broja’s first start for Chelsea this season as ‘okay’ after he was subbed off after 62 minutes against the Bees.

    ‘We saw two or three actions in the first half of what he’s about,’ he added.

    ‘Brentford press high and Armando… we thought we could use him. I thought he did okay for his first game. Because it was his first game we thought 60 minutes was enough.’

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