Graham Potter explains Lewis Hall selection as teenager gets first Premier League start


    Manchester City v Chelsea - Carabao Cup Third Round
    Lewis Hall is into the starting line-up for Chelsea at Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)

    Chelsea teenager Lewis Hall makes his first Premier League appearance on Saturday at Newcastle United as Graham Potter throws him straight into the starting XI.

    The 18-year-old started in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City on Wednesday and clearly did enough to impress his manager.

    With illness to the likes of Raheem Sterling and Marc Cucurella, Hall has been called upon to fill in at left wing-back, but Potter has no doubts over his abilities.

    ‘You could see his quality against Man City,’ Potter told Sky Sports. ‘He’s calm under pressure. He can take the ball, he takes responsibility. He gets up and down the pitch, gives us good width he attacks the box when he can.

    ‘Great attitude, good temperament so it’s exciting for him and I’m looking forward to seeing him play.’

    After the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City, Potter said of the teenager: ‘Fantastic performance, great quality, great effort. You can see he can take the ball, he took responsibility.

    ‘Putting the ball in the net is sometimes the hardest thing and he didn’t do that today but he did everything else, fantastic.’

    After defeat at City, Hall said: ‘Obviously a disappointing result, to lose the game, being knocked out of the competition so early.

    ‘Personally it’s what you dream of as a kid, playing in the biggest games.

    ‘Playing like a top team like City at the Etihad is what you dream of, so really happy.

    ‘The way they move the ball around is one of the best in the world, it’s very tough, physically demanding against a team like City.’

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