Nigel Winterburn feels Graham Potter may make changes in January despite summer transfer spree


    Former Brighton boss Graham Potter took charge of his first Chelsea match last week (Picture: Getty)
    Former Brighton boss Graham Potter took charge of his first Chelsea match last week (Picture: Getty)

    Chelsea boss Graham Potter may make changes in the January transfer window despite their huge summer spending, says Nigel Winterburn.

    Chelsea announced the appointment of Potter as their new head coach on a five-year contract earlier this month after the Blues decided to sack Thomas Tuchel following their opening Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.

    Potter’s first match ended in a 1-1 draw against Red Bull Salzburg and the former Brighton head coach will take charge of his first Premier League game for Chelsea when they travel to face Crystal Palace on October 1.

    The Blues, taken over by Todd Boehly this summer, spent in excess of £250m revamping their squad but appear to be no better for the significant investment.

    The west London club are currently operating without a sporting director, with Boehly taking on the role temporarily until they hire one permanently.

    And Winterburn feels Chelsea’s spending may not be over just yet.

    ‘[Potter] might make a couple of changes in January or next summer,’ he told FreeSuperTips.

    ‘But we live in the here and now so we’re looking to see what he does straight away.

    ‘It’ll be interesting to watch, but I think he deserves the opportunity.

    ‘But sometimes when you get it, you’ve got to grasp it and how long he lasts in the job will be interesting because as I said, history tells you managers don’t stay very long at Chelsea.’

    Winterburn added: ‘You can’t get away from what Chelsea have achieved in recent seasons and years because they’ve won a lot of trophies.

    ‘He’s got a good style of play but recreating it at Chelsea is another question and there will be more pressure on him.

    ‘Let’s be fair though, he did a great job at Brighton and he’s certainly someone who deserves this opportunity.

    ‘I think everyone will be watching closely to see what he can do with this Chelsea squad.’

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