Carney Chukwuemeka is a “big, powerful boy that can run a lot” according to Chelsea boss Graham Potter, who showed his appreciation for the youngster to the media.
What’s the word?
The update on Chukwuemeka was relayed by esteemed super-journalist Fabrizio Romano, who took to Twitter to relay Potter’s latest admission.
On his personal page, Romano stated: “Potter on Carney Chukwuemeka: ‘He’s a big powerful boy that can run a lot. Yes, I really like him.’
‘He’s a young player but he’s got exciting attributes, so we just need to help him reach his potential.’
Potter loves him
19-year-old Chukwuemeka’s summer emergence in SW6 may have shocked a few amidst the distraction of Chelsea’s £250million+ haul.
After growing frustrated at Aston Villa, the England under-20 talent braved a bright and bold opportunity at Stamford Bridge, where he is being shown the love that he so desires.
Graham Potter is not the only authoritative figure to show the midfielder some love, with co-owner Todd Boehly himself, having gone against former boss Thomas Tuchel’s word, signing the star to add to his “top talents” collection.
On the signing, Boehly said: “We are delighted to be able to bring him to Chelsea and add such a talented young individual to our squad for the new season and beyond.”
Just days after Potter was appointed as the new head coach, he led his side in a behind-closed-doors friendly against his former club Brighton, granting Chukwuemeka a chance, to which the 19-year-old took with firm grasp, having scored twice to secure victory for the Blues, hinting at his potential to become a future favourite under the English boss.
We are now starting to see the latter statement come to fruition, with the starlet given a 28-minute run out in Wednesday night’s game against Brentford, which saw him do a bit of everything, having made two passes into the final third, two recoveries and taking a shot on goal in what was a short space of time, in a tight game.
There is most certainly a future at Chelsea for Chukwuemeka and that may commence sooner than we first thought under Potter and co.