Carragher: Pressure will intensify on Potter to achieve success

‘It makes it tougher’: Jamie Carragher claims the pressure will intensify on Chelsea boss Graham Potter to achieve after the club’s influx of new players, insisting with their huge January investment they must be looking to win the Premier League title next season’

  • Jamie Carragher says Graham Potter will be under pressure to deliver success 
  • Chelsea spent over £300million during a hectic January transfer window
  • Carragher feels Chelsea will be looking to win the Premier League next season 

Jamie Carragher has claimed that Graham Potter will be under increased pressure to deliver success at Chelsea following the club’s significant spending spree.

Chelsea spent over £300million in the January transfer window, with deals being struck for Enzo Fernandez, Noni Madueke, Mykhailo Mudryk, Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana, Andrey Santos and Malo Gusto.

Carragher feels that with such significant investment from owner Todd Boehly, Chelsea will be looking to win the Premier League next season. 

Former Liverpool defender Carragher feels that Potter will have limited time to turn Chelsea into title contenders. 

Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher said: ‘I think it makes it tougher. I think the reason you bring in Graham Potter is because he builds a club that’s his history in management and that’s why they’ve brought him in. But it feels like what they’ve done in the transfer market is the opposite of that. 

‘There’s no right or wrong way of doing things, we’ve seen Chelsea in the past under Abramovich bringing lots of players in, changing managers all the time, but I don’t think that bodes well for Potter in the future in terms of the amount of money they’ve sent and players they’ve brought in. Because that’s pressure. 

Jamie Carragher says Graham Potter will be under increased pressure to deliver success

Carragher feels Chelsea will be looking to challenge for the Premier League title next season

‘The start of next season, with that kind of outlay – and they’ll go again in the summer – you’ve got to win the league or go close and that ramps up the pressure for the manager.’

Carragher also stressed the difficulties that Potter will have in attempting to get his methods across to a constantly changing squad.

Carragher said: ‘The philosophy might have to be to build again. He’ll be trying to get his methods across to a completely different group of players and now even more players that have come in. 

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly oversaw a spending spree of over £300million on new players

‘It’s interesting because with every Chelsea manager, there’s been that question of who’s really in charge here of bringing the players in. He’s been quite vocal in press conferences before games that he’s a coach, and he’s thinking about tomorrow’s training. 

‘From the press conferences, he’s a really level-headed character, he speaks about being not too high or not too low and he said he wasn’t too nervous on deadline day getting the Fernandez deal over the line, because he was thinking about training, that was someone else’s job. 

‘But they’ve got the recruitment team in there, who at Brighton were bringing players in for the future, and the players Chelsea are bringing are young. But when you get to this level and the figures we’re talking about it’s about the here and now.’

Carragher stated that Chelsea will have to get close to finishing in the top four this season.

Potter will also have to deal with players being disappointed at being left out, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for instance, having been omitted from the club’s Europa League squad.   

 Mykhailo Mudryk (left) and Enzo Fernandez (right) were two of the most high-profile signings

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left out of the club’s Champions League squad

He said: ‘I wouldn’t say he has to get into the top four because there’s such a big gap right now, but he’s going to have to get really close. I’m not saying he’ll lose his job if he doesn’t but there has to be an improvement. 

‘They made a great start under Potter but it’s really tailed off, this club are so ruthless, and yes it’s new owners but they changed their manager really quickly and spent £600 million, so it’s like’s nothing really changed. It might be different going forward, but he must be sitting there thinking what is he going to do with 30-odd players.

‘Don’t forget the two best managers we’ve had in this league over the last 5 years are Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola and they continually talk about having small squads. People get it wrong when they talk about City and say ‘the squad they’ve got’ quality yes, but in terms of numbers you’re talking about 20-21 players.  

‘They chose to have that because it keeps everyone believing they can play. The big problem Chelsea have is there’s players that know they are not going to play and what are they like in training and how does that affect the team. That’s the big problem for Graham Potter.’

Chelsea went into Friday’s game at home to Fulham in tenth place having endured an inconsistent first half of the season.

Potter now has an array of talented players at his disposal, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to get them playing cohesively together. 

Chelsea have a Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund coming up and it will be intriguing to see how they fare in that competition.

During his previous job at Brighton Potter was widely praised for his work, but he is unlikely to be afforded lots of time to make an impact at Chelsea. 

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