Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes a top-four finish and lifting a domestic cup would be classed as a “successful” first season for manager Graham Potter.
While the Dutchman believes that the Blues also have a squad that can go far in the Champions League, he feels Potter should be looking to achieve more modest goals:
“Have they got a squad to get in the top four and compete for an FA Cup, or get far in the Champions League? Yes. Are they going to win the Champions League? They’re not favourites, I don’t think that they are. But a successful season would be finishing in the top four and winning a cup this year.”
It’s a fair assessment from Hasselbaink. Taking over a team midseason isn’t easy but fans will be looking for some suggestions that the club are going in the right direction under Potter.
Although winning the FA Cup or Carabao Cup won’t get supporters shouting from the rooftops, it would indicate signs of progress.
Securing Champions League qualification won’t be straightforward either, considering the rest of the ‘Big Six’ all look to be in decent shape this season, so Hasselbaink is also right to claim that securing a place in the top four would be a decent achievement.