TalkSPORT pundit Gabriel Agbonlahor says that Chelsea’s heavy investment in Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly means manager Graham Potter will be under pressure to start the pair in future games.
Potter named them as substitutes in the 1-1 draw versus Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday night but, after splashing out £104m on the two players, Agbonlahor says both will have to play regularly:
“He (Potter) needs to pick his best two centre-backs and just give them game time. That’s got to be Koulibaly and Fofana, the money they’ve been bought in for.”
It did seem as though Potter wanted to go with experience in his first game in charge but he is likely to change his plans in upcoming fixtures, once he has had more time to work with the squad.
Fofana is an extremely talented young defender, and he will definitely get a lot of match time over the coming weeks and months. There are, though, more doubts about Koulibaly.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has revealed that the Senegalese international is still trying to adapt to the pace of the Premier League so we shall see if Potter uses him regularly or not.