Chelsea fans view: Graham Potter serves ghastly football that lacks character

FAN VIEW: Graham Potter should have shown signs by now that he’s the right man for Chelsea… but instead his team serves ghastly football that lacks heart, ambition and most importantly, character

  • No one knows if Graham Potter is the right man to lead Chelsea’s rebuilding
  • The ex-Brighton boss has been there for four months but has yet to show he’s the right man
  • His team serves ghastly football that lacks heart, ambition and character
  • It’s time for Potter to show us a sign of progress as we face Crystal Palace

It’s time to make a mark, Graham. We play at Crystal Palace on Sunday. And what we could really do is have a crystal ball.

Because no one knows for sure if Chelsea did the right thing by moving away from an approach that shouldn’t have worked, but has been illogical and outstanding for almost 20 trophy-filled years.

And no one knows for sure if Graham Potter is the right man to undertake a long-term rebuilding project that puts Chelsea back at the top of the game.

It's time for Chelsea manager Graham Potter to show fans he's the right man to lead the club

It’s time for Chelsea manager Graham Potter to show fans he’s the right man to lead the club

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Four months into his tenure, the Blues are out of form and sit 10th in the Premier League table

There is no unanimous opinion on Potter among Chelsea fans. Some will tell you he is over the top and will never be able to inspire greatness in this squad.

Others insist that we have to give him all the time he needs, that in the end it’s coming soon, that it might be a few years before he sees the fruits of his labor. Look at Arsenal and Newcastle, they say.

Twelve months ago, many Gunners said Mikel Arteta should be fired.

Many Toon fans doubted Eddie Howe would be able to maximize their club’s newfound riches. Now check out where they are and how their teams are playing.

But even in a long-term project, there should be early signs that things are changing and going in the right direction.

Chelsea have lost their last three games, including a 2-1 defeat in Thursday's derby against Fulham

Chelsea have lost their last three games, including a 2-1 defeat in Thursday’s derby against Fulham

The club's massive injury list offers some mitigation but the on-pitch attitude has been poor

The club’s massive injury list offers some mitigation but the on-pitch attitude has been poor

Elite managers can make things happen quickly. We saw it early in Antonio Conte’s first season, then when Thomas Tuchel took over mid-stream. Potter has held the reins for four months – and there has been no such sign.

In his defence, the club is still bracing for a change of ownership and the injury list is ridiculous – any Premier League team would be missing transformational players like Reece James and N’Golo Kante.

Still, we should see some signs on the pitch of how the new boss wants his team to play and win, and an attitude that says the players are committed to it.

Instead, it’s creepy. The current lack of heart, ambition and above all character in the team is shocking.

The defense looks like they met on the bus to the game, the midfield seem allergic to getting the ball forward quickly and with precision and the strikers lack confidence in front of goal.

Blues supporters are unsure about Potter - his football lacks heart, ambition and character

Blues supporters are unsure about Potter – his football lacks heart, ambition and character

Many problems stem from Potter’s arrival, such as the lack of a real goalscorer since Diego Costa left five and a half years ago.

Chelsea have long lacked leaders, men of steel who stand tall when the fight is at its fiercest. Instead, we have a roster full of sluggish talent whose future certainly lies elsewhere.

But in the end, despite all the mitigating factors, the way a team plays has to be left up to the manager.

Will Stamford Bridge be behind Potter’s team on Sunday? Of course we will come, we will show up and support them – and we will pay tribute to the great Gianluca Vialli.

But we need to see that sign, an approach and a mindset that says there is a plan, one that coaches and players work together to achieve. And we’ll have to see it soon. Ideally today.

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Maureen Mackey

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