Graham Potter reveals if Enzo Fernandez will play vs Fulham.
Graham Potter reveals discloses Enzo Fernandez will play against Fulham.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter has admitted he does not yet know whether Enzo Fernandez will be able to make his debut against Fulham on Friday.
Fernandez arrived in England on Wednesday after completing a £106 million transfer from Benfica on deadline day. Blues fans have been pleading with Potter to start Fernandez right away to help the team’s struggling midfield, which is currently without Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, and Denis Zakaria due to injury.
However, in his pre-match press conference, Potter admitted Fernandez is not currently cleared to play but refused to rule out a change in the situation soon.
“We’ll see,” Potter said of Fernandez’s possible involvement. “We’ve got to go through the paperwork and get the clearance and all that.”
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As Chelsea and Benfica bargained through the night on Deadline Day, Potter acknowledged he was as ignorant as everyone else, saying he had no idea whether a deal would be reached.
“I’m the head coach so I don’t get too involved in the nitty gritty of Deadline Day,“ he explained. “I am focused on the next day’s training and preparing the team for Fulham.
“I’ve been involved too long to know that there are some things you can’t control and I couldn’t do anything at that point to change things. I found out when it was done and I’m very pleased, because [Fernandez] is a fantastic player.
“My Spanish isn’t great and his English isn’t great, but we’ll get there. He is an impressive young man and we’re looking forward to working with him.”
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