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What did Graham Potter learn from Chelsea’s friendly win over Brighton?

GRAHAM POTTER was undoubtedly inspired by Chelsea’s friendly victory over Brighton. Chelsea fans react to Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal. Invalid We use your sign-up to deliver content in ways you’ve agreed to and to better understand you. Based on our understanding, this may include advertisements from us and third parties. You have the option to unsubscribe at any time. More information Chelsea manager Graham Potter will undoubtedly have learned valuable lessons from Saturday’s behind-closed-doors friendly with Brighton. With only one competitive match under his belt as Blues manager, 90 minutes against a top-flight team will have provided him with the opportunity to problem-solve following a 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg in the Champions League. Express Sport takes you through four dilemmas that Potter was able to sink his teeth into based on the players in action… Is Chukwuemeka prepared? Carney Chukwuemaka has yet to make a senior appearance for Chelsea since joining from Aston Villa in a £20 million deal last summer. The teenager has a solid reputation and was instrumental in England’s Under-19s winning the European Championships in July. Any lingering doubts about his readiness for greater responsibility were allayed on Saturday, when he scored both of the Blues’ goals in a 2-1 win over Brighton. Chukwuemeka already has Premier League experience from his time at Villa, and he could get more in the coming weeks if Potter is impressed. NEWS FLASH: Arthur Melo makes two Liverpool requests to Jurgen Klopp as his signing progresses. Graham Potter played a friendly against his former club Brighton on Saturday. Is Gallagher deserving of a prominent role? One of the major questions raised by supporters this season has been how Conor Gallagher fits into this Chelsea team. He shone on loan at Crystal Palace last season, but he is one of eight first-team players vying for a spot in central midfield, alongside Chukwuemeka and deadline-day signing Denis Zakaria. Potter, 22, has an advantage in that he played with three centre-mids in his first game against RB Salzburg, giving him a better chance of breaking into the starting lineup. He had to settle for a spot on the bench for the new manager’s first game, but he was given a valuable opportunity to impress against Brighton, as none of the midweek starters were involved. DON’T FORGET Man United are in trouble with five players, including Harry Maguire. Erik ten Hag, according to Agbonlahor, has frozen out two Manchester United players. Tottenham star slammed in damning assessment following Conte’s support Who starts at the top? Armando Broja, another highly rated Chelsea prospect, has been denied playing time since returning from a productive loan spell with Southampton in 2021/22. Axed manager Thomas Tuchel is said to have blocked West Ham from making a big-money move for the striker because he believes he can make it at Stamford Bridge. However, established stars like Kai Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are vying for minutes in the middle. Potter took a step toward resolving the quandary by giving Broja valuable game time against the Seagulls, and seeing the prospect up close will have helped him assess where he fits in the pecking order. Armando Broja played against Brighton in an attempt to gain more playing time. Can Zakaria pull it off? Like Chukwuemeka, deadline day signing Zakaria is yet to be given a chance in the Chelsea first team. The Switzerland international arrived at Stamford Bridge on loan from Juventus with co-owner Todd Boehly keen to add more depth in midfield. Zakaria’s appearance against the Seagulls will have given Potter an idea of whether he is ready for the Premier League and how he compares to rival defensive midfield options such as Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. It is unclear whether he will be used the next time the Blues play, against Crystal Palace on October 1. Articles Related to Due to rail disruptions, Arsenal vs. Tottenham may be postponed. During the international break, Graham Potter can experiment with different tactics. Former Arsenal manager David Dein apologizes to Ashley Cole for his departure.