Todd Boehly’s recent social media behavior, according to Chelsea manager Graham Potter, does not imply that he has lost faith in Marc Cucurella..
The Spanish defender was part of Boehly’s record-breaking signing spree at Stamford Bridge, arriving from Brighton in a move worth more than £60 million. Cucurella signed before Potter followed him from the Amex Stadium to west London during the American’s first window as owner.
But the 24-year-old has yet to justify Chelsea’s investment in him, suffering for form under both Thomas Tuchel and now Potter. With Ben Chilwell’s return to fitness, there has been a rising call for the left-back to be removed off the firing line..
But the 24-year-old has yet to justify Chelsea’s investment in him, suffering for form under both Thomas Tuchel and now Potter. With Ben Chilwell’s return to fitness, there has been a rising call for the left-back to be removed off the firing line.
And the speculation about his starting spot was heightened after Boehly appeared to ‘like’ a tweet criticizing Cucurella. But, ahead of Chelsea’s trip to West Ham, Potter emphasized that the player has the entire backing of the club and that their focus is on him returning to his usual levels..
They are human beings with private lives, and Marc is not alone,” Potter remarked. “You understand the supporters [of Cucurella’s criticism], they pay the money. But you have to cope with some issues. He’s fine, he’s going about his business, he knows he’s not in top shape.”
Boehly’s Twitter activity follows a damning criticism from Blues icon Frank Leboeuf, who stated unequivocally that Cucurella should not be playing for his former club.
“We need Reece James and Ben Chilwell to get back into shape as quickly as possible,” Leboeuf told ESPN. “We no longer want to see Cucurella. With all due respect to an unknown man, the player is not good enough for Chelsea.
That’s all there is to it. It’s insane that they paid £60m or £70m for him, but we can tell that he doesn’t fit at this level..
“People will believe I don’t like him, but that’s not the case,” he added. It’s only that Cucurella has only played for Getafe and Brighton, and £65 million for a 24-year-old who has played 30 or 40 games in the Premier League seems excessive. I believe the football world is going insane..
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