Ferdinand says he would be ‘amazed’ if Chelsea don’t sign ‘unreal’ Premier League star

New Chelsea boss Graham Potter gives instructions to Leandro Trossard Credit: Alamy
New Chelsea boss Graham Potter gives instructions to Leandro Trossard Credit: Alamy

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand would be “amazed” if Chelsea boss Graham Potter doesn’t raid former club Brighton for Leandro Trossard.

Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge in September after the Chelsea owners saw the German as the wrong man to lead them into a new era.

And Potter’s start has been mixed, with the Blues picking up 11 points from a possible 18 in the Premier League, while they have qualified from their Champions League group.

He suffered a nightmare return to Brighton at the weekend, in the lowest point of his Chelsea tenure so far, with the Seagulls demolishing his side 4-1 on Saturday.

Trossard produced a man-of-the-match performance against Chelsea, adding another goal to his tally of seven for the season and now there are rumours other Premier League clubs are taking notice of his displays.

Brighton signed the Belgium international from Genk and Ferdinand can see him swapping the Seagulls for Chelsea in the near future.

“Trossard, he’s one of the players I’ve heard there hasn’t even been a bid for him since he’s been there, someone told me,” Ferdinand told his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“This guy is doing major bits right now. If Potter doesn’t go back there to try and sign him I’d be amazed.

“The best part of his game is being creative. He’s just scored a few goals lately, that’s not even his game.

“I think the creative and the approach play in his game is unreal. The only thing I was asking for before was a bit more end product and he’s actually doing that now.”

Following the heavy defeat to Brighton, Potter admits his side “have to suffer” in order to improve moving forward.

“It was not a pleasant afternoon for us but you have to have that sometimes if you want to make progress,” Potter said after the match.

“If you think the line is just going to go straight up, it’s impossible. That team that you see out there for Brighton wasn’t the team that was there three years ago.

“It’s a process of pain that you have to go through and you have to keep trying to improve.

“I don’t know any other way. Whenever you’re trying to master something or get better at it, you need to sometimes have a bit of a step back or you have to suffer or you have to go through a bad experience to then grow and be better.

“That’s how I see it anyway. It’s a case of analysing the game, being calm, being fair.”

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