Graham Potter issues Chelsea transfer update and explains Marc Cucurella absence

 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
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Graham Potter has explained why £62million left-back Marc Cucurella has been left out of Chelsea’s last three matches.

The 24-year-old has struggled since moving to Stamford Bridge from Brighton over the summer and a reunion with Potter hasn’t lifted his form. In recent weeks, Cucurella has lost his place to 18-year-old Lewis Hall, who is playing out of position at left-back.

Speaking ahead of the trip to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, Potter explained why Cucurella has played less than 15 minutes in total over recent weeks.

The Chelsea manager said: “Some players have dips in form, there are different solutions for a game, that is sometimes the case.

“Lewis Hall has done well and we have to manage his games and role because he’s a young player starting out. Marc has had a lot to deal with and sometimes these things happen in how you settle into a team and club, a new group.”

Marc Cucurella has struggled for form since arriving at Chelsea from Brighton in a £62m deal (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Marc Cucurella has struggled for form since arriving at Chelsea from Brighton in a £62m deal (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea, meanwhile, will soon make their 15th major signing of the season and sixth of the January transfer window when Noni Madueke officially arrives from PSV Eindhoven later on Friday. It leaves Chelsea with a bloated squad of 33 players having only moved on a few from last season.

Potter was evasive when asked whether players would be sold but urged caution over growing the squad further.

“You’ve got to analyse the squad and analyse where it’s at,” he said. “Sometimes it is adding and sometimes it’s moving out players. That is on a case-by-case basis and we’ll look at it as and when.”

He added: "I don't think there's going to be too many [new signings] to be honest. I've got no complaints about the squad. The January window is very complex.

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“You might want A, B and C but ABC might not be available, in terms of positional need. But, at the same time, you need to strengthen your team and I think we've done that.

“We've strengthened the squad and we're excited with the squad we have. When players come back there’s good and exciting players.”