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Chukwuemeka shines as Graham Potter leads Chelsea to behind-closed-doors win over Brighton

An up-and-coming Blues talent stole the show at the Amex on Saturday evening


New Chelsea boss Graham Potter enjoyed a triumphant return to England’s south coast on Saturday, guiding the Blues to victory over former employers Brighton & Hove Albion.

Both the Blues and Seagulls, of course, saw their Premier League fixtures postponed this weekend.

In turn, it was decided that, in a bid to maintain fitness and match sharpness, the two clubs would go head-to-head in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

The ensuing clash took place at the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening, with an insight into the Chelsea side of things having since been provided post-match.

As per a number of reports, Graham Potter made use of the opportunity to afford game-time to a number of fringe members of his senior squad.

The likes of Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah, Armando Broja, Denis Zakaria and Conor Gallagher are all, at one point or another, understood to have featured for the capital giants.

It was an up-and-coming talent currently plying his trade in the Chelsea youth setup, though, who ultimately stole the show.

The player in question? Carney Chukwuemeka.

Midfield prodigy Chukwuemeka, of course, opted to take his talents to west London during the summer, after bringing an end to his association with long-time club Aston Villa.

And, on Saturday, the English youth international provided a reminder of precisely why the powers that be at Stamford Bridge pushed so hard for his signature in the first place.

En route to an eventual 2-1 triumph, Chukwuemeka bagged both Chelsea goals, taking full advantage of the opportunity to impress new boss Potter ahead of the imminent international break.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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