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‘He’s done’: Graham Potter decision ‘ends’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Chelsea career

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Chelsea from FC Barcelona this past summer.

The 33-year-old had previously excelled in the Premier League with Arsenal.

However, his time in west London has been less than impressive to date.

Aubameyang has scored just one league goal in nine outings this season and is actually yet to complete 90 minutes in the top-flight competition.

And after being subbed on and then off vs Manchester City earlier this month, Paul Merson believes Graham Potter has ended Aubameyang’s Chelsea career:

“I think Aubameyang will now be moved on. I think they will cut their ties with him,” Merson said. “As soon as you are sub-subbing a 30-something player, I think that is probably the end.

“Maybe you can get away with it with a younger player, but in football it’s one of those unwritten rules. It’s a don’t-do. But Potter did it with him at 33 and, for me, I think he’s done. It’s an example of why recruitment is such a big problem for Chelsea.

“But if you do that January business and, all of a sudden, Potter goes a week or two later, then another manager will come in and say, ‘Well, I don’t like him, I didn’t want him.’ That’s what’s happened with Aubameyang.

“Potter did not want him, but if he is now sacked and someone else comes in, they will go, ‘well, I don’t want that centre-half or that centre-half.’ Then it’s like you are going around in circles again. That’s why Potter has got to be given more time in my opinion.”

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