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Joao Felix tells Graham Potter where he wants to play for Chelsea

The Blues’ new signing has already told Potter where his best position is


New Chelsea addition Joao Felix has already told the Blues and Graham Potter where his best position is, but may have a fight on his hand to land the role at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are struggling for goals so far this campaign, and have turned to the transfer market in a bid to solve this issue, with David Datro Fofana arriving from Molde. The main addition, however, has been Felix, signed on a six month loan from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth around £16m.

Hardly prolific with Atleti (registering a goal roughly every four games), Chelsea fans will be hoping that removing the shackles of Simeone will help the talented youngster rediscover his abilities, and prove why the Spanish side shelled out over 100m euros for him in 2019.

As for Chelsea, he has already explained where he feels most at home.

“My best position is as the second forward,” Felix told the Athletic. “Playing like a No 10, with a guy in front of me.”

However, in his first press conference, Chelsea boss Potter suggested that he had been brought in as cover for the injured pair Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic, meaning that the Portugal star may find himself on the wing more often than through the middle.

“He’s a quality player,” Potter said. “He can make a difference in the final third of the pitch. He’s young but has still had a lot of really good experience. He’s just a quality player that gives everyone a lift.

“We’ve been aware of (him) for a while – these kinds of things don’t happen quickly. The injuries have sharpened the focus a little bit. Still it’s nice to get him here, to get him training today. That’s a positive for us.

With Kai Havertz currently trusted to lead the line, Felix could slot in behind the German, though Havertz himself would probably also claim that to be his best position. The Blues remain in the market for a striker, with Marcus Thuram on their radar at present, and they could require a more natural attacker to get the best out of both Felix and Havertz for the remainder of the campaign.

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Ben Browning

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