Graham Potter hails teenager who dumped Arsenal to return to Chelsea last summer

Chelsea manager Graham Potter praised summer addition Omari Hutchinson following his team's friendly match against Aston Villa.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter has taken no shame in showering praises on summer signing Omari Hutchinson after his team’s friendly game against Aston Villa.

Hutchinson rejoined the blues from London neighbours, Arsenal for an undisclosed fee last August under the reigns of former manager Thomas Tuchel. [SUN]

Since joining, he has five goals and four assists for the Chelsea under-21 side, while also scoring one and assisting another two in the EFL Trophy. He has also been selected for games under Potter and has made the bench on multiple occasions but has never featured for the senior side.

However, in a remarkable beginning for the young teenager, he was selected to play against Aston Villa in a friendly game in Abu Dhabi which the blues lost 1-0, courtesy of goal from Aston Villa captain John Mcginn.

Speaking post-match to the media, Potter identified and tipped the player to be great after pulling on a thrilling performance for his side.

“He was really good, dangerous and asked a question all the time. Throughout the game, he showed his quality but he wasn’t the only one.”

“It was a spirited performance with a lot of young players so it was good”, Potter said after the game.

The Chelsea gaffer also spoke on players the overall performance of the team, as well as injury concerns for players who have long been out.

“It was a good game, good performance from a young team playing against a really experienced Premier League side, so we’ve had a fantastic week, actually,” Potter said.

“[It is] Good to work with the boys that are here. Lads that have been injured have had a bit more time training and they’ve stepped their rehab on, so that’s good.”

“They’re getting closer and it’s been really, really positive to work in these conditions and we’re happy with the week.” The Chelsea boss added.

The Blues have two players left in the 2022 FIFA World Cup competition with Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic and Morocco star Hakim Ziyech in semi-final action against Argentina and France respectively.

Chelsea host Bournemouth in the Premier League in their first game since the break on December 27.

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