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·5 October 2022

Chelsea: 'Zero chance' Potter snubs 'brilliant' £33m star at Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly will not spend the rest of the season on the bench, says journalist Dean Jones.

The 31-year-old is yet to feature under new manager Graham Potter, but Jones is confident that he will eventually start to get minutes.

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What is the latest news involving Koulibaly?

Despite being benched in Chelsea’s last two matches, Koulibaly has still insisted that he is very happy at Stamford Bridge.

“I have settled in well, just like my family. I arrived at the right time, along with players who have won many trophies,” the Senegalese centre-back recently told Carre (via MailOnline).

"It's up to me to prove that the team can always count on me. For now, I am really happy and I hope to continue."

Koulibaly's Chelsea career initially got off to a good start after he scored a fantastic volley against London rivals Tottenham in his first game at Stamford Bridge. Since then, though, he has picked up one red card and lost his place in the Blues' starting XI.

What has Jones said about Koulibaly?

Jones doubts Potter will keep Koulibaly out of the team forever.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: "Koulibaly is one of the best centre-backs in European football. There are still so many games to play. I'd say there's almost zero chance that Koulibaly spends the rest of the season on the bench."

Will Koulibaly win back his spot?

He certainly has the ability to. While he has had some difficult moments during this early stage of his Chelsea career, the former Napoli man, who cost his new club £33m (via Sky Sports) in the summer, is still a very good defender.

"I am so, so happy he’s here," Jorginho told the club's official website back in July when discussing Koulibaly's arrival. "As a player, he’s a brilliant defender - fast, strong and he has so much quality on the ball with both feet. He’s also a real leader."

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Over the last year, the Senegal international has also ranked in the 95th percentile for tackles among central defenders (via FBref), so he really can be an asset to the Blues.

When you consider all of the above, Koulibaly probably will get more chances this season, especially if Potter decides to use a back three. For now, though, it looks like the ex-Genk player will have to remain patient and just do his best in training.

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