You can't help but get the sense that Graham Potter is living on borrowed time at Chelsea. While there had been a slight uptick in results before the international break, yesterday's 2-0 Premier League defeat at home to Aston Villa was a reminder that their issues are not behind them.
In short, the team has been an absolute disaster under the current manager.
Despite the vast amount of money that has been spent on players over the last nine months or so, their side looks like one without any clear identity on the pitch. While integrating new signings isn't always straightforward, the quality within their ranks means that results should be far better than they have been.
That comes down to Potter. While Chelsea seem intent on keeping him for now, some feel that would be a mistake.
Richard Keys launches Graham Potter rant
Never one to share his opinion, Richard Keys feels that the club should get rid of Graham Potter as soon as possible.
Speaking on beIN SPORTS, the former Sky Sports presenter said that it has become obvious that Chelsea are not going to experience any sort of success under the current manager.
🗣️ "We're all for loyalty and a club standing behind their man, but at some point the penny has to drop for Todd Boehly. I wanted it to work out - it hasn't." ❌@richardajkeys, Andy Gray & @MCATEER4 have their say on Graham Potter & Chelsea.#beINPL #CFC pic.twitter.com/cKZlTi6wuS
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) April 2, 2023
Graham Potter said 'if you look at the xG of the McGinn goal, it's not that big of a chance'.
I have no idea (what that means). If this is the type of thing he's talking to his players about, no wonder they're confused. I have no idea what that means...
We're all for loyalty and clubs standing behind their man, but at some point the penny is going to have to drop with Todd Boehly.
I was a great advocate and wanted it to work out, but it hasn't. It's very, very obvious that this can't go on. Chelsea are in the bottom half now...
The point in changing now is that you bring somebody in that can work with them between now and the end season, to actually understand what a mess he has inherited and maybe in the summer they can address it. Right now, Chelsea are still going only one way.
The next few weeks are likely to decide Graham Potter's future at Stamford Bridge. They have league games against Liverpool, Wolves, and his former club Brighton to contend with, as well as a Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.
You get the sense that elimination against the Spanish side could be the final nail in his coffin.