Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has, late on Sunday, moved to lavish praise on a highly-regarded up-and-coming member of the Blues’ ranks.
The starlet in question? Omari Hutchinson.
For those not aware, whilst a large contingent of the Chelsea first-team squad remain away on international duty, those to have stayed behind in west London last month continue to be put through their paces ahead of the Premier League’s return in two weeks’ time.
The capital giants, in turn, played out a friendly fixture this afternoon, against top-flight opposition in the form of Unai Emery’s Aston Villa.
En route to an eventual 1-0 defeat, a host of recognisable names featured for Chelsea, including the likes of Marc Cucurella, Jorginho and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It was instead a member of the club’s academy setup, though, who was singled out by many as having shone brightest across the 90 minutes.
This came as the aforementioned Omari Hutchinson took full advantage of the opportunity afforded to him, in a start on the right of Graham Potter’s frontline.
Speaking on the back of his side’s friendly defeat, the Blues’ boss, in turn, was drawn on the display put forth by his side’s summer addition frdom capital rivals Arsenal.
And Potter was quick to heap praise on Hutchinson – who currently plies his trade with the club’s U23s – in responding:
“Really good, dangerous, asked the question all the time, throughout the game he showed his quality but he wasn’t the only one.”
Graham Potter on Hutchinson : “Really good, dangerous, asked the question all the time, throughout the game he showed his quality but he wasn’t the only one, it was a spirited performance against an experienced premier league side with a lot of young players” (@ChelseaFC) pic.twitter.com/cB1Dms2EfH
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