Future of forgotten Chelsea man ‘will be discussed soon’ as Graham Potter makes his mark on Blues’ squad

Juventus loanee has yet to feature for Stamford Bridge side. Thomas Tuchel signed the Swiss midfielder on deadline day.

It has been just over a month since Graham Potter took over as head coach of Chelsea and the Blues have won all three matches under the former Brighton boss so far.

Results on the pitch are going well but there is a lot of work to be done with the current squad with the contract situations of so many big name players still to be determined.

One player who Blues’ supporters may have forgotten about is Denis Zakaria, the midfielder who was signed on-loan from Juventus in the summer but has yet to play a single minute of football for the Stamford Bridge side. Now, Italian football journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has weighed in on the situation surrounding the Swiss international to give an update on what the future could hold.

“It will be discussed soon” - Romano gives update on Chelsea’s forgotten man

Fabrizio Romano posted a message to Twitter on Sunday, October 9, explaining Zakaria’s situation.

He wrote: “Denis Zakaria has not played a single minute with Chelsea, as of now. He’s in a difficult position as Thomas Tuchel wanted him while Juventus had him in consideration…but with Graham Potter, 0 minutes and he’s not even on the bench. It will be discussed soon.”

The 25-year old, who played for Servette and Young Boys in his native Switzerland before signing for German Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2017 and then Italian Serie A giants Juventus in 2022, was a deadline day signing by the Blues.

With Thomas Tuchel in charge, Chelsea brought in the midfielder on a season long loan with an option to buy at the end of the deal. However, he has not featured once for the Blues since the move in any competition under Tuchel or Graham Potter and it’s unclear what sort of future he will have at Stamford Bridge.

Primarily a defensive midfielder, Zakaria is likely to find it difficult to force his way into the first team ahead of established stars like N’Golo Kanté, Mateo Kovačić and Jorginho. However, there are 10 games to be played between now and the winter break for the FIFA World Cup finals in Qatar so rotation is likely.