Despite Chelsea fans cheering his substitution away at West Ham, Graham Potter continues to back Marc Cucurella.
The Blues paid £55 million for the Spanish full-back in the summer of 2022, with Potter parting ways with the 24-year-old defender at the time during his time in charge of Brighton.
Cucurella has struggled for form in 25 appearances for Chelsea and has yet to win over a skeptic fan base that cheered when his number was held up 67 minutes into a 1-1 derby draw at the London Stadium.
Although some Chelsea fans believe Cucurella is not good enough, Potter has come to Cucurella’s defense.
“I knew in the summer, because I was the selling club, that another club was interested in Marc.
They are a good club in the Premier League, so Marc hasn’t become a bad player, but some players go through bad times, so we need to stick together and help him. Supporters are entitled to their opinions, and there is nothing I can criticize. That is all we have to work with.”
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Cucurella’s starting spot for Chelsea could be jeopardized, with England international Ben Chilwell, who replaced him against West Ham, nearing full match fitness after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Chelsea will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Borussia Dortmund for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.