Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter pleaded for time to gel his costly assortment of recent stars after the Blues have been held 0-0 at residence by Fulham on Friday. Enzo Fernandez made his Chelsea debut after changing into the most costly participant in British soccer historical past with a 107 million pound transfer ($132 million) from Benfica on switch deadline day. Mykhailo Mudryk was additionally given his Stamford Bridge bow, whereas Noni Madueke and David Datro Fofana got here off the bench for his or her Premier League debuts.
Chelsea’s document funding of over £300 million within the January window took the whole spend on gamers of their first season beneath new possession to over half a billion.
Co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have been in attendance, however won’t have been impressed as one other likelihood to shut on the highest 4 slipped by.
Potter’s males sit ninth within the desk, nonetheless 9 factors adrift of the Champions League locations.
“New players are adapting to a new country and a new league. It’s not straightforward. When the price tag is what it is questions will be asked, it’s the nature of the business,” stated Potter.
“The decision we took in the window you can see the profile in terms of age. We feel we have a very strong group of players. We have to gel and become a really good team. That’s where the work is.”
Fulham had secured a primary victory within the west London derby since 2006 when the groups met simply three weeks in the past.
Marco Silva’s males sit two factors and three locations above their native rivals within the desk of their first season again within the high flight.
Havertz’s hat-trick of misses
Fulham have been looking for a primary ever league double over Chelsea and got here near attaining it as Andreas Pereira pressured Kepa Arrizabalaga right into a flying save low to his proper.
For the big sums spent by Chelsea’s new house owners, their lack of a medical goalscorer was uncovered as soon as extra.
Kai Havertz had a hat-trick of huge possibilities to interrupt the impasse earlier than half-time.
The German worldwide did not get sufficient contact on Thiago Silva’s good move to divert the ball past Bernd Leno.
Havertz then couldn’t stretch to show Mason Mount’s harmful cross heading in the right direction.
However his greatest opening got here when he hit the publish with a lob over Leno from Hakim Ziyech’s defence-splitting move.
Ziyech would have been a Paris Saint-Germain participant this week had Chelsea not submitted the unsuitable paperwork within the minutes earlier than Tuesday’s switch deadline.
The Moroccan is only one of a wealth of large choices now obtainable to Potter and he wasted no time in hooking Mudryk regardless of his price ticket after a disappointing first 45 minutes.
The Ukrainian joined from Shakhtar Donetsk final month for a payment that might rise to 100 million euros ($110 million).
Madueke was launched in his place and Potter additionally threw on Raheem Sterling from the bench on the hour mark within the seek for a winner.
Fernandez was inches away from the right debut because the Argentine World Cup winner flashed a shot large from distance 20 minutes from time.
Connor Gallagher got here even nearer as he hit the side-netting from the sting of the field.
However one of the best likelihood fell to Fofana because the Ivorian rounded the stranded Leno, however did not beat the masking Tim Ream on the road.
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