GRAHAM POTTER has given two Chelsea players their full debuts against Crystal Palace amid the Blues’ injury crisis.
January’s new signing Benoit Badiashile will make his debut in a hotly contested London derby.
Carney Chukwuemeka, a summer signing from Aston Villa, will also make his first start after some impressive substitutions in recent weeks.
The line-up offers the new faces a great opportunity to make their mark on the club.
Rising star Badiashile signed for £35million from Rennes earlier this month and is yet to come off the bench.
Potter has opted for the new faces amid an injury crisis that has ruled out 11 first-team players including Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, Reece James and Ben Chilwell, while new signing Joao Felix is suspended.
The Chelsea manager will be desperate for his debutants to be able to make the difference at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
Pressure is mounting on the ex-Brighton manager as Chelsea’s form continues to deteriorate.
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The defeat at Fulham on Thursday was the latest negative result amid a shocking slump in form that began ahead of the World Cup.
The Blues have won just one of their last 11 domestic games.
Losses to Manchester City ended their Carabao and FA Cup campaigns while the top 4 already seems out of reach for Potter’s contenders.
And that’s despite a truckload of signings both in the summer window and as early as January.
Felix is the biggest name yet to confirm signing, but his encouraging debut was cut short when he was sent to Craven Cottage.
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