Graham Potter’s striker plans will finally be tested by return of next piece of attacking puzzle

So far only one thing has really been established about Graham Potter’s ideas of what will work for Chelsea up top: he doesn’t like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The striker – the only true 9 left in the squad after Armando Broja’s injury – has fallen totally out of favour since the Autumn.

Kai Havertz has led the line in most games since then, but that seems more a reflection of the lack of options that any real belief from Potter that the German is going to score the goals we need.

That’s why the return of Joao Felix for Saturday’s game is so interesting. It will give Potter the potential to use the Portuguese striker up top as a “false 9,” supported by whichever of Raheem Sterling, Mykhailo Mudryk or Noni Madueke he feels like.

Attempts to use Sterling leading the line earlier this season weren’t a great success. Maybe the Felix experiment will go better.

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