Chelsea manager Graham Potter has admitted that on-loan midfielder Denis Zakaria has not received the game that he was expecting so far at Stamford Bridge.Zakaria signed a season-long loan deal on deadline day for the summer transfer window after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Juventus. However, the move has not gone to plan for the 25-year-old, as he is yet to play a minute for the Blues.
Zakaria was signed by Thomas Tuchel before the German boss was dismissed just days later following a slow start to the season.Meanwhile, Potter has conceded that Zakaria has been forced to be patient.
When asked about the box-to-box midfielder ahead of Chelsea’s upcoming clash with Manchester United on October 22, Potter told a press conference (per Football.London):
“We’ve got a squad of 24 players and we’ve used a lot. In that position there are good players so he has had to be patient. He is fighting for his place and is ready to help the team. We can’t play everybody. He’s doing nothing wrong but he’s not had the game time I’m sure he would like. But he’s acting well in training.”
Despite N’Golo Kante’s long-term injury problems, Chelsea still have plenty of options in central midfield, including Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and Conor Gallagher.Zakaria made just 15 appearances for Juventus after his move from Borussia Monchengladbach in January before signing for Chelsea.