Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter hailed new signing Joao Felix as a participant who may “make a distinction” after the Atletico Madrid ahead joined the struggling Premier League membership on mortgage on Thursday (AEDT).
The Portugal worldwide signed for the injury-hit Blues for a reported charge of $AUD17 million as Potter seeks to chop the hole to the highest 4, which is already 10 factors.
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Chelsea tweeted “the artist has arrived” as they welcomed the 23-year-old, who had additionally been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.
“Chelsea is likely one of the nice groups on this planet and I hope to assist the group attain their goals, so I’m very, very comfortable to be right here and really excited to play at Stamford Bridge,” Felix mentioned in a membership assertion.
Potter mentioned Felix would increase his facet’s attacking choices — Chelsea have scored simply 20 targets within the Premier League, lower than half of Manchester City’s tally.
“He’s a top quality participant. He could make a distinction within the last third of the pitch,” Potter mentioned.
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“He’s younger however has nonetheless had lots of actually good expertise. He’s only a high quality participant that offers everybody a raise.
“We’ve been conscious of him for some time — these sorts of issues don’t occur rapidly. The accidents have sharpened the main focus slightly bit.”
Chelsea are ready to listen to whether or not Felix was registered in time to function in opposition to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Thursday.
Felix joined Atletico from Benfica in 2019 for $196 million making him one of the costly gamers of all time, and has scored 34 targets in 131 appearances for the membership, profitable La Liga in 2021.
He additionally featured in Portugal’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar final month, scoring within the 3-2 victory in opposition to Ghana within the group stage.
Joao Felix has moved to Chelsea on mortgage. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Also on Wednesday, Atletico confirmed that Felix had prolonged his contract with the Spanish membership for another season, till June 2027.
“From Atletico Madrid we want Joao Felix each success on this new skilled stage,” the Spanish membership mentioned in an announcement.
Atletico CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin final month described the ahead as a “world-class expertise” however mentioned numerous components, together with his troubled relationship with the membership’s boss Diego Simeone, meant they need to have a look at different choices for the participant.
“Personally, I’d love him to proceed however I believe that proper now the participant has different concepts,” he mentioned.
Felix turns into Chelsea’s fourth signing of the January switch window after the arrivals of Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos.
Potter mentioned there was there was nonetheless time for Chelsea to do extra enterprise if the best gamers turned out there.
“There’s time (for extra signings),” he mentioned.
“Whether we’ll discover the best gamers or not is one other factor.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter is desperately hoping Joao Felix can add some wanted spark to his facet. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)Source: AFP
“You need to look on this window to make the best selections, but it surely’s difficult. We’re pleased with what we’ve carried out up to now.”
Chelsea’s new American homeowners, who took over final May, have lavished greater than $527 million on new gamers to enhance a squad that completed third within the Premier League final season.
But regardless of the heavy spending, Chelsea have endured a turbulent season, sacking supervisor Thomas Tuchel in September simply seven video games into the brand new marketing campaign and changing him with Potter, who has needed to take care of a debilitating damage checklist.
Chelsea are effectively adrift of a top-four spot within the Premier League after a depressing run of only one win in eight league video games.
They are additionally out of each home cup competitions after a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Manchester City within the FA Cup third spherical on the weekend however face Borussia Dortmund within the Champions League final 16.
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