Chelsea fans are not happy with new signing Marc Cucurella, after his recent performances for the club. Cucurella has not been playing his best football for Chelsea since Graham Potter took over from Thomas Tuchel and there is a reason why.
Chelsea signed Marc Cucurella as a cover for Ben Chilwell who is just recovering from a long injury lay-off he had last season. The Idea was that Cucurella will provide cover and competition for Chilwell, under Graham Potter, that has not been the case.
The Spaniard has been made to fill in for Kalidou Koulibaly as the third central defender in Chelsea’s 3-5-2 shape. Cucurella is at his best when he plays as a left wing-back. The Spaniard has been struggling because he is being played out of his best position.
Although he filled in that same position at Brighton last season, this Chelsea do not have the same balance that Brighton have. A fragile cover in midfield means Chelsea defenders are more likely to get caught out of position more.
If Koulibaly returns, and Cucurella gets to play as the left wing-back again, the Spaniard will improve.