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Graham Potter to ditch Malang Sarr: Chelsea

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With his lack of appearances over the last three years, Malang Sarr appears unlikely to ever succeed at Chelsea, and Graham Potter should attempt to offload the Frenchman this summer.

Sarr joined Chelsea on a free transfer in 2020 after his contract with Nice expired. He has played 119 times for the Ligue 1 team during that period, making him one of the most promising young defensive prospects in European football.

Later, the Blues leased him out, and he signed with FC Porto for the 2020–21 season. Nevertheless, he struggled to make an impact in Portugal, making only 19 appearances overall due to being obliged to play eight times for the Drages’ B squad.

Despite not seeing much action that year, he returned to Chelsea and joined Thomas Tuchel’s first-team squad for the 2021/22 season. He made 21 appearances, only eight of which were in the Premier League.

One of them occurred during the 4-2 loss to Arsenal at home, during which talkSPORT analyst Dean Saunders criticised the French center-back.

He said: “I’m going to be harsh but [Malang] Sarr was a shambles. Not good enough. For Sarr to come into the team when he’s not playing every week, he’s made so many mistakes.”

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Sarr going through a bad phase at Chelsea

Sarr had a rough season playing for Chelsea, so the Blues decided to transfer him back to France in the summer with the expectation that Monaco would help him regain his best form.

Unfortunately, the 24-year-performances old’s there appear to have reaffirmed that he will never be good enough to be a regular in Graham Potter’s side, as his appearances in Ligue 1 thus far this season have averaged a dreadful 6.32 rating from WhoScored.

With his strong performances at a young age in France, Chelsea’s choice to buy Sarr on a free transfer seemed like something of a no-brainer; but, his £135k-per-week salary appears like awful business by the west London club.

Although Monaco has the option to purchase the centre back in the summer, his underwhelming performances and lack of Ligue 1 starts imply that they may decide against doing so, and he could soon find himself back to being unnecessary at Chelsea Bridge.

Sarr’s contract with Chelsea runs through 2025, but Potter needs to make sure he departs before then because his time there has been nothing but a complete waste.

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