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Omari Hutchinson sends Graham Potter message over earning Chelsea place amid James, Chukwuemeka & Chalobah admission



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Omari Hutchinson is hoping to impress head coach Graham Potter during Chelsea’s warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi ahead of their Premier League clash against AFC Bournemouth later this month.

The 19-year-old’s performances for the Development Squad have caught the eye of Potter this season, which has meant he’s been given a chance with the first-team.

He was named on Chelsea’s bench against Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United prior to the season coming to a half for the World Cup in Qatar.

Upon Chelsea’s return to their Cobham training base, Hutchinson and many other academy stars have been training with Potter and the first-team.

He was named in the 25-man squad which travelled out to the Middle East on Sunday night where the squad will train and play Aston Villa in a friendly on Sunday afternoon.

Hutchinson is eager to show off his quality, application and attitude to Potter in a bid to be selected in the squad to face Bournemouth on December 27 at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website while out in Abu Dhabi, Hutchinson said: “I always try to impress the manager when I go on the pitch. I try to do that with goals and assists, that’s my main objective.

“It’s been a great experience so far. The boys are getting closer together and the training has been very hard.”

Once the World Cup concludes later this month, Hutchinson will be joined by the rest of the senior squad who will return, something he is looking forward to after building several relationships with current first-teamers.

He added: “I’m looking forward to getting advice from the older players, the more experienced ones. The boys who are in the World Cup helped me before they went away as well.

“I’ve been getting on with Reece James a lot. Carney Chukwuemeka and I get on well, Trevoh Chalobah too. All of the boys really.”