After Potter and Cocorolla, Sanchez should be Bohley’s next purchase from Brighton

When Chelsea inevitably be linked with more Brighton stars, Robert Sanchez should be in Todd Buehle’s sights as the next £50m seagull.

Chelsea appointed Graham Potter Thursday afternoon. Which, in our estimation, means that by the end of the week the Blues will be linked to a group of Brighton players.

It is an inevitable cycle when a manager switches one club for another, even though the transfer window remains closed for more than three and a half months. The fact that Brighton have a number of players who seem to be able to rise to the level of the Champions League makes it even more confident that Chelsea will appear in gossip columns Connected to an area of ​​seagulls.

Moises Caicedo is the first and most obvious name that comes to mind, especially when Chelsea seem far from a dominant midfielder. The Ecuadorean played just 14 Premier League games for Potter, but he made the impression that Big Six clubs including Liverpool were ready to give Brighton a tenfold return on a £4.5m investment in 2021.

Alexis MacAlister And Leandro Trossard could easily find themselves mentioned as targets for Chelsea to follow in the footsteps of Potter and Mark Cucurella. But if Potter is planning to pillage his former club, Robert Sanchez should be at the top of his wish list.

The six-foot-five-inch keeper was a huge part of Potter’s success at Brighton – and Potter was instrumental in Sanchez’s promotion from League One to the Spanish national team. The manager made the decision to drop Seagulls-created No. 1 Mat Ryan in late 2020 to give Sanchez the opportunity he got by paying his dues at Forest Green Rovers and Rochdale.


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Since then, Sanchez has not looked back. The 24-year-old has proven to be one of the best players in the Premier League, someone who Potter believes “has everything you need to play at every level”. Obviously, Luis Enrique agrees very much with the cost of David de Gea.

Sanchez has no obvious flaws. He makes mistakes, as all goalkeepers do, but most of the time these mistakes come as a result of his proactive style and willingness to play outside his line, sweep behind three or four high backs or pluck crosses from the air. Last season, no goalkeeper stopped a higher percentage of deliveries sent in his box.

For Potter, as for most modern coaches, his goalkeeper plays a leading role in his playing. Sanchez offers depth and support to his teammates in possession and the ability to play passes at any distance from the feet.

Of course, when Potter looks at the choices he inherited from Thomas Tuchel, he will find that he is once again staring at FIFA’s best goalkeeper of the year and the most expensive goalkeeper in history. But Todd Boehle shouldn’t be surprised if Potter asks him to deposit another £50m or so into Brighton’s account for Sanchez.

Edouard Mendy made all the difference when he replaced the fault-prone Kepa Arrizabalaga in 2020 – but then he might have a scarecrow in his gloves. The Senegal goalkeeper brought calm to Frank Lampard’s chaotic defense and ended his first season at Stamford Bridge as a Champions League winner.

But his form since then has been somewhat choppy. This season in particular, Mindy’s hands and feet have been much less reliable. He has conceded 1.9 more goals than xGC for Chelsea, putting him in 20th place among the 23 goalkeepers who have played in the Premier League this season. Last season, he also admitted more than he should, by the metrics.

In contrast, Sanchez is the third best-performing goalkeeper in terms of expected goals after shots received this season, conceding 2.6 goals less than xGC’s goal at Brighton. Last season, the Spaniard kept 1.2 more goals than expected.

Sanchez’s allure for Potter is clear, as happened with Newcastle and Leicester this summer when they were looking for new goalkeepers. But with the 24-year-old on contract until 2025, Newcastle have instead moved to Nick Pope – a £10m deal – while Leicester can’t afford one of Sanchez’s gauntlets.

The goalkeeper will compete with Caicedo to be the next player over £50m to leave the gulls’ nest and Manchester United will undoubtedly have an interest. But Chelsea will have a lot of charisma for Sanchez, too. Players, like managers, love what they know and Sanchez is very grateful to Potter. He also sees Ben Roberts, the goalkeeper coach who took Potter with him to Chelsea, as a “father” figure.

Chelsea have had their fingers burned before when it comes to buying goalkeepers. But Sanchez has proven himself in the Premier League under Potter and has everything he needs to succeed where Kepa failed and Mendy failed.