Graham Potter explains Marc Cucurella’s rapid increase in value


Graham Potter says Marc Cucurella takes most of the credit for breaking a world record.

But he believes the chance to play in preferred and diverse roles has given him a full chance to show his skills on the Premier League stage.

The result was interest from two of the biggest, best, and richest teams in the Prem.

A £30million offer from Manchester City would have been quite extraordinary when it first arrived at Amex.

That wasn’t nearly enough, as it turned out. Not even halfway.

Cucurella has become the world’s most expensive full-back as he signs a deal worth over £60m for Chelsea.

That’s an amazing increase in value considering it cost around £15 last summer.

Potter was asked how that was possible.

Was it the staff, the player, or just the Prem’s notoriety?

The Albion head coach said: “He played in left midfield for Getafe but his background was always a full-back.

“Of course we played him as a left-back, left-back and left-back.

“I think the latter two help him more, the left-back and the left centre-back because he comes from deep better.

“I guess tactically, as soon as you can play as a left central defender, then your value increases, I would say. But that’s really all.

“The main thing is that Marc comes in, he was a breath of fresh air right from the start, played with a lot of enthusiasm, a great person in the dressing room, everyone liked him.

“He did his best, tried very hard and credit always goes to the player.

“The player is always the one who is out there, the one who has to take responsibility, the one who has to play the game.

“He deserves his chance.”

Albion were keenly aware of Cucurella’s availability last summer when other clubs could have had him at what now looks like a steal.

A mini-saga of sorts ensued, but the deal always looked on track and was duly completed on deadline day.

Potter said Deputy Director of Recruitment Kyle Macaulay played a big part in securing Cucurella’s signature.

Asked about the competition for the player at the time, he said: “I think there was interest.

“We paid the release clause in full, so we pledged a lot and signed a five-year contract, so we believed in him a lot.

“Thanks to the recruitment team. Kyle especially was very strong with him.

“So we were confident that it would work out for us.

“You never know, but we had faith just because of the personality and the character.

“I talked about it when he came, that’s what impressed us the most about him.

“If you tell the numbers, it’s a fantastic story.”

Albion have always been aware that Yves Bissouma could leave during the current transfer window.

They believe they have prepared well to deal with it.

But Cucurella’s exit doesn’t appear to have been in her script for the summer.

Potter said, “We didn’t want to sell him and we didn’t have to sell him.

“At the same time, you understand, when a Champions League comes with Champions League resources and finances and the player says he has a desire to do that, it’s very difficult for us.

“We have to make sure we get the right fee.

“I think the right fee was scored and it’s another situation where everyone won.

“The player has a great opportunity, the selling club has a good fee and the buying club has a good player too.

“So win, win, win everywhere.

“Marc was a fantastic player for us. He’s a great guy and I like him a lot.

“I wish him well and we’re moving forward as a group.” Graham Potter explains Marc Cucurella’s rapid increase in value

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