'Money well spent' - Chelsea fans delighted by Cucurella in impressive debut cameo

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • Updated: 6 Aug 2022 21:43 BST
  • 5 min read
FT Desk Updated: 6 Aug 2022 21:43 BST 5 min read
Cucurella Chelsea

It took Marc Cucurella barely 15 minutes to convince Chelsea fans that they have a real star on their hands.

The 24-year-old left-back completed a transfer from Brighton worth an estimated €73.5 million on Friday to become the most expensive left-back in the history of football.

Given the limited time between his arrival and the Blues' first Premier League game of the season Thomas Tuchel opted against throwing him straight into the starting line-up, instead naming Cucurella to the bench for Saturday's visit to Everton.

And with Chelsea leading 1-0 going into the final minutes the ex-Barcelona youngster got the call, replacing fellow new signing Kalidou Koulibaly and seeing out the game as the visitors kicked off the season with a win.

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Although 74 minutes were already showing on the clock at Goodison Park when Curucella entered the action that proved plenty of time to lift Chelsea fans' spirits during a spirited introduction to his new team...