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Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique appears to be one of the names in the frame to potentially replace Graham Potter if Todd Boehly is to ruthlessly pull the trigger on the current Blues boss, as he frantically fights to keep his job at Stamford Bridge. The ex-Brighton tactician is now facing an uphill struggle in his quest to succeed in west London, where supporters are now growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress on the field. Chelsea are currently 10th in the Premier League table and barring a drastic miracle, they will not be playing Champions League football next season.

That could effectively give the Blues a decision to make - either in the coming weeks or at the end of the season - when supporters will demand action to turn the club's fortunes around.

Problematically for Chelsea, there are not many outstanding candidates out there available to hand, which could work in Potter's favour as he continues to request patience.

Yet if change is considered necessary, outside of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Enrique is beginning to look like a popular pick.

As a treble-winning manager with Barcelona, the Spaniard has a reputation for playing an attractive brand of football and getting results while doing so. He also has a track record for developing young talent and improving their game via coaching on the training field.

That would automatically be of use to Chelsea's current situation with many of their current Players struggling to fulfil their potential and live up to expectations in west London.

With that in mind, Express Sport analyses three Players that could benefit from the potential arrival of Luis Enrique, whose fresh ideas could inject new life to this Chelsea squad.

Mason Mount

It seems crazy to even think that there is a genuine sense that Mason Mount could be set to leave Chelsea.

His contract situation remains unresolved and with the attacking midfielder out of the team, there is little evidence the club are desperate for him to stay.

Nonetheless, he is one of their top talents and one of their academy's big success stories and it would be a bad call to let him move on and sign for a direct rival in Manchester United or Liverpool.

Mount wants to stay and although he must lower his demands, it's clear he also needs to begin enjoying his football again.

That seems unlikely to happen at the moment when he is in and out of the side and playing in multiple roles.

Yet if you look at the impact Luis Enrique has had on a number of Spain's attacking Players during his previous reign, he has managed to get a tune out of them.

This includes the likes of Ferran Torres, Dani Olmo, Pedri and Marco Asensio, who have all benefited from his technical style of attacking football.

Pedri and Barcelona colleague Gavi were both standout performers for Spain at the World Cup and their quality complimented Luis Enrique's forward-thinking football even if at times, Spain were toothless in attack after their 7-0 mauling of Costa Rica.

Mount is simply too good to offload and Chelsea need to ensure he is central to their project under Boehly - they would be daft to consider a sale.

Christian Pulisic

While Pulisic is clearly not of the same importance given he has consistently flattered to deceive at Chelsea, the same concepts apply in an attacking sense.

Spain's best Players under Luis Enrique have been their forwards - the likes of Torres, Olmo and even Alvaro Morata.

That's testament to his swashbuckling football and Pulisic has all the physical and technical qualities to be a success.

Chelsea may now be feeling differently given he has had several chances to kick on with the Blues but injuries and inconsistency always seem to get in the way.

It would be a shame to see Pulisic moved on for a minimal fee but that is currently the direction his future is heading in.

Marc Cucurella

Cucurella is hardly popular amongst Chelsea fans but Boehly won't be keen on a cut-price sale given that he cost £63m from Brighton less than a year ago.

The curly-haired Spaniard only featured once under Luis Enrique for La Roja but at the same time, his potential is clear for all to see. He was excellent for the Seagulls last term in his debut Premier League campaign.

It seems a waste to just cut ties with the player and take a massive loss - particularly when another big-money replacement will need to be signed.

Having previously played for Barcelona, Cucurella is another technical player with speed and skill and he could prove to be a real outlet and asset if used effectively.

He is just lacking confidence and bizarrely, his old coach Potter does not look like the man to lift him out of this rut. Therefore, Cucurella could actually be one of several Chelsea Players that may benefit from a change in the dugout.

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