Kalidou Koulibaly, struggled to fit into Graham Potter’s team, but he was at his best during the World Cup in Qatar.
Following a 3-0 loss to Senegal last weekend, England eliminated Senegal from the competition, and the summer acquisition will now return to Stamford Bridge.
Koulibaly transferred from Serie A team Napoli to Chelsea during the summer transfer window for an estimated fee of £33 million. Since then, the center-back has had a difficult time adjusting to life in the Premier League. The defender, who has played in Italian football since 2014, told Sky Sports Italia that he needs a “period of adaptation.”
The transitional phase the 31-year-old experienced after signing with German head coach Thomas Tuchel, who was then replaced by Graham Potter in September, may have contributed to his difficulties.
Both Chelsea and Koulibaly will be hoping that this is the beginning of a fresh lease of life for the center-back at Stamford Bridge and that the former Napoli star can get back to his imperious best when the Premier League returns at the end of the month.
Koulibaly and Potter will thus be hoping that his fortunes have changed by the time the Premier League season resumes in a few weeks.