As Mauricio Pochettino gears up to assume the role of Chelsea’s next permanent manager. He is well aware of the daunting challenge that lies ahead. However, managing a club of Chelsea’s magnitude brings its own enticing benefits. And thanks to Todd Boehly’s substantial resources.
Pochettino will have the opportunity to work with a squad brimming with exceptional talent. Among them is Christopher Nkunku.
He is an attacker who is hailed as one of Europe’s most lethal players. But his imminent transfer to England has received relatively less attention.
The fact that Chelsea secured a £60 million deal with RB Leipzig in January. To acquire the services of the French international seems to have been overshadowed. As previous attempts to sign him during the previous summer had ended in disappointment.
Leipzig had made it a priority to secure a long-term replacement for Nkunku before considering his departure. With the imminent arrival of Benjamin Sesko from Red Bull Salzburg next summer. Leipzig is now in a position to part ways with their leading goal scorer.
Despite Leipzig and Chelsea not providing official statements regarding Nkunku’s departure, in March, the sporting director of the German club. Max Eberl, openly acknowledged that there was no doubt about Nkunku’s move to the west London outfit. This suggests a high level of confidence in the transfer taking place.
Nkunku in the interest of Pochettino
Undoubtedly, Pochettino will be filled with anticipation to collaborate with Nkunku. Having developed admiration for the French talent during his tenure at Paris Saint-Germain. However, it’s worth noting that Pochettino had the luxury of overseeing a star-studded attacking trio consisting of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar during his time there.
In contrast to PSG, Chelsea finds themselves in dire need of a player possessing Nkunku’s attacking prowess. Following a disappointing Premier League campaign. Currently positioned at 11th place in the domestic standings.
Under Boehly’s ownership, Chelsea, the two-time Champions League winners, have faced a tumultuous inaugural season, experiencing significant struggles on the field.
Chelsea has been plagued by lack of goals, managing to score only 34 goals in 34 games this season, making it one of their most pressing concerns.This puts them among the lowest-scoring teams in the league, with only Wolves, Everton, and Southampton scoring fewer goals. Surprisingly, despite a substantial investment of £140 million in players like Mudryk, Madueke, Aubameyang, and Felix on loan. The quartet has collectively contributed a meager total of six league goals.
Other players to manage for the ‘Poch’ apart from Nkunku
Pochettino comprehends his primary task is to offload underperforming players from the squad. with expectations of forwards Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, and Aubameyang departing in a notable summer exodus. This clears the path for Nkunku to make his mark on the team. Moreover, Nkunku possesses the versatility to operate. As a false nine or a deep-lying center forward when required.
The onus falls on Nkunku to prove any doubts wrong. And Pochettino’s assistance will be crucial in maximizing the player’s potential and swiftly resolving Chelsea’s goal-scoring woes. If Pochettino can guide Nkunku to hit the ground running. It would greatly benefit both the player himself and Chelsea as a whole.
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