‘He’s welcome to first team’ Chelsea player to break into first-team squad this season
Chelsea goalkeeper Jamie Cumming has a significant opportunity to break into the first-team squad this season, according to journalist Dean Jones. The 23-year-old English shot-stopper has been with the Chelsea academy since a young age and has spent time on loan at various clubs, most recently at MK Dons, where he impressed in League One.
During the pre-season tour of the United States, Cumming is working with Chelsea’s main group, and Jones believes he has the potential to save Chelsea money in the transfer market. With no clear competition for Kepa Arrizabalaga as the main goalkeeper, Cumming could seize the chance to push himself into the first-team picture under new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Jones suggests that Chelsea has been considering signing a new goalkeeper, but if Cumming proves himself as a top-level contender during pre-season, the club may not need to make an expensive signing in that position. This could free up resources for other areas of recruitment.
Cumming has received praise from former MK Dons manager Liam Manning and has been selected by Pochettino to start in a pre-season match against Wrexham. He is one of five keepers in the 29-man Chelsea squad for the tour. The coming weeks will be crucial for Cumming as he aims to convince Pochettino of his capabilities and secure a place in the first-team squad.