“I really want him to play” – Frank Leboeuf is dying for Pochettino to start 26-year-old Chelsea player
In the aftermath of Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge, the atmosphere was one of triumph. However, amidst the celebration, club legend Frank Leboeuf couldn’t help but express his dissatisfaction with certain player choices.
Speaking candidly on ESPN FC, Leboeuf reserved some skepticism for Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja’s performances, pinpointing his desire to witness Christopher Nkunku take center stage as the team’s primary forward.
The enigmatic Nkunku, having recovered from injury, found a place on the bench for the match but, to Leboeuf’s dismay, remained an unused substitute at Mauricio Pochettino’s discretion.
Pochettino’s decision to keep Enzo Fernandez on the bench raised eyebrows, prompting the Argentine manager to later elucidate his rationale.
In an impassioned plea echoing the sentiments of many Chelsea enthusiasts, Leboeuf exclaimed post-match, “I was elated to see Nkunku warming up on the bench. I ardently wish to see him in action. Jackson and Broja had their chances, yet I crave a genuine striker. Nkunku, I believe, can alleviate the pressure. I yearn for an alternate performance, a stellar one from Chelsea.”
The anticipation for Nkunku’s debut was palpable, yet Pochettino erred on the side of caution. Understandably so, as Nkunku, recuperating from a serious injury, remained on the sidelines. With the first goal secured, risking Nkunku’s fitness seemed unnecessary, especially considering Chelsea’s ongoing injury woes, with Reece James and Marc Cucurella being the latest casualties.
As Chelsea braces for the Carabao Cup clash against Newcastle United, speculation arises whether this will be the stage for Nkunku’s inaugural appearance in the coveted blue shirt. Alternatively, eyes turn to the impending Sunday showdown against Wolverhampton Wanderers, marking a potential milestone for Nkunku’s Chelsea debut.
The narrative unfolds as Pochettino treads carefully, juggling the immediate need for points with the long-term fitness of his players. The stage is set, and Chelsea fans eagerly await the revelation of Nkunku’s prowess on the pitch, adding an element of suspense to the unfolding season.