“Look him as an example and mentor” – Mauricio Pochettino now wants Chelsea players to use £30m man as an example
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino finds himself brimming with delight as Noni Madueke orchestrates a remarkable turnaround in his form, drawing effusive praise from the Argentine tactician. Speaking to Chelsea’s official website ahead of the FA Cup clash against Preston North End, Pochettino commended the winger for his commendable behavior and significant improvement after a sluggish start to the season.
Madueke, who recently secured only his second start in the Premier League this season during Chelsea’s 3-2 triumph over Luton Town, managed to find the back of the net in that game and in the preceding 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace. This resurgence in performance marks a pivotal shift for the 21-year-old, reflecting positively on his recent endeavors.
Pochettino, acknowledging Madueke’s transformative journey, emphasized the winger’s exemplary conduct as a source of inspiration for the rest of the team. In Pochettino’s words, “We have spoken about players needing to improve, and he is a player that has improved a lot. I am so happy with his behavior and the way he has committed, first with himself and also with the other areas of the club.”
The Argentine manager sees Madueke not just as a player with potential and talent but as a role model for the team, particularly in overcoming the challenges he faced earlier in the season. Pochettino emphasized the importance of consistent behavior and a positive mindset for long-term success, hailing Madueke’s journey as an example that everyone has a platform for redemption and growth within the club.
Madueke’s Chelsea career, initially under scrutiny due to limited playing time, now takes a positive turn. Despite being linked with a potential departure from Stamford Bridge, his impactful contributions in recent victories against Palace and Luton have seemingly salvaged his standing within the club.
The 21-year-old, signed from PSV Eindhoven in a £30 million deal last January (as reported by BBC Sport), has not only showcased his footballing prowess but also demonstrated resilience and commitment, earning him a newfound appreciation from Pochettino. As the January transfer window progresses, it appears increasingly unlikely that Madueke will part ways with Chelsea, with his recent performances reaffirming his place in the squad and showcasing his value to the manager.