Report: Pochettino not convinced with Chelsea player’s work rate and tactical naivety

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly not convinced with one Chelsea player due to their lack of defensive work rate and also their tactical naivety.

His side face Arsenal tonight in the Premier League at The Emirates, and Pochettino will be looking to take all three points so Chelsea can continue to push hard for a Europa League spot this season.

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But he could still be without key man Cole Palmer, who is a doubt due to an illness picked up this week. This will present opportunities for other players in the squad to step up, should Palmer not make it.

One of those players is Mykhailo Mudryk, and the Ukrainian winger has been in and out of Pochettino’s line up really failing to nail down a regular starting spot under him. Pochettino has encouraged his players to step up in the absence of Palmer, should that happen tonight.

Mudryk has looked good in moments, but also poor and very inconsistent in other moments, and it seems as a result that Pochettino just doesn’t fancy him right now, at least to be a regular fixture in the starting line up.

And according to The Evening Standard today, the reason is due to Mudryk’s defensive work and tactical naivety.

Per the report, those doubts mean Mudryk is not guaranteed to start tonight, even though Palmer may miss the match.

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Mudryk certainly needs to step up a lot more but let’s be honest, he was signed as a very raw young player who is developing. I place more blame on Chelsea really for targeting and spending so much money on these big risk players that may or may not come good.

I have no idea whether Mudryk will eventually come good, but he’s been here well over a year now and has simply not been good enough overall, and Chelsea invested a lot of money in him so patience is surely running thin.


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