Mauricio Pochettino encounters another player’s injury repeat situation in new £18m Chelsea signing

Mauricio Pochettino encounters another player’s injury repeat situation in new £18m Chelsea signing

Under Mauricio Pochettino, Reece James has the potential to return to his previous level of play, but sustaining peak fitness is essential for this to occur. After working with Kyle Walker and Achraf Hakimi at Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively, Pochettino will now have James at Stamford Bridge.

James’s 2022-23 season was marred by injuries, but a summer rejuvenation appears to have come at the ideal moment following another minor setback. James was observed at the Barcelona Grand Prix alongside Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount, where he was questioned about Chelsea’s difficult season and the appointment of Pochettino.

“It’s been a tough year,” he told Sky Sports. We suffered numerous injuries and did not finish in the Premier League’s finest position. Next year, hopefully, will be better.” Regarding Pochettino, he added. “Everyone has been saying he’s a wonderful manager, and hopefully we’ll find our footing early in the upcoming season. We hope to be a solid, strong team.”

The final phrase of James will be one of Pochettino’s preseason focuses. Before he can make the Blues thrilling to watch going forward, he must shore up the Blues’ defense, as they were easily penetrated far too frequently during the previous season.

Levi Colwill will likely play a crucial role in this, despite Brighton’s desire to keep him on the south coast permanently following an outstanding loan stint. The club-record £40 million offer that the Seagulls are preparing will almost certainly be rebuffed, as Chelsea have no intention of selling him this summer.
The midfield will also play a significant role in this solidity, but significant work will be required in the transfer window with up to four stars at risk of departing. The departures of Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, and N’Golo Kante, who is on the verge of joining Al Ittihad after passing a medical, would leave the Blues’ engine room extremely depleted.

In addition to Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Lewis Hall, Cesare Casadei and Andrey Santos will return from their respective loan stints, although the latter could be unavailable.
According to the Brazilian news outlet Lance, Santos, who was acquired by Chelsea for £18 million in January, has played through an ankle injury in the last few Under-20 World Cup games. If the issue is deemed serious, Pochettino’s plans to use him in preseason could be drastically altered, but the true cause for concern is the second half of the report, which states that he has had the issue since 2022.

Pochettino is already concerned about James and his ongoing injury issues, which prohibit him from performing at his best, and the possibility of a new signing having the same issue is a major concern. Depending on the severity, he may require surgery to correct the issue, which would rule him out of contention for the majority of the 2023/24 season.

Santos has played for Vasco de Gama in the Brazilian Serie A this season, unable to play in England due to difficulties obtaining a work visa. Santos has been able to receive regular playing time, but he will be unable to get up to speed with the English game and Pochettino’s training regimens if he suffers a long-term injury.

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