“Chelsea’s Hidden Gems: How Badiashile and Chukwuemeka Can Bolster Pochettino’s Squad”
As Chelsea enters a challenging run of fixtures after the international break, fans have reasons to be optimistic. Despite a recent rough patch, a series of impressive performances has rekindled hope. However, Mauricio Pochettino’s toughest tests lie ahead, and two ‘forgotten’ players may hold the key to the Blues’ success.
In their next seven Premier League matches, Chelsea faces Arsenal, Brentford, Tottenham, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Brighton, and Manchester United. This challenging run will test Chelsea’s mettle and reveal their ambitions for the season.
Mauricio Pochettino will need to rely on his squad more than ever due to a long list of injuries that have limited his options in the early part of the season.
Benoit Badiashile is one player expected to return to fitness after the international break. The 22-year-old defender has been sidelined since the end of the previous season, but he is closing in on a comeback. Badiashile initially suffered a serious hamstring injury, followed by a setback during training. While his exact return date remains uncertain, the former AS Monaco star is working diligently behind the scenes at Cobham.
Thiago Silva’s form at the start of the season has raised questions, and there have been calls for his replacement. Badiashile’s return, alongside fellow former Monaco teammate Axel Disasi, could provide a viable alternative. Even if Silva is rested rather than dropped, Badiashile’s presence offers tactical flexibility to Pochettino.
Another player nearing full fitness is Carney Chukwuemeka, the 19-year-old midfielder. Chukwuemeka had emerged as a key figure in Pochettino’s side before suffering a knee injury in August. He is now ready to contribute, bringing versatility to the midfield. Chukwuemeka’s ability to play as a No.10 is particularly valuable, especially with limited options in that position.
These two ‘forgotten’ stars, along with potential returns from players like Reece James and Romeo Lavia, can play pivotal roles in bolstering Chelsea’s squad. As the Blues face a challenging set of fixtures, Mauricio Pochettino has options that may define their season.
In the unpredictable world of football, hidden gems can often make a significant impact, and Chelsea might just have a few up their sleeves.