Mauricio Pochettino makes transfer plea to Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino has seemingly made a transfer plea to Chelsea and may have asked for reinforcements ahead of January.

Chelsea have come under massive criticism following some abject performances in the last 18 months. This is a club that has spent north of a billion pounds on new talents since their new owners took over at the beginning of last season, but they are currently 12th in the standings.

Losing out on a European place was a bitter blow to their ambitious projects, but some may argue that despite the vast sums spent, they have not done so on the right players. The new ownership have placed considerable emphasis on young talents but sometimes overpaid their valuations.

After the loss at Everton on Sunday, Mauricio Pochettino made fresh comments on their state. The Argentine manager may have made a transfer plea to Chelsea to help him out using the transfer window with his remarks that appeared on Spanish outlet Fichajes.

Pochettino said, “I am really disappointed. This was a game to play and win. It is a problem that we must analyse. We need to talk and try to improve in the next transfer market.”

Chelsea may have shown shortages in several positions, but the No.9 role lacks a potent goalscorer. They remain heavily linked with Victor Osimhen, but there are doubts about the possibility of a January move, although a summer deal might still materialise.

Meanwhile, another report claimed they are ready to sell at least seven of their first team stars, including Noni Madueke, Axel Disasi and Malo Gusto. That list also includes Ian Maatsen, for whom Chelsea are open to listening to offers.

Like Maatsen, Trevoh Chalobah could also quit, with Chelsea hoping to raise cash with the sales of their academy graduates. If they need to raise money through those means, the club might also consider approaches for Conor Gallagher.

Overall, they have spent considerable sums acquiring some of those stars, but there are doubts whether they can get a sizeable return with sales. Pochettino will look at intricate signings in January that elevate their quality, but the Argentine might also want to trim the squad and keep an optimal bunch at his disposal.

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