Chelsea manager hopeful for the return of Nkunku in starting lineup

Graham Potter

Mauricio Pochettino recently provided insights into the role Christopher Nkunku will be playing for Chelsea. That is after his full recovery.

Christopher Nkunku has been out of action for the entire league season due to a knee injury. He got that injury in the last match of the America tour earlier this year. Pochettino initially encountered difficulties adapting to Nkunku’s absence. Resulting in variations in attacking strategies before eventually settling on Cole Palmer.

Although Nkunku will be absent for the upcoming clash against Newcastle, the manager remains optimistic as the 26-year-old inches closer to a competitive debut. Given Palmer’s recent proficiency in scoring goals, there is anticipation that Nkunku’s return could enhance Chelsea’s attacking dynamics. Thus, opening up new directions for the team.

What did Chelsea manager say about Nkunku?

Pochettino commented on Nkunku:

“He is a player, a fantastic player that was top scorer in the Bundesliga and he can play in different positions. His quality is amazing.”

“Really bad luck to lose him for the beginning of the season and to have the possibility for him to help the team. We are going to find the best way for him to fit with the team.”

In the 2022/2023 Bundesliga campaign, the Frenchman showcased remarkable form by scoring 16 goals for Red Bull Leipzig. This outstanding performance solidified his reputation as one of the most dynamic players in European football.

The absence of Christopher Nkunku at the beginning of the season leaves people contemplating how much higher Chelsea could have been in the table had he been fit from the start.

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