EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Chelsea manager should deploy Nkunku in crucial match against Wolves

Graham Potter

Mauricio Pochettino is likely optimistic that Tuesday’s dramatic EFL Cup victory will serve as a catalyst for his Chelsea side. That is to gain momentum for the rest of the season. The triumph in the penalty shootout holds significant importance. Thus, bringing them within three games of securing the first trophy under both the manager’s and Todd Boehly’s leadership at the club.

Mykhailo Mudryk’s crucial added-time goal and an inspiring presence off the bench by Malo Gusto served them the victory. There seemed to be positive developments everywhere within the Chelsea squad.

The most significant lift for the crowd before the goal came from the introduction of Christopher Nkunku from the reserve. Since, the Blues began to regain their momentum and attacked aggressively with his presence.

How significant is Nkunku’s return for Chelsea?

Christopher Nkunku’s first goal in a Chelsea shirt was nothing short of emphatic. Since, he confidently smashed home his penalty to extend their lead in the shootout, which they ultimately won. Although he only played about 20 minutes on Tuesday, Pochettino will now be focusing on the upcoming fixture against Wolves, despite its unfortunate timing.

Chelsea will be participating in a Premier League game on Christmas Eve for the first time in nearly 30 years. Thus, they will need to get creative with their team selection due to a multitude of injury concerns.

Given the current circumstances, it’s now an opportune moment to deploy Nkunku from the start at Molineux. This decision would provide him with the best possible chance to make a significant impact on the side when Chelsea faces Wolves on Sunday.

During his absence due to injury, the 26-year-old has often been considered the missing link to bring cohesion to an otherwise disjointed attack at Stamford Bridge this season. The team has faced challenges in scoring goals consistently as well.

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