Mauricio Pochettino Talks Up Romeo Lavia Ability And Urges Him To Fight Caicedo For A Starting Role

Written By Albert Echatah

Romeo Lavia’s lack of playing time at Chelsea has Mauricio Pochettino fuming. He says it’s “not pre-season” and “not charity,” and he also acknowledges that the issue has “annoyed” him.

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Lavia joined the Blues from Southampton for £58 million this summer, however because to injury issues and intense competition in that part of the field, the player is still waiting to make his debut.

Lavia, a 19-year-old Belgium international is back in training and could make Chelsea’s squad list for the Wolves matchup, however Pochettino hinted that he would make his debut on Christmas Eve when the Blues play Wolves. But because of the size of the team, Pochettino has sent Lavia a stark warning, telling him to “train really hard every day.”

‘Lavia is the same as [Christopher] Nkunku,’ Pochettino said on Friday. ‘After nearly six months, maybe he will be involved with the team.

‘He is doing well but he still needs time for his best form. All of the players after a big period, they are desperate to be involved. Even a message for the player… They cannot make the mistake. They want to be involved but we are competition and the competition is serious.

‘They need to train really hard every day, because they need to have an impact every time they go onto the pitch. It’s not pre-season games.

‘For many things it is an excuse, for many it is, ‘I want to play, if I cannot play I cannot perform’ – you need to understand, but players need to understand it is not charity to play. We need to win.’

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Erik ten Hag is anxious to prevent Jadon Sancho from making a “empty gesture,” therefore Manchester United is apparently willing to accept a “significant loss” on him.

Sancho has a disruptive impact on the rest of United’s team, according to manager Ten Hag, who is determined to get rid of the winger.

This season, Sancho and Ten Hag had a nasty falling out, with the Dutchman publicly criticizing his player in the media for his lack of effort in practice. After spending £73 million on him in 2021, United is now willing to suffer a “significant loss” on the player in the January transfer window.


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