Mauricio Pochettino stated that he will not commit to providing Cole Palmer with playing time, adhering to the same approach he has always used, even with Lionel Messi, during his tenure as Chelsea’s manager.
Pochettino addressed Palmer’s £42.5 million ($54 million) transfer during a press conference in preparation for Chelsea‘s encounter with Nottingham Forest on Saturday. In response to inquiries about the 21-year-old’s wish for regular first-team action, Pochettino asserted that he would not make any assurances.
Pochettino explained: “If someone guarantees to some player to play, ok but that is not the case here.”
“The player needs to come and to perform and let us manage and then, if he deserves to play, he will, I am sure that was the same at City. But for us even when you pay big money for a player at Chelsea, it doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to play. That’s the wrong way to think.”
People need to learn about that. When we sign a player we do it for them to be part of the squad, involved in the squad, be part of the club. Be part of the dynamic. We never sign players who we promise will play. It has never happened, even when we signed Messi at Paris St-Germain.”
It will be intriguing to observe how Palmer integrates into Chelsea’s expensively-assembled squad. The Blues undoubtedly possess a wealth of choices in the attacking midfield area.