Mauricio Pochettino is confident that Chelsea possesses enough squad depth to manage without Armando Broja, who has been loaned out to Fulham.
With Armando Broja behind Nicolas Jackson in the pecking order and Chelsea planning to acquire a new striker in the summer, the decision was made to encourage offers for the 22-year-old academy graduate, initially valued at £50 million.
Recognizing that no team would meet such a demand late in the transfer window, Chelsea agreed to a straight loan deal with Fulham, a move that Pochettino believes will not significantly impact his squad in the next six months.
“I think it is important to recover Christoph [Nkunku] and today arrived Nico Jackson [back from the Africa Cup of Nations], and then also sometimes we forget but Deivid Washington is here with us,” Pochettino told Friday’s press conference.
“The options we have up front, I think, is enough.”
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Chelsea is anticipated to make substantial investments in the summer, with Victor Osimhen from Napoli being one of the primary targets. The Nigerian international’s contract includes a release clause valued at over £100 million.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino will maintain confidence in Nkunku and Jackson. Although the latter has returned from international duty and may rejoin the starting lineup against Wolves on Sunday, Chelsea will exercise caution with Nkunku as he approaches full recovery from injury.
“It’s good to see him,” Pochettino said of Nkunku.
“But we need to anticipate things. 45 minutes was good. After, we wanted to work a little bit more after the game but he can’t. We didn’t because 45 minutes was enough for him. We need to analyse and assess him to see if he can start the next game.
“When we see the result of things, we need to put everything in context. We hope he can cope with the demand of the game and maybe he can play more than 45 minutes. We need to keep working with him after six or seven months, it is always difficult for a player. But he showed that he had one chance and was able to score a great goal and show his quality.”