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Mauricio Pochettino responds to Cole Palmer criticism


Mauricio Pochettino has responded to criticism of Cole Palmer after Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa over the weekend.

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Pochettino on Cole Palmer

Pochettino started the 20-year-old up front against Aston Villa, but he was wasteful with some of Chelsea’s best chances in the 0-0 draw in the FA Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge.

Palmer was similarly wasteful in the 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough earlier this month and it raises the question about where Palmer is most effective, having played as a striker, on the wings and as a central attacking midfielder.

Asked where he prefers to see Palmer, who is both Chelsea’s best creator and top scorer, the Chelsea boss added: “I prefer him on the pitch at the moment!”

“But be careful because after [reading this] he may feel he will [always] play! He is still young and needs to improve and to keep performing this way.”

The Argentine then explained why Palmer has misfired as a striker: “No, I think he cannot score in every single game. If he did, we should maybe not call him Cole Palmer, we should call him maybe Leo [Messi]. No, it is not about his position - and his potential is massive. It’s just sometimes you score or not. Sometimes you have better nights but he is doing well.

“He is a player who can play in different positions and you can see and feel that we never talk about his performances because he is always doing really good. It’s just that sometimes he scores or doesn’t score, but he always finds amazing chances in the game.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.