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Pochettino Praises Cole Palmer's Impact Ahead of Potential Start

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his admiration for summer acquisition Cole Palmer, hinting at the possibility of the talented young player making a starting appearance in their upcoming clash against Fulham.

Pochettino praised Palmer's performance since joining Chelsea from Manchester City, stating, "I am so happy with his performance in a few weeks with us. I think he is a young, talented player, but in my mind, there is a chance he could start on Monday."

Reflecting on Chelsea's recent victory over Brighton in the Carabao Cup, Pochettino emphasised the importance of the win, saying, "Another very solid performance [on Wednesday]. It is what we need and the fans need as well. The effort was fantastic from the team, and now the situation can make us stronger and more confident for Monday."

Regarding the absence of suspended striker Nicolas Jackson for the Fulham match, Pochettino noted, "We have a few options to play with a striker or without a striker. I will see how they are and how they recover from Wednesday."

Pochettino also expressed his concern about the injury to Ben Chilwell, stating, "We are really sad about the news about Ben (Chilwell). The timescale is difficult to say now. The doctor will tell us, and the club will communicate."

Looking ahead, Pochettino mentioned his hopes for the availability of Carney Chukwuemeka and Noni Madueke, adding, "(Reece James) Not for Monday, I do not believe."

Chelsea fans will be eager to see how Cole Palmer performs as he potentially takes on a more prominent role in the team under Pochettino's leadership.

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