Pochettino impressed by 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder, will try him out in pre-season

Following Cesare Casadei’s impressive Under-20 World Cup performance, Mauricio Pochettino plans to evaluate the Italian during Chelsea’s preseason.

What’s the premise?

As Italy fell 1-0 to Uruguay in the Under-20 World Cup final, the 20-year-old scored seven goals, earning him the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament honors.

Erling Haaland, Sergio Aguero, and Lionel Messi are just a few of the players who have won the Under-20 World Cup Golden Boot in the past.

Even though Casadei may have been disappointed to have lost the championship game, his efforts were appreciated at Stamford Bridge.

The Argentine coach is expected to take a look at the Italy Under-20 international during preseason, according to The Evening Standard.

This summer, Pochettino intends to split his bloated Chelsea team into two groups in order to better determine who should be included in his 25-man Premier League roster.

Chelsea currently has around 30 first-team players, and the Evening Standard reports that 21 further players have returned following loan stints elsewhere.

Using Casadei will enable Chelsea to save millions.

In light of the midfield exodus at Stamford Bridge, we believe Chelsea should have faith in Casadei.

N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, and others appear destined to depart, while Denis Zakaria has already made his way back to Juventus after his loan period was up.

Chelsea will have to spend millions of dollars to replace this depth, therefore it makes sense for Pochettino to trust players with potential such Carney Chukwuemeka and Casadei.

The latter, a very young talent, paid Chelsea £16 million when he transferred from Inter Milan back in August 2022.

Chelsea must thus have faith in the talent they have invested in.

Casadei is deserving of a spot in the first team for the 2023–24 season if he impresses Pochettino at Cobham this summer.


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