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Pochettino pleads with the Chelsea board to change a key club strategy

The Argentine is said to be scheduled for talks with the higher-ups in West London.

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino is expected to sit down with the club’s hierarchy over changing the transfer policy in West London.

Chelsea’s preference for youth

A significant move by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital was reducing the average age of the five-time Premier League winners, keen to build around a young core with room to grow.

Filling the side with players with a theoretically higher upside has had its limitations, underlined by the Blues being the youngest side in the English top division.

According to Transfermarkt, Chelsea and Burnley have utilised the youngest average-aged starting lineup in the 2023-24 season, underscoring the youth of the West Londoners, whom the incumbent head coach recently tagged “immature” after a recent 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.

What Pochettino said about Chelsea’s transfer policy

The erstwhile Tottenham Hotspur boss has called on the board to balance the strategy by considering players with more experience at the top level.

“We need to bring more young players; we need to bring in some experienced players. But that is all about talking,” said the Chelsea head coach before Monday’s clash with Everton. “It’s about agreeing with the club, analysing and designing the strategy for the next season and to go and fight for big things. That is really important.

“For different reasons, I say this is an immature team because all the elements are not there to be more mature, to learn and evolve.”

What comes next for Pochettino and Chelsea?

Pochettino’s future has been the subject of constant speculation in the media, with reports suggesting the former Spurs boss will be let go at the season’s culmination.

Despite another summer in which Chelsea embarked on a heavy recruitment drive, the Blues are ninth in the standings, even if a top-six finish remains feasible with Newcastle United six points ahead of the Blues having played two games more.

Pochettino’s troops seek success against Everton on Monday to close the gap to three points before facing Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on April 20 for a place in May’s final against Manchester United or Coventry.

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