Noni Madueke may be feeling quite down at Chelsea after Mauricio Pochettino agreed to sign Cole Palmer from Manchester City.
What’s the story?
Well, the Chelsea No.11 is actually good friends with the England Under-21 international.
Madueke commented the word “proud” on Palmer’s Instagram after he scored in the UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla midway through August, after the pair rose through the England youth ranks together.
Palmer himself then celebrated Madueke’s goal against AFC Wimbledon on Wednesday with an Instagram comment of his own.
While Madueke may be pleased to see his pal arrive at Stamford Bridge from a social point of view, he is surely concerned when it comes to his professional aspirations.
Madueke is yet to start a Premier League game under Mauricio Pochettino – playing just 16 minutes in the league this season – so the fact a direct rival for his position is now arriving in Palmer surely won’t please him.
If Madueke was already starting games for Chelsea, then it’s a different story – a confident player like him would surely welcome the competition in that respect.
However, the fact Pochettino did not actually sign Madueke himself, and has now bought a similar forward in Palmer, means alarm bells may be ringing in the Londoner’s head.
Pochettino must keep Madueke happy at Chelsea as Palmer arrives
The South American has become known for his warm approach to players, with many praising his man management skills in the past.
Hopefully, Pochettino will now put his qualities to use with Madueke, and keep the winger focused – we would like to think the Argentine has already explained the signing of Palmer to his No.11 at Cobham.
On his day, the £29m man is an electric player, and he can hopefully become a real asset for Chelsea in addition to Palmer, rather than being forced out by the £45m winger.