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“Looks more mature than he is” - Mauricio Pochettino lauds Chelsea star's impact

Published: Updated: 14:14, 10 Jan 2024
Chelsea are starting to look like a settled unit with players like Malo Gusto settling into their roles

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has been effusive in his praise for French international, Malo Gusto. The young full-back has been a standout performer in an otherwise challenging season for the Blues.

Gusto's impressive performances have provided a much-needed breath of fresh air amidst a forgettable season for Chelsea. His adaptability and maturity, despite being only 20 years old, have not gone unnoticed by the Argentine manager.

In his press conference ahead of Chelsea's Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg tie against Middlesbrough on January 9, Pochettino expressed immense satisfaction with how Gusto has adapted to new conditions. He also highlighted the player's level of maturity which belies his age.

Chelsea manager, Mauricio Pochettino, said:

"It is a player that is so young. Looks more mature than he is. He came from a difficult situation at Lyon and came here to adapt to a new country, new football. He is doing well, I am so happy with him."

"Always with a young kid, some mindset is different, we need to agree, time to realise. We talk about young kids also from England, but him that came from France it's to adapt and improve. I am so happy that he can perform when Reece is out. It's a good contribution for the team."

Reece James' injury has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Gusto

The absence of skipper Reece James due to injury could have been a significant setback for Chelsea. However, Gusto stepped up and delivered commendable performances that left Pochettino impressed and satisfied with the young Frenchman’s contributions.

Under Mauricio Pochettino’s guidance, Chelsea has now won three games consecutively across competitions - an improvement that coincides with Gusto starting all three matches. This includes their last game against Preston North End in the FA Cup third round where he played as left-back.

Chelsea’s reported £30 million investment in securing Gusto from Olympique Lyon is proving to be money well spent. The youngster has already featured in 17 games for the side and provided four assists along the way.

With Reece James' recurring injury problems casting doubt over his consistent availability, Malo Gusto is proving himself to be more than just a backup – he is emerging as a wonderful deputy who can hold his own on one of football’s biggest stages.

Malo Gusto's performances have been a silver lining in Chelsea's challenging season. His adaptability, maturity, and consistent performances have earned him high praise from manager Mauricio Pochettino. 

As the Blues navigate through their season, they will be hoping that Gusto continues to shine and help steer the team towards success.

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