‘Next season I expect him to show massive improvements’ – Pundit believes the 22-year-old Chelsea star will thrive under Mauricio Pochettino
However, according to Collymore, this should not be a green light to write off the youngster’s potential in the near term. Collymore’s confidence in Modric is rooted in his unwavering belief in the transformative leadership of Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s incoming manager.
According to numerous reports, the curtains will go up on Pochettino’s tenure at Stamford Bridge at the close of the current season. The former Tottenham manager’s managerial acumen could prove instrumental in carving out a prominent role for Modric in the squad. This is according to Collymore, who explained (via HITC):
“Mauricio Pochettino is coming though and he has a style of football that you would assume would benefit Modric. So, if the Argentinian can’t rule him out and we talk about him, in the same way, this time next year, then I think it’s time to worry – but as for now, I think he still has Huge potential and next season I expect him to show great improvements in his individual game.”
The 22-year-old dynamo made fifteen Premier League appearances for Chelsea, showing glimpses of his finesse in seven appearances and eight substitute appearances. The Ukrainian youngster, despite the challenges he faced to reach expectations, managed to deliver two assists.
Pochettino’s entry at Stamford Bridge could truly be the moment when the young Ukrainian developed from promising talent into an insurmountable force.
Chelsea could overtake Paris Saint-Germain in a move for Sporting star Manuel Ugarte
The Blues are preparing for a highly competitive summer transfer season as they aim to secure Manuel Ugarte, a sought-after talent from Sporting Lisbon. This latest development comes from Feet Mercato (via Chelsea Chronicle). Amid an impending flurry of recruiting activity, Ugarte is likely to be the opening summer arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Just when Chelsea’s hopes for the Uruguay international seemed to be dashed against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), perhaps the tables were turning. Foot Mercato’s latest reports indicate that PSG have offered £52m for Sporting, but they want to pay in installments rather than meet the release clause outright.
This unorthodox payment plan from PSG has created an unexpected opening for the Stamford Bridge club. Taking advantage of this opportunity, the Blues were reported to be willing to fulfill Ugarte’s £52m release clause in one fell swoop. They also supposedly communicated their intentions and indicated their willingness to start negotiations.