Christopher Nkunku is only one of many Chelsea gamers at present out on the long-term injured listing, as irritating as this has turn out to be.
Nkunku had an influence harm to his knee when taking part in in pre-season, one thing that might have occurred at any time and on any pitch.
I’m listening to that Nkunku might return round November, though some reviews have mentioned sooner and different have mentioned later. It could be the brand new yr earlier than he’s on the pitch once more for Chelsea, realistically.
He’s had a severe harm and has solely this week began his restoration as in doing weights and pool work. There may be nonetheless an extended highway left and even my timescale depends on his restoration persevering with to go nicely with none setbacks.
For this reason I don’t like seeing feedback, or ‘excuses’ akin to this:
“Nicolas Jackson was working very well with Christopher Nkunku. Chelsea imagine when Nkunku comes again it would change all the things for the attacking gamers, he was the important thing for Mauricio Pochettino.”
This appears like two issues for me.
- That we’re utilizing Nkunku’s harm as a purpose why we aren’t scoring targets proper now.
- We’re relying and ready on Nkunku to be again earlier than we actually begin firing.
None of that sits nicely with me and I simply discover it a bit odd.
After all Nkunku made a distinction and WILL make a distinction when he returns, he’s a category participant, that’s what class gamers do.
However there is no such thing as a method we needs to be talking like this about Nkunku, and the primary purpose for that’s we should NOT heap the strain on his shoulders. Not earlier than he was injured, not throughout his harm, and completely not when he returns.
He’s nonetheless solely 25, and we should not throw the load of the world on his shoulders and count on him to be the reply to all the things.
Chelsea closely relied on Eden Hazard for our success for a very good two seasons and as superb as he was, I don’t wish to see that once more (not Hazard, I’d LOVE to see one other Hazard once more). We want a couple of talisman on this squad, and we want greater than two. We want talisMEN everywhere in the pitch.
Nkunku goes to take time to get again to his prime type once more and play with confidence, as all of our returning injured gamers will. We can’t simply assume and count on that he’ll come again firing. I hope he does, and possibly he does, however we should actually settle down on the Nkunku to be our saviour factor. Gamers see such noise, they really feel such strain, and never all of them react positively to it.
I may also be buzzing when Nkunku comes again in due to course we want him and are lacking him. However we have to create a workforce right here and never simply depend on people.