Chelsea star Cole Palmer could be handed his first start under Mauricio Pochettino as they face Fulham in the Premier League. The Blues are set to be without a number of key players for the game with Nicolas Jackson suspended.
Pochettino hinted that he may choose to deploy a false-nine against the Cottagers which may see Raheem Sterling moved centrally. This opens up space for the likes of Palmer or Noni Madueke to come into the starting XI in Jackson's absence.
The Senegalese forward was suspended after picking up five yellow cards in his opening six Premier League appearances. Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell will miss the Fulham clash after suffering a hamstring injury last week.
The England international could be sidelined until the end of October leaving Pochettino with a selection headache in attack and defence. Chelsea will hope they can pick up their first three points in the Premier League since a 3-0 win against Luton Town back in August.
Speaking ahead of the Fulham fixture, Pochettino hinted that he could hand Palmer his first start since he arrived from Manchester City for a fee in the region of £45million. «Yes, maybe yes,» the Chelsea boss said when asked if the England Under-21 international could start against Fulham.
«I'm so happy with his performance after only a few weeks with us. He was able to perform very well and fit very well in the team. He is a talented player, young talented player but I think he is in my mind to start on Monday.»
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