Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Cole Palmer could be handed his first Premier League start for Chelsea against Fulham. Marco Silva's side will welcome the Blues to Craven Cottage on Monday night in what is expected to be a fiery west London derby.
Palmer, who joined Chelsea from Manchester City late into the summer transfer window, has hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge and he looks set to become a key fixture in the Argentine's starting lineup for the remainder of the season. The 21-year-old earned his first start for the Blues against Brighton in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday night, providing the all important assist which saw Nicolas Jackson net the winner.
Now, Palmer could be rewarded for his efforts against Fulham. Speaking to the press ahead of the tie, Pochettino was asked if the England Under-21 international will start at Craven Cottage.
«Yes, maybe, yes,» said the 51-year-old. «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.»
Following Chelsea's win over Brighton during the week, Pochettino is eager to build upon the feel-good feeling at the club. He said: «I think it was a really important victory, not only because that victory puts us into the next round of the Carabao Cup, but to build our trust and for our confidence.
»I think another solid performance which we translate into a victory which the players need, the team need and the fans also need. The effort was fantastic from the team. This situation can make us stronger and make us confident for Monday."
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