Noni Madueke has added his name to the list of Chelsea players praising the impact Mauricio Pochettino has made since arriving at the club.
Madueke, who has mostly featured off the bench so far this season, is relishing working with the new head coach with such a reputation for getting the best out of promising talents, such as the England Under-21 star.
‘He’s tough with me, but I probably need that,’ acknowledged Noni.
‘He’s transparent as well which is really important, to know where you stand and what he expects from you. He knows when to be really tough with me and when to put an arm around me. I can’t fault him.
‘He’s a really good man manager. He’s created a culture where we are brothers off the pitch. It helps we have a young squad so we are with each other a lot anyway. We are lucky to have him.’
Madueke is one of many who has arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2023 during a transformative period for the club.
The 21-year-old is grateful for the faith shown in him and excited at the potential our new-look squad has, but he is also aware of the requirement for short-term success.
‘You know the blueprint of the club. If they have recruited you to come and join the project it says something about your ability. That’s good to know in the back of your mind.
‘But it’s not just about recruiting talented players. It’s about making a winning team, and that is the next step we have to take this season. Silverware is so important to Chelsea and that is the direction we have to head in for sure.
‘If you look at the squad we have, the depth, we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we thought we couldn’t be right up there.’