Enzo Fernandez’s father has revealed that a surprise position change under new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino could soon be on the horizon for his son.
Fernandez signed for Chelsea for a club-record transfer fee in January after excelling at the World Cup with Argentina and will be expected to play a big role for the club over the course of next campaign.
The Argemtine midfielder has mainly been used as a deep-lying midfielder since joining Chelsea and emerged as a bright spark for the club last season with two assists in 18 league games.
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His father, Raul said Fernandez remains happy in London but is eyeing a change to his role under Pochettino in advance of the new campaign.
He told the Evening Standard: “Enzo is comfortable, happy, and adjusting to London. He is happy about the arrival of Pochettino. Next season? My son wants to be a champion. I think [we will see Enzo play further forward next season]. He was going to ask [Pochettino] to play further advanced.”
It is still unknown if Fernandez’s request will be granted by Pochettino, although it seems Chelsea’s transfer business could be set to give the playmaker a greater level of freedom to join attacks.
The Blues are reported to be negotiating with Brighton over a move for Moises Caicedo, who would be expected to play as a defensive midfielder if he moves to Stamford Bridge.
Caicedo recently signed a new deal at Brighton but is expected to leave the Amex Stadium this summer and would be a good addition for Chelsea if a deal can be agreed over the coming weeks.
He played in all but one of Brighton’s games in the Premier League last season, chipping in with a goal and an assist in the process, and played a big role in helping the Seagulls to qualify for Europe for the first time in their history.
Meanwhile, Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole recently told Express Sport that he is expecting Pochettino to deliver some uncomfortable home truths to his new players when pre-season training starts next month.
Cole said: “I think he’s a fantastic appointment, I really do. He’s a manager that assumes the club, he’s a communicator and the club needs that.
“Poch is a straight-talking guy who can go in and tell the players where they stand and that’s all you want as a player. He’ll put his arm around the players that he feels need it, he’ll give the hard truths to the players that need it and he will bring the club together.”