Cole Palmer vindicates Pep Guardiola’s faith while Mason Mount becomes a target of mockery for Chelsea against Man Utd

Cole Palmer vindicates Pep Guardiola’s faith while Mason Mount becomes a target of mockery for Chelsea against Man Utd.

Chelsea were made to work for it, but that was always going to be the case, wasn’t it? Championship opposition in Blackburn Rovers at home, but despite what some people may have predicted, it was not straightforward for the Blues.

Saying that, it was not too difficult for the west Londoners either, who did play well on the night and showed glimpses of – dare I say it because of the level of opposition – progress on the night. And that is all you can ask for at this stage of the Mauricio Pochettino era at Chelsea: progress.

The consistency is not going to be there. Not only is Chelsea’s squad full of young players, who tend to be inconsistent anyway, but they are under new management and are still trying to learn Pochettino and his staff’s way of thinking.

So when a 2-0 comes around, you take that all day of the week. And there were many positives for Pochettino and his staff to take from the game.

The Good: Palmer proves Pep right

It was obvious Cole Palmer had talent when he was at Manchester City. You would have to be stupid to suggest otherwise, but surely even the most optimistic of Chelsea supporters cannot have thought he would have started this well at Stamford Bridge.

Palmer was once again one of the best players for Chelsea in their win against Blackburn on Wednesday. The 21-year-old continues to go from strength to strength in west London and looks to be the Blues’ most dangerous attacking players consistently.

Pep Guardiola, who was a huge fan of Palmer during their time together at Man City, was said to be disappointed when the club decided to sell him on deadline day. And you can see why.

But Palmer just continues to prove his former boss right, who said in 2021 that he has a “special talent”. Pochettino is hoping he can continue to bring that special talent out on a weekly basis for Chelsea.

“Cole has a special quality in front of the box, a talent that is difficult to find,” Guardiola said on Palmer two years ago. “I know how it works with young players. We have to be calm and patient.”

The Bad: Jackson continues to misfire

Nicolas Jackson looks absolutely shot of any form of confidence right now. The Senegal international, who in fairness has not started that badly to life in the Premier League, is being relied on to be Chelsea’s focal point in a period where they are struggling in front of goal.

At 22-years-old, Jackson is still very inexperienced, especially in a new country. He looks so raw as well – and it is far from ideal that he is being relied upon to be Chelsea’s go-to man, essentially, despite the ludicrous amount of money the club have spent in recent transfer windows.

January is a long time away in football terms, so Pochettino and his staff need to find a way as soon as possible to inject some confidence in Jackson. Because right now he is hardly contributing in attack.

The Ugly: Mount becomes laughing stock

The ugly? It depends how you want to look at it, really.

Mason Mount, who signed for Manchester United in the summer transfer window after his relationship with Chelsea became fractured, was part of the Red Devils side that crashed out of the Carabao Cup to Newcastle United. It has been far from an ideal start for the England international at Old Trafford, and with Palmer’s form – as mentioned above – he has now become a laughing stock amongst his former fan base.

“This is your small reminder that we stole this gem [Palmer] for £42.5m! Is he the player that Mason Mount never became?” one user asked on Reddit.

One person replied: “Signing of the summer, he’s been a gem for sure.” Another added: “Mount was successful at Chelsea but Palmer has a much better IQ and patience to his game. A much different player to Mount.”

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