Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino wants a bigger say in the recruitment plans of the club if he is still in charge during the summer transfer window, according to talkSPORT.
The Argentine is under pressure at the Stamford Bridge club after some disappointing results, but a commanding 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup replay last night has bought him some time.
Pochettino will hope his boys replicate that performance at Villa Park consistently going forward, as failure to do so could cost him his job.
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager joined the Blues last summer but has grown frustrated at having little or no input into the signings Chelsea have made during his tenure.
Pochettino is also not a fan of targeting young players with future sell-on value, something the club have concentrated on under co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart.
Chelsea rejected the chance to sign Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha during the last summer transfer window because they deemed the 28-year-old too old under their current policy.
They ended up signing 21-year-old Moises Caicedo and 19-year-old Romeo Lavia to bolster their midfield instead, while 22-year-old Enzo Fernandez joined in January 2023.
All the players Chelsea have signed since January 2023 are currently under 25 years of age, but it appears Pochettino believes older players with much-needed experience can deliver the goods and get him the results the fans crave.
However, the club have largely signed players with very little input from their manager, which has left him frustrated given the results so far this term.
Chelsea have lost ten league games so far and could end up missing out on European football again as they are now in the bottom half of the Premier League table after 23 games.
Pochettino wants players who can play his style of football, and the recruitment team needs to work with him in the summer if he is still in charge by then.
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