Chelsea left-back Lewis Hall has been linked with a move to Premier League club Newcastle United, and Mauricio Pochettino is yet to decide on his future.
When Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella missed the majority of Chelsea’s games last season due to injury, the young player was given the chance to make his senior debut.
Hall earned nine Premier League matches and delivered as expected, showcasing his talent. However, he may face competition in the left-back position this season.
Given that the Blues also have Cucurella, Ian Maatsen, and Chilwell, Hall might be loaned out for additional development the following season. However, the 18-year-old demonstrated last season that he might be a fantastic backup for the Blues based on his performance.
However, Pochettino must make that choice before the new season begins. He currently has a wide range of left-back alternatives.
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The Argentine boss might have to keep Maatsen or Hall as backup options given Chilwell’s history of injuries and Cucurella’s erratic play last season.
The 18-year-old has shown so much promise, so sending him on loan without the option to purchase will be sensible because selling him permanently will be a major blow to Chelsea. And that too to Newcastle United, who are a direct rival for a top-four position.
If the team decides to keep him, he is a flexible player who can also play in midfield and will grow under Pochettino. The 51-year-old may have plans for him for the following season, but if not, it would be wiser to loan him out for game time so that he may develop more swiftly.
Poch should be able to make his decisions throughout the preseason. He shouldn’t hurriedly approve such sales before properly evaluating the players.
Hall didn’t start but came off the bench in Chelsea’s 5-0 friendly victory over Wrexham earlier this week to receive some much-needed playing time.