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'The biggest line-up decisions Pochettino has had to make all year'

Chelsea fan's voice graphic
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Mauricio Pochettino finally has some big decisions to make up front when he picks his teams.

It has taken six months to get to this point, but with Christopher Nkunku now fit and Nicolas Jackson back from the Africa Cup of Nations, there are real options available. The parts do not yet fit together perfectly: Jackson appears most effective on the left wing; Cole Palmer on the right wing; with Nkunku at his best playing off a striker.

So Pochettino has three attackers he wants to fit into the team, but none of them really thrive on leading the line. Until this squad has managed to integrate a natural number nine, one of the three is going to have to sacrifice a little bit of their game to make the whole thing work.

Each plays the role a little differently, and it will be very interesting for instance to see what Pochettino chooses to go for in the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool, who will present a very different challenge than Crystal Palace will pose this evening.

At the back there are similar questions - will Thiago Silva's experience be enough to get him into the team for the upcoming Manchester City game as well as the final? Or does his lack of pace just guarantee Chelsea will end up sat deep and under siege in those games?

These are some of the biggest line-up decisions that Pochettino has had to make all year, and they're all coming at once. At both ends of the pitch.

Will Faulks can be found at Chelsea News

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