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Premier League: Could Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea appointment benefit England?

Mauricio Pochettino was finally confirmed as Chelsea's new manager on Monday and while his arrival marks a massive boost for the Blues, England may also benefit.

With Chelsea's big-spending owners preferring to sign young players, the 51-year-old looks a good fit, having developed Harry Kane from a fringe player to a world star at Tottenham. 

Kane was not his only success story at Spurs, with the likes of Eric Dier, Harry Winks and Dele Alli all experiencing their best days under him. 

There is every chance that Todd Boehly will again open up his chequebook over the summer but part of Pochettino's approach could be to assess what he already has, which includes a strong crop of English internationals. 

After a season in which the club failed to qualify for Europe, the former Paris Saint-Germain boss will have extra time to work on the training ground and could look to experiment.

In the Premier League, Chelsea are 12/1 To Win Outright, as they did in Antonio Conte’s first season in 2016/17, which was the last time they did not have continental commitments. They can also be backed at 11/10 To Finish in Top 4.
 

English players should fit Poch's approach 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Conor Gallagher and Reece James are among Chelsea's players with Three Lions caps. 

In fact, all have been selected by Gareth Southgate for major tournaments. Carney Chukwuemeka and Noni Madueke are two of the signings made over the last year who are sure to envisage international football as part of their career plan, as will the returning Levi Colwill. 

All are technically gifted and have the athleticism to adapt to Pochettino's pressing style so if all goes well, Southgate could use their shape as a blueprint. 

However, they may not get the chance, with Loftus-Cheek, Mount and Gallagher's status as homegrown players seeing them linked with summer departures as the club look to balance the books. 

Mount is 9/2 to be at Chelsea on 03/09/2023, but 8/13 to be at Manchester United, with Liverpool 5/1 and Arsenal 6/1.
 

Expected homegrown departees could still have a role to play 

After reaching the final of Euro 2020, England are the 5/1 joint-favourites alongside France to win next summer's Euro 2024. 

Both James and Chilwell were in that squad and while they struggled with injuries in 2022/23, Chelsea's best form coincided with those two being fit. 

Just like Kyle Walker and Danny Rose did, it is easy to see them excelling as either full-backs or wing-backs under Pochettino and using their form to become established England internationals. 

England have depth in those positions but those two are undoubtedly towards the front of their respective queues. 

Mount is someone else Southgate likes and played 99 minutes of that penalty shootout defeat to Italy. If he stays, Pochettino may utilise him in a similar role to in which Alli excelled at Spurs, asking him to break from midfield and offer the primary support to his centre-forward. 

Meanwhile, Loftus-Cheek could occupy the deep-lying playmaker role the new boss so much enjoyed seeing Mousa Dembele shine in, while Conor Gallagher possesses the type of energy exhibited by the likes of Winks and Ryan Mason.
 

Could Colwill be England's answer? 

The uncertainty over whether the Three Lions will persevere with Harry Maguire makes Colwill's return a fascinating case. 

Still just 20, the defender enjoyed an impressive 2021/22 season on loan at Huddersfield, helping the Terriers to reach the Championship play-off final, only for his own goal to prove decisive in a 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest. 

He then made 17 Premier League appearances for Brighton in 2022/23, growing in confidence as the season progressed. 

Although not always a regular, Roberto De Zerbi clearly appreciated his talents and is reportedly pushing the Seagulls' board to pursue a permanent deal. 

With uncertainty over Thiago Silva's Chelsea future, Colwill could be a starter under Pochettino, who will be looking to nurture him and show him the skills that made him an international defender. 

The England under-21 star looks destined for senior caps and although Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings has improved, Colwill’s potential means he is arguably an upgrade if Southgate is looking for a left-sided centre-back. 

While Benoit Badiashile also fits that brief at Stamford Bridge, the Southampton-born star could be a bolter for England's Euro 2024 squad, especially if he forms a strong combination with Chilwell.
 

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