Conor Gallagher’s ability to speak English has been a factor in him climbing up the Chelsea captaincy ladder, Mauricio Pochettino has explained.
Gallagher, who could have been sold in the summer, has led Chelsea out against AFC Wimbledon and Bournemouth this season in the absence of captain Reece James and his deputy Ben Chilwell.
But on two occasions earlier this season when Chilwell has been substituted he has handed the armband to Thiago Silva who, rather than keep it, has passed it on to January signing Enzo Fernandez, even though Gallagher was also on the field at the time.
Pochettino feels his academy background means ‘it is perfect for him [Gallagher] to represent the team’ and added: ‘Thiago is an experienced player that doesn’t need the armband and then I think it’s important to build something for the future. Not only the present but the future. He is there and the captain is not only to put the armband on your arm.
‘To clarify, I think maybe it was Thiago give it to Enzo but Enzo is still struggling with his English. If we need to communicate with the referee and everything I think Conor can perfectly do the job and for me I prefer Conor than Enzo because I think Conor can speak normally, English.
Maurico Pochettino said Conor Gallagher’s ability to speak English helped him become Chelsea captain
Gallagher led the Blues out in games against AFC Wimbledon and Bournemouth this season
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‘I think Enzo is still not ready to be a captain. It is not only because of character or personality or profile. It’s about you need to communicate with the people and if you don’t manage still the language properly you cannot be captain no? I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong but it’s my opinion.’
Meanwhile Pochettino also revealed he has spoken to Nicolas Jackson, during a meeting yesterday that also included Fernandez, about getting ‘cheap’ bookings after seeing him cautioned four times for dissent.
Pochettino said: ‘I think, come on. A striker, four yellow cards only for talking with the referee?
Pochettino has spoken to Nicolas Jackson about his disciplinary issues following a series of bookings for dissent
‘You need to get some yellow cards in different actions, not for that. It’s so easy, so cheap yellow cards. It is going to put in a very difficult situation the team but he understood.
‘He needs to be clever not to protest to the referees. It’s all about adapting himself and he’s clever and for sure he will adapt. I hope that on Sunday, now we are talking about he is clever, and then [it is not] first action yellow card!’
Chelsea take on Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with Pochettino searching for just his second league win of the season.
However, the club did receive a boost earlier this week when it was revealed that owner Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital are set to receive a £400million investment from US firm Ares management.