‘A bit sad’: Thomas Tuchel explains Tino Anjorin’s lack of pre-season action
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has provided an insight into the lack of minutes afforded to youngster Faustino Anjorin to date in pre-season.
19-year-old Anjorin has long been viewed as one of the most promising young talents on the books in southwest London.
The English youth international is an attacking midfielder by trade, but is also more than capable of lining out in a more orthodox central role in the middle of the park.
Anjorin’s starring displays at youth level saw him named the captain of Chelsea’s Youth Cup side in 2019/20, with a further 4 goals and 4 assists across 10 Premier League 2 appearances last season having seen the teen’s star continue to rise.
Remember the name Tino Anjorin!! Just signed a new 5 year deal with @ChelseaFC !!! pic.twitter.com/B8qguySK38
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) June 8, 2020
Such stellar exploits, in turn, even saw Anjorin carve out a regular spot for himself in the first-team setup of Frank Lampard late last year.
The midfield talent was afforded his Champions League bow in December, managing 80 minutes en route to a 1-1 group stage stalemate with Russian outfit Krasnodar, before also taking to the pitch in a pair of FA Cup ties.
‘A bit sad’
As a result, the Chelsea faithful could not have been blamed for making clear their hope that the club’s latest up and coming young talent would be afforded a consistent chance to impress ahead of the fast-approaching new campaign.
The Pensioners have thus far played out a trio of pre-season friendlies, versus Bournemouth, Arsenal and Tottenham respectively.
Anjorin, however, has featured in only one, in a cameo off the bench last time out.
Thomas Tuchel, as a result, was inevitably drawn on the surprising lack of game-time afforded to his side’s midfield starlet, during an exchange with the media on Thursday.
And the Chelsea boss went on to cite a bout of Covid-19 as the determining factor, with Anjorin, unfortunately, having ‘really suffered for 10 to 12 days’:
Tuchel reveals Anjorin would’ve featured heavily in pre-season if it wasn’t for COVID: “I’m a bit sad because he trained so well for us in the last half a year. Unfortunately, before the first friendly, Tino was the guy to catch the virus and really suffered for 10-12 days.” #CFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) August 5, 2021
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