Pochettino confirms he’s happy with Reece James replacement

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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he’s very happy with Malo Gusto, who has consistently thrown in some great performances for Chelsea this season.

The 20-year-old moved to Chelsea from Lyon after a £30.7m deal was agreed between the two clubs.

Gusto was initially brought in as a cover for Reece James, but the Frenchman has been so good that Pochetino is so pleased with how he has adapted to the English game.

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Carabao Cup clash with Middlesbrough on Tuesday, the Argentine said, according football.london: “It is a player that is so young. Looks more mature than he is. He came from a difficult situation at Lyon and came here to adapt to a new country, new football. He is doing well. I am so happy with him.

“Always with a young kid, some mindset is different, we need to agree, time to realise. We talk about young kids also from England, but him that came from France it’s to adapt and improve. I am so happy that he can perform when Reece is out. It’s a good contribution for the team.”