Graham Potter, Pochettino’s predecessor, is thought to have played a major role in Madueke’s decision to join the Blues from PSV Eindhoven in January of last year.
However, this season, the winger has only made eight appearances in all competitions and has only started one Premier League game.
But Pochettino feels Madueke hasn’t yet proven enough to earn a spot in his team, given the fierce competition for spots in offensive positions.
“I believe he was involved and not involved from the start of the season; he was hurt and had some issues,” Pochettino stated during a press conference on Friday.
With the players and the competition, it is always something we anticipate.
Due to an overabundance of competitors, Noni finds herself in a highly competitive market. I believe he needs to raise his game and perform better.
“He sustained an injury and is recuperating; perhaps he will play in the upcoming games.”
With the exception of the trip to Manchester United this month, when he served a suspension, the England international has started every Premier League game this season. Although Pochettino acknowledges this, the board will ultimately make the decision.
“What the player and the club decide to do is what matters about the future.” I attempt to offer the club my best judgement and recommendations based on my prior experiences at other teams. Said Pochettino.
As a manager, I enjoy collaborating with the owners and the sporting director. It all comes down to debating and studying the situation before deciding what’s best for the club.
“It’s always about the club and the player and what they decide to do,” I say again based on past experience.