Mauricio Pochettino set a record by starting the Premier League’s youngest-ever Chelsea squad against Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea’s starting lineup in that match had the youngest average age in Premier League history, at 23 years and 21 days, and was the eighth-youngest lineup overall in league history.
Christopher Nkunku was named to Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven for the first time since joining Chelsea in the summer after scoring his first Premier League goal against Wolves on Christmas Eve. Nkunku was slated to start at number ten, slightly behind Nicolas Jackson.
With an average age of 22 years and 284 days, Chelsea’s starting lineup on Wednesday is the youngest in the Premier League since Manchester United’s team against Crystal Palace in May 2017.
Pochettino’s Chelsea have lost three of their previous five Premier League games and are currently 11th in the table. They will seek to win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday before their final 2023 match at Luton Town on Saturday.
Having a young XI has advantages and disadvantages. They will have a lot of dynamism and agility, but their inexperience will show in certain moments, especially when they need to control the tempo of the game.