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Chelsea makes vital changes in squad ahead of Middlesbrough match

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Chelsea might not be bringing in new players this month, a situation Mauricio Pochettino views as a positive thing. However, the squad dynamics are still evolving, with a constant rotation of available players throughout the season. Thus, necessitating the formation of new relationships.

Throughout the campaign, Pochettino has grappled with the ongoing theme, providing little leeway with supporters. As the opportunity to reach a cup final in his inaugural season looms, there will be no room for excuses.

Despite not adding new players, Chelsea manager will have a different group at his disposal. Three loanees have been returning from the squad that started the month, including Cesare Casadei, who is ineligible to play on Tuesday due to involvement in the cup. Additionally, David Datro Fofana is now at Burnley and unavailable. Andrey Santos is also in a similar situation.

The return of the pair presents unique circumstances that require careful management. In adherence to transfer rules, if they are chosen against Middlesbrough on Wednesday as potential midfield cover for Lesley Ugochukwu or Lavia, they will be ineligible to play for another team this season.

Chelsea manager will like to rely on players returning from injury

The significant boost comes from having both Carney Chukwuemeka and Ben Chilwell back, who have been in the sidelines since October due to injuries. Their absence left a considerable void in the side. Especially considering their key roles in the first two games and pre-season. This marks a positive step forward.

Despite entering the year with hopes of effectively utilizing both players as new signings, Chelsea manager Pochettino has yet to extract their best performances. Chilwell missed a significant portion of the last season and Chukwuemeka being largely overlooked by previous managers. Hence, this season offered a new start for both.

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