John Terry has told Chelsea fans to expect big things from the latest graduate of the Cobham production line.
The Blues eased into the final of the Carabao Cup after a resounding 6-1 thrashing of Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge last night.
Cole Palmer again stole the show with a classy display, capped by two goals which took his overall tally for the season in all competitions to 13 in all competitions.
With his side having found their shooting boots, Mauricio Pochettino was able to make some late changes and rest key individuals ahead of Friday’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Aston Villa.
One of the beneficiaries from the flurry of late changes was 19-year-old midfielder Leo Castledine.
Terry has spent time, on and off, working with Chelsea’s academy youngsters over the course of the last year and anticipates the son of former Wimbledon star Stewart Castledine will have a bright future in the game.
Writing on X, the Chelsea legend said: Congratulations Leo. Love him and so will the Chelsea fans, he is like a magnet in the box.’
It remains to be seen how many opportunities Castledine will be given over the course of the remainder of the season, especially given Chelsea are currently enjoying the best period of what has been another turbulent campaign.
‘The result was good,’ said Pochettino after the biggest win of his Chelsea managerial career to date. ‘I think we are improving from the beginning of the season. If you look at all of the circumstances, we need to be happy because we are competing. To reach the final, I think it was our first objective from the beginning.
‘We need to congratulate the players for the effort, amazing. In which ways we are improving, I think we are believing, we are not listening too much when we don’t win or we are not scoring too much. What happened in the first game against Middlesbrough.
‘We accept the critics but I think it is the most important [thing] to keep the focus, and to see the reality. We need to see the reality and of course split what is Chelsea and what is the team we are building – they are two different things.
‘I told you at the start of the season, the challenge is so much; the history of Chelsea, the capacity to win titles, to win games, to score goals, to play and build a team to match the mentality of this club. Even when you have your full squad fit, it’s difficult to win but when you have 11 or 12 players out every single game, it’s not easy to compete one day and another, and another, and another and try to win.
‘Today is Tuesday and Friday we are playing in the FA Cup against a Premier League team that is Aston Villa. We need to recover the players and if you see the amount of injured players, we need to make the effort and concentrate on the recovery as much as possible.
‘I was joking a bit with your colleague, I think it was on Sky, saying ‘Yes, tomorrow, 6:30, 6:45, we are going to be for sure on the training ground’ because of the game on Friday. That is the circumstance but sometimes in opinion or analysis we don’t put all of the circumstances to show.’