The manager should be doing more to help develop the young talent at the club and chances in games like these are the absolute minimum.
The Saddlers have already beaten Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Brighton in the Capital One Cup and despite Chelsea being one of the top sides in English football, Sawyers doesnt fear them. It’s hard to integrate young players as it is so wasting an opportunity like this to play them would be poor form on Mourinho’s part.
One year ago, Terry’s inclusion in this list would have been very unspectacular indeed. Youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the latest in a long line of good players coming through the academy system. The situation now though, has completely changed.
Back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Everton had seen the pressure mount on Jose Mourinho and his players, but they responded in emphatic fashion to win 4-0 against their opponents from Israel. The lack of pace in his 34 year-old legs has let him down this season, and he has also been sucked out-of-position far too often for Mourinho’s liking.
Martinez said: “Steven showed his mentality and the real standards of the dressing room”. His relationship with Mourinho has been questioned, and it may be seen as a kick in the teeth to play against Walsall, but he is expected to start.
A lot was said about Djolobodji when he signed on deadline day from Nantes, but he is yet to feature in any competition for Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach shared his joy on getting back to winning ways. He knows the relationship, he knows he’s my man. He knows that if I have to choose one out of 25 to be my man, he is the first.
Diego Costa is set to miss the tie against Walsall after the striker was charged with violent conduct for his altercation with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny at Stamford Bridge.
Another team looking for a League Cup fillip are City, whose flawless start to the Premier League season was abruptly ended by Saturday’s loss to West Ham. Walsall are a good team.
He even carried out ball-boy duties when Mourinho first won them the Premier League in 2005 before leaving to join Fulham the following year.