Lavia’s excitement over his new teammates’ performance was evident as he toiled behind the scenes to expedite his match readiness.
Pochettino revealed in Thursday’s media briefing that the 19-year-old sensation remains a bit distant from making his debut for the club, which had secured his services for £58 million just earlier this month.
Pochettino, addressing Lavia’s status, made it clear that the young Belgian is not yet prepared to take the field.
“Lavia, no,” responded Pochettino when asked about his availability.
“He needs a few weeks to be ready to be involved with the team. He is working to try and catch his teammates.
For Romeo, we need to wait a few weeks.”
Notably, Lavia’s recent switch to Chelsea for a substantial £58 million, inclusive of £55 million upfront and an additional £3 million contingent on certain conditions, marked a shift from Liverpool, who had been actively pursuing the prodigious talent throughout the summer.
The midfielder shared his perspective on choosing Stamford Bridge over Anfield in an interview on Chelsea’s official website.
Lavia elucidated his decision-making process, stating, “Three factors determined my decision… the project and the ambitions of the club were key factors in me choosing Chelsea, but also the history behind the club.
It’s really exciting to be a part of this football club and to write some history.”
He continued, expressing his elation, “I’m really happy and proud. It’s a privilege to be able to put on this shirt.
Most of the players we’ve signed are players I’ve played against, and thought, ‘ooooof, these players are good’, so to be able to work with them is a great feeling.
These are young players and good players, so it will be good to make each other better. That’s the only way to succeed.”
A crucial figure in this acquisition was Chelsea’s co-director of recruitment and talent, Joe Shields.
It has been revealed that Shields, formerly associated with Southampton, played a significant role behind the curtains, convincing Lavia to transition to west London.
His prior involvement in bringing Lavia from Manchester City to Southampton further accentuated his role in the move.
The anticipation within Chelsea’s fan base is palpable as they eagerly await Lavia’s debut in the iconic blue jersey.
The young talent’s ongoing efforts behind closed doors are geared towards seamlessly integrating into Chelsea’s midfield and providing a prompt boost to the team’s performance.