Date: 12th September 2023 at 11:20am
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Chelsea will aim to return to winning ways when they face Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have picked up just four points from their opening four games so far this season and currently sit 12th in the Premier League table.

Last time out the Blues were beaten 1-0 by Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge, much to the frustration of new manager Pochettino who is still coming to terms with his squad after a huge summer overhaul.

The West London outfit signed no fewer than 12 layers during the recent summer transfer window, as well as allowing 23 players to leave the club either on loan or permanently.

Two of Chelsea’s new signings – Lesley Ugochukwu and Deivid Washington – had been expected to depart Stamford Bridge on loan, but it appears that the pair will now be staying put.

As per Football Insider, the duo will now remain in London until January at the earliest after proposed loan moves were blocked.

Both players were running out of options when it comes to securing departures as almost all of the transfer windows around the world are now shut, with the exception of the Turkish deadline which is set for September 15.

Ugochukwu made 60 appearances for Rennes before leaving to join Chelsea this summer

It had been rumoured that both Ugochukwu and Washington could leave to join Super Lig clubs on loan, but the report claims that Pochettino is keen for the players to stay put and be involved with their teammates in training.

It is also claimed that the pair could be involved in cup competitions, however with Pochettino currently managing a squad of 30 players competition for opportunities will be strong.

Ugochukwu, 19, joined Chelsea from Rennes in a deal worth around £23 million earlier this summer and has featured three times for the Blues already this season, including twice in the Premier League.

Washington, meanwhile, signed from Brazilian side Santos last month for a fee of around £13.7 million but hasn’t yet been involved in a matchday squad under Pochettino.

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