Enner Valencia’s imminent return throws up yet another fabulous headache for manager Slaven Bilic.
There will be others emerging …but that’s for further down the road.
David Gold in his regular tweeted bulletins has declared: “Enner Valencia is edging closer to a first-team return after scoring for the Development Squad in last night’s 4-0 win against Wolves. ”
But the ‘edge’ he refers to may be a lot wider than either he or the player expects as we enter into what promises to become a massively interesting period in the club’s recent history.
It’s Chelsea at the weekend – a match which is going to tell us an awful lot about where we are. Whether this is a game for Enner, Andy Carroll, Angelo Ogbonna and the others is fascinating.
Personally I would expect to see him arriving as a second half sub if required – a situation half confirmed by an insider who told us: “That is the most likely scenario and Enner knows that.”
That ‘further on down that road’ I mentioned is whether Slaven can keep s many good players happy when they will be getting more limited opportunities than perhaps they expected when joining the club.
There are many challenges ahead of him – more and more success which we all want could mean more frustrated but hungry players.
Lovely problems to have from a fan’s point of view but it will test Slav’s man management techniques to the limit. I think, however, we are in good hands.