‘Really Special Player’ ‘Top Performance’ Fans Laud Chelsea Star Who ‘Was Everywhere’ Against Preston

Chelsea fullback Malo Gusto put in another strong display during the 4-0 win over Preston North End in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Frenchman was initially deployed on the left flank by manager Mauricio Pochettino before switching to his more natural side on the right midway through the second half. Supporters on X were impressed by Gusto’s ability to make an impact on either wing, with many believing he was the team’s best player on the night:

Gusto has taken full advantage of Reece James’ absence

With Pochettino having selected James as captain at the start of the season, it didn’t bode well for Gusto in terms of getting game time.

However, James has spent most of the campaign on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, and his loss has very much been Gusto’s gain.

The Chelsea defender has also shown his flexibility

The 20-year-old has impressed at right-back when called upon but, due to injuries on the left-hand side of defence, Pochettino has had to deploy him out of position on a number of occasions in recent weeks.

Gusto hasn’t been perturbed by that switch, though. That was demonstrated again at the weekend when he produced a superb cross from the left wing to set up Armando Broja for the opening goal.

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.