Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has backed a solid season at Chelsea after showing ‘exceptional’ signs on his debut

That’s according to former Blues midfielder Gus Poyet, who is confident the striker can provide the goals the team badly need.

Arriving from Barcelona on deadline day, Aubameyang was widely seen as a chosen signing for Tuchel, as the pair previously worked together at Borussia Dortmund.

However, less than a week after the transfer window closed, Chelsea sacked Tuchel following a sweet loss to Dinamo Zagreb, the Blues’ third loss in seven games at the start of the season. There was a start for Aubameyang in this Champions League clash, with the 33-year-old having a goal ruled out for offside.

While he was far from his best, which is unsurprising given the circumstances of his jaw injury and lack of training sessions, Poyet believes there were enough positive signs to suggest that Aubameyang will be fine.

“I thought his first 20 minutes were exceptional, the movements, the way he ran behind, the timing, I thought he would score three that game and then Chelsea lost,” Poyet told Midnite.

“Aubameyang is a top striker, when you control a game and players like Mount can find him, he will score goals.

“Aubameyang will be important for Chelsea this season.”

As Tuchel changed formation three times in Zagreb, searching for a formula that would get his side back in the game, Mason Mount found himself moved onto the pitch out of position.

The midfielder is yet to have a goal or assist to his name this season, although Poyet attributes that to the way he has been used.

“Mount should have a certain position in the team and should play 90% of the time in that position,” Poyet said.

“When you have a player like that playing in different positions, it’s hard for him to play at his best.

“When Mount plays close to the forwards, close to the box, Chelsea create a huge number of goal-scoring chances, when you play him too wide or too deep he’s a different player.”

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