Chelsea had another busy window, making 12 new signings, and this does not include the number of players that returned to Stamford Bridge from loan. As a result, Boehly and Co. were desperately working to send a number of players out of the club, be it permanently or on loan.
One of those players was Ian Maatsen, the 21-year-old left-back who spent last season away at Burnley. The Dutch talent enjoyed an excellent campaign with Kompany's and was thus the subject of interest from the Clarets, who are now in the Premier League and keen on remaining in the English top flight.
And on Deadline Day, the two teams came to an arrangement. Maatsens would move to Turf Moor on loan with an obligation to buy worth a whopping £31.5M (roughly $40M).
However, this move collapsed and Maatsen ended up staying in West London due to one simple reason: the defender was eager to stay with the Blues and fight for his place. This is understandable given the gulf in stature between Chelsea and Burnley but Pochettino's side have missed out on a huge sum of money as a result.
And to top things off, the player went viral on social media due to his reaction to this whole Deadline Day debacle. The fullback was caught on video reacting to Burnley's bid via a Sky Sports bulletin, with the 21-year-old saying: "I'm still here, up the Blues!"
Ian Maatsen was recorded on Snapchat saying 'Up the Blues, I'm still here' whilst Sky sport is saying hest off to Burnley. pic.twitter.com/nZNMbVYXQn— CFCDatro (@CFCDatro) September 2, 2023
On one hand, Pochettino still has a talented academy graduate at the club. On the other hand, the club missed out on a huge transfer fee for a player who is unlikely to get regular minutes on the pitch.
Despite their injury struggles, Reece James and Ben Chilwell remain the Blues' no.1 fullback options. Behind them are Malo Gusto and Marc Cucurella, which means Maatsen will find himself on the bench more often than not. As a result, Pochettino's squad is stacked and just like Graham Potter, the Argentine will face an uphill battle to give his players ample playing time.