Peter Crouch: Thomas Tuchel’s main test at Chelsea and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s England hopes

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Peter Crouch returns to solve the big problems.

Topics that arrived in his inbox included personal landmarks, concerns for Mauricio Pochettino and a test for Chelsea.

But the only place for it Sportsmails resident columnist to start is an English selection puzzle …

Sportsmail regular columnist Peter Crouch is back this week to answer your questions.

Trent Alexandre-Arnold responded very well to his disapproval of Gareth Southgate by England

Trent Alexandre-Arnold responded very well to his disapproval of Gareth Southgate by England

Peter Crouch (left) answers more of your questions as part of a weekly magazine Sportsmail series

Has Trent Alexander-Arnold not yet had a chance to go to the European Championship?

Oliver Laurence via email

I called this a long time ago, Oliver. When Gareth Southgate called Reece James in November, even though he was banned from two of England’s three games, I thought to myself Trent was in trouble.

The first sign of a problem with his shape was Trent.

Has this been Trent’s best year? No. I’d be lying if I tried to say it is. But I don’t understand why so many people have jumped on a train car to see that he is a right back who gets skinned every time he takes the field. Not him – he’s the absolute best drawer.

Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the fullback's performance in a 3-0 destruction of Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the fullback's performance in a 3-0 destruction of Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the fullback’s performance in a 3-0 destruction of Arsenal

He is a very good defender, but his strength is improving. And I don’t see how England can go to the tournament without it.

Have you seen the ball he uses for Diogo Jota’s first goal at Arsenal? His delivery and range of death is at times Kevin De Bruyne-esque.

To put it this way, when I’m Harry Kane and it’s the first game of the tournament, I know which right back I want to shoot crosses. Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and James are all good quality, but Trent delivers balls that are a striker’s dream.

He has to go, right?

Gareth Southgate faces a crucial decision over his right-back selection at this summer's European Championship

Gareth Southgate faces a crucial decision over his right-back selection at this summer's European Championship

Gareth Southgate faces a crucial decision over his right-back selection at this summer’s European Championship

Can you see Sergio Aguero play in the top flight somewhere else or would that be weird?

Paul Kelly via Twitter

It would be strange, Paul. Very strange. But I’ve learned over the years not to let anything in football surprise me and if Aguero ended up at Chelsea, for example, you’d have to applaud them for doing business.

I am amazed that Manchester City is ready to let him go. Yes, they have been dominant this season and will win many trophies without using him, but as I see it, Aguero has two more years left in him at this level where he will score more than 20 goals.

I think he is going to a club abroad and the fact that Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are linked with him shows what quality he has. Going to Chelsea would be like Frank Lampard went in the opposite direction and signed City at large.

It never looked good to see Frank in that kit and it was weird when he scored against Chelsea at the Etihad. I would have the same feelings with Aguero.

He is a Manchester City legend and nothing should be done to change that.

Sergio Aguero's next move will be a key handover this summer when he leaves Man City

Sergio Aguero's next move will be a key handover this summer when he leaves Man City

Sergio Aguero’s next move will be a key handover this summer when he leaves Man City

The Argentinian is a City and Premier League icon, but he is now linked with Chelsea

The Argentinian is a City and Premier League icon, but he is now linked with Chelsea

The Argentinian is a City and Premier League icon, but he is now linked with Chelsea

Are you calling on James Milner as a starter at Liverpool from now on, so that you keep your replacement record?

James Edwards via email

To be fair, James, I pray he gets back on the couch! Being known as the man who was so often referred to is not exactly a record I want to shout from the rooftops.

There have been times when, to be blunt, I was a little embarrassed about it.

That said, it was put into context by one of my friends. He told me to stop complaining because he was only going to raid his left arm into the Premier League for one minute. I have 160 of them – it’s not all bad, actually.

It shows sustainability and I have to take my hat off to Milner. I played with Gareth Barry, who has the all-time record for Premier League appearances, and they are similar characters.

They’re not always appreciated, but my goodness they are fantastic professionals and locker rooms know their quality.

I remember James Milner scoring for Leeds as a 16-year-old. Look at him now, 35 years old. What an absolute asset to the profession.

James Milner (right) is nearing Crouch's record for most appearances as a substitute

James Milner (right) is nearing Crouch's record for most appearances as a substitute

James Milner (right) is nearing Crouch’s record for most appearances as a substitute

What do you think Thomas Tuchel learned from the collapse against West Brom?

Dan Chapman via email

He’s been a revelation since he came in, Dan. I have to admit that I had my doubts about him at first, but the work in the first three months was encouraging.

Saturday’s game changed after Thiago Silva was ejected and Chelsea were caught chasing their own goals.

Chelsea have a very good squad and with that talent they should be around the top four.

What I find interesting, however, is the way Tuchel reacts to things when, and when, the situation gets difficult.

The players at Stamford Bridge are still the same as when Frank Lampard was in charge.

They knocked tools down on him when they encountered difficulties and what to say they wouldn’t do the same with Tuchel? After all, they are still the same characters.

Thomas Tuchel was stunned when his talented Chelsea side collapsed to a 5-2 defeat to West Brom

Thomas Tuchel was stunned when his talented Chelsea side collapsed to a 5-2 defeat to West Brom

Thomas Tuchel was stunned when his talented Chelsea side collapsed to a 5-2 defeat to West Brom

Did you know that players and managers were sympathetic to their old clubs, especially in a game where those teams were desperate for points?

Chris Parkhurst via email

I don’t know, Chris. I’ve always believed that it doesn’t matter what past ties you had with a club – you’re there to win first, and you don’t care the consequences.

I’ve never understood why some players feel it necessary to apologize after scoring against old clubs.

If you don’t want to be disrespectful to them, aren’t you disrespectful to your current employers, who pay you well and the fans for doing what they expect of you?

Are Arsenal really moving forward under Mikel Arteta or is the gap too big to bridge?

Ben Richards via email

This is the thing, Ben. If Arsenal are good, they could be very good. But when it doesn’t, they’ll see for miles around and went out on Saturday with a whine.

Liverpool, despite all the troubles they’ve had, never failed to win that match.

They were so controlled that it took me until the 89th minute to realize that Alisson had a mustache. Serious!

The cameras never seemed to be aimed at the Liverpool goalkeeper and it was only at the end, when he kicked a ball forward for Mo Salah, that I realized he had changed his appearance.

Yes, Arsenal seems to have a plan for Arteta, but they are falling short in so many areas. It’s not going to be a quick fix, that’s for sure.

Dominated by Liverpool, Arsenal put in one of their worst performances of the season

Dominated by Liverpool, Arsenal put in one of their worst performances of the season

Dominated by Liverpool, Arsenal put in one of their worst performances of the season

Alisson's new mustache didn't get much air time at all because the Gunners didn't bother him

Alisson's new mustache didn't get much air time at all because the Gunners didn't bother him

Alisson’s new mustache didn’t get much air time at all because the Gunners didn’t bother him

Is it too late for James Maddison to win over Gareth Southgate?

Fearless Fox via Twitter

Not at all, Fearless Fox. I’ve been singing Maddison’s praises for the past two seasons and one of the things I love about him is that he takes your name … he’s fearless.

He is such a good player, in another era he would have been one of the first on the team record.

In some ways it is a shame that we have so many players of the same kind. And when I say ‘so much’ I mean first class. Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho – they can all run with the ball. Mason Mount, who was super last week, has also been taught.

Unfortunately, some will be on vacation during the tournament. I actually have a little sympathy for Gareth Southgate.

If he omits some names and we do it badly, he gets, “Oh, you should have chosen so and so.” If he does it right, it will be, “Of course he should, he had him and him.”

Maddison certainly has the opportunity to get there. He only has one cap so far, but I wouldn’t rule him out just yet.

James Maddison is in stunning shape this season, but he's out of time for the euro

James Maddison is in stunning shape this season, but he's out of time for the euro

James Maddison is in stunning shape this season, but he’s out of time for the euro

How many blows will it be for Mauricio Pochettino if he doesn’t win the Ligue 1 with PSG? Should he have waited for a job in the Premier League?

Tom Clements via email

The defeat against Lille will have stung on Saturday, Tom, but what a fantastic job that is for Pochettino.

PSG always look like they will explode at some point and really dominate Europe.

He couldn’t say no to that job. What was he going to do – wait for Manchester United?

Lille may be on pole, but they are only three points ahead. Pochettino will see his opportunities to reduce that deficit.

I hope he does because he needs trophies on his record. It’s all set for an exciting spring.

Stay safe and healthy until next time.

Mauricio Pochettino's PSG fell to a 1-0 defeat against new Ligue 1 leader Lille on Saturday

Mauricio Pochettino's PSG fell to a 1-0 defeat against new Ligue 1 leader Lille on Saturday

Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG fell to a 1-0 defeat against new Ligue 1 leader Lille on Saturday