Maurizio Sarri was once again left with more questions than answers following Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League defeat away at Arsenal last Saturday.
The loss to their London rivals comes in a period where the team have not only been unable to score, but have played poor in general.
There have been a bunch of underperformers of late, and now is the time for the Italian to act if Chelsea are to finish in the top four. Furthermore, here are two players Sarri should be looking towards going forward.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is currently out with a back injury but, even when he has been fit, he has been overlooked by Sarri.
That, however, needs to change. The 23-year-old looks like a much bitter fit for that No.8 role compared to Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley, the two midfielders who Sarri seems to rate really highly.
Loftus-Cheek dribbles in a meaningful way unlike his English team-mate Barkley who seems to have lost his explosive power following his own injury problems, while the Chelsea youth product is also so much more threatening in the opponent’s box than Kovacic.
According to Sky Sports, Callum Hudson-Odoi will turn down Chelsea’s latest £85,000-a-week contract offer with Bayern Munich still circling, and it is not hard to understand why.
The boy wants minutes on the pitch, something he should be getting considering how atrocious Willian has been this season.
The Brazilian has played a major role in Chelsea’s attack growing stale and predictable, which is why it is time for him to give way to his younger team-mate who has all the tools needed to become a complete winger.
Hudson-Odoi is quick, can beat full-backs on the inside or outside, cross, shoot and play on both flanks. Now is the time for Sarri to start utilising that.