Can the top four for Chelsea be reached this season? Well, with Eden Hazard wreaking havoc it seems to be a realistic aim for the Blues despite worrying inconsistency throughout the campaign.
The race for fourth is extremely tight this year as each recognise the lure of what Champions League football can do for their club. It’s a daunting task, but clearly oh so worth it.
With Arsenal, Man United and Tottenham all hoping a place in the top four will allow them to sign better players in the summer, Chelsea are just hoping it allows them to keep their best players with an impending transfer ban meaning they cannot sign anyone.
The thought of not being able to sign anyone for some teams would be a complete disaster but Chelsea have a very strong group of players which means they will be fine without. Let’s just all keep telling ourselves that and things will work out. Right?
In fact, thanks to the Italian boss finally giving him a run-out, Chelsea have seemingly found their new midfield hero in Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Loftus-Cheek, (who is valued at £22.5 million on Transfermarkt) is a player that Chelsea fans fought hard to get in the starting line-up with Maurizio Sarri continuing to neglect the usage of both him and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Now that both are starting, Chelsea look a much better side and one that is full of threat and energy. At long, long last.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is an extremely hard-working midfielder that is very powerful and direct, so it’s no surprise to see that his input has led to eight goals and four assists in all competitions. A beacon of hope for both club and country, it looks as if he’s finally coming of age.
Having tried so hard to get himself in contention this season, his hard work seems to finally be paying off, with a string of very impressive performances. Frank Lampard comparisons might be a touch early but the England man is looking as if he’s capable of stepping into those kind of shoes.
Should Loftus-Cheek remain in the starting line-up? How impressed have you been by him? Let us know!