Ruben Loftus-Cheek made the most of his opportunity against BATE Borisov on Thursday.
The 22-year-old was making just his second start for Chelsea this season but Maurizio Sarri may have little choice but to give him more opportunities now.
Loftus-Cheek scored a hat-trick as the Blues cruised to a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
The England international struggled to adapt to Sarri’s system at the start of the season but the Italian insisted after the victory that he is getting to grips with it now.
“At the beginning of the season he was a very good player and now he is a good player that is more suited to my style of football,” Sarri said.
But how does Loftus-Cheek fit in a midfield that already includes N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley.
Sarri has an array of options and it’s making life difficult for Loftus-Cheek right now.
Chelsea fans have a solution
But Chelsea fans have come up with a solution: play Loftus-Cheek as a striker.
Antonio Conte used Loftus-Cheek in a forward role in 2016 and given the options available to Sarri, it makes sense.
Alvaro Morata has scored just three goals this season while Olivier Giroud is yet to get off the mark.
So, why not try Loftus-Cheek as a striker?
Chelsea fans think it could work out.
The manner of Loftus-Cheek’s first two goals against BATE certainly made him look like a striker.
The Englishman had no concerns about playing as a forward when Conte used him in the role two years ago.
“I told the boss I will play where he wants me to play,” he said after partnering Diego Costa in attack in a 2-0 defeat to Rapid Wien.
“It is not a problem if he wants me to play as a striker, I will play there. At the moment I just want to be playing games.”
Surely, given the lack of minutes he’s received under Sarri, he’d feel the same way now.
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