Jose Mourinho must take a risk by reintroducing Ruben Loftus-Cheek at Chelsea

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He's seen as Chelsea’s alternative to spending ludicrous amounts of money on Paul Pogba, yet manager Jose Mourinho is still yet to place trust in Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

As a young player he must be treated carefully, of course. Putting any unnecessary pressure on him could hinder his career at the Blues, such is the history of youth players rushed into the limelight too soon.

However, when deployed by Mourinho, Loftus-Cheek has proven perfectly capable of stepping up to the plate - and yet his spells in the Chelsea team remain only temporary.

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His performances for England U21's beg the question also as to why the Portuguese remains so against playing him. Gareth Southgate hailed the youngster for his performances recently when played in the no.10 role, instead of his most comfortable position in front of the defence.

The 19-year-old is undoubtedly one of the most promising midfield prodigies England currently boast and Chelsea should at least give him the chance to prove himself. After all, being in the position they are right now, it is impossible he can do more harm than good to the team.

Nemanja Matic looks a shadow of his former self; Cesc Fabregas cannot hit a barn door with his passes; Ramires, although hard working, is far from world class; and John Obi Mikel, while a safe bet, is far from the standard Chelsea require in the heart of their midfield.

The evidence is clear, then. Mourinho should give Loftus-Cheek the chance to come in and solve the issues in Chelsea’s midfield, as the old and trusted are clearly not up to the challenge.

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Young players are always full of energy and confidence, determined to prove to the manager they deserve their chance, which can ultimately boost those around them.

Players like Fabregas and Matic will thrive upon such an energetic player around them - it's merely a case of whether Mourinho is willing to take the gamble and reinstate Loftus-Cheek.

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And during such frail and scrutinised times, perhaps a gamble is what the 52-year-old must take if he's to have any hope of turning Chelsea's season around.

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