Spain international Cesar Azpilicueta has heaped praise on midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he contributed a goal and an assist in Chelsea’s 3-0 league triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion. The England international was handed a rare start for the Blues after bagging the winner in the previous game against Cardiff, and he made the most of the opportunity with a standout display for the west London giants.
Loftus-Cheek has mostly featured for the Blues during their Europa League campaign and the midweek goal was the 11th of the season – out of which five have resulted from the Premier League. As such, he seems to be progressing into a quality play maker from the centre of the park and it remains to be seen whether he can become a regular choice under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri.
Chelsea return to league action with a home game against West Ham United this weekend, and the game could witness Loftus-Cheek start from the bench with Sarri acknowledging that the midfielder has once more been struggling with a back problem. Elsewhere, the manager needs to make the decision over Callum Hudson-Odoi’s role with the team, considering the forthcoming Europa League quarter-final tie against Spartak Moscow on the road. Sarri has hinted that a few players could be rested with a view to the European clash.