FOOTBALL ANALYST TELLS SARRI IT’S TIME TO PLAY LOFTUS-CHEEK AS A STRIKER

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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored a hat-trick to help Chelsea secure a comfortable 3-1 victory over BATE Borisov at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

The 22-year-old put in a fine performance against BATE, and after his fine display there have been calls for Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to play Loftus-Cheek as a striker.

Chelsea forwards Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud has struggled for goals this season, and while Morata has only scored twice in the league this season, Giroud is yet to hit the net.

And talkSPORT host Jim White believes Sarri should experiment with Loftus-Cheek with a striker.

“It’s been 922 days and two managers since Ruben Loftus-Cheek last started a Premier League match for Chelsea,” White said.

“Here’s an idea that could change it for the better for him and his manager.

“Sarri admitted last night that he’s not short of midfield options, and he also said Loftus-Cheek is wonderful in the offensive phase but needs to improve defensively.

“He has four midfielders for two positions so, Maurizio, is the answer not staring you in the face? I think it is.

“Convert him into a striker!

“Loftus-Cheek showed last night he is composed in front of goal. He’s 6ft 3in, he’s a handful, he’s a physical presence and he’s got a serious burst of pace. It’s all there.

“I’m not saying, if it happens, that he’s going to be the next Didier Drogba for Chelsea, but is it not worth the experiment?”

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