Maurizio Sarri predicts chances will come next month for members of the squad who have been less involved so far.
One such player is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, back from England’s high-profile World Cup campaign which followed the 22-year-old’s year away on loan at Crystal Palace. He came on during the second half of Chelsea’s win at Huddersfield a fortnight ago but was not among the subs against Arsenal last weekend, a choice Sarri explained after the game was due to the balance of player positions he wanted on the bench.
It is point he elaborated upon in the lead-up to tomorrow’s game at Newcastle, having said yesterday that he expects the player to still be in the squad after the window for loaning players out closes next week.
‘Here the problem is the bench because in Italy the list for the match is 23 players, here only 18, so I have to decide every match the bench by the position on the pitch,’ Sarri said. ‘Sometimes I prefer to have two wingers and sometimes maybe I would prefer to have two midfielders.
‘I am not able to promise anything to anybody. It is up to him [Loftus-Cheek]. I usually look at the training and then I decide.
‘It is not so easy in this period because we play only once a week, but I have told the team in this month they have to be patient. In the future starting from September we play twice a week so there will be space for everybody.’
"For us Willian is a very useful player so I am sure he will remain here."
— Maurizio Sarri
Tammy Abraham (pictured top) is another who has been linked with a further loan away from Stamford Bridge.
‘It is up to him,’ reported Sarri. ‘If he wants to remain, we are very happy with him and so I think until January he will stay with us.’
Regarding a far-more-established member of the Blues squad who was the subject of transfer talk in the summer, the new boss had this to say:
‘For us Willian is a very useful player so I am sure he will remain here for this season, and I hope for the future, but a new contract is out of my responsibility. I can give my opinion to the board and then the board will decide.’