Chelsea need to bring their A-game when they play Leeds United this weekend, which promises to be a fiery encounter.

That’s why we’d love to see Wesley Fofana get a rare start for the Blues.

Chelsea host Leeds on Saturday afternoon in a fascinating Premier League clash, with both clubs absolutely desperate for three points.

Graham Potter’s side, who have two wins in their last 16 games across all competitions, will be playing in front of a home crowd that are close to boiling point. They are 10th in the league standings due to some really poor form.

As for visitors Leeds, they travel to Stamford Bridge just one point and one spot above the relegation zone in the league table.

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Time for Wesley Fofana

In our view, Fofana should get a rare start for Chelsea this weekend.

The 22-year-old defender has missed a large chunk of the season so far with a knee injury, so he’s not actually started a game since October.

However, the French centre-back has come off the bench to play in the last two consecutive league games.

With Thiago Silva sidelined through injury, there’s a gaping hole in the Chelsea backline.

We’d love to see Potter put his faith in Fofana, who the club invested £70million in to sign from Leicester City last summer.

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There’s been a lot of negativity around most of the Chelsea signings under the new ownership, but it’s definitely too early to judge Fofana because of his injury absences.

The truth is, Blues supporters have barely had a chance to see just how good the former Leicester star is.

As well as being a modern centre-back that is great on the ball and composed at the back, regular Leicester watchers will know he’s got a fantastic aggression to his game as well.

Fofana has the type of personality that can lift a disgruntled Chelsea fanbase, so it seems a no-brainer to throw him into a game against rivals Leeds.

If he gets more minutes in the coming weeks, we expect him to grow into a real fan favourite. Let’s hope he’s Antonio Rudiger 2.0.

It feels like Fofana can bring the kind of fight and determination that this Chelsea team lacks right now.

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