Chelsea host League Two side Morecambe on Sunday afternoon in the FA Cup third round, which in theory may be the perfect opportunity to try reignite some confidence into a team struggling for form.
It will be Morecambe’s biggest game of the season and the cup tie can’t be taken lightly, but Blues manager Frank Lampard should consider injecting some fresh blood to the XI.
His team have just one victory in their previous six Premier League matches and have slipped down to ninth in the table as a result.
Lampard should give opportunities to some of the fringe players desperate for a chance to impress, plus he should look at unleashing a major talent from the academy in the shape of Tino Livramento.
Billy Gilmour is a Chelsea academy graduate that became a fully integrated part of the first-team last season and it was one performance in the FA Cup competition, in particular, that really put his name up in lights.
The 19-year-old Scottish midfielder dazzled in an FA Cup tie against Liverpool back in March and is a rising star that is now a part of the senior group at Stamford Bridge.
All eyes will be on the Chelsea boss to see if he promotes any academy kids this weekend and there is one serious candidate that should get a look-in.
Livramento is one of the top performers from the Chelsea Under-23s side this campaign and is someone on the radar of Lampard having seen him in first-team training, with the manager showing a willingness to promote youth talents.
Aged 18, the all-action right-back has made a seamless step up to the Under-23s level, and giving him a first-team debut on Sunday against Morecambe is the type of decision that could excite supporters during a rough period.
Livramento is an attack-minded full-back that possesses electric speed with his overlapping runs and his end product in the final third has seen him contribute eight assists in 14 appearances so far this season.
After Cesar Azpilicueta started last weekend and Reece James sat out injured, the timing to give Livramento his big chance seems ideal.
A top performance, albeit against lower league opposition, is exactly what any aspiring youngsters needs to make a senior breakthrough.