Will Barkley resurgence and Kovacic impact result in another Loftus-Cheek loan?
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was left out of the matchday squad against Arsenal at the weekend.
Manager Maurizio Sarri decided to leave the England star at home.
Goals came from Pedro, Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso to put the club third in the Premier League table level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool.
It was a great result for Chelsea, with Arsenal threatening to run away with the game at times.
Ross Barkley starts again
Sarri again placed faith in Englishman Ross Barkley, who started for a second league match running.
The 24-year-old had a decent game and subsequently may have staked his claim to start against Newcastle United on Sunday.
Mateo Kovacic factor
One man who will have something to say about that though will be Mateo Kovacic, who impressed on his debut against the Gunners.
The loan star from Real Madrid was afforded a 30-minute cameo and looked very skilful and intelligent on the ball.
N’Golo Kante and Jorginho are nailed-on starters for Sarri, one has to assume.
Therefore the Italian has some thinking to do ahead of the trip up to St. James’ Park.
What about Loftus-Cheek?
Loftus-Cheek surprisingly missed out entirely against the Gunners.
Given the fact that he featured off the bench against Huddersfield his omission was certainly a surprise.
With Kovacic and Barkley seemingly Sarri’s favourites at the moment and Danny Drinkwater also supporting, another Loftus-Cheek loan move could be beckoning.
It would detrimental for him to revert back to bench-warming therefore he needs to be playing regularly now.
It wouldn’t be too surprising to see him loaned out to a European club, or let go temporarily to an English team in January.