Ruben Loftus-Cheek has given an insight into what Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told him about slotting into the system as a defensive midfielder at Stamford Bridge. 

Loftus-Cheek has been given a small run in the Blues XI recently, finding great success operating in an unfamiliar role.

The 25-year-old has traditionally been a box-to-box central midfielder during his time as a first-team player. He’s even played some games further up the pitch as an attacker. 

However, the Englishman has recently played some minutes as a deep-lying midfielder. 

The powerful academy graduate has thrived at the base of midfield by helping to add a real physical presence both on and off the ball. In addition, he’s looking extremely comfortable in possession, too. 

Loftus-Cheek has detailed the message from Tuchel about playing in a new position:

“He said if I play this position, then be strong. Use my body, dominate physically, and just play how I play,” Loftus-Cheek said.

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Will Loftus-Cheek continue as deeper midfielder?

For now, you’d suspect Loftus-Cheek will be in Tuchel’s plans as a defensive midfielder. 

He’s impressed as the deepest of a midfield trio, with Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante operating either side of him with a bit more freedom at the weekend against Brentford.

 

It means Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho are vying for the same starting position, which is a battle the latter is surely strong favourite to win the majority of the time.

However, it’s hard to overlook how well Loftus-Cheek has performed in the last couple of games. It’s great to see him back in a Chelsea shirt again enjoying his football.

Rio Ferdinand has claimed he wants to see him starting more games now for the Blues.

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Midfield depth is uncanny

It’s remarkable that Chelsea can call upon so much quality in the centre of the park.

The reemergence of Loftus-Cheek is a reminder of how much depth is in this Blues squad for the 2021/22 season.

Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Saul Niguez are all Chelsea central midfielders that have barely got a look-in at the start of the season. 

Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho are the senior midfield trio that spearhead the top-class options. 

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