Graham Potter explains Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea role

One interesting selection in Graham Potter’s starting XI today is Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

That’s not just because he’s returning slightly unexpectedly from injury, but also because of the role he will be playing.

It’s an exceptionally attacking team – Noni Madueke, Joao Felix, Kai Havertz, Myhkailo Mudryk and Enzo Fernandez all start – and according to Potter, RLC is there to provide some balance:

He certainly has the size to compete in midfield and at set pieces, but we all know that Ruben is a box to box midfielder at heart, and he doesn’t really have the defensive instincts to play as a “6” on his own against top teams.

Given it’s one profile we’re lacking until Denis Zakaria is back, we could see a little more of Ruben in this role as the manager looks to pack his team with attacking talent as often as possible. Loftus-Cheek’s ever impressive versatility continues to serve him well.

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