When Davide Zappacosta arrived at Chelsea during the summer, he was billed by many as a favourite of manager Antonio Conte, having issued the Italy international his first call-up to the Azzurri squad back in May 2016.
But the summer signing has struggled during his early outings for the Blues, barring an inadvertent wonder-goal on his debut, and was far from convincing against Roma in midweek when he stepped in at right wing-back for the injured Victor Moses.
With that in mind, we asked Chelsea fans earlier this week who they’d prefer to see start on the right of Conte’s 3-4-3 formation when the Blues host Watford in the Premier League this Saturday.
The Hornets aren’t one of division’s traditional big hitters but have started the season well under Marco Silva. In fact, they’re currently above the Blues in Premier League table after beating Arsenal last weekend.
And according to our poll, just 27% of Chelsea fans want Zappacosta to start at right wing-back this afternoon, with Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger claiming 73% of the vote between them.
That’s quite an indictment considering Rudiger is more a centre-back than a wing-back, while Azpilicueta has been a crucial member of Chelsea’s three-man backline since the start of last season.
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