The glut of central midfield options on show at Stamford Bridge has already put the brakes on the hugely-promising career of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The powerhouse midfielder showed his quality on the biggest stage of all with his cameos as England rampaged into the semi-finals of the World Cup after an injury-hit season on loan at Crystal Palace.
Just the glimpse of first-team football at Selhurst Park put Loftus-Cheek in position to add an extra dimension to Gareth Southgate’s plans but it remains to be seen how impressed new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is by the Englishman.
When he returns to Chelsea, Loftus-Cheek will find World Cup winners N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas, new signing Jorginho, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko blocking his path to the first-team.
On top of that, Chelsea are reportedly eyeing a club-record swoop for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, so we asked Chelsea fans who they would rather have.
It was a close call but 53 per cent of Blues supporters would rather have the academy graduate over the mega-bucks Serbian, as you can see from the full results below…