1) Poor form of Matic and Fabregas
The most surprising thing about the lack of game time for Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been how poor Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas have been, the two players who occupy the two defensive midfield roles. They’ve been very poor, struggling week-in-week-out yet Jose Mourinho, even against “weaker” opposition was always reluctant to thrust Lofus-Cheek into the picture. John Obi Mikel has made a come-back under Guus Hiddink but he is hardly a long term option, nor was Ramires, never a natural in that role.
2) Physicality and pace
The other options for the two roles lack pace and power. Mikel is big in built, as is Matic but neither arer that mobile. Fabregas is also very immobile and hardly a domineering presence. For the two man pivot at least one player needs to be quick and mobile, able to get across the midfield and plug gaps when they arise (which they inevitably do in a 4-2-3-1 formation). Of course Loftus-Cheek is very raw, but he certainly can do this as well as possessing good technical abilities.
3) Chelsea need to develop youngsters
Since John Terry Chelsea have not had one breakthrough academy star. The club have signed swathes of young talent in the hope that someone makes it but even then, these are not genuine home-grown prospects. Loftus-Cheek however is and the club need to have one academy graduate be given first team chances, given that the academy has had great success at youth level, for instance winning FA Cups. The road to the first team has been badly blocked, meaning that Chelsea have let good young prospects such as Josh McEachran waste away into nothing. Young players need game time, Chelsea subsequently must give Loftus-Cheek games in order to allow him to develop.
4) No rotation cost Mourinho
Mourinho did not like rotating his squad. This caused the squad to get very lethargic towards the latter end of the season last year. Using players like Loftus-Cheek in simpler home games versus weaker opposition would have kept things a bit fresher. This wasn’t the case and when Chelsea were doing very badly it would have been a lot of pressure to expect Loftus-Cheek to come in and save the day. Regardless without Mourinho it is now perhaps time for Loftus-Cheek to get his chance.