Three Chelsea players to look out for ahead of Leeds clash – changes expected in midfield as the injuries pile up

Chelsea will certainly look to bounce back from a frustrating week as they welcome Leeds United to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have now dropped to third in the league table, two points behind Manchester City. Meanwhile, Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently sit 15th after their 2-2 draw with Brentford last Sunday.

As the injuries begin to pile up, Thomas Tuchel will certainly have to shake things up. Here are three players you should look out for tomorrow in a meeting where Tuchel will definitely expect a reaction.

Chelsea welcome Leeds United to Stamford Bridge. Edit by @pabloedition
Chelsea welcome Leeds United to Stamford Bridge. Edit by @pabloedition

Mason Mount

It would certainly be a surprise if we don’t see Mason Mount in the starting 11 against Leeds. His work rate, endurance, movement off the ball and determination to get stuck in will be huge against a Leeds side that despite have injuries to key players, will certainly come to Stamford Bridge and look to put in an energetic display.

With 2 goals and 2 assists against West Ham and Watford, Mason Mount will be expected to start in the front three as the Englishmen continues to get back to his best.

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian started on Wednesday night as he scored against Zenit earlier in the week. It was his first start since the injury he picked up in a 4-0 win against Malmo, back in October.

Regarded as one of the most clinical and elite strikers in world football, Lukaku will be desperate to get back into his usual goalscoring habits against Leeds. He has not scored in the league since the 3-0 win against Aston Villa in September, where he bagged a brace.

Having dropped points earlier in the season to Burnley and Manchester United which mostly came down to an inability to put away chances, the Blues simply can’t afford to be wasteful and drop points again, against a weakened Leeds side. You start Lukaku and give him service; he will score goals. No doubt.

Jorginho

Still crazily divided by parts of the Chelsea fanbase, Jorginho’s role and influence on the pitch can simply not be underestimated.

Ranked third in the Ballon d’Or, the Italian’s natural ability to drop deep in-between the defence and dictate the flow of the match, will be needed against Bielsa’s Leeds who always look to play at an extremely high tempo.

Against Watford, it was evidently clear how open Chelsea were in midfield. Spaces left behind and a lack of ball retention in midfield which put even more pressure on the back three. A midfield pivot of Saul and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, which many think will work against Leeds, would backfire at times in transitions where spaces would be left behind in midfield.

To control possession and dominate chance creation against Leeds, it’s imperative Jorginho starts. We’ve seen many times over the last few years at how we fail to control games without Jorginho and that is simply a pattern that can not be repeated against Leeds United.

Written by Vikram Jajuha (@CFCVik)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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