This quintet of Chelsea players could be looking to show Jose Mourinho what they can do against Swindon Town.
OK we know that Juan Mata and David Luiz will feature against Swindon but that is boring … we may as well consider some different options.
So that is what we have done, here are five players who could use Swindon as a stepping stone.
Marco van Ginkel
The Dutch international reportedly wanted to join Ajax on loan for the season, just weeks after signing from Vitesse Arnhem -because he wants first-team football.
Well he is sure to start the game against Swindon Town this week and could do himself the world of good with a stirring performance for Jose Mourinho to sleep on. With a place at next summer’s World Cup at risk, he needs to take every chance he can get.
Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian had a superb season with Werder Bremen last term, and this season he will want to push on in the Chelsea first-team.
He started the opening game against Hull City and looked decent, so the Prince Harry lookalike will now want to put Swindon to the sword and become a first-team regular.
The Nigerian was one of the stars of the Super Eagles Afcon triumph at the start of the year, and he had an excellent campaign with ADO Den Haag on loan for the past season and a half.
Now down in the reserves he could be given a chance to impress and highlight his physical ability against the League One outfit.
Of the strikers left at Chelsea, the Senegalese front-man is the misfit.
He has not found anything like his best form since arriving at Stamford Bridge, and is currently behind Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o in the pecking order.
A few goals here could have Mourinho thinking.
I say this name mostly out of hope rather than anticipation.
The talented Englishman has been compared to Brazilian legend Socrates in the past - and it would be great to see him feature in the first-team.
However his time may be yet to come.
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