Chelsea loanee Mario Pasalic can step up against Tottenham this week

Mario Pasalic could be a dangerman for Monaco against Chelsea.

Mario Pasalic will be hoping to add to his reputation when he gets his first chance to face a Premier League team this week.

The Croatian signed for Chelsea  in the summer of 2014 but has been loaned out since moving to Stamford Bridge.

Last season he was loaned to La Liga side Elche, and this campaign has made the season long switch to Ligue 1 side Monaco.

They host Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League on Thursday night, which will give the central midfielder a stage to make headlines in the English press and impress Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Pasalic, 20, is already a Croatian international, and has made 10 appearances for Monaco early this season, scoring two goals, which included a strike against Valencia in Champions League qualifiers.

It is already almost as many as the three goals he scored on loan for Elche last season, and a promising sign he is progressing.

Chelsea's performances this season have shown they need young talent to step up, and Pasalic is as good a central midfield prospect as any on their books.

He could benefit from playing against a weakened Tottenham team, with Mauricio Pochettino likely to rotate his side as he did in the opener. Monaco go into the game with one point compared to Tottenham's three, and will be keen to leapfrog the Premier League side by recording a win.

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