Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has named N’Golo Kante and Jorginho as undroppables in Chelsea’s midfield under Maurizio Sarri.
“Talking of Ross Barkley, it brings back the discussion of what will be the manager’s first-choice midfield three as the season develops,” Nevin wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“N’Golo Kante, obviously, is undroppable in any shape or form and Jorginho is the gaffer’s man, so should get an initial run in the team.
“That leaves Cesc Fabregas, Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater and now Mateo Kovacic all fighting for that one spot.
“There is even the possibility that if you play [Eden] Hazard and Willian wide up front, Pedro might stick his oar in for that particular berth.
“I mentioned this last week and have been ruminating on it ever since.
“The short answer is that the manager can adapt and change for different games and the different styles of teams we are up against.
“Whether it is home or away might also have an effect.
“Players can be rested and rotated in that midfield, the most wearing area of the field to play in, and of course injuries and suspensions have to be catered for.
“This is all to rather sit on the fence and there is a reason for that, I have no idea where the manager is going to go most of the time on this call.
“One thing is for sure, he will have to try a midfield of Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic at some point, just to see what the balance looks like.”